I'm curious what others think about these. I normally use 5B and tried the X5B. They're only 1/2" longer, but it seems to make a huge difference in reaching around the kit. I'm surprised how much such a small difference can make. On the other hand, I think I'm fatiguing faster when going fast on the hi-hat. It's only been a day though, so maybe it's in my head, or just the extra weight from going from chewed down sticks to new ones.