Recently got these because I had a gig at a spot with a more intimate setting and couldn't play with full "gusto". They did the trick... Kept the volume down without having to fully adjust how hard I hit. The extra layer gave the snare more of a pop than regular rods. Would've given them 5 stars, but after using them at last rehearsal I noticed they were more worn out than expected... So it's life span might be shorter than I thought.