I tapered my Micas from the knee down before I ripped the knees and cut the hems, and I ran them through a hot wash and dryer cycle. Hopefully the Cast 2 having stretch will work in your favor. Let me know how it goes!
@Jbidwal I don't know if this applies to the Cast 2s, but I have a couple pairs of the previous Casts (non-stretch) and I wear 29 in washed (Coast and Carbon) and 28 in non-washed (Mica). I've washed my Micas and they've stretched back out.If it's any help, I believe we wear the same size in D02s (29).
Of course, the best thing to do is try them on in store. If there isn't a boutique or retailer near you, I would suggest buying from a site that offers detailed measurements or if you're buying from an individual seller, ask them to take actual measurements of the product. You can compare to other jeans you own and get a good idea of the fit.
Remember, jeans stretch, so take that to account when comparing new vs. used measurements.
I haven't taken a measuring tape to them, but from trying them on, they seem to be the same cut/material. The only real difference to me is that they have different colored hardware.
As for the hardware, that will be personal preference. I prefer the silver hardware, but I can understand why some may like the muted look of the black hardware.
@OakGhost will do. I notice the SS16 pairs don't have the large third blowout on the left leg, but that's not a deal breaker for me. Also, distressing tends to look better after some wear.
I think the distressing on my single knee rips look a little better than when I first got them. Either that, or I'm imagining things.