The fading's at a decent pace imo. But, I didn't rock 'em everyday so they might've faded faster if I had OD'd on wearing them. One thing I'll say is, the craftsmanship is not that good on Skulls. I remember some time ago Technique mentioned something about the Fabfour dudes not super-enforcing all the stitching and stuff to promote this do-it-yourself sort of approach to aging denim. After my 5010 experiences, it seems like that would be a copeout for not making them up to the standard implied by their pricetag.
I've already had the pockets re-stitched once, and theyre starting to come apart again. Started developing an upper-thigh rip that I had to get stitched, and other misc shit. I've had my APC NC's for almost 2 years and never had to fix anything, aside from one hole that developed under the crotch area but that's been fixed.
I still love em though. They're approaching 1-year mark, so I've developed an attachment. lolz