I tried on a pair of BR Traveler jeans in-store last year and immediately fell in love -- they were the most comfortable pair of jeans I had ever worn. They were pricey, but luckily they were on sale. I chose a versatile black pair of jeans and left the store with a lighter wallet than I had intended, but still satisfied.

Not too much later, I washed my traveler jeans... and was immediately horrified. The jeans were destroyed by the...