The material is heavy duty and has good stretch to it. I like the button mid-fly rather than Velcro - Velcro in that sensitive area would be bad! I really like the carabiner loop for my keys. I wish more apparel would have this, especially since I wear boardies for everyday activities and not just to get in the water. I would recommend buying a size smaller than you think you are! I am a solid 33 or 34, and the 32 is a nice modern fit on me. I have full range of motion and they aren't tight, while at the same time I don't have to worry about them falling down. Nice snug comfy fit. I like the zip pocket on the side. I have had every possible combination of pockets on boardies and this is the way to go. Pockets in the back are no good because you don't want to sit down on your phone! Velcro wears out and then you have to worry about wax, keys, etc. falling out of the pocket while surfing or swimming and that's why the zip is the way to go. The pattern is definitely unique and that suits me. It's nice to see some Waterlust love for the guys! Keep it coming.