I've been anti cargo pants for a long time, but introduction of skinny cargo pants into my life has been a welcome surprise. I'm thinking it's probably the non-bulky pockets that do the trick for me. Ah, useless utility. I also love that I didn't have to get these pants hemmed--they're the perfect length as is. I knew they'd be perfect for me because they looked cropped on the model in the pic on the website.