This holiday season Warrior Hockey will be coming out with a couple new hockey sticks, the Warrior Dynasty and the Warrior Mojo hockey sticks. The Warrior Dynasty hockey stick will be replacing the Warrior dolomite that had great success for several seasons.
The Warrior Dynasty stick will have some similar features to the Warrior Dolomite stick such as: the same top of the line carbon elite material, Multi-Bias fiber placement to improve impact durability, fused one-piece design that offers a more forgiving feel, and the precision taper that focuses the majority of the flex in the lower quarter of the shaft.
The most significant new feature on the Warrior Dynasty stick is the Axy Sym technology. The Axy Sym is the reinforced construction on the back side and bottom of the shaft. Compression fibers have been added to the back side of the shaft, and when the stick is loaded, this causes the front to stretch more. More stretch equals more release. The puck is released faster with no energy loss. Left and right sticks are built different to spring the force directionally.
When I had the chance to check out the Dynasty stick you could actually feel that the when flex the stick in the regular direction it had stiff snappier feel. Then when flexing the stick on the backhand it felt softer. Another new feature on the Warrior Dynasty is the Slick Grip which according to Warrior “…ensures proper hand-lock/nonslip during high-load shots. By adding extra grip on back hand and bottom of shaft with Nipple Grip raised edges, Slick Grip allows for easy movement in fingers for up-and-down shaft stick handling and transitions between shots. So basically, the slick grip is the nipple grip coating on two sides of the shaft.
The Dynasty hockey sticks feature the same blade core found on the premier Warrior Widow hockey sticks, the D-Lite blade core. Using an internal polymer core, D-Lite technology allows for a very stable heel and base area which transitions to a very light and springy mid-toe area. The center of gravity of the blade is also moved closer to the heel area, which makes the blade feel lighter but does not affect stability at impact. Taper hosel area is hollow, allowing for more weight savings. Additional aramid internal blade cap helps impact durability and prolongs blade life. Warrior has also introduced the X-Weave in the blade. X-Weave fiber matrix allows for increased strength on back side and bottom of the shaft and blade for increased recoil forward into the shaft.
Warrior is also introducing the Mojo hockey stick that is at a lower price point, but shares many of the same features seen on the Dynasty. The Warrior Mojo hockey sticks feature the same Axy Sym technology, X-Weave fiber matrix, precision taper, and slick grip. The biggest differences between the Warrior Dynasty and Mojo stick is material (Mojo features carbon deluxe), and blade core (Mojo features a soft core blade rather than the D-Lite blade core.
Bauer is getting ready to unleash, yet again one of the most highly anticipate hockey sticks of the year. The Bauer Vapor APX Hockey Sticks will be available 9/06/11 for pre-sale and have estimated in store delivery of 10/06/11.
The Bauer Vapor APX hockey stick picks up where the X60 stick left off, and takes the Bauer Vapor stick line into a whole new stratosphere. So to start it off let’s go over what Bauer has kept the same on the APX as the X60 stick, both sticks feature: the high-grade TeXtreme carbon fiber, monocomp design (true one-piece construction), Intelli-sense shot technology (flex profile), Micro Feel II shaft dimensions (slightly smaller and rounded shaft dimensions). The picture below graphically shows the softer and stiffer portions of the stick. The yellow areas are softer and the red areas are stiffer. So from this picture you can see the APX stick will have the same low kick shot release as the X60.
One of the areas where Bauer wanted to improve on was the blade core and puck feel of the X60 stick. Bauer felt they had really nailed the ideal puck feel with the TotalOne sticks and wanted to duplicate it in the Vapor stick line, although they ran into a problem. Since the Vapor line has the lower kick point the heavier blade core was making the blade deflect too much which they did not want. So to get around this they used the heavier dense Power Core III material on the lower portion of the blade where the puck has contact. Then on the upper half Bauer utilized the Aero Foam II which is a much lighter material. This way they were able to decrease the overall blade weight while, capturing the same puck feel as that the TotalOne sticks have, and eliminating the blade deflection.
