I was thinking about getting some 008's during the summer, and these are the measurements I got from Gordon @ BiG for the 26 and 27: Somet 008 w26 Waist-29.5 Front rise-8 Back rise-11.75 Upper thigh-11 Knee-6.75 Leg Opening-6.5 Inseam-36 Somet 008 w27 Waist-30 Front rise-8.15 Back rise-12 Upper thigh-11.15 Knee-7 Leg Opening-6.75 Inseam-36 So, two things to note. First, the rise on the jeans makes the waist size deceptive. The jeans don't sit at your waist, but more like the top of your hip. From my understanding the jeans are tagged reflective of that. You may want to measure jeans you already have (that fit), seeing where the "waist" would be at the 8" to 8.5" rise. Second, the jeans are sanforized, so they won't shrink too much; BiG estimates they'd shrink .25" in the waist and .75" in length when using a hot wash/hot dry.