These gloves feel great when you put them on. They fit my hands perfectly without any loose spots. The snug fit gives confidence when handling a belay device or clipping and unclipping biners. Part of this is because they are made of soft goat skin, which is much more supple than cowhide. But the main reason is the articulated design and soft stretchy material on the back of the hands.
The wrists have a big open cuff that in conjunction with big clip-in loops makes it easy to get the gloves on and off quickly. This is great for crag belaying when you are often taking gloves on and off.
The gloves have Kevlar reinforcements in the fingers to help them last longer. This is one of the better ways we have seen to increase durability without sacrificing dexterity.
The elastic around the wrists offers a little more pressure than I like. That is a small thing, but I noticed it. It was hard to decide whether I would prefer open cuffs (faster to get on and off) or Velcro closure wrists (more snug). This is a personal preference. The flexible material on the back breathes just okay; the gloves scored in the middle for breathability. One challenge is to actually find these gloves.
These are ideal for belaying, especially on multi-pitch climbs where you want dexterity and confidence that you won't drop stuff. I would not use gloves this expensive for heavy rappelling and instead would use cowhide gloves like the Metolius Belay Glove or PMI Rappel Glove.
At $40 these are among the most expensive gloves out there. The only gloves that are more expensive are the Black Diamond Transition Glove. The durability is slightly above average, making them an okay value.