Clown Pants!!! (sizing is way off for XS - not for petites)
Short Version: 2 stars I guess for nice fabric and construction. Too bad the fit makes them unwearable. These likely won’t fit well on anyone who’s petite. If you're curvy and at least average sized, if not larger, then maybe you'll find the correct fit and love these pants. If you struggle to find outdoor pants that run small enough for you, keep looking or learn to sew.
Longer Version: I ordered the XS Short/25” inseam. The pants are so much larger than the size chart indicates that the fit does not whatsoever resemble the product photograph. The photo makes them appear snugly fitted without being constricting. In reality, they fit like giant, baggy, clown pants, especially around the hips and thighs. These are falling off of me so badly that not only are they ridiculous looking, but even the drawcord won’t cinch them in enough to be able to use them hiking with a backpack. I will have to pay return shipping.
Measurement Details (in case they’re useful to another shopper):
My measurements for reference: 92 lbs. / 4’11” / Waist (natural/narrowest) 25” / Waist (where I wear pants waistbands): 28” / Hip 33.5” / Thigh (at top) 18” / Inseam 25”
According to Kuhl’s size chart, I’d need a size 0 to fit my hips. Alas, the Freeflex Metro only goes down to XS/2. But the short version should at least be the right length for my squatty legs!
Kuhl size 2 bottoms according to their size guide: Waist (supposedly “around waist where you normally wear your pants" ?!) 24.5-25.5” / Hip 35-36”
Freeflex Metro XS Short (25" inseam) garment measurements: Waistband (neither stretched or cinched) 29.5” / Hip 40”!!! / Thigh (at top) 22.5” WHY?! / Ankle Opening 11” / Inseam 25.25” / Front Rise 9.5” / Back Rise 14.5”
Notes to Kuhl:
(1) Please consider carrying smaller sizes. I’m not sure why you show a size 0 in your size chart, yet your XS pants are only meant to fit size 2. I am not the only petite woman out there! And, no, we can’t simply wear children’s clothes once we have hips to accommodate.
(2) Please consider creating petite size clothing, rather than simply shortening the hemline, which could quite easily be adjusted by customers anyways by simply hemming. Short women generally need everything adjusted to get a good fit. This includes pocket placement, knee detail placement, and how quickly pants taper in or out above and below the hips.
(3) Please correct your size guide that says to measure “around waist where you normally wear your pants.” This is not how waist measurements should be taken for fitting; they should be taken at the narrowest part of the waist, even if that’s higher than you wear pants. Moreover, it’s pretty obvious from the number of inches you indicate in your size guide, as well as from the pants that I ordered, that Kuhl garments are constructed according to the traditional narrowest point measurement, not “around waist where you normally wear your pants,” which is actually much lower and wider.