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The Blue Jeans Experiment… January 10, 2009

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Today I went shopping at Costco and got a portable hard drive for my media files to free up space on my Laptop for installed programs. The drive is working out great BTW…  While I was there, I browsed the clothing section for Blue Jeans and found some very good buys…


Lucky Jeans

Lucky Jeans $36.99


Calvin Klein Jeans $24.99

Calvin Klein Jeans $24.99


Kirkland Jeans (Costco Brand) $12.99

Kirkland Jeans (Costco Brand) $12.99

My curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to buy a pair of each and see if the higher priced jeans are worth the extra money.  I suspect the major difference between these, are the cut and stitching etc..

My experiment will be to wear and wash each pair equally.. that is, if I wear the Kirkland Jeans for 3 days before washing, I’ll do the same with each other brand. *(readers, don’t worry, I usually only wear jeans 2 days before considering them “dirty”)

The end of the experiment will be determined by one of the following items:

I also don’t want to obsess too much over this, so I decided not to add any more requirements to this experiment.. Happy experimenting!

UPDATE!!! – 1/20/2008

I just threw all 3 pairs into the wash…!

So far, after the first wearing.. 2x for each pair, and several pairs of shorts later (to explain the last 10 days) I like the Calvin Kleins best, because of the overall fit. I like the Lucky’s second, but they’re a little too baggy, and finally the Kirkland Jeans third because they are far less “crotch friendly” as the others (I know, too much info, but it’s my blog and I can type what I want)

UPDATE!!! – 5/22/2010

I have since tossed the Kirkland Jeans. For the last two years I’ve worn the Lucky’s and Calvin’s almost every week but always go for the Lucky’s first. All in all, even with the cost of the Kirkland Jeans factored in, I am extremely satisfied with the Lucky Jeans first, then the Calvin’s.


1. jamie showkeir - January 10, 2009

you know those jeans were made by 5 year olds in some 3rd world country for $.02/day in labor, right! and the more expensive jeans were made right after the cheaper ones. do you feel good about that?

2. Sean - January 10, 2009

So, where can I buy non-3rd world country jeans?

3. michelle - January 20, 2009

I’ve been waiting patiently for the results of this experiment – it’s been more than ten days! 3pairs of jeans times 3 wearings each + 1 day for washing = 10 days. So, what’s the scoop?! Is it the Lucky Jeans? I bet it’s the Lucky Jeans! Please say it’s the Lucky Jeans…that way I’ll feel more confident about my prior decision to spend too much money on jeans, too!

4. Sean - January 20, 2009

haha! I just threw them into the wash…! so far though, after the first wearing.. 2x for each pair, and several pairs of shorts later (to explain the 10 days) I have decided I like the Calvin Kleins best, because of the overall fit. I like the Lucky’s second, but they’re a little too baggy, and finally the Kirkland Jeans third because they are far less “crotch friendly” (as I like to call it.. I know too much info, but it’s my blog and I can type what I want, so there :) .. ) than the others.

5. Mike - March 14, 2010

What is the status on these jeans?

And the person concerned about the 3rd world country. Get a life!!

6. Sean - May 22, 2010

Hi Mike, updated the post with latest info on the Jeans..

7. Blaine - August 17, 2010

I bought a pair of Kirkland jeans; I have worn Levi & Wrangler for the last 35 years. I have a small farm, and treat my jeans quite unkind at times. I’ve been wearing the Kirkland jeans for two weeks now of and on, washed probably 6 times and so far I love them fit and durability very comparable to what I’m used to at a fraction of the price. I’d say those ten year olds are some pretty fine craftsmen.

8. Bill - November 11, 2010

Were can i buy these jeans?

9. Jim - November 14, 2010

I work outside and in the winter cut power line right-of-ways. Blue jean’s are not as durable. Its true they’re made overseas now. When
they were made in the Carolina’s they lasted much longer.

I also pickup a pair of Kirkland. Your blog came up when I did a search. “I was wondering who made them.” I know Rustler for example are made by Wrangler. I noticed they are $9.50 and the latter are $14.50 in the store. So far I like the Kirkland fit and fabric (appears heavier). The other jeans I’ve tried are Faded Glory. ($9.00)

Levi were assembled in Mexico of American fabric but not so on the last pair I looked at. The quality went down to Rustler level but at triple the price.

I’m thinking of buying some http://www.duluthtrading.com Firehouse jeans. They’re around $44 a pair, but if you work outdoors. The current jeans just don’t hold up.

10. Jim - December 19, 2010

Lucky Jeans are Made in America, not a third world country

11. John fuckin' Birch - April 6, 2011

I just love the Kirkland jeans, great for the price. No…it doesn’t bother me that some kid in the 3rd world makes only 2 cents a pair, cuz I know it keeps him off the streets, where he’d otherwise be making bombs. fuckin’ liberals, get a grip

12. Redz - October 24, 2011

The Kirkland Signatures are made in Mexico…

13. BBillyC - December 17, 2011

These Kirkland Jeans are simple lint, hair, dust, magnets and you cannot get it off no matter how much you wash them or sticky tape them, or fabric softener. They look terrible because of the crap they collect and only in a matter of minutes. These jeans have the weirdest material ever. I would never buy them again.

14. Ron - April 1, 2012

I Just bought and used my first pair of Kirkland Jeans. Normally, I buy higher quality Wranglers. The material seems softer but thicker than Wranglers and are pretty comfortable. Since I’m older with a 35 inch waist, which is the largest part of my torso, I find the cut horrible for me. They seem to be built for a woman. The waist on the jeans is much smaller than the thighs and legs so they fit like a burlap bag tied around the waist. They would probably fit a shape of a woman about the size 46x36x46 quite well. First and last pair I will buy.

15. BHB - August 7, 2013

Nothing wrong with Kirkland. Typically they last me 5 years, but I’m not hard on my jeans. I too don’t care how much Chico makes per hour. It beats selling Chicklets or trinkets at the cruise ship dock.

16. Nmtmev - August 24, 2013

All of a sudden!!! Well guess what today is aug 24 th and the jeans that u tossed…. The Kirkland brand…. I have them… And I wear them to work everyday for 3 days straight before washing I have washed them once a week for 57 weeks and they are oil stained and worn out and finally… Just finally! After that much a use and wear they finally gave wiegh at the knee… The lucky jeans u talk about… Wouldn’t stand a chance they went after 2 months. Ya they did.. I can have at least 2 Kirkland jeans and they last me almost a whole year! And at Xmas time the jeans are 10.99$ not 14 bucks! 3 pairs for the price of one is a deal.., sleep on it… That will make you feel better! Cheers!

17. kim - December 6, 2014

you can buy non 3rd world country jeans from american apparel. they have a large factory in downtown los angeles. there’s a section on their website that describes about it. btw, are you still wearing the calvin klein and lucky jeans these days?

18. henry frank - December 9, 2014

I have the jeans and love them; they’re the only jeans that fit me perfectly every time. My only regret is that they don’t come in assorted colors like black,grey, brown and what other colors appropriate for a man. If anyone knows where i can find them in other than blue, i’d love to know.