I had the previous version of these pants and I loved them, unfortunately they met an untimely end after a too close encounter with a wood stove. I loved the fit and the cargo pockets.
I ordered the newer version because I missed the old pants so much. Like most Prana pants, the Monarchs run very large. I usually wear a size 4 but I need a 0 or 2 Prana sizing. These pants also run quite a bit longer than other Prana pants, I usually don't have to hem and I had to hem about 3 or 4 inches from the Monarchs.
I love the material and color, I also like that these pants have belt loops in addition to the string closure. The string closure is now on the inside of the waist and is useless if you are depending on it to hold your pants up.
The older version of the pants had a cargo pocket, the new version has a side zip pocket around the knee. The pocket is rather useless and not large enough to hold a passport.
The material is durable and the pants versatile, I wear them frequently but they haven't made the favorite list.
If you love these pants, stay away from wood stoves.
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