Rated 5 out of 5 by GardenBirdDog Warm, Well-fitting, Comfy Cargoes
I've come to realize when I read clothing reviews, whether the reviewer is delighted or disappointed with the item's fit, how invaluable it is to me when the reviewer reveals something about her height and other salient body type characteristics. Having a sense of how similar one's own frame might be to the reviewer's is one of the best clues of how well (or poorly!# the item might fit/flatter oneself.
I'm a scrinch under 5 foot 9, relatively short waisted and long-legged. By my former standards, my waist has all but disappeared. Post-menopause, I've taken to wearing mostly stretch-waist pants.
Given that these lined Southport cargo pants have no stretch in the waistband and further, some reviewers found the waist to be extremely tight #unbuttonable#, for months,I passed over these, even though we've had a winter with lots of record low temps and I needed warm pants. I'm so glad I tried them when they went on sale.
I was surprised to find the waist not at all snug. Even after laundering twice per instructions, the pant size that recently has most often fit me best at Bean was actually a bit loose all over! If it helps others, I am thicker through the middle than when younger, but my body type is definitely not "apple".
The cotton flannel lining is very soft, warm and comfortable. The pockets are great, especially the deeper button-flap side pockets which easily hold a smartphone. The rise and inseam are just the right length. I ordered Tall, the length is perfect with rugged winter boots, although not long enough to roll up even once to show the flannel, which I don't miss at all. The hem circumference is large enough that they'd probably look clumsy with a rolled hem, anyway.
I've found them to be so comfortable and useful in this deep freeze that I ordered a second pair, and because the first pair was actually a bit baggy in both the waist and hip, I tried a size down, in the only color available. The smaller size is the best-fitting pair of fitted #no elastic# pants I've purchased in the last few years! The waistband in the smaller pair is neither snug nor gaps.
I like both the indigo and olive colors, which are nicely slightly faded for casual wear. These pants are so warm, soft, comfy, well-fitting, and functional #plenty of pockets#, that until it warms up, I want to wear them everyday. I would have ordered additional colors if they had been available.
Like many reviewers, I did intentionally remove the drawstring. It served no purpose, slows one down, and adds bulk at the front waistband. I'm not recommending that Bean eliminate the drawstring. It's easy to remove if one prefers. Women with a smaller waist might miss it.
February 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by FLshopLLBean Lovely cargo pants
These pants are made in India and are a beautiful color (khaki) and nice thickness. They feel like they will last forever. I am very thin and the pants usually don't fit me. These were a little big in the waist but very big in the hips and thighs. Still I was tempted to keep them they were made so well. I looked in the signature line to see if they had something similar but no luck. Back they go~ and I hope LLBean carries these in a thinner cut pant some day.
February 21, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by yaki Warm but dumpy
I really wanted to like these pants. They are warm soft and well made, and I liked the olive color, but sadly the fit way too baggy so I will be sending them back. I read the reviews that said the waist ran small so I ordered a size 8. I usually wear a size 6, I'm 5'5 and 125 lbs. I think if I had gone to a size 6 the waist would have been too tight. The pants look much wider in the legs and butt in real life than on the model shown in the side view. The pants looked so dumpy on me I wouldn't even have kept them for wearing only around the house. Mind you I do not like tight pants. I do not own a single pair of skinny jeans and do not hope to. I was hoping for some warm semi-stylish pants to wear instead of having to layer long underwear under my pants when it is cold.
February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RamblinMar Super comfy and deliciously warm
My husband swears by LLBean lined pants in the winter so I decided to give them a try. So glad I did. These are absolutely fabulous, even in sub-zero windchill. I wasn't sure which size (6 or 8). But, after reading reviews, I went with the 8 which turned out as I expected -- a drop snug in the waist and a bit roomy in the hip/thigh -- overall, perfectly fine.
Just ordered another pair. Hopefully LL Bean will add more colors next year!
February 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BeanieFromOhio Love these pants!
I just ordered these pants last week, so as soon as they arrived I washed them and just wore them today. They are extremely comfortable! The lining kept my legs nice and warm today while I ran around town running errands. (-6 to 10 degrees and somewhat windy) I ordered my regular size 10 (5'4 1/2" tall and about 145 lbs) and they fit me perfectly, especially in the waist area. If you have a tiny waist you might want to go down one size. (I am thicker in the waist area).The cargo pocket was very handy to carry my phone and tissues. Are these fashionable? I'd say no, but I didn't get them for the fashion. I got them for the warmth and comfort. I only gave them four stars though, because I ordered the Indigo and the color is not exactly as it appears online. I thought they would be darker, but they are more a medium blue.
February 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by heatherh Love these!
These pants fit me true to size. They are warm and they feel like flannel pajama bottoms, but they look nice. I have two pairs now, but I want more because I want to wear them all the time now instead of jeans.
February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoJo17 Fits Just Right
I just received my pants in the mail. The fit P14 fits true to size. I could have fit into a P12 for a snugger fit. If this helps, I 5'3" 140 lbs,
February 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by VegetableFarmer Where have you been all my life?
I love everything about these pants, the fit, the comfort and warmth and the fact they still look great after a handful of washes. I always wear size 12 and the 12 fit fine. This is a must have. I am ordering another pair.
February 13, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by wintermix waist is way too tight!!!
I am a size 12 in all my jeans; doesn't matter what brand. I am 5'9 and weigh 163. The waist needed another 2-3 inches just to close! I thought for sure that they were either mis-labeled or just cut wrong so I ordered another size 12. Still the waist didnt come close to closing. The quality is certainly there and I sure they would be super warm to wear during the cold Jersey winters. Not too sure about ordering a size 14 due to other reviews where they claim the waist isnt any larger. Too bad. Maybe they should compensate a larger waist when adding a flannel lining.
February 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by NativeTexan Not a great fit.
I was disappointed with these pants since the waist even with the draw string was huge. Because I have a defined waist, I wear a small in pants even thought I'm 5 ft. 9 inches. Your "small" size would fit someone who wears a medium or has a large abdomen.
February 2, 2015