True, the tighs are a tad loose... But it's really minimal. I couldn't size down more... Size 26 would have restrained my knees and kept me from moving. The size I took was already painful, as in, denim-cutting-the-flesh-from-the-back-of-my-knees painfull. It's a slim fit in my opinion, though not skintight.
Must say that they were a little tighter in the tigh area when I first got them. Maybe they stretched a bit due to constant wear.
About the backpocket positioning... To each his own. I like them when they are a bit lower. I think it's part of the model too. Because, even if I wanted the backpocket to sit higher, by pulling the waistband up it can't be done because of the short rise.
Though they start to show some breaking in... The denim is still a bit stiff. I'll just wait and see what time brings me. At least the fit is not too tight and in my opinion not too loose. I could easily wear it without a belt and it won't even sag one bit.