These are beautiful bike shorts and I wish I could enjoy the pair I ordered. However, I sent then back because the leg bands, the bands that go around the thigh, are way too tight. In fact, they would make the beginning of a good tourniquet due to the fact the bands dig into the thigh muscles thereby constricting blood flow. I purchased a large even though my waist is 33? ? 34?. If I go up to a XL the short I feel would be to large elsewhere.