FWIW: I use both Firth and Vater sticks. I've used the Sessions and liked them. I have a couple pair of the Recording models right now. They are a bit longer than the Sessions. I tried the Fusions and felt they were too heavy for me. All the Vaters I've used have seemed balanced and well made.
I'm somewhat drifting right now between models for medium to loud playing but have always considered both of these companies.
To feel what's right for you, you have to just try out different models. I settled on these two manufacturers. The only bad experience I had with any sticks in the last 15 years has been Zildjian. Can't remember which model but they felt great yet they broke very quickly. And I'm just not a stick-breaking kind of guy. None of the other brands I tried at the time had breakage issues.