Ohh, Thank you Sombrio! Curvy girls love riding bikes, too!
I just picked these up and tried them on, so I haven't used them on the trail yet, but I am SO impressed with the fit, that I had to leave a review immediately.
I bought the XL, and most XL's in the bike industry fit like a medium. I am SO happy to say these fit, and they fit really well, and they don't cause sausage rolls in the waist, and they are even flattering on the backside. I generally wear a 14-16 bottom in women's sizing (depending on brand), and the XL is perfect for me. Needs a little adjusting in the waist, but this is why they offer the adjustment tabs. So it's great!
The fabric here is a bit lighter overall and has a really nice stretch to it (perfect for being active and moving). And the waist has adjustment tabs on both sides for a custom fit.
The pockets will easily fit ID and credit card, and the left front pocket has a lanyard hiding inside it. The pockets are a touch narrow, so not quite as ideal for a phone, but most phones will probably fit.
They also have two pockets in the rear. One plain low profile zipper and one flap style. I think it's more for looks really, but they are both functional if you want to use them.
I also tried on the V'al shorts. They are the same length, with a burlier fabric, and a similar fit, but I liked these Summit shorts just slightly better overall for my purposes (lighter stretch fabric, and overall fit). If you want a more abbrasion resistant fabric, check out the V'al: http://www.backcountry.com/sombrio-val-short-womens