Why do my jeans wear out so fast in the crotch?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by acidfast7, Nov 15, 2011.

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    acidfast7

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    I've found that I can extend the life of the jeans by a little while if I buy jeans that are raw and of a higher denim weight (usually Swedish and Japanese) but still them seem to go from new to hole in the less than 18 months.

    G-star RAW can be OK, because they often have double-layered material in that region.

    Maybe their duty cycle is too high, I only have 6 pairs (2 grey, 2 light blue and a 2 dark blue), maybe they get worn too much?

    Any suggestions?

    EDIT: I also found that if I freeze them to clean them, instead of washing them, not only do I save water, but the material tends to last longer. I usually just leave them in the -20C or -80C freezers at work.
     
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    rdowns

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    Wearing out on the crotch? Damn, you must be the Minnesota Fats of pocket pool.
     
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    What type of washer do you use? Does it have an agitator and what material drum does it have?
     
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    acidfast7

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    No agitator at all. Edelstahl (which translates as a high-quality stainless steel, i guess). It's a Miele that kinda looks like this:
     

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    Those are the best washing machines on the planet. Seriously.
     
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    acidfast7

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    I'm quite happy with the Miele stuff we own. It's not that much more than another equivalent but they tend to last and are entirely fixable, which is nice. We stack a heat pump dryer on top, which probably isn't the best for the longevity though.
     
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    firestarter

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    From the Steve Jobs biography:

    (On deciding whether to get a vertical or horizontal washing machine)

     
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    pvmacguy

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    Are you walking strangely in them and stretching out the crotch? What line of work are you in and do you wear them regularly to work? I had a pair of levi's blow out in the crotch once and that's because they were 4 years old.
     
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    acidfast7

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    I work as a group leader (like Asst. Prof) at a university. Yeah, I wear them all the time. It seems to be a friction-based issue because you can watch them wear out over time. It may come from sitting at a desk actually, which is pretty lame.
     
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    Shrink

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    My guess is that it's that barbed wire jock you're wearing.:eek::D
     
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    iStudentUK

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    I thought I was the only one!

    Mine water out there every damn time! I end up sewing them back up to make them last longer! :D
     
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    acidfast7

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    I found someone that I see every few months, that lets me drop them off and I pick them up next time I see them.

    And there's a place in NYC that patches them (http://denimtherapy.com/). My rips look like the one on the front page, and the prices are reasonable (damn Americans), but I don't want to deal with customs.

    I just can't stand the cost versus how long they last before getting a hole.
     
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    Macky-Mac

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    maybe switching chairs would help? A seat cushion might help.

    To me it seems like they're wearing out way too fast, especially since you cycle thru a number of them
     
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    Maybe get a cheap pair 1 size larger to try and see if maybe they are too tight? And rubbing and stretching too much.
     
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    leekohler

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    The same thing happens to me. I think it is because of sitting at a desk chair. It happens to all my pants too.
     
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    this plus i recommend putting your jeans in a freezer to clean them. i prefer freezing my denim, it kills all the odor and bacteria yet the jeans remain practically brand new.
     
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    Vudoo

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    Designer jeans tend to wear out faster due to using softer cotton. I got holes in two pairs of Seven jeans and I just sit at a desk all day. Denim Therapy fixed them for about $40 a jean which is cheaper than $120+ for new ones.
     
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    KnightWRX

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    My jeans used to wear out at the crotch all the time too. Guess how I fixed the problem ? Yep, I stopped being fat.
     
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    leekohler

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    I'm not fat. I'm in great shape. My jeans still wear out in that spot.
     
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    because you've got sweaty balls...?!
     
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    Shrink

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    Listen, lee, we all know why your pants wear out there!:D ;)
     
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    Lap dances??
     
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    Apple OC

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    maybe you are carrying an unusually large package down there and the jeans are made for regular loads :apple:
     
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    "Maybe"?? [​IMG]
     
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    Carlanga

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    I find the freezer method weird but interesting to try. Quick question though, does it remove any smell, dirtiness and stuff or just put them in the freezer after a days use that you didn't get anything dirty on them?

    Now for my jeans breaking I have never had problems with them breaking/ripping until 3-5 years old. I use Woolite w/ normal washing cycle then I dry them at med-high temp in the dryer (I have balls on the dryer and I also use one sheet of softener)
     

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