I just received these shorts today, and am immensely happy with my purchase. I got them to wear during a 4-week trip through central america this december/january, and think they'll serve their purpose excellently. First, a word on sizing. I'm 6'3", 185 lbs, and wear 32x34 Levis, and a 40L suit. I ordered the Large size, and they fit me perfectly--no bunching up around the waist when the belt's tight, and they fall right at my knees. Second, a little about the material--it's stretchy, and not rough, and not too thick or heavy like some other 'heavy duty' shorts. Third, the pockets--there are 6, and all have zippers that instill confidence--they slide easily, and are neither so small that they seem fragile, or so thick that they'll just be a nuisance. In all, I highly recommend these shorts.