These are great sticks...I have had them for almost 4 years now. I practice 3-4 times a week for 1-5 hours each time. I have replaced the sleeves once and the tips once each. Getting ready for my second set of sleeves just so I have them when the others wear out. I go through about 10 sets of wooden sticks a year, so these are awesome. Less than $10 for sleeves and tips every other year or so ain't to bad.