oh and good news - we recently got a new dealer in Canada, long & mcQuade, so that means you can go to any of the 90+ music stores and ask for them to try out. Not every store might yet have them in stock, but they certainly can send them to each store within few days, so you can try them before buying.
The Adoro Silent Sticks arrived a couple of weeks ago and I've been using them ever since for practice at home, especially later at night when the urge to drum hits me up. They certainly aren't good for developing stick control or stick chops like regular sticks-- but they are excellent for working on drumset exercises, grooves, patterns, anything else when low volume is necessary. Better than rods or light drum sticks for what I need. I use them on my low volume cymbals and pads as well for even quieter. Well worth the one time purchase price and something to use for a long time to come...Just watched the videos and decided to purchase the thick (5a) Silent Sticks. I have quiet gigs and a need for quiet practicing so it'll be interesting to see how these compare to what I'm using now to keep the volume quiet w/muffled drums-microfiber cloths and LV cymbals.