I really like these sticks. I love the tip shape it is very versatile and create a wide array of tones depending on how you angle it. I like the way the finish on these feel and the durability is pretty good compared to some ProMarks I was using previously. My only gripe is I feel the consistency stick to stick, pair to pair varies greatly. Some pairs will be nice and beefy with a bit of weight, others are featherweight and feel nothing like the pair before. Some pairs do tend to shred a bit faster than others, not sure if this is a quality control issue or what. I plan on sticking with these VF sticks for a little bit, and for what I use them for they work well.