Originally Posted by Saucemaster
This is a little of what I was alluding to above--I think that the calves are proportionally skinnier on the smaller sizes. The calves in the 30 were pretty slim on me. As for the fabric bunching up behind the knees, though... you're not just talking about normal honeycombs, right? All raw jeans do that.
You are right. I've tried on multiple sizes. The size 30 (the size I regularly take in jeans) was really tight, particularly below the knee. You could pretty much make out my calf muscles. The thighs were tight, and I could button up the top button only if I sucked in my breath and strained! I was Drizzt'ing it! By contrast, the size 31 fit comfortably from the get go. I could actually slouch the jeans right off the bat, and there was space in the thighs and calves. The size 32 were way big on me in all dimensions.
For kicks, I tried on a pair of 29. Do not recommend doing that. Nearly autocastrated myself.