Agree with other reviews- I purchased the old version of these shorts (2018) and this version (2019) is different. I was a 4 in the old shorts and a solid 6 in this version. I agree that the loss of the large zipper pocket is not helpful- the new pocket will fit chapstick or credit cards but not much else, and it's so hard to find good pockets in women's clothing. That said, the front pockets are still massive and easily fit a phone with room to spare. There just aren't any large pockets with a zipper and the front pocket is not as ideal for a phone which you're active. Back pockets are standard, meaning I wouldn't trust them to keep things from falling out while you're moving around. The material feels the same as the old shorts, so I'll assume they work well when they're wet and dry quickly. I often wear the 2018 shorts while kayaking or wading similar wet activities. After a year of wear, the old shorts can pill if you're not careful about brushing up against rough material (like rock, etc.) but otherwise hold up well. The fit feels trimmer in the thighs compared to the 2018 version, which may be uncomfortable for those with muscular legs even with the ample stretch in the material. However, for me, this means the legs don't ride up, which is a good thing. The waist hits my belly button. The drawstring is annoying for me, but could be helpful if someone needs to size up for extra leg room. I am 5'6", 135-140 lbs, and wear a 6 in this 2019 version. I am typically a 4 in prAna, a small/6 in Patagonia, and a small in OR.
Queen of pockets