I just like the way they are valved. I had Bilstein HD's on my 98 ranger and liked them too. They seemed to hold up better than friends with cheaper pro-comp's, rubicon express, etc.
The ride is still firm, but you shouldn't get any repetitive bounce when you hit bumps and whatnot, they handling ends up being much better because they help keep the tires on the road.
The best my ranger ever handled was with new Bilsteins and disconnected sway bars. Silky smooth