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These are great pants that are true to size for me, although other reviews have said they run a bit small. They start out a bit rough but soften up after a few washes. Lots or room and are holding up well after more than 30 washes. The only downside is that the belt loops do not accomodate a standard thickness belt. You will want one that is a bit thinner.
EDIT: It's been a few years since I ordered the 32s and I have been slacking on bike riding since. I have gone up to size 36. I am planning to ride a lot this summer again so I decided to order one of these in 36 and also grabbed some new wrangler shorts in 36.
These in size 36 measure 36.5 while the 36 wranglers measure 38.5. 2 full inch difference is way bigger than I had with the only 1 inch difference in 32s with the Wranglers being worn out. I don't know if this inconsistent difference is on Dickies end or Wrangles end (or both) but I definitely think a size up is needed at 2 inch difference. It could however just be that wranglers run large and these are proper size, hence why I am telling the measurements. It makes sense to me that 36's should be about 36 inches, but I question a lot of the measurement systems we use sometimes.
Original: I measured my old worn out 32 Wrangler shorts and they have a circumference of 34 inches. Size 32 of these measures about 33 inches. They are admittedly smaller but these are new and my other shorts are worn out so I think they are likely fairly close to the same size when both new.
As for the length shown in the picture, that depends how tall you are and how high up you wear them. I got these for wearing on bike rides since I cant have bagginess in the crotch area when pedaling and regular shorts ride up to show over half of my thighs when worn up that high. These shorts stop right at my knees when worn this high.
For the last couple of years I used shorts from a linen company we used at my job. The shorts they provided worked fantastic for the job I was doing. I have since left the company and the shorts I used them as long as I could. I looked on Amazon for something close to those shorts but I found these Dickies shorts and they exceed the shorts I used to wear, and I had not worn the Dickies brand shorts for work before. I received them at home and tried them on and they fit amazing. They are the right length, comfortable and won’t cause me any issues doing my normal job function.
I love these shorts because they look tailored and are so durable, and he loves them because he can stay comfortable all day in them..They're very sturdy fabric and can be dressed up or down. I mean, obviously they'd never be invited to a black tie affair but he can go from attending a posh backyard bash to workin' on the truck in his flip flops lol. We highly recommend to anyone looking for a great looking and sturdy, deep pocketed cargo shorts. (: