I have a few pairs of the 9oz, and purchased them a few years ago during a Luxire sale. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much but they have been worn a lot including cycling to work, and I was just reflecting the other day that I can see no visible pilling, sheen or bald spots. They hold a crease as well as can be expected from light flannel. They are also versatile - sure, not what you would normally think of as 9oz 'warm weather' trousers, but wearable year round in London. So I would certainly buy them again, and it's made me view VBC more positively as well.