Low Kick Stick Blog

2016 Low-Kick Point Stick Breakdown & Buyers Guide

What’s up everyone, we’re back again to break down this year’s top of the line low-kick point hockey sticks. We’ll cover unique specs and upgraded features for each model and then I’ll throw in a few personal thoughts from my experiences playing with it. We’ll start with the sticks that were actually released in 2016, the Warrior Covert QRL and the second generation Bauer Vapor 1X, and I’ll wrap up with a recap of the 2015 low kicks, the Sherwood Rekker EK60, the CCM RibCor Reckoner and the Easton Stealth CX.

As a quick refresher, the kick point or the flex profile of a stick is where the stick flexes most, which drastically changes how the shot is released. Mid-kick sticks are for players who really lean into and load up on their shots whereas low-kick shooters primarily generate quick power with their wrists, they commonly shoot of the inside foot or often shoot in stride.  For all of the mid-kick shooters out there, a mid-kick point stick breakdown and buying guide will be up next week! If you’d like to learn more about what truly makes a low kick stick, a low kick stick or if you’d like to better understand the differences between low kick and mid kick sticks, make sure you check out our in-depth blog here. For everyone else, let’s get this thing going eh?

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Konixx Pure Roller Hockey Wheels Review


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If you’ve been following NARCh this year, especially on the west coast, then doubtless you have come across Konixx in some capacity. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to hear, Konixx is a roller hockey wheel company who made their official debut at NARCh Winternationals in early 2016.

What is Konixx?

So to answer the questions of Cotton Eye Joe, they come from years of roller hockey experience and they set out to make the best wheel possible at an affordable price. They were fed up top the line wheels costing players an arm and a leg, and they did something about it. Throughout the production and testing , the founders refused to compromise and strove for perfection. After a long R&D process on and off the rink, Konixx was confident that they found the formula for their wheel, the Pure.

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In terms of appearance, the Pure roller hockey wheels may not be your cup of tea. Whether you think the pearly goodness is the incredible or you think that it’s flat-out boring, there’s a reason for the clean look. Purity. The simplicity of the design and the absence of colors or decorations was to keep the wheel pure; without any additives or chemicals to affect the wheel composition and in turn, performance.

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The Bauer Supreme 1S Goal Skates or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Design

article-2029360-0D8C0AD100000578-182_634x613Tinkering with a beloved design is a potentially dangerous affair. Make too many changes and you might alienate some of your customers… Make too few and it may seem like a cash grab. With the Bauer Supreme 1S goalie skates, every change that Bauer has made is an improvement upon the already excellent Supreme line.

The most obvious difference between last year’s NXG and the 1S is the removal of the VERTEX 2.0 cowling in favor of the VERTEXX EDGE holder. While useful in the past, the cowling is an outdated feature for today’s goaltender. The only part of the skate that really needs reinforcement is the toe, and thankfully the 1S fully accommodates that need in the beefed up toe cap. The removal of the cowling serves many purposes, not the least of which is giving an increased attack angle. The VERTEXX EDGE holder sits 5mm higher than the NXG’s 2.0, which when combined with the removal of the protruding aspect of the cowling, gives a 10% sharper attack angle. The NXG already had the best attack angle on the market, so a 10% increase pushes the envelope even further. With this increased attack angle goalies get stronger lateral pushes and a faster recovery from their butterfly slides, giving a dramatic improvement in performance.

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VERTEXX EDGE holder gives a 10% sharper attack angle for stronger pushes & faster recovery.

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Tech & Long-Term Review – CCM Super Tacks Skates

CCM has done really well in the skate category over their last three skate launches. Starting with the return of the legendary Pump on the RibCor 50K skates, followed by a much improved tapered fit on the JetSpeeds, and now the revolutionary Super Tacks skates with their most anatomically fitting boot to date, thanks to the radical one-piece quarter package design. Now that I’ve been on these for approximately four months now, I can safely say the hype is real and is more than warranted. So let’s get this review underway!

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Revolutionary Revision Flex Wheels

There’s a joke somewhere in here about reinventing the wheel, but I’ll refrain from stooping to that level. Revision hockey has been producing roller hockey wheels for over a decade now and they have been striving to perfect the wheel. Over the years we’ve seen Revision wheels make great leaps in performance and durability, and all that has led up to this point: the Flex.

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The Revision Flex wheels give players the customization option to micro-tune their wheel configuration. What does that mean? It means that using one set of wheels, players can choose different wheel configurations to fit their playing style or focus on an area of their game. Revision was able to accomplish this by creating the Flex with 2 different hardness/flex profiles on each side of the wheel.
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Filthy Mitts Giveaway – Free Custom Warrior Gloves

IW is giving away a pair of custom Warrior gloves to three people in April. The contest begins Friday, April 8th and concludes April 29th. Each week, IW will select one winner to be announced 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29.

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Customizing Your Gloves

Head on over to Ice Warehouse’s Warrior Glove Customizer and begin creating the glove of your dreams. You can choose from 5 different Warrior glove models including the top of the line Warrior Dynasty AX1 (traditional fit) and the other top of the line Warrior glove, the Covert QR1 (tapered fit). Continue reading

True ZPalm – Interchangeable Hockey Glove Palms

True Hockey is coming back with their next generation of gloves and with it, they’re innovating where no other glove has gone before: interchangeable/replaceable palms.

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Top Hockey Gear to Look Out for in 2016

Well, it’s 2016 and the industry has already seen some huge changes. In case you missed it, Performance Sports Group (Bauer) purchased Easton Hockey from Chartwell Investments. This was a completely separate transaction from Performance Sports Group’s purchase of Easton Baseball from BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell).

0.5 Bauer Supreme 1S Stick

 So here we are in February and we’ve already seen the launch of the Bauer Supreme 1S stick.

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And while we’re on the topic of sticks, the All-Star game brought to light two more sticks that are going to hit the market in 2016.

1. Easton Synergy GX Stick

Easton (yes, they’re still around) is launching their 10th generation of the Synergy. It’s hard to believe this is the 10th Synergy after that classic metallic grey stick that changed everything… Easton was building hype prior to the All-Star game and stated: “The time has come, keep your eyes on Drew Doughty tonight to witness the Next Generation of Power.” So we did… A closeup view of the stick showcased the name, the Synergy GX. Meanwhile the 2014 Synergy HTX sticks are now on sale here.Continue reading

Sneak Peek: Bauer Supreme 1S Stick

As 2016 winds down, next year’s gear is starting to make its way into the NHL. The big three we see using the new Bauer Supreme 1S stick right now includes Ovechkin, Eichel and Galchenyuk. While Eichel and Galchenyuk aren’t doing too hot right now; Ovi’s been plugging along with 25 points in 26 games, ranking 7th in goals, 1st in shots and 6th in +/-. So enough about stats, let’s get into the nitty gritty!

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John Scott – What Does the “Fan Favorite” All-Star Wear?

Well, John Scott may very well be headed to the all-star game this year. Around 4 PM on December 1st, John Scott was sitting pretty at 56th overall in all-star voting. Now… well… here’s a picture of how things are going for him now (December 2nd, 12 PM).

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It will be interesting to see if the NHL will intervene. Though, I know quite a few people who will tune into the all-star game knowing that the 6’8″ giant will be hustling from goal line to goal line, in an attempt to keep up with the NHL’s best players in the new 3-on-3 format. Let’s not forgot that John Scott is coming off of his breakout season in which he more than doubled his career goal totals and scoring with an impressive 15% shot percentage.

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