Rated 2 out of 5 by applepond1 Bad Waist Design
I have been purchasing LL Bean shorts for 25 years. They wear like iron and I love the colors. But, now, Bean has removed all options for their wonderful shorts except the woeful "hidden" stretch waist. This waist design is horrible, because when the elastic panel at each side stretches, it makes the front pockets "pooch" out, so that your silhouette looks like you have a rabbit popping out of each side pocket. I am horrified that LL Bean has eliminated all the other options, such as the exposed elastic back waist, or the fitted waist with no elastic. Therefore - NO CHOICES. What are they thinking??
Sadly, I must admit that I am now purchasing shorts from Beans main competitor. I can't get 100% cotton, but at least I can get a decent fit.
January 24, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by luckylynda Bring back the old Bayside Twill shorts!
I don't like the "comfort waist"! The elastic feels bulky and I agree with another reviewer who said it pulls the inside of the pockets out. I have a pair of the original non-comfort waist Bayside Twills that I got 3 or 4 years ago and they are my favorite shorts. The comfort waist shorts have a different all over fit - too loose in the hips and legs. Not happy.
October 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by NJSue Don't care for the new comfort waist
I am sometimes a size 6 and sometimes a size 8. I ordered both sizes and the size 6 were definitely too small, even with the expandable waist. Even in the size 8 though, I didn't care for the comfort waist. When it expands, you can see the lining of the pocket. They also feel bulkier at the waistline due to the added fabric which is part of the expansion mechanism. I wore them a couple of times and in the end, I decided I just didn't like the comfort waist. On the plus side the construction/fabric seem to be of high quality. I wish these shorts were offered with a choice of the comfort waist and a regular waist band.
August 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLBeanTideFan Perfect!
Love these shorts! Perfect fit just like the Bayside Twill pants. Just the style I've been looking for. Thanks, L.L. Bean, for making these available. Bought 2, buying 3 more!
August 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by singingmom90 Beware of sizing!
I have been a size 12 in all my LLB pants for many years. This pair of shorts was too tight in 12. I could get it buttoned, but the pocket lining showed which was not what I had in mind! I exchanged them for a 14 which fit well. Therefore I would say that they run small.
June 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by BESF Runs smaller than the old ones
I ordered two pairs of shorts the same size I had ordered these in before and both were too small. I exchanged them for the next size up and even that is a bit too small. I'm not really happy with the fit. The material seems nice and workmanship is good. I like the colors, though I do which they also offered black and gray.
I just don't think I'll be able to keep these. I am hesitant to keep ordering. Others have said that if you go another size up, it is too big. I like the length of these shorts and that they are all cotton, which is cooler that those that have polyester in them. I just don't buy summer shorts unless they are all cotton. If LLBean would just get the sizing issue figured out, I'd be happy to get more of these.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Helperbee sturdy & comfy
These shorts are great go-to play shorts for a 5'3" woman. The fabric is hefty but soft. The hidden slack keeps the waistband smooth. I will wear them weekly in summer.
June 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ditchwalker These are just right!
I've tried on a lot of shorts looking for a rise and a waistband that fit. These are just right. They are modest without being frumpy. AND they look great straight out of the dryer!
June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by shnola After long search LL Bean has come through!
Love these shorts. Great fit, great style! Thank you
June 4, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by MSmarg awful fit
I bought these in a size 20 and a size 18 the size 20 is to large and the size 18 is to small. The new waist band with the elastic is awful, if the shorts are a little tight at the waist you have the pocket lining showing. The size 20 are large through the hips. Bring back the pleated shorts with the hidden elastic.Will not shop at LL Bean again.
June 4, 2014