I came accross a little yarn store that stocks Addis. Yes, Addi needles in Kuwait. I bought a 2.5 mm circular to try it out. Sadly it is only 80 cm long, I really wanted a longer cable for sock knitting. I cast on some leftover sock yarn to test it out. Compared to the Knit Picks nickel needles, the tips are rounder on the Addi. They are the same length needle wize. The addi feels lighter but still substantial and doesn’t feel like you might bend or break it. The yarn glides beautifully on them. I think I prefer the sharper points but the addis excel at the join. It is much much much smoother, which is very vital to magic looping. Probably the reason I hate magic loop is because the joins on my knit picks is not that smooth. The yarn catches on the join all the time. I am impressed.