I specifically called customer support and asked if I was going to need to pay the difference to exchange them and they said it was fine. I'm new here, is this taboo for some reason?
I know not everyone here is a Bonobos fan, but I just got their new slim-straight washed chino and the fit is great. They really slimmed down the leg and opening on these pants (and a further .75 inches in the high/knee) and they fit really well. I still ordered a size down (in this case a 35 instead of my usual 36) and the waist is perfect, just enough room to still accommodate for fabric stretch. Because they have such a great return policy (with free return shipping) I just exchanged my old straight fit for the the new slim fit and paid the difference -- which in my case, was $13.
Overall, awesome new fit. For people who like the fit of the refined-slim fit chino at Lands End Canvas, these even fit better in my opinion.
You're right I think on two counts -- Yes, their products are probably not a good bargain at full price, but they always have codes that can be found online for at least 20% off. I have never paid full price for any item there. It helps that these codes work on sale items too and can be stacked with groupon type deals that they run throughout the year. While most of their items are made in China, they try to source fabrics from Italy (like some of their wool) and make some of their shirt offerings made here in the United States (e.g., their oxfords and other dress shirts) which are the best fitting OTR shirts I've tried on.
For the pants, they are 7.6oz and have a good weight. I think these are pretty much a four-season chino, but probably too heavy for really hot days. They are a little stiff at first I think, but should soften up after wearing and a few cycles in the wash.
Here are two fit pics, sorry for the quality and mess -- My sister is the only one with a decent mirror in the apartment. :-P
Nah, I had to roll them up! The inseams on bonobos seem to run a little longer than advertised. The leg opening on this pair was 8inch (when laid flat). :-)
I'll try to get some better pictures later.