I was tired of shopping for sheets that were "soft", but to me they were limp, even if the thread count was high. I touched new sheets in stores over and over again, and just couldn't find sheets the way they used feel. Seems like everything was sateen, and I didn't want that. My final set of sheets that were crisp were so old, began to tear, and the elastic was shot. All my new sheets were so limp, I hated the way they feel.They only word I can describe what i want is "crisp", with just a little "snap" in the sound of the sheets when I fold them. No, I didn't want to iron and starch (I didn't have to do that to my older sheets) and I do dry out on the line in summer, so it wasn't the drying method. After much internet searching and reading, I narrowed down my selections. Other options were much more expensive than these sheets, so I purchased both. Overstock's Percale Sheets are good, and a great value for the money. I purchased 2, white and blue. I've slept in the white, and I'm still satisfied with my purchase even after a couple of washings. If you like crisp, but don't want to spend $200 on a sets, I recommend these sheets.