The other feature that really sets the APX stick apart from others is a new resin they are using. According to Bauer the new resin helps extend the life span of the stick in a few ways. First, this resin is suppose to help the stick maintain its pop throughout the sticks life. In my trip to Bauer’s head quarters in New Hampshire they mentioned that one complaint on the one95 stick was that it lost its pop after a while, and they wanted to address this issue. In Bauer’s lab testing the APX with the new resin has far surpassed any other stick they have ever made. Another way this resin really helps is in the sticks overall durability. Often a player with take a slash or block a shot with their stick during play and it will not break the stick but it will cause a very small fracture in the stick. Over time this crack will spread much like a crack on car’s windshield. Till one day that play takes that “magical” shot that just destroys the stick and it breaks. The new resin on the Vapor APX stick helps prevent those small crack from growing and spreading over time. According to Bauer the Vapor APX stick will be the most durable top of the line stick they have. So what’s the catch right? Well that’s its…there is no catch, the new resin is not suppose to add any weight or have any other notice attribute to the sticks feel or play.
For the 2011 Holiday season Warrior is releasing the Warrior Widow SE hockey sticks. The Widow SE hockey sticks will have the same great performance, features, and materials as the standard Warrior Widow Stick but with new fresh graphics. The red version will be a matted non-grip stick and the blue version will feature the nipple grip coating. The Warrior Widow SE stick features the dagger taper that offers an extremely low kick point with excellent pop and a whippy feel.
IW Hockey will be giving away a free hockey stick (of your choice) to one lucky IW Fan, once our facebook page reaches 5,000 likes….So tell your friends, family, and teammates to join the IW Hockey Team.
The biggest difference between the Ai stick line and the SicKick stick line will be the flex profiles. As many are aware the hockey sticks in the Reebok SicKick line has focused on an extremely low kick point for a quick shot release. This type of shot release works especially well for wrist shots and snap shots. Reebok has designed the Ai stick line with a mid flex point, instead of the low kick like on the the 11K stick. With a higher flex profile the shot release is not quite as fast, although, it allows the stick to store more energy and can deliver a more powerful shot.
Reebok recently invested in a new machine that scans every inch of a hockey stick and produces a report with the exact specs of the entire stick, including flex profile, carbon weave, and so on. Using this technology Reebok selected several different NHL player hockey sticks and found that 60% of them were using sticks with a mid-kick point. The R&D process also showed that many NHL player sticks had stiffer top and bottom walls then the two side walls. To further expanding on this design Reebok has introduced the 2:1 Power Taper Ratio. The 2:1 ratio is that the top and bottom walls are twice as stiff as the sides. According to Reebok this design allows for effortless loading and maximum power transfer/stability.
Reebok has continued to use their Pure Fiber technology, which is Reebok’s process of creating a true one-piece hockey stick that was featured on the 11K hockey stick. This construction process eliminates the need for additional over-laps in material, where the blade would be fused to the shaft. As a result, Pure Fiber Technology allows for a lighter, more balanced stick. A true one-piece stick will also have a more responsive feel because there is less obstruction between a players hands and contact with the puck. A new feature from Reebok on the Ai stick line is the Tactile Griptonite™ stick coating, which takes the Griptonite™ coating and adds some additional texture, for increased stick control. Adding texture to the hockey stick shaft appears to be a growing trend, with almost every manufacturer having their own variation.
Reebok has also added a new blade core to the Ai 9 stick which they are calling the Xlerated Blade. The Xlerated Blade is a new highly reactive foam bare combined with an added layer of extra stiff carbon on the blade surface provide more direct power. Another tip Reebok learned from their NHL players, is that they want a stick that is dark toward the blade to make it easier to pick up on the puck. Apparently, some of the Reebok pros included Datsyuk would spray paint the bottom of the stick black to increase visibility. As a result Reebok has used a matted black finish on the lower portion of the stick. The bottom and sides have the red graphics and flash but from the players perspective it is very dark and clean. The matte black was a big hit with the pros, although Reebok was a little concerned the matte black blade would not receive the same response from consumers. Reebok added a window on the blade to show that they are still using the high-end carbon fiber weave through out. You can also see that on the Ai 9 stick Reebok is using the same Dual Matrix weave that features a different weave on the front and back of the stick for increase pop.
Datsyuk apparently has become a quick fan of the Ai 9 stick and is said to be using this stick next season, and actually took a couple shifts with it in the Sharks and Wings series in last years playoffs. As a result looks like Dats will be the poster boy for the Ai line while Crosby will remain as the face of the SicKick series. The Reebok Ai 9 stick and rest of the Reebok Ai stick line will be available for pre-sale 9/1 and has an estimated in store arrival of 10/15 at IceWarehouse.com and InlineWarehouse.com