The Weight: Defining Ounces

Posted 25 September 2015 in Denimopedia

When you buy a pair of dry jeans you’re often informed that you’re dealing with a “this-or-that” ounce quality. A few people know about this, some don’t care, and some people might feel a little embarrassed to ask what it actually means. Here is an easy rundown of what we’re talking about.

The dry denim fabrics are categorized by weight, and ounce per square yard is the standard measure we use to specify it. There are lightweight fabrics, often under 12 ounces/square yard, mid-weight fabrics from 12 – 16 ounces/square yard, and the heavyweighters; 16 ounces/square yard up to 32 (the sturdiest fabric known to man).

We took our classic, 13.5 oz., Dry Organic Selvage and put them up against the popular 10.75 oz. Thin Finn Dry Ecru Embo. Both dry, the same size and pretty similar in in fit. We thought it would be interesting to compare these two pairs to illustrate the difference. This is the result:
The Thin Finn Dry Ecru Embo weighed 19.401 oz. (550 grams), and the Grim Tim Organic Dry Selvage Tims weighed 25.362 oz. (719 grams).

A lighter fabric makes for a lighter jean, that goes without saying. Also, lighter fabrics breaks in easier. You don’t have to spend the same amount of time to see results. You won’t get the same result as you do with the heavier fabrics because it’s a lot softer. Lightweight denim is a lot more comfortable to wear from the get-go. With mid-weight and heavyweight denim you need to put in a lot more effort. They might feel tough on the legs for some time, but when you’ve conquered the the first month or two, you’ll never want to let go. We exclusively use mid-weight fabrics for our dry denim since it’s sturdy enough to develop great fades over time, but at the same time, they’re gentle to the person wearing them.

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