Nah. This is fairly typical. Look at the Eidos make up for an example.These are awesome trousers, and look forward to Epaulet's offering. But I'll stress - for my own interest - the necessity of side tabs. I tend to like a looser fit in my waist while I'm sitting in front of my desk most of the day, but snug when I stand up. That's why I prefer side tabs even over belted.