These little gloves held up through the Navy/Marine SERE School taking a heavy beating. They have a great thin liner inside that adds some warmth and more protection from the elements than a standard leather glove might. Definitely worth trying on first if you can, they do run fairly true to size though. I worked a good deal of mink oil into them and that kept most of the water out while they were exposed to wet brush and rain. The leather is definitely forming over time and they are just getting better.