The smoothness of the gate opening and ergonomics on the gate grip is amazing! It's easy to hold the gate open with just the very tips of my fingers. You really have to feel it to believe it. In my opinion, these babies blow the usual sport climbing favorite (Petzl Spirits) out of the water. I only have two wishes: that they made a quickdraw set with these 'biners paired with something better than the livewires, and that the regular price wasn't so high. But I would recommend trying them out to see if the price is worth it to you. Like they say, you get what you pay for!