I was worried these would be too large, b/c my waist is really 30 max, even less around the navel. I got the smalls and they fit just fine. So, if you're worried they're going to be too large based on the size chart, they likely won't be. Otherwise haven't tested them in the backcountry yet, but think they'll be great (hence only 4 stars for now). Oh, my other critique is that they've got a very low cut waist, moreso around the front. Not sure how I like that yet.