I usually order the the black versions of these sticks. They've shown to be a great purchase for anyone who needs sticks as they and feel just as long as the non Nova versions but at a 3rd of the price.
As for looks, these are probably some of the cooler looking sticks I've owned, I expected them to be like there black counterparts and be a solid black colour, but no these have almost a marble effect on them that just works really well with the initial red colour.
Basically these sticks, are just as good as the non nova versions, look awesome and are a 3rd of the price. A good purchase for any drummer.