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?
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!
2015 is quickly winding down and throughout the year we’ve had a plethora of great low kick sticks released. For those who may not know exactly what a low kick point is in a hockey stick, head over to Low vs Mid Kick Point Blog that explains which style of player should use a low or mid kick point. The goal for today though, is to briefly review the key features, technologies and benefits that each of these low kick sticks offer so that you can pick the stick that best suits your preferences and style of play. At the bottom of the blog, make sure you vote on your favorite low kick hockey stick of 2015!
As per usual, Bauer is back with their limited edition colorways in the Vapor Hockey Stick and Skate Lines.
Bauer Vapor 1X Limited Edition Stick
Starting us off with sticks, the 1X LE stick features a quite unique 3-zone graphics package that stays true to the Vapor Family. The upper portion of the shaft features a bright splash of red while the silver TeXtreme Carbon Fiber adds some serious pop. The dark lower portion makes up the third color zone and utilizes a traditional black TeXtreme Carbon Fiber through the blade. Specs wise, the Limited Edition 1X has everything the original has; including a low kick point, the new QRT Taper that releases quicker than any Bauer stick to date, the new Aero-Sense II Blade, true one-piece Monocomp Technology and eLASTech Resin. Continue reading →
Here it is – the third installment of the RibCor series. The original Reebