I've wanted to try the Ahead's many times but I can't swallow spending $30 on a pair of sticks. I know they last longer but I'm afraid I won't like them and they end up in the stick box with $30 down the drain. Maybe one day I'll reconsider! Now for the OP they seem like a good idea because of the fact that they should last longer. I personally don't break sticks but it seems to be an issue for him (and many others i'm sure). I usually don't let the stick get to a breaking point. When I start feeling that hollow feeling when I strike it, they go in the trash and they get replaced.