Thanks for the picture and I can see clearly that the stripyness on the new 796 zaf is less pronounced that that on the older x-rotuck 796. The stripeyness on my zaf is similar to yours. It seems that stripyness pattern just changes with the time when the jeans made.
You also mentioned that the color of your x-rotuck is more blue in color than the zaf. When did you buy your x-rotuck or when was it manufactured?
My x-rotuck 796 which was bought from diesel store in Feb 2004 has the same color as the zaf 796 (yellowish fade, more greenish blue in color). I believe the newer 796 wash will be more green and yellowish. Which do you like better the older and the new 796 wash?
About the size, this is kind of weird. You mentioned that you wear size 36 for zaf and size 38 for x-rotuck. Mine is the opposite, I wear size 34 for x-rotuck, zathan (diesel store) and 33 for zaf (italiandepot). Size 34 of zaf is just way too big for me. I assume this may be the defect of the zaf jeans sold by the italiandepot.
Overall, I am very satisfied to know that the stripe pattern on the zaf 796 is less pronounced than that on x-rotuck 796 and definitely like my zaf jeans again
I will keep you in post about my visit to urbanoutfitters store and hope they have the zaf jeans in there.