Editor’s Note: We’ve talked an awful lot about Railcar Fine Goods on the site, as of late. But today is judgement day. Railcar was kind enough to send our writer, Tuomas, a pair of Spikes X001 jeans for him to deliver an honest review on.
Right out of the box, I wasn’t disappointed. Soft, 100% cotton Cone Mills selvedge, no cardboardy feeling. A slim, but not skinny, fit and a superbly comfortable medium rise. Best of all, one can get all of this for less than $200.
- Name: Railcar Fine Goods Spikes X001
- Fit: Slim straight fit
- Weight: 13.5 Oz.
- Denim: Sanforized 100% Cotton American Raw Selvedge Denim
- Denim Source: Cone Mills
- Available for $198.00
- Other details:
- Chain-stitched bottom hem
- Single continuous chain-stitch on two-piece waistband
- Railcar “R” stitch along fly, with branded buttons
- Hand-hammered traditional washer rivets
- Two-tone stitch color, total of four thread colours used
- Screen printed on the heavy pocket bag with Railcar art logo
- Tucked-in belt loops
Railcar Fine Goods’ website has good instructions on buying the correct size: Stay true-to-size unless you’ve got massive thighs. Basically if you’re one of those guys who deadlifts their car and squats their motorbike, then size up and you’ll still be amazed how good the overall fit will be.
The slight tapering from knee down gives the Railcars a crisp feel. Choose a snug fit and these will work just as well with dress shoes and a blazer over dinner as they do with boots and bike leathers while shotgunning beer.
The cuts are all designed by Steven Dang, the founder of Railcar Fine Goods. The style is minimalist all the way through, with care given to quality materials and finishing.
The stitching is clean and the weave and medium weight makes the denim comfortable except during the hottest summer months.
A favourite part is the Railcar “R” stitching along the fly. On the outside, the fly is reinforced by stitching rather than a rivet, a comfortable choice.
The hardware gives an overall feeling of a sturdy, industrial, purpose-built garment. And that’s exactly what they’ve been proven to be. To see the jeans after two years of continuous wear, check out Steven Dang’s Fade Friday submission.