My assessments: SC001 - 501 Repro fit, similar to 47 SC002 - 501 Repro fit, similar to 66 SC003 - Straight leg, low-slung, slim SC005 - Bootcut, slim, low-rise SC007 - Straight leg, slim, not as low-slung as 3 SC008 - Tapered, slim, low rise, but with normal back pocket placement. If the SC003 is lower slung than the SC007, then your package is showing. According to Gordon at BIG, the SC007 are considerably lower rise than the SC003, by about an inch. I got the SC007 today. Like the SC008, they are a cotton linen blend. Here are my assessments compared to *the* starter brand, APC New Standards, and a true premium brand, 5EP bootcuts. I'll talk about the fit last. Denim - the denim is significantly softer than the APC, even after the APC has been washed a few times. My initial assessment is that it is not as durable as the APC denim. It is considerable less "finished" than the APC denim, and the surface texture is more interesting. The weave is denser than the APC denim. The denim has nothing on the 5EP denim, however, which has a far more complex color, and is a much denser, more tightly woven denim. Of course, the 5EP are $100 more. Stitching - the stitching is not as good as either the APC or the 5EP denim. There are more dropped stitches, and more (I assume accidental) unfinished areas than the APC. Also, the inseam is not flatfelled, unlike the APC. I give this to the APC by a slight margin. Hardware - about the same quality as the APC, definitely not on the same level as the 5EPs. However, there are the usual Japanese details like hiddne rivets, which APCs do not have. Details: The Leather John Bull patch is really cool. Fit - here is where these jeans stand out. However, you have to be in good shape *and* slim to wear these jeans. They are low slung, I mean, really low slung - only 3 buttons, including the top button. I wear most of my jeans on the bottom of my hips, and these jeans sit even lower. The widest part of my hips is 31.5 inches. The "waist on these jeans measures 32" on a pair of 30s, and essentially sit on the top of my butt. The thighs are extremely fitted. My thighs are just under 21", and these were pretty tight when I first put them on (they subsequently loosened up a bit. The cut is about as straight as you get - 16" around from lower thigh on down. At $168, it's a good jean. IMO, the APC NS is a better bargain at $140 if you are looking for pure durability. However, the fit of this jean is considerably more flattering if you are slim/athletic, and the denim is has a more interesting texture.