My old set of needles was the Clover bamboo. My current one is the Knitpicks Harmony Wood needles. I think you'd like them. I've had mine for about two years now and they're just as slick as the day I bought them. The wood grips the stitches and keeps them on the needle, but at the same time they have a lacquered coating which allows them to slide off easily when you want them to. It's very fast knitting. I like the pointy tips. It allows me to do things more easily, like bind offs and knit 2 togethers. Knitpicks does have a try it set where you can test out all three, wood, metal, and acrylic needles. Their service is excellent. If you have a problem, they replace needles with no questions asked.