It depends on your style as stated, Keith Moon did away with hid hi hats altogether. I went through several before settling on the Pearl http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums...0p-drop-clutch
. Several reasons, it does not mar your hi hat rod the way the others do and it has never failed, I like the release better than the others as well and the rubber instead of felts make the hats sound better IMO. I got new hats and decided to keep my old ones and use them on an X-hat stand and leave them a little open. I kept my drop clutch and still use it occasionally. Its really all about person preference. Good luck.