Well after waiting on someone to write up a review on these shorts and it never happening i took it upon myself to go ahead and order a pair to review myself. I ordered almost 2 weeks ago and they said it would be about 16 days to get my order but they got here a little quicker than that! First things first...... The sizing of these shorts is NOT like Sprawl or any of the other name brand shorts on the market, i generally wear a size 33 in jeans, i wear a 36 in Sprawl shorts so i ordered a 34 in the NOGI shorts and will need to send them back to get a smaller size, they are huge for a size 34, i will be ordering a size 32 when i return these. Hope that helps with the sizing. Looks wise these shorts are sweet, and the material is indeed actual Gi material in the front but it doesnt seem to make them feel much heavier than the norm. Overall they seem to be well put together and the stitching seems to be top notch as well. Overall review of the shorts is if you want to fork out the cash for these particular shorts then do so. I also have a pair of the new '06 SPRAWL shorts that i would prefer over the NOGI shorts but i had a little problem with the '06 Sprawl shorts as well with the stiching coming out on the back side of the leg, which i never contacted Sprawl to see if anything could be done about this or not because i had already washed them. Overall for your money go get yourself some Sprawl's or even the Truth fightwear shorts are made to last as well and for 20 bucks you cant beat that!