Funny you should bring this up, I needed some new wheel QR skewers recently and was going to pull the trigger on some of the Hope ones, but after looking through eBay I decided to go for some of the AEST Titanium skewers instead, mainly because they were half the price of the Hope ones, and lighter too.
+ And they are light
noticably lighter than the XT skewers that they replaced.
+T hey look nice, similar in style to the Hope skewers in fact.
+ They have a nice locking/unlocking action.
+ My wheels haven't dropped out yet
- They don't have the same "quality" feel of the more expensive brands.
- The shaped bit that the handle pivots in is made of plastic instead of alloy (light, but how will it wear?)
So a few weeks into ownership I am quite happy with the price and look of the skewers, no problems thus far, but I guess time will tell with regards to the robustness and build quality.
However I wish I'd read the pdf on Chris King hubs, where it says to "only use steel QR's" that can apply "1,100lbs of clamping force" before getting the AEST ones
So I may eventually get the Hope skewers, but I'm in no rush.