I have always used D'Addario EJ16 and although they are also termed light the gauges seem to be a tiny bit heavier than the Silk and Steel. I don't know if it's the size difference or the Silk and Steel but my fingers feel so much better and I have been playing for 15 years. They are a bit mellower but my flatpicked songs sound just fine but where they really shine is fingerstyle. I no longer feel the need for any picks or fake nails. The bare flesh tone sounds beautiful to me.