Rated 2 out of 5 by docentdoc Wow, these really run small!
Just received my pants and was so excited until I tried them on. The material feels comfortable and they seemed to be well made. I usually wear a size 6 petite in Bean's jeans but i ordered these in an 8 regular. I could not zip them up. I could not close the waist band. I am returning them and reordering them in a size 10 because the price is right and the material is very good. Also, the legs really cling so if your thighs and legs are a little larger than average you may not want to order them two sizes up.
May 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mommasan They are a perfect fit
After 4 pair of black pants, I finally found the perfect fit. Thank you.
January 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Marsha7 Zipper gets better
I wrote before about the zipper problem, as had others. I've found, however, that after a couple of wearings, the zipper/fabric seems to loose up a bit and works better.
January 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Marsha7 Almost great
I like these very much; they're about the best and most reasonable slacks I've found, without going to stratospheric prices. They are a nice weight for year-round wear, and I would buy them in multiple colors, if available. I usually wear a 6, but I am wearing an 8 in the Ponte Knit Pants--comfortable and not skin tight. The zipper, which others have mentioned, is a big problem--it doesn't easily pull up over the deep waistband. For fabric comparison: the Ponte Knits are by far a more substantial and better-wearing fabric than LLBean's "PerfectFit" line of slacks, and a far more substantial weight than the "Indispensable" slacks (LLBean's travel line).
January 10, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by grma Somewhat disappointed
I am a big fan of LLBean clothing which comprises most of my wardrobe. I love the fit, silhouette, and comfort of these pants, but unfortunately, the side zip hook and eye closure is very difficult. The zipper does not zip easily above the waistband. Also, the pants tend to bag out at the knees after wearing all day. If the pants could be styled with a front zip and button closure, I would order another pair.
January 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by SmilyG Too long
I bought regular even though I'm 5'2" and usually wear a petite or "short" leg. I figured the pants could be hemmed. I can easily fit into a pair of Jeans that are "6 short" from a nationally known brand, so I figured a 6 in these pants would just need to be shortened.
Nope, can't do it. The legs are comfortable but too long. However, due to the waist clasp, I can't just shorten the leg and keep the pants. To keep these pants, I need to lengthen my torso by an inch or two.
These pants are being returned.
December 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jayelgee1 A good alternative to too tight leggings
I was looking for slim-leg black knit pants to wear instead of too tight leggings that I could tuck into tall boots if I wanted. I am glad I have a local LL Bean store because I was able to go try them on.
These pants fit great - a nice slim leg with a great shape all the way down. The weight of the knit is very good and didn't cling even when on a very cold day I wore leggings underneath. I need a 29.5 inch inseam, so this was another reason I liked these when I tried them on. Perfect length for me.
I only wish that they were not side-zipped. Don't designers understand that it is so inconvenient to have to twist the waist around to get access to the hook and eye and the zipper to zip open or closed? I wish these pants were fly-front.
They fit perfectly smoothly into a tall boot and look great with ballet flats or a heel.
I bought 2 pairs - a terrific sales associate ordered the second pair for me directly at the store. Delivery was super quick. And I used a coupon for a great bargain.
The knit held its shape.
I highly recommend these knit pants.
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by murasaki worth the hunt
Comfortable and stylish. But the fit tends to be erratic. To get 5 perfect pairs in 2 colors, I had to order 8. One was too big, two were too small (at least a size too small), but 5 were just right. Well worth the effort.
December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simpatica perfect pants
These are slim fitting pants, but not leggings, not really really tight.They are perfect. They look stylish and flattering at the same time.The fabric has a nice weight and feel. These are a notch up from what LL Bean calls perfect pants...those are flimsy and do not fit nicely. The zipper is a little hard to work, but a good solution for getting these nicely fitted pants on and off without an elastic waist or bulkier front closing and zipper. I do like pockets, but it is not possible with such a slim fit.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 good fit
They are as good as the catalogue description. They fit well and I will wear them frequently. I'm 5'4" and slender and they are not baggy
December 4, 2013