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It's a lot like holding a bokken, which for me means all my grip characteristics are different. That depends on the shape of your bokken of course. I would definately have one again, but they're real hard to come by here in New Zealand and more expensive generally.
The main consideration is the life of it. With regular shinai you can swap slats etc and the bottom one can be rotated freely. Bear in mind with oval shinai you have two pairs of different slat types and obviously rotation is more limited.
We were talking in the dojo recently about what makes your 'dream' shinai (that sounds sad now I've written it down!)
We all (all Dans) wanted carbon fibre for our general training but preferred bamboo for shiai and balance. Most of us wanted dobari type, again for balance and a couple oval grip.
A carbon fibre, oval grip dobari type shinai seemed to fit the 'great shinai' category, but at near $300 US none of us are rushing out to buy one.