Vic Firth Titan 5B Carbon Drumsticks are a giant step away from standard practices - they're made out of a totally synthetic aerospace-grade carbon composite material!
Other synthetic sticks exist, but they don't feel very good in the hands (mostly because they're made for tourists). These sticks are game-changers; they feel like their wooden 5B counterparts. So why change over from all-natural hickory? Durability and consistency.
Carbon composite can handle a lot more stress than wood when it comes to playing rim shots and smacking cymbals, which means your pair will last for quite a long time - maybe longer than you do!
Since the material is created rather than grown, Vic Firth can scientifically ensure consistent weight and pitch - science trumps nature when it comes to precision.
5B sticks are a great go-to size for lots of different musical settings - they work well on a concert snare, and are thick enough for some real volume if you play in a rock band.