My regular stick is the Firth 8D, but I have tried the Vater Manhattan 7A's, they are very close. The shoulder of the Vater tapers a little too thin for more agressive playing. That why I prefer the 8D.
That's the stick that I really like. I thought that these were just a bit heavier though than 7As. I could be wrong though. They're fairly light, but for when I want something even lighter, I go with Peter Erskine sticks which are just a bit lighter, but with the very small round tips, they feel lighter as they're easier to control the volume. Lighter than that, I go with Vater Sugar Maple Jazz sticks which are made of lighter weight wood. 8Ds are as heavy as I like to play with, though still on the light side. They're my "rock" stick... whatever the weight, I don't like 'em too short... just feels weird to me as far as the balance goes.