So, I ended up buying both the moleskins and the needle cords from Cordings. I love both pants, except the fly (of both pants) which is buttoned and rather difficult to handle. Between each hole there is a seam which makes it tricky to button. Although one get used to it, the fly will never be as convenient as a zip fly or the jeans-style button fly, which you can simply and roughly rip up. I also ordered identical needle cords (but in another color) to a friend, but strangely, his pants have a zip fly.
The cut of the pants (the moleskins and needle cords are almost identical) is not so extraordinary as I would expect. They are rather "normal" in rise and leg width. I was hoping for a slightly more narrow leg (ankle width is indeed about 8" as someone posted above, but my ideal is 7.5"), and I was expecting (but not wanting!) an even higher waist. All things considered though, the pants are really great with a flattering cut and nice cotton. Looking forward to match them with Polo cashmere cable sweaters, C&J brogues and my new Aquascutum duffle!