Ortega Pant Rust
THE CARPENTER PANT
- 9 ounce herringbone fabric from Japan
- Japanese indigo hickory stripe pocket bags plus reinforcements
- Flat felled seams
- Custom metal hardware
- Custom labels from USA
- 100% cotton
- Graded inseam
- Sewn in USA
Model is 6'0 / 175 and wearing a size 32
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About the Ortega Pant Rust
These pants are beautiful. There are numerous thoughtfully designed details that make them stand out from the average work pants. The herringbone fabric is lightweight yet sturdy, and very handsome. The hidden, hickory stripe knee reinforcements are unique, and classy. I initially felt like the two hammer loops was a bit gratuitous, but they are actually pretty subtle.
I bought my pair at the flagship store in LA. I tried on a size 30, and it was a little roomy in the waist, so I went with a 29. (For reference I'm 5'10" 155lb. My waist measures 32.5" and hips are 36".) The 29 was just the tiniest bit snug in the waist and thighs, but I figured that after they broke in a little the fit would be perfect. The sales guy at the store said that was a wise idea.
Buying nice jeans is always a guessing game of anticipating how much the pants will shrink when you wash them, and how much they will stretch over time.
My guess was that the pants would shrink about about 1/2" in the waist after washing in cold water, and then stretch back by about 3/4". Well, my guess was off. I didn't measure the pants before and after, so my results are not scientific at all, and totally subjective, but they feel to me like they shrank about 1" everywhere. And after two days of wearing them they feel like they have loosened just a little bit. Maybe 1/4". To be fair, the sales guy told me that the herringbone fabric probably would stretch out less than regular denim.
And now that I'm on the website I see in the info about the pants that the fabric is "Raw", which probably explains why they shrank more than what I expected.
In summery, The pants still fit me. They are just a fraction smaller than what I anticipated. When I crouch, lunge, or try to karate kick like Chuck Norris I can feel some restriction in the thigh area. So if they don't stretch out much more I probably won't use them much for actual carpentry activities. On the bright side though, they make my butt look great, so I'll definitely wear them on dates.
I really like the pants. The high rise, and the straight leg is awesome. Soon I plan on buying a pair of the white Ortega Pants in a size 30.
Thank you Freenote for making high quality USA made products.