After reading all the positive reviews, I requested these as a Christmas gift. They are so soft and cuddly! I am a fairly picky person, and I was thoroughly pleased with the hand of these sheets -- they are so thick that they are almost spongy. And they are very, very warm. I had to turn down my heat to be cool enough to sleep, which is fine with me. I've only washed them once, so I can't speak to the durability. My beef with these sheets is the COLOR. I got the gold in the hopes that they would complement my gold striped duvet cover that I bought through OS. Wrong!!! These sheets are much closer to orange than gold. They are a strong, saturated color, like snoozing in a bed of Cheezits. I excitedly threw these on my bed late at night, and had to laugh when I saw the true color the next morning. I will be purchasing the slightly more muted mineral color and giving these to a friend.