I agree with you about the COS look. I'm not sure what you mean by "standard no break" I don't think there is a standard for no break in pants. I think its about preference. For example, i wear my pants with no break, Thom Browne style. I think that pants with no break (no matter how extreme) is how you get the clean look your tying to achieve.
Yes, they do. I'm a big fan of the " five pocket pant" in general. I've tried many. I have to say that these are absolutely my favorite. They are made with a thick twill with a bit of a stretch which makes the fit perfect ( and ideal for bike riding) :) I wish that they came in black, though. :(