365 days. 1 pant.
They stretch like Jean Claude Van Damme, they're as soft as puppy fur, and they're as versatile as John C. Reilly. And true to Flint and Tinder's mission, they're cut, sewn, and dyed right here in the USA.
In the simplest terms, I aim to wear one pair of Flint & Tinder 365’s every day for 365 days.
And to modify a quote by my friend Jon Gaffney, the pant won’t be abused but it will do what I do and go where I go. I can foresee a multitude of environments and situations including, but not limited to, desk work in the office, hiking, yard work, moving around the house with a newborn, etc.
I don’t know if I need a “list” of rules but for now, I think it will be ok if the 365’s aren’t worn in situations that would not typically require pants i.e. running in the Summer. And the 365’s will be washed from time to time but that will be done at night so they’re ready to go in the morning.
Why do this? Because.
Purchased: Saturday, November 10, 2018
My extremely off the cuff initial review is that these pants are fantastic. They’re extremely comfortable, as advertised, and I feel they may be durable enough to last awhile.
One of my favorite pair of pants in recent years were the EMS Fencemenders. But they've since changed their material and design slightly and they're just not as good as they used to be. Actually, I might be able to scratch that itch with something from Edgevale but I haven’t tried them out before.
Anyway, we're here to talk about the 365. Let's get on with it.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
I noticed a problem only about a week in but I let it go just to see where it would go.
Well, it got significantly worse and I can’t figure out why the back pockets have worn they way they did. My truck seats are cloth and I don’t sit on anything at home or work that would snag the stitching. In fact, the left back pocket has come so undone that a pen could slip through it. I’m going to write Huckberry but I really don’t want to start the clock over again, unless I got a pair in Slate or Charcoal. I’m thinking those will be more versatile in terms of outfits and less likely to get noticed that I’m wearing the same pair of pants every day.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Washed for the first time due to an ink stain from carrying the Studio Neat Mark One in my pocket. Even though I knew I couldn’t completely remove all of the ink, I wanted to minimize the damage as much as possible.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Day 49. I think retirement has come for the 365. The hole of the rear pockets has become so large that my DDC Stuff Sheath and hankie can be seen peeking out the bottom. I almost lost a set of car keys too. While not a complete failure of the pant, they’re unusable for my daily use as I truly do need my back pockets.
Eric at Huckberry was kind enough offer an exchange or a refund but I’d have to visit the NYC pop-up shop (where I bought them) as the inventory is different from the online store. This is a nice gesture but I don’t think I’ll be making it to New York any time soon, or before the pop-up closes at least.
There’s also the possibility of getting them repaired locally. In which case I’ll snap a new photo and report back.
I’m not sure what made the pockets fall apart. Everything else about the 365 feels fairly solid. For now, I think I’ll pick up a new pair from the online store, that way, if there’s an issue, I’ll be able to get a refund.
In the end, I have to assume my pants were just from a bad batch. I’m sure they don’t intend them to only last 49 days but here we are.
Friday, January 4, 2019
A replacement pair of 365’s have landed and I’ve restarted the the clock.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Project 365 is officially on hiatus but not due to damage. In fact, the replacement 365’s are holding up perfectly well, and I’ve also ordered a new pair in a different color. Long story short, go buy a pair for yourself. I’ll share more about the hiatus when I can.