I've been sleeping on these sheets nightly for 3 weeks now. Out of the box the sheets don't feel that soft and after 4 washes they are slightly softer but I was hoping for better. There are some very good things about these sheets (very deep fitted sheet pockets, full elastic, great looking stripe pattern, rich colors, big king pillow cases (w/ King sets) but be honest, you're buying 800 thread count sheets because you want them to FEEL great. These sheets to have a substantial feeling to them, but they aren't anywhere near as soft as I was hoping (or have felt on friends sets). I thought I did my research before hand (these sheets use single ply, long staple Egyptian yarns which should be a recipe for a great fabric) but I did a little more research after I found myself disappointed by the softness and found that high thread counts can be a little deceptive. With a standard 1-over 1-under (percale) weave, 400 tc is the max possible with the best cotton. Yup, there it is! Thread counts are a marketing gimmick. Companies achieve higher thread counts by inserting picks into the weft which can leave the fabric feeling less than soft. That said, I've read that there are great feeling high thread count sheets out there...these aren't those. But for such a great price you still can't go wrong.Oh, one more thing. I think the stripe pattern is causing some of the roughness. The glossy stripe looks sateen and is soft, but the dull side of the stripe is rough! Maybe go with the same brand in sateen rather than the damask stripe.