This was my first composite stick, I have had Torspo gear in the past (521 pro gloves) so I knew they made good quality gear. I had been looking to finally get a composite stick, but did not want to spend a lot to only have the thing break after a few months. I have to say I will be picking up another one or two of these in a few weeks they are great sticks and I beat the heck out of my sitck. I am 6'5" 230# and play mostly defense this stick is a tank, but still light and has good feel. I'd say if you play with an expensive stick pick one of these up for a backup and you might even switch.