^^I love Denim History 101 lessons. I too have seen amazing fade on heavy selvage jeans that where worn HARD. What you are saying above is that you have seen great fade on jeans that someone built a house in and washed. So of course he is going to have very worn areas, he was after all building a house, which is no small feet. But the majority of people wearing raw denim are not building houses and having to wash every couple weeks. They are going to school or work and not causing the denim to stretch as much or crease up as quickly or "stink". So breaking in a pair of 21oz Iron Hearts would be a major undertaking for the average Joe. I am sure the guy who posted those pics of the 21oz is far from your average Joe. He obviously was dedicated to his jeans and knew that they would hold up well while working and look amazing in the end.
Like I said above and AGREED "Jeans are Jeans". But why go through the hassle of wearing a super stiff ass pair of jeans if you are just going to wash them??? Either you dig raw and put in the effort or you dont an end up with a pair of faded out raws that look like any standard pair of dark levis in the store. It makes no difference to me what people do with their jeans.
I was just stating my opinion.
My point to the OP was that if he wants to try it out cheaply then that is awesome. We all started somewhere. He said that he would give three months which like I said is plenty of time for most cheaper raw jeans.
All in all "Jeans are Jeans" but with raw denim you can get a customized look, fit to your own style and body by putting in a little effort, and in the end that is what raw denim is all about.
Lmaozedong I wish you the best in your raw denim adventure!!! Post pics of your progress when they break in, It is always nice to see any pair that is "worn"
And Hellooooo Anna......