For all my patch cables I use the mono variant and couldn't be happier! The stereo ones however... You have two solderpoints, one L and one R but the earth has no real soldering contact and has to be pressed against the enclosure of the jack to make contact... which fails eventually... I swear by the mono ones for all my patch cables but the stereo is not recommended !
As I said in the heading, looks fancy at that was the main reason why I ordered these. I had two angled neutriks before but thew were way too huge. Friend had some minor soldering problems but it went ok in general.