I don’t know the answer: I’ve been enjoying my Banana Republic traveler jeans and “rapid movement denim.” However, those were markedly more comfortable and better fitting than my old Levi’s, Old Navy, and Wranglers. Not as light and comfortable as the one pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans I ever bought (had a gift card), and I was surprised those lasted partially through high school and on past college, despite the “designer distressing” that I didn’t like (I managed to fine a pair with just one hole, thankfully small and not in a drafty place).
If these felt like as much of a comfort and quality jump over the Bananas as some of the others, lasted longer than the Bananas (mine seem to fray and rip faster than my Wranglers, though to be fair I wore the BR’s longer), then these might prove their place. Like my old A&F before our mall store went out of business, and no distressed holes this time.
I really just wish they were zipper fly, and there was some way to try out the fit.