I agree, I have two pairs of Nudies, one of them was my first pair of "quality denim" but that didn't last long as it shrunk quickly to my mistake of washing them too early. I have another pair of Nudies, the Avg. Joe's that fit so well, that I actually like them better than my APC NS (and I love my New Standards).
Big ups to Nick at Nomad for getting me hooked on Acne Jeans, They are my favourite denim by far, but pricey.
I have a pair of washed Even Stevens for $35 brand new in HK. I figured why not for the price. The denim quality is so thin and crap, no wonder rips and crotch blow outs seems to be a common occurrence.
I have a pair of Naked and Famous I work in between my Sammies and I love the fit and the quality. I would say it's about the same, if not better than APC's.
Copped them at Over The Rainbow for around $115. Great deal imo and if you look around you can get the 15oz. deep indigo for around the same online.