Agree, very cool.
I see however that 4 people have votes uncool, but none of them has dared to leave an explanation why. Come on, fill us in guys.
I was one of those people who voted uncool, but due to the time zone thing I decided to go to sleep rather than I try and construct a convincing(?) argument...
I have several sets of thumbshifters, XT, Deore and XC Pro and they all work quite ok, with the Shimano versions much better than the Suntour offering. They aren't my shifter of choice by a long way but if you are doing a period build, its thumbies or nothing is some respects.
But good function has nothing to do with cool... In a lot of respects all Shimano products work too well to be cool.
To me XT thumbies etc are just far too common to be cool its as simple as that, and the lesser ones are just not special enough to be considered cool.