Originally Posted by keep it simple
I changed to Silver Fox 1A's about 18 months ago & reduced my breakages by at least 50%. Prior to that, I used VF.
i agree i bought a batch of silverfox 5a sticks on ebay a few years ago and still have like 6 pairs of them. they have some cool coating too.
other than that i always have pro marks laying about. i don't think i've seen them split/crack, they just have loads of dents on them. i never buy vic firth now because i had an awful experience with a batch of 5a (not novas). vater are cool too.