I purchased 2 staffs for me and 2 for my kids. They were all low end staffs so we could get started. My review is that the cheapest of the cheap are very heavy. The slightly more expensive ones are pretty decent. So, I will get a better review to you! The gist of it is, even the cheapest Bo staff is great to practice with when you are a beginner! The heavy staffs are not necessarily bad because the weight helps train you. Ok, I will get the in-depth review your way soon!