How often does any product deliver on the promises that marketers make? I would have never purchased these had I not run upon a deeply discounted tin of the black (.88) picks. I always suspected Snarling Dogs was just adolescent heavy metal marketing. I am a finger picker who has been talked into learning to use a pick by my mentor. I never really liked them. When I agreed to learn I began to randomly experiment with many different styles of picks made with all sorts of material. This includes Blue Chip, Wegen, and Red Bear Trading Co. Now I am not about to sit here and tell you that these are the best picks I have ever used, but they are actually an extraordinary value. I feel that their claim of having the best grip around to be true. In addition, I feel that the heavier ones have the best tone by far of any pick in their price category. At the end of the day I still don't like picks and I prefer Wegen bluegrass and Red Bear to these. I will use my Wegen and Red Bear until I loose them or wear them out but I will probably be buying more heavy brain picks afterwards.