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It's hard to say for sure for things like this.
I hear quite a bit of distortion on both the hats and the share, enough that I'd say that's the major component of the "crisp" sound. This gives them a fair bit of high-frequency energy, which makes them stand out since there don't seem to be many other sounds in that register.
They're also very "choppy" - they have fast onsets and decays. The hihat ducks when the kick plays (probably through sidechain compression) and almost nothing else (besides a hat) plays when the snare does.
There is fairly little reverb or "space" effect on either of them, so they sound upfront in the mix. It's also worth mentioning that, at least on the headphones I'm listening on, they're simply louder than a lot of other parts, which probably helps.
Again, it's hard to say for sure but that's what it sounds like to me!