I bought these shorts because of the previous reviews and it was half off. I wasn't sure what the fabric would be like or if the back pockets were going to be big enough to practical.
Well, its my new favorite pair of mountain biking shorts! I'm 5' 04" and about 130, athletic build. I got the small and it fits just right. The rise is similar to Sombrio, just below the navel, which means no crack exposure when pedaling long uphills. Semi-fitted on the thighs, but not binding, since the fabric stretches. The length just touches my knees. Once I put it on, it stays in place. The back pockets are easy to get to and are made of mesh. It was large enough for me to keep my cell in one pocket and my little wallet in the other, while on a short ride. It didn't bother me riding with stuff in the pockets. The mesh liner is a nice bonus. Wide waistband, padding is not too thick and did it's job. The belt loops is another nice touch. I wear a belt and loop it to my camera case for scenic rides.
Great job Descente!