These gloves are the best all-around gloves I have ever had. They are waterproof, breathable, and just enough insulation to keep your nose pickers from getting cold. The Villains are not just for skiing or boarding but they are great to use while mountaineering. They grip an ice axe well and have plenty of mobility to grab onto rocks or anything else you need. These are very tough gloves with the full leather palm and the heavy material on the back. The Velcro closure and neoprene cuff add for a snug fit around the wrist but the cuff doesnt extend very far. Inside the glove is a light fleece so hands slip in and out with ease. Sizing chart is NOT accurate, I have an 8.5 inch hand (yes, measured correctly) and an XL is snug.