Denim Crotch Blowouts – Why They Happen And How to Avoid Them

Crotch blowouts are inevitable as pretty much any well worn pair of denim will be beset at some point. Though for many this is just a part of the process that can be dealt with by the owner him or herself or a professional, it’s also forced numerous denim wearers to ask why it’s such a ubiquitous and unavoidable issue, and how it can be prevented.

Simply put, crotch blowouts happen since this area of the jeans endure the most amount tension during day-to-day life. The crotch area has to deal with an immense amount of abrasion as a result of much stretching and pulling through normal and everyday activities – i.e. when you walk, when you sit, etc.

There are, however, several other factors that also expedite blowouts:

  • Buying your denim (too) tight: Though raw denim will allow for stretch over a period of time, it’s an uncompromising material that does have have its limits. Thus, if you’re buying a pair that is too tight, the tension on the crotch area is stronger, and the chance of a blowout is heightened. Thus, it should come as no surprise that we see a connection between slim fitting jeans and crotch rips and tears.
  • Sagging (AKA lowriding) denim: Denim worn very low causes more stress to the crotch area while moving around; resulting in a higher likelihood of blowouts
  • Cycling: Not to point the finger at any specific culprit, but cycling is a real crotch cracker. Up and down movements are made so quickly with your legs, that every time you peddle, a very concentrated amount of friction is created in the crotch area.
  • Not washing your denim: While there is no hardset rule here, washing raw denim is often considered a cardinal sin that will surely destroy any chance of deep contrast fades (if done too soon). However, the caveat of avoiding a good wash is that it traps any grime, dust, and dirt between denim threads; exponentially loosening the fibers and leading to higher tension. Denim is tough, but when unwashed and worn over a long period of time, it literally become weaker and makes the crotch more susceptible to blowouts.

Considerable Patching

From the previous list you may be feeling that crotch blowouts are undeniable reality, but there are a several actions that can be taken to slow their occurrence; including:

  • Early Detection In an earlier article, we gave a few tips on how to detect a blowout in its infancy and what to do about it. Darning thinned areas and fixing loose threads on time is an excellent way to add months (and years) to the crotch.
  • Looser Fitting Denim – If your denim is roomier, the crotch area will endure less stress and will therefore have a longer life.
  • Washing Denim More Regularly – Washing your denim every few months will keep the fibers strong and clean. This will also help avoid the occurrence of blowouts and contrary to the belief of most, this will have minimal negative effects on your fades.
  • Cycling Less – You may sacrifice deeper contrast fades, but you will gain a longer life for your denim. Or if you’re looking for a specific pair of raw denim catered to riding your two-wheeled steed, check out our earlier article outlining a few options.
  • Reinforcing Your Crotch – Proposing a different strategy, some brands offer a simple built-in crotch reinforcement to help prevent or delay the blowout. The new ByBeatle – Volume One is one option, as well is the Self Edge x Sugar Cane – SEXSC06.
Reinforced Crotch on the Self Edge x Sugar Cane (SEXSC06)

Reinforced Crotch on the Self Edge x Sugar Cane (SEXSC06)

Reinforced Crotch on the ByBeatle - Volume One

Reinforced Crotch on the ByBeatle – Volume One

As mentioned, many consider crotch blowouts to just be a part of the process and an insignificant issue. However, by understanding why they happen and arming yourself with some of the tips above, you’re sure to inhibit this denim headache.



Somar is a young and passionate denimhead. He's in over his head and his denim addiction has definitely taken over all his free time. ''October 2012 was when I discovered raw denim and it definitely got a hold on me! Every day I'm still learning and discovering new stuff.'' Next to reading and writing about it, Somar also has his own blog called 'Fade Project' where he posts updates about his denim. Tumblr: Instagram: @fadeproject

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  • Jun

    Another culprit – Big balls

    • Grandier


      i’m sorry, i couldn’t resist :p

    • Chon

      Given the solution to this, there’s a reason the author didn’t mention large testicles as factor.

  • B. Rudd

    “Reinforcing Your Crotch”

  • Bob Dodds

    Hello, I am researching Boston Strong shrapnel-proof Crotch. Is there only one way for the proverbial Boston Strong Crotch to work? Would that be the same method as for Boston Strong shrapnel-proof Skin?

    Boston’s Whalley, Shrapnel Man Costello, and Running Man, all evidence the Boston Strong Crotch, as do all other Boston clothing victims.

    The lady in orange and black sitting near the victim pile at the finish line shows us a lot of holes in her sleeve, but no skin damage or paraffin or ketchup. She’s great. I love her a lot.

    One of the witnesses to exploding “trashcans” or flash-and-smoke mortar tubes said in different accounts that he was from 8-15 feet from the trashcan, not backpack, when it exploded. His clothing was not damaged, since he was already wearing shorts, and Boston weak shrapnel does not hurt skin, as far as Shrapnel Man, Whalley, or Running Man.

    Diamond crotch panels are the strongest crotch reinforcement known to man, and have been since the invention of hemp jeans. Jahar Tsarnaev was wearing hemp jeans with $900 Louis Vuitton $90 knockoff boots, black boot soles, while the backpack at Forum was held off the ground by a person wearing white-soled sneakers. Hemp jeans never wear out, no matter how much shrapnel you are using now with your blackpowder and black backpacks, but the Tsarnaevs had bought red powder fireworks, Jahar wore black soles vs white shown in FBI pic, and their backpacks were not black like FBI pics.

    FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wore a tutu with no crotch at all, since FBI has no s**t. Hoover spent 2 weeks a year with mafia dons in Clint Murchison’s motel, hence, he said,”There is no mafia”. FBI needs no panties per tutu because Americans never LOOK at FBI pics, even when FBI tells us simon says look at their crotch rot.

  • Odin Gray

    We need more people on bicycles! Encourage denim wearers to use crotch reinforcements, wear heavier jeans, or purchase denim pants specifically designed for cycling-related wear. I’d like to see more denim pants that are designed for cycle commuters! Maybe more normal fit instead of skinny pants. That’ll make it easier to enjoy both denim and bicycles! We can feel good, save cash, improve our health, AND stay stylish! Yeah!

  • mema tron

    Yeeeep, I knew it. Twas big balls that blewout the beast

  • Chris Glisczinski

    Ripping holes in your $40 jeans constantly? Here, buy these $375 dollar jeans that are slightly reinforced.

  • m k

    This did not use to happen. It’s a new-millennium cheap thin fabric problem

    • m k

      Levi Strauss made his first jeans from canvas, heavy canvas

    • NCBrian

      No doubt. I don’t ever remember this happening as a kid when I was WAY harder on my clothes…

  • Crotchhole Patcher

    Hello there. I am a crotch hole specialist. I tear my jeans every two weeks and after several years of investigation I finally found the reason – sweating between the legs. Sweating between the legs is the main reason that causes crotch holes. Even a little moisture in that area increase the tension between the legs and the material rips faster. You can make an experiment – take two peaces of dry denim material and face them together. Start moving them while pressing them – nothing happens. But now try to do the same but with wet peaces – very soon they get destroyed and a big hole appears. So I think sweating is what causes crotch holes. The solution – strengthen the vulnerable area with a tape from the insight, wear tight pants that are water resistant…I actually haven’t found any effective solution of this problem.

    • slimtrimtim

      there is no solution, i fear …

  • joejoe222

    I’ve never had crotch blow out for the first 30 years of my life. They make stuff cheap now and there is no way around it!