As a short, approaching middle age male I often have problems with trouser sizing. While some companies convince me I'm still a 30 waist, others demolish this notion. Still, as a medium I thought that there would be enough range in the waist band while still ensuring a good leg length.
I have to agree with the other reviewer that these tights are definitely snug. Fortunately I have been able to get them on. Even then the waist rides low and they leave very little to the imagination - not pretty. I may not be as stick thin as I was, but I'm not fat and don't have a beer belly. If you're of a more 'stocky' build, I'd avoid these.
For me though, over he top of an old pair of lycra shorts, with a more generous fit, they have been working well, especially now that it's cold.
The tights seem to be good quality and the padding is great. I've spent up to 3 hours in the saddle without discomfort.
The tights have a good level of compression, while allowing decent freedom of movement.
If these tights had a more realistic sizing I would have given them a 4 or 5.