I bend a lot but rarely break strings. I always used Slinkys but gave the NYXLs a try, and though I like their sound and feel, it seems they went dull fairly quickly. I've always wanted to try pure nickels and remembered a local shop had given me a few different packs of strings. Gonna give em a whirl.Love them. My only drawback is that if you are a hard bender, the D string won't last long. Tends to be the case with all pure nickel sets of any brand with me. But man they do sound great.