I love these guys. I bought them on SAC on a whim, and I probably didn't need them; I don't ski or do much cool stuff outside, unless you count running. Luckily, these tights are amazingly versatile. I wear them pretty much everywhere--alone on runs, under my clothes when it's super cold outside, to the gym, to bed, etc. They haven't pilled very much either, considering how much I wear them. And because they're merino, it seems like they hardly ever need washing. I wish I'd bought more than one pair! My only comment to stoic/BC would be to bring back the black ones--I think they look less underwear-y as another reviewer mentioned.