I really like these pants. They are just perfect for that light-weight summer hiking pant. To me they are very similar to the Articulus in design. However, the material and (apparently) durability are quite different. I wasn't sure how I would feel about wearing stretch pants, but I have no problems. They look just like normal pants and they don't hug my legs like yoga pants. The big perk for me is that the stretch holds. They don't stretch out and become more baggy like the rest of the Merrel pants I have that include some stretch (like the Articulus). I think I'll be getting more of these pants soon. I just wish Merrell would bring back the "short" option for those of us with tiny little legs.