i ran across somthing on youtube the other day that i thought was pretty the pants made by filson company and are also called tin pants. i have never owened a pair but the guy on you tube really had alote of good things to say about them here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsYtHXE_AfU i would like to know if thay last for ever before i shell out a couple of hundred dollars for them.
the same guy has a video on boots and was talking about wesco and white's boots and if you send them in thay will rebuild them for about 200.00 dollars so my thought was to buy a used pair on ebay and have them rebuilt i priced white's boot at a local store and the pair i wanted cost 560.00 so about 600 with tax. if i can get a pair for 60.00 or less on ebay i will i will only have 260 dollars into a pair of boots that cost 600.00 not bad
any information on firehose pants would be very helpful also
cool company with some great history in my part of the world. the fellow who started Patagonia bought C.C. Filson a few years back. not as many of their products are made in Seattle anymore, but quite a few still are.
my own experience with Filson has been mixed. I've got a great old wool cruiser jacket that belonged to three generations before me. it is one of my very favorite possessions. when the buttons started falling off, I took it to the Seattle headquarters (lived in Seattle at the time) and they replaced all the buttons in about a week. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have original buttons to match, but I guess things change after 85 years. they did give me the remaining original buttons in a little bag. no charge for that repair.
then I bought a pair of tin pants. I was tired of wearing out two pairs of Carhartt trousers in a season. the tin pants fit well and were really comfortable in a stiff sort of way. wore the first hole in the knee after three months of fairly regular use farming and bicycling. wore a hole in the other knee shortly after. I took the pants to the store, and they sewed up the holes free of charge. a month later, there were new holes in the knees. Filson sewed them up again. the third time I went in to get the knees repaired and the new whole in the seat, the chap I talked to said there wasn't really enough material left to repair them and sorry. that was less than six months after I purchased them.
I've still got those trousers, though they aren't really wearable. I may try to exchange them for a new pair at some point, but I was sort of gobsmacked when the employee I talked said they couldn't be repaired anymore. I paid $114 plus tax because I was under the impression that they would last for many years and then Filson would repair or replace them. probably should have been more assertive at the time, but I expected a lot more than what I got.
i really appreciate the offer mr Lanigan but im kinda small for a guy i wear a 29x30 i have been looking into firehose pants also thay are alot cheaper than tin pants. how well do thay hold up? any information would great
I got them as a gift and have worn them once (I'm wearing them right now as I do laundry...). I destroy clothing like nothing else--the "grunge" look never went out of style for me, by default-- so I doubt they would last me very long anyway.
I started wearing fire hose pants a few years ago. They hold up extremely well and are way more comfortable than any other work pants I've used. When a pair inadvertently got placed in a white load (laundry done for me at a work site in Alaska by someone who was new to the laundry job) one pair was bleached so heavily that it lost most of the color and weakened the fabric. Duluth Trading replaced those pants no questions asked. They are the only pants I will buy new. My preference is the button style pockets, the pants will long outlast the Velcro, but Velcro is relatively easy to replace at home. It would seem wasteful to me to return the pants for new Velcro... Although they are not a light fabric they seem to breath very well, requiring insulation under them from 20°F and lower, but have been comfortable to work in high temperatures where one would assume that shorts would be required, nice to have protection for your legs and not overheat.
marty reed wrote:the same guy has a video on boots and was talking about wesco and white's boots and if you send them in thay will rebuild them for about 200.00 dollars so my thought was to buy a used pair on ebay and have them rebuilt i priced white's boot at a local store and the pair i wanted cost 560.00 so about 600 with tax. if i can get a pair for 60.00 or less on ebay i will i will only have 260 dollars into a pair of boots that cost 600.00 not bad
There's also these from Dr. Marten's:
They're pretty explicit that they intend for you to send them in when they wear out and they'll replace them ($25).
(In contrast, for example, I have a friend who abuses the generosity of Lands End's warranty. They intend it for defects, but they treat it generously, so he wears out shoes, asks them for new ones, and gets them. Not the intention of the warranty.)