Short Story: crazy warm, high quality, awesome features, cool colors, you won't regret it
Details: Bought these in pink for my 8 yr old last season & she loves them. To be honest, I'm totally jealous ... I need my own pair ... soon. She loves that the insides are insanely comfy & warm. I love the carabiner clip, wrist leashes, gauntlets & top notch construction. Seriously, it's awesome to NOT have to hold her mitts on the lift while we adjust gear, & the gauntlets make it easy to keep out the snow. No more taking off my gloves in the freezing cold to pull her jacket sleeves over her gloves every 15 minutes. (frankly, that always bothered me way more than her, but at least I'm not doing it now)
As for style, she's cautious about looking TOO girly & loves these bc they're cute but rugged looking. I've compared them to the adult Heli's in store & they're obviously the same top quality. These things rock. After 1 season, they barely show any wear. If you're skiing in the rain, maybe the goat leather isn't the most waterproof protection on the market, but I rarely ski in the rain & especially not w the kid. They've been rock solid & plenty waterproof when we've been in wet snow/spring conditions & dried pretty quickly. These aren't made for snowball fights in wet snow, they're made to keep you warm in nasty alpine conditions. Why would you send the kids outside to play in mitts anyway? Get a cheap pair of synthetic waterproof gloves for that, then pack them in your gear bag as back-up. Buy these mitts so your kids' cold hands don't ruin your (& their) expensive ski trip. Plus, I bought them a little big, so I expect a couple more seasons & (since they're the gold standard) I bet I can then sell them for $50 to put towards a new pair. In the long run, I doubt they'll actually cost much more than the mediocre, practically disposable gloves I used to buy.
Get these & never worry about their hands again. Yes, they're expensive, but I never have to go in early bc my kid's hands are cold ... so I've got that going for me ... which is nice.
(does she look excited to be at the Okemo summit for the 1st time??)