I ordered these shorts about a month ago and have worn them three times while biking some single-track trails in Missoula, MT, and I can't say enough good things about them. Compared to other shorts I have tried (and seen), they are both well-fitting and good-looking. The waist sits nice and low in the front, but the back is high enough that you don't have to worry about "plumber's butt", and the tabs on either side - so that you can tweek the waist sizing if need be - work really well. I also really like the length (they hit me just above the knee), and the fact that you can remove the internal padding and wear the shorts out and about; I have the graphite color, and they are cute enough that I actually would! Finally, I would point out that I think this is a great pair of shorts for girls (like me) who have larger thighs. I often have a hard time finding shorts that aren't tight around the thigh, but these fit just fine. As to sizing - I am 5'6, approx. 145 lbs, and I wear the size L. Normally, I wear size 8 - 10 in pants. Hope this helps!