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Received mine yesterday and wore them on my commute this morning. First impressions are good - they fit well, are stretchy enough, the poppers to tighten the ankles work well, the reflective details are subtle enough. Can't comment on the showerproof-ness as it was dry.

Two big plus points: they only cost £39.50 and they come in larger sizes. I have no idea how they compare to similar offerings from Rapha or Vulpine, for example, but as I can neither afford nor fit into them it's not a comparison I can make. Maybe one of the cycling magazines or website will review them but maybe M&S haven't sent any out - until yesterday they weren't even being sold as cycling specific even though there's a big label inside that says "Cycling Chinos".

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 2 years ago
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Just had to look them up, they look like most of the drawer full of golfing trousers I have  3

Here is the link to save people searching

http://www.marksandspencer.com/cotton-rich-active-waistband-tapered-leg-...

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IanD [24 posts] 2 years ago
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Carefully thought out details - "An elasticated waist allows for growth and promises extra comfort". Obviously thinking of the cake stops.

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Bez [594 posts] 2 years ago
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As usual, "larger sizes" means larger waists, not longer legs. Useless for me.

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monkeytrousers [107 posts] 2 years ago
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Got a link? I can't be bothered to look for myself. I'm supposed to be working!  3

EDIT - why didn't I read the 1st post properly!!!!!!  40

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Simon_MacMichael [2452 posts] 2 years ago
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The day I buy beige trousers with an elasticated waist will be the day I sell the Colnago and join the local bowls club.

I'm not planning on that happening any time soon...

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Bhachgen [111 posts] 2 years ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:

The day I buy beige trousers with an elasticated waist will be the day I sell the Colnago and join the local bowls club.

I'm not planning on that happening any time soon...

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You're in luck then - they also do them in "Graphite". Which is exactly the same as "carbon". Trust me on this I have a Physics A-level...

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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They look suspiciously like the slacks you see at the back of the Sunday papers, right next to the zip up insulated boots and hearing aids.

I will be taking a trip into sparks to have a look at them in person though.

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snappyandrew [48 posts] 2 years ago
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Well?

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Dizzy [68 posts] 2 years ago
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I asked in my local M&S, they not heard of them, but checked 'the system' & found them.
they have no plans to stock them, but will order them in I paid in advance?
As I have no idea what size i'd need, and am pretty sure they;d be too short in the leg, I declined the offer & said i'd try the bigger store in Brighton!

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Simon E [2727 posts] 2 years ago
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Dizzy, if you order online you can always send them back or return to a store if they don't fit (provided they are still as new etc).

I think I'll buy a pair. I wonder how different the cut is to the normal water resistant ones that are £10 cheaper:
http://www.marksandspencer.com/pure-cotton-active-waistband-flat-front-c...

For Bez and other lanky types M&S do 'Big & Tall' cut of the above water resistant chinos:
http://www.marksandspencer.com/big-and-tall-active-waistband-pure-cotton...
Not the same but might be worth a look.

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Dr_Lex [301 posts] 2 years ago
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Simon E wrote:

Dizzy, if you order online you can always send them back or return to a store if they don't fit (provided they are still as new etc).
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I did this - sadly the cut was not suitable (minimal taper from seat to waist), so will continue with the cheap Union34 trousers until "summer" (or the slightly warmer, less rainy period) arrives. Also disappointed that not gusseted for greater comfort in the saddle.