<<2. Will the Woman Reed pants fit not work for a Man, as suggested by Golite?>>
Albert, at GoLite's sale here in Boulder a week ago, I was looking for a men's PacLite Shadow pant. I needed a large, but they had none. I found a pair of women's XL and tried them on. They pretty much fit, but they were not as roomy in the legs and butt as a men's large (length was fine). So I am thinking you might be OK, but I would definitely suggest for you to try them on first, to be sure (or, if you must buy them blindly online, have a slightly more slender friend that you can give them to for Christmas, if they don't work for you).