The Blubaugh- Mid Rise Slim Straight Selvedge Jeans- 16.5 oz.

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Todd Blubaugh has been a close friend of ours for 11 years.  He lives an extraordinary life and has a clear vision about the gear that helps him during his travels.  We let Todd create this new jean from top to bottom.  Our sanforized 16.5 oz.proprietary Kaihara denim is our toughest so it was an automatic choice for us to use for The Blubaugh jean.  It has a mid-rise slim straight fit. Cut and sewn in San Francisco, Calif. USA.  Check out Todd's book.  


A note from Tony & Pete

Occasionally, you meet the following types of people:

Candlestick Maker
Stunt Flyer

Our friend Todd Blubaugh checks a few of these boxes. The friendship began with Tony flying up to Seattle (year two for us) to do a promotion at Blackbird (RIP). They were one of the first five shops we sold to when we started. Tony ran a contest and was going to give a free pair for the person who brought in their most hammered pair of Tellason jeans. Todd arrived early and the contest was over. His pair was still one of the best old jeans we have seen. From there, our friendship grew.

Christmas 2014, Todd was passing through on his bike. We were neck deep in turkey etc... and an hour later, we hear the thump of his motor working its way up the hill. Once inside, Todd took over one of the four burners at the stove to melt down some bees wax to re-wax his jacket for the next day's wet ride north. Now, remember this is Christmas dinner here and burners are a hot commodity. My wife somehow reworked the timing of the whole dinner since that bees wax took about an hour to melt down. My youngest was fascinated with Todd's old world efforts and dinner came out just fine...

Back to jeans- we were ready for a new fit so we passed Todd the baton and gave him 100% freedom to create a jean based on exactly what his life on a bike is all about. The mid-rise keeps the draft down the bunz in check and the slightly slimmer straight leg is neither tight nor loose which allows for a little mobility without the leg panels flapping in the wind at +60 m.p.h. The leg opening derived from what Todd believes to be the perfect circumference around his Red Wing Engineer boot.

This is only available in our 16.5 oz orange line selvedge to keep things on the heavy side for Todd's rigorous life.

Tony Patella
Pete Searson


  • 5
    Todd was right.

    Posted by Rittichai on 19th Mar 2024

    Fits so nice I had to buy them twice. Classic look with a wider leg is perfect when paired with some Roper Boots. Cuff them up a few times and drape them over the ankles of some Redwing 1907 Moc Toes for a solid heritage look. Works just as well with Pacific Northwest Style Cap-toe Boots when cuffed over the heel. My second pair I ordered a size larger to wear a little baggy and cuffed for when i need to throw on some flip-flops and head to the beach. Most importantly though, the rise on these are high enough to keep the cheeks out of sight when i squat or bend down. The quality of the denim and stitching are easily on par if not exceeds a few of the more pricey Japanese Denim brands. These replaced my Ironheart 666s as my favorite cut. Well done Todd. P.S. Tony is a champ for handwriting all those thank you cards.

  • 5
    My new favorite jeans

    Posted by Antonio Jimenez on 13th Mar 2024

    The construction is very comfortable,the right pair of jeans for engineer boots,work boots.....any kind of boots,thanks Pete and Tony you guys know how to make jeans.

  • 5

    Posted by Will on 5th Feb 2024

    These are great, classic fit but still sleek. I’m a skinny guy and these don’t look too loose/shapeless on my legs. And maybe the only thing these guys do better than jeans is customer service, super helpful in getting me the right size.

  • 5
    The blubaugh slim straight

    Posted by Byron hughes on 16th Jan 2024

    How jeans should be. Button fly . Tough. No stretch. Like pants used to be but better. Been looking for good jeans for a long time since levis quality went so bad.

  • 5
    Motorcycle Friendly

    Posted by David Smith on 5th Jan 2024

    Although I wear a Motorcycle suit over my street cloths these are spot on! I got the Black too. Perfect and comfortable fit whether I am riding that day or off the Bike. Well Done.

  • 5
    Blubaugh 16.5 oz Heavy denim boot cut

    Posted by Mike on 12th Dec 2023

    I’ve been looking for a Selvedge denim that will allow me to wear my cowboy boots and or engineering riding boots. So, as soon as I saw these pair on their IG page,I purchased the 15 oz in sz 32, it was pefect fit for my waist but too narrow on the thigh area, so I requested for a larger size but the 33’s were all out, so Tony asked if I would like to get the 16.5 oz. I was hesitant getting heavy weight demin since I live in Texas. As soon as I got them they were STIFF, I usually stick with 12-13.5 oz. So I started to just wear it everyday. After a week it’s getting a lot easier to move around in and throw a leg over my bike. I can already tell that these will probably be one of my favorite go to denim in my collection. I love the color and now have a pair I can ride in as well as have my winter weight denim. Will be picking up a both the 15 oz and the other one in black.

  • 5
    The Blubaugh- Mid Rise Slim Straight Selvedge Jeans- 16.5 oz.

    Posted by Christopher F on 29th Nov 2023

    Background: 50 year old male, H. 5' 11", W. 155lbs, slim build. Waist size: 31". I am the proud owner of 2 x Blubaugh Mid Rise Slim Selvedge jeans at 16.5oz and 1 x Blubaugh in black. These jeans are - for me - the end of the line where jeans are concerned. Unsurpassed quality denim. The waist size was true to size. Lovely slim fit down the thigh, that tapers out slightly toward the hem. Giving these jeans a very slight boot cut. Which means these jeans sit on the shoes and cover the boots adequately. Giving these jeans a timeless cut. These are the jeans I have been looking for for quite some time, and I hope to continue wearing prior to pushing up the daisies. Cuff em', roll em', hem them - whatever your style is - these jeans are IT. Bravo Tellason for raising a lofty bar!

  • 5
    The Blubaugh-16.5oz

    Posted by TAKA on 28th Nov 2023

    This is not my first time with heavy weights, but this is great comfort without washing. The silhouette is also a no-brainer! I can't wait to see how the fit and age will change! There are many different brands and fabrics of denim, each with their own good qualities, but this is one I recommend with confidence!

  • 5

    Posted by Ricky Oxendine on 28th Nov 2023

    Best jeans yet now have three pairs