These pants are awesome, and are a welcome relief in the cold weather. However, based on the sizing chart, I purchased two pair in L (I was, as with most pants puchases, primarily worried about length), but I think I should have gone with M. I am 6'2" 185lbs and athletic, so I think my waist is about 31-32. I'd like to return them for M, however I live in China and we're looking at 3-4 weeks turnaround plus an intermediary (which means additional cost regardless of BC's policies). Looks like I'll have to get a belt.
As for the quality, they are very remeniscent of a pair of prAna climbing pants I have, though the Stoics are heavier (exactly what I wanted). The stretchy material is comfy, feels pretty bullet proof and I can't wait to beat the beejebus out of them.
I wore these as my only layer under some Oakley snowpants and went snowboarding in northern Japan for hours. Perfect amount of thermal control, not too warm when active, still not cold when walking out the lodge after lunch. Very soft and no stink!
This bag is perfect for what I needed. I travel a lot, but have become pretty good about bringing only the essentials on the plane, but no bag does a better job of organizing said articles. This bag is also awesome for school, perfect size. It's very comfortable and accessible while wearing it. The TSA friendly laptop compartment is the real selling point, so highly recommended.