Re: Your stick preferences and why.
I like a lot of sticks in and around the size of 5As, but nothing heavier than a 5B. The sticks have to feel great in my hands and sound particularly good on my ride cymbals, most of the barrel tip sticks fit this criteria. Some of my favorites are the Steve Gadd and Evolution and I just got a bunch of ProMark 727 wooden tip sticks to also try out. For the past several years I'm exclusively into wooden tips, but still have my nylon tip sticks in bags of their own just in case I find myself in the land of the lost, lol.
I also play 7As pretty regularly depending on the style of music.