I usually wear 33 or 34 waist size pants. I got these shorts in Large and they fit well. Usually I wear a belt but with the hook-and-loop straps I didn't have to.
The material is thicker than my Arc'teryx Ramparts and Paliasade shorts but the Norrona still felt great. They weren't hot at all.
I would say the they are quite long. They cover the knees and are a bit baggy.
I got mine in "Too Blue" which are intensely blue/cyan. In an endless display of olive and khaki colored pants and shorts on the trails, these livens things up.
Note that there are two zippered pockets on the back as well, but the zippers are mounted very low. It's a design choice I don't mind.
I'll definitely buy more Norrona products.