I use Vic Firth: Rock Maple A Custom SD1 General, Hickory A Classic Rock N Nylon Tip, Zildjian: Raw Hickory, Tre'Cool, and some Ludwig (i think 5B) but i'm not a big fan of Ludwig (break too easily) .......
Offramp, I can relate, believe me (although you already had the experience), I had acctually lost concentration because my stick completely SPLIT (Zildjian, you let me down) an STABBED myself in the eye, (bled for about an hour) I can still see though.
Though they DO break, I don't buy them as often, (better ones shave money off spending pretty good, then you have about ten bucks short and have to wait for you next pay check to get that item you should have, Damn you drumsticks!!!)
My nylon give a crappier (yet good) sound unfortunately because wood breaks easier. Not that I have experienced my nylons break.
I know these people, they serve me food from McDonalds