Where did you get your cheer sticks, and how much were they?
Are they a bugger to blow up? I guess less so than a balloon since they don't need to stretch.
The information about the CheerStics can be found here.
Read the thread and most of your questions will be answered. They blow up easy using a short straw. It takes only a couple breaths of air.
The down side compared to a balloon is they weigh more, they are shorter and smaller around if that makes any difference and cost more than several balloons. The total number of times you can use them is not the same for each CheerStic.
The down side for a balloon is if you need a pump to blow them up you have to add 2 or 3 ounces for the pump and unless you can tie them using a slip knot they are only good for one "blow up". The balloons I am using are longer and a little bigger around then a CheerStic. I am now using a different brand balloon and I can blow these up without a pump. I also have had good luck using one balloon several times by tying it with a slip knot. For a 3 day hike using 12 balloons in my balloon air pad I think I can go 3 nights with a total of 18 balloons or less. I will test this on a hike in a couple of weeks.