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Several things might make these "less desirable" for folks: loose fit is an understatement. Huge is a better description. Stiff even after numerous washings. (Like wearing corrugated steel) Metal slide hook instead of a button or a snap. (didn't even know slide hooks were still made! Where they left over from the 70's?) They almost look like capris not shorts! My wife laughed and called them "man-pris"
Love the shorts. It does seem they run not quite a size small when compared to Wrangler. I wear a 38 in Wrangler comfortably. A 38 in these are a tad tight, but still wearable. I also have a pair of 40 Dickies shorts that are a little loose.
My husband loves these. They fit great, and the cargo pockets provide extra storage. One note: the belt loops are a bit small, so you can't wear a wide belt with them. I think the belt my husband wears with them is about 1" wide.