For your 74k, can you tell me if the thigh stretch at all?
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you and autodafe. For most thanaz and thavar, I can fit into 29w, but I prefer to go with 30w since the thigh has little bit more room. And i dont mind wearjng a belt for the looser waist. As I recent discover, for 29w it's better to go with jeans that's not 100% cotton. They tend to stretch more in the thigh. Don't know if you guys feel the same way about it.