Not all change is good. Case in point is Faded Glory Carpenter Jeans. They kept the same style for many years, but recently changed. The cloth is the same, a lighter weight denim fabric. The stitching is the same, industry standard. The design features and fit now, however, leave a great deal to be desired. Front pocket access dips more to the hips, and the sailcloth pockets are shallower. You can no longer carry as much in those front pockets, or they will tip out. Example: a tethered biker's wallet must now be carried in the standard rear patch pocket. Carrying a Zippo, a small pocket knife, and keys in the same pocket is now out of the question. Next is the cut of the legs -- no longer can you wear these jeans over high top steel toed construction boots, or any boots for that matter. Expect the legs to bunch up near the top of the boots, allowing entry of loose nails, wood chips and sawdust into your footwear. Lastly, they have changed the belt loop arrangement, so they now interfere with wearing suspenders.
I don't know how many pennies Faded Glory has shaved off the cost of their "new and improved" Carpenter Jeans, but the difference in design and fit is no longer buying for work use. If I could contact Faded Glory directly, I would ask them to bring back their older, more worker friendly design. And if they could actually improve on that older design, by constructing their jeans from a more durable hemp/cotton denim blend, I would even consider spending more for the same jeans.