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    Chino Stretching



    I feel like this happens to me all the time. I buy a nice, well fitting pair of chinos that i'm excited about, and after a couple of wearings it stretches out at the knees, thighs, etc, and they feel like pantaloons after a while.

    Is that the general case by chinos? Do i have to start looking for other material pants that will last me longer? (sigh) -

    I'm looking for pants that will last longer then 2-3 months, and still not break the bank.


    #2


    Have not had that experience.

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      #3


      I've had that happen before, but only after owning them for a long time. Perhaps it's the quality of those specific pants? Where did they come from?

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        #4


        Could be from buying pants that are much tighter than what I would buy. Hence the different experiences. I'll wash something in hot water to shrink it up (except my Ratio shirt...cue the sobs).

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          #5


          Never had that happen with chinos, but had it on 514s.


          To be fair, these were old as sin and I have thunder thighs. Plus I kneel down all the time, which flexes the thighs. And they were almost daily wear for college/work.


          They still lasted me a good 1.5-2 years before the stitching on the seam just looked too contrasty for my taste (not sure if thats a word)

          "We had a sick night b*tches!"

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            #6


            22" Thighs and 17" calves... just measured... i dunno, one pair was from LEC, which is decent, another from banana, another from express (not spandex, i made sure, 100% cotton). look i understand the quality thing, good quality lasts, bad quality doesnt, but EVERY pair? those measurements i took were AFTER losing 35 lbs and sizing down from a 42 to a 40... i went from being 220lbs to 185lbs (6foot)... i just cant buy super slim as it is, and i found that 514's fit me very well.


            Any suggestions as to where i can get good quality pants that fit like 514s? (side point - wool, chords, the works)

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              #7


              17" calves? You sure about that?


              EDIT: Nevermind. That doesn't sound as crazy as I thought. I'm a 16" calf with a 24" thigh with a 34" waist on a 39R/40R frame.

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                #8


                We need pictures.

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                  #9


                  I just bought a pair of Levi 514 cords yesterday. I think they're an outlet store exclusive.


                  But you can get these online: http://us.levi.com/product/index.jsp...146854.3691994

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                    #10


                    There are 514 cords available at JC Penney stores in several colors (red, sage, gray, & brown)

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                      #11


                      The slub twill 514's are pretty nice too, just not a lot of colors. I personally haven't notice stretching in the legs (just the waist) with any of my chinos/twills (LEC comers, brooks brothers, mossimo) and I've worn them all a few times.


                      Perhaps look into mtm pants?

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                        #12


                        Thanks guys, will definitely look into these. I took Nicholas' advice about the shrinking on my LEC pants, worked pretty well, still a bit misshapen, but i'll deal.


                        JC penney sounds good on chords, i'll check it out.


                        any idea about wool dress slacks that are cut similar?

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