I like their maple Jazz Cafe sticks for being really light and durable. (I found Vic Firth hickory got chewed by cymbals very quickly.) I bought my last batch years ago. Sad to see they are discontinued.
If someone can recommend an alternative, that will be great.
I've tried them and can tell you it made no difference what so ever. I actually find the standard sticks last better. Firegrains also leave little poo stains all over your cymbals.The Firegrain thing isn't really a gimmick. Using fire to harden wood is actually a real thing. It's mostly used for hardening arrows and spear heads though, and I'm not sure how well it works for drumsticks.
I just picked up a 5A hickory pair, my first pair of Promarks in many years (except for a firegrain pair). I bought them online and they are perfectly straight. I liked the overall feel of them. I’m very happy with them.I only use Pro-Marks 5As. They just feel right in my hand. Never had a pair break on me.