Spent quite alot of days on the hill (~25) last year, with crap conditions, and these kept my hands warm and dry each time. Thanks to the GoreTEX inserts. Zipper closure is actually better than you would think. Velcro will get covered with snow, but the zipper will hold out through slush and pow. I picked these because they had the under cuff style, super sleek if you have wrist gaiters or a jacket thumb loop. Although, these started to get holes on the fingertips by around day 15. Nothing super glue can't fix, but definitely wore out quicker than I'd like. Lasted though the washer/dryer numerous times. Get em if theyre on-sale, and size up a little, they tend to run a little small. Also, if you have the issue of the lining coming out when you pull your hand out, they eventually fix themselves, at least for me it did? Dakine might've revised their 2012-13 line. But I went for the Dakine Titan Short instead, we'll see how that works out this year.