So... it's complicated, I ended up with a pair of Ele2 SkinnyGuy 34 and wore those through most of the winter instead of the Kamikaze Attack jeans. But I'm back on the Kamikazes now, been wearing 'em about a month. Not a whole lot of fading to show for it yet.
The waistband is still too tight. I can do it up, but then the jeans sit uncomfortably high, so I've been wearing these jeans a lot with a belt and the top button undone. They're pretty good like that.
Also I had some stitching come undone in the waistband too, so I had to do some quick repairs. Nothing fancy, just put some stitches in there. Crazy f'n jeans. It's a ride.