Clothes of the Seventies, San Francisco Riding Gear

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Description: Jeans that had a buckle on the back just below the waist. They were very popular about the same time that HASH jeans were the in thing.
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Marcus - November 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I totally remember these. We had them in Oregon and everyone wore them. Sort of a bell bottom, and I remember orange striping on the back pockets. Beaverton High School Days.......
Samantha - May 06, 2009 - Report this comment
In Spanaway Washington, 1979, ninth grade. They fit like a glove. Babysat and lawn mowed for 6 pairs cause Debbie and Melody had them.
Katiebee - August 01, 2009 - Report this comment
These were all the rage in Eugene, OR too. Very comfortable--and very different from the 1990s bell bottoms--SFRG had a high waist. Perhaps it was a Pacific Northwest thing!
Martha - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Only people in Washington and Oregon wore these jeans. A fashion anomaly.
Carol - September 30, 2009 - Report this comment
1978 Junior High in Milwaukie, OR. I loved my cross pockets. I had them in white too!
Jamie - February 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a pair! I lived in Redding, CA and could never find them again. They were great and made your bum look great! I would give anything to have a pair now.
John - December 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Visited Spokane in 1980. Saw them all over the place. Never saw them again. Very cool design.
Debbie - March 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a pair. Saved up my babysitting money. I lived on McNeil Island, Wahington. When I moved to Memphis, everybody thought I was so out of style ... they were in straight-leg Levis.
Kathy - April 02, 2011 - Report this comment
iloved my pair and i loved the way they fit but you had to have the cuff rolled up and i always had to press them to get the cuff to stay at just the right width. man i miss those jeans (at least the way they fit)just right.
susie - December 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved, loved my Sticky Finger jeans! I grew up in Palo Alto and in high school (1976-1981) these were the "in" jeans to wear. There was a a store on University Avenue that carried these jeans. They fit like a glove! I miss em!
DeeAnn Grip - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
8th grade (77-78) were buckle backs, 9th grade brought X pockets and later lazy S pockets. Tacoma, WA: Squire Shop, The Cube at the Bon, Mr. Ragg's, Knickerbockers, to name a few places they could be found. JC Penney had a juniors dept, but NEVER sold designer jeans. Tops were cute, though. Ah, the days.
Kim - November 20, 2012 - Report this comment
These pants were made of heavy 13# denim and the cut definitely shaped your bottom like no other jeans that I've seen ow worn since. When I wore these jeans I had guys flirting with me at least 10 times as often as when I wore those jeans that smashed your figure. I was really sad when they were no longer available. I would give the price of the most expensive jeans available to have them back on the market. Or at least get a sewing pattern.
Doug Burch - January 17, 2013 - Report this comment
I designed the logo for San Francisco Riding Gear while working at Sticky Fingers, the parent company for SFRG
Terry Parker - March 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I wore the stripped painters paints back in 1980 in Portland, Ore. I loved them, and Kim Kim is right, I loved how they looked on the girls!
Kerri - July 25, 2013 - Report this comment
Bought a pair in Miami for $55.00 in the early 80's, which was alot of money.Loved them. Moved to NY and searched but never found another pair.
Jan Cagle - August 02, 2013 - Report this comment
My brother designed everything for San Francisco Riding Gear!!(as far as I know!!) He was the owner of Sticky Fingers and San Francisco Riding Gear. We also had stores in Eugene where we sold them. Unfortunatly, my brother cliff passed away from Alzheimers disease at age 65 last year. These jeans were a phenomenon!! Only sold in the Northwest.
wendy - September 07, 2013 - Report this comment
ah, buckle back sfrg. grew up in Olympia and we could buy them at Mr. Raggs. my first pair were hand me downs from my friend Heather's older sister. I felt so cool going to school my first day of 6th grade in those jeans. the alternative was the polyester gaberdine "bend over" slacks my mom bought me... Really mom?
Kim(southern Oregon) - September 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Omg! Theses were the "only" jeans a girl should ever wear! They were cut perfect for nearly every girl! These jeans never wore out, they were amazing! I must have had 20 pair of various styles! I always hemmed them for my correct length. They were hot and I would give anything too have them now...I won't even wear jeans cause they don't fit like those did! Miss them!
gina - September 07, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh how I loved SFRG and Sticky Fingers jeans! I got my first pair when I was in the 5th grade, which would have been about 1978. Bought them at a store called Impulse on Pacific Ave. in Parkland, WA. They had racks and racks of them. My mom almost died when she saw the price, because she was used to buying what I think were called Hobeau jeans at about half the price of SFRG. I was one of the first girls to get them at my school, and I swear within a couple of weeks, everyone that could afford to get them had a pair or three. I wish I had kept a pair in the attic -- hard to find any images of them online. I had no idea that they were a regional thing!
Tommy - March 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I really think it was a Pacific Northwest thing...Yeah, Jr. High in Spanaway, Wa...Everyone wore them even the dudes... Very embarrassing!!! Horrible Fashion, but they did fit the girls very nicely for back then. Mr. Raggs sales girls got you in those thing. Thank God Levi 501 became the Fashion....I remember seeing some of the old stoners still wearing the SFRG in the early 90's..Horrible fashion but miss those days
Rachel Moore - April 24, 2014 - Report this comment
So that's why nobody in So Cal has heard of them...they were only in the Pacific NW and maybe Northern CA? SFRG fit me better than Levi's 501 which were straight up and down with no waist. I got mine in 79-80 when I was in 6th grade. A pair of painter pants and one other pair.
Mary - September 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I still have 2 pair of them!!! One I wore a lot, the other pair are brand new, unhemmed. I keep hoping I'll lose enough weight to get back in them lol.
Shelli Toftemark Smith - November 19, 2014 - Report this comment
Jan Cagle.. sorry about the passing of your brother.. very sad. Maybe you could carry on his memory by reproducing these jeans
Jill - November 29, 2014 - Report this comment
If anybody has a pair to sell, please email me. I have a yahoo account and it is Jillbre1
Shannon - August 14, 2015 - Report this comment
These were the best jeans in the world. Finally got a pair for my birthday in 7th grade. I was so tiny then that my mom had to buy the smallest size for me to grow into. The greatest part was that they tapered at the ankle. I was a very fashion forward 12 year old in Marin County, CA
Beth - February 16, 2016 - Report this comment
i have a pair of SFRG jeans in like new condition that I would like to sell if anyone is interested. They are the ones with the red x on the back at the center of the waist and red Xs stitched on the back pockets. Huge bell bottom legs and they are size 26" waist and 35" inseam. Email me at if interested.
Cindy - May 19, 2016 - Report this comment
I had a pair in 1981. They were great! I loved them. They were the coolest jeans around. What happened to them? I'd love to have another pair!
Mary - July 29, 2017 - Report this comment
I had 3 pairs in Jr high. 2 Blue and 1 RR stripe. Loved them.
Vickie - October 07, 2017 - Report this comment
Just found a pair of these at a thrift store. Love the comments, I'll probably sell them. I love to find vintage and match it with someone who loves it.
Ronda - October 31, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember I got my first pair in the 6th grade and wore them until they were thread bare! I still don't know how my Mom came up with the money to buy them for me!! We lived in Eugene, Oregon and were pretty poor back then!

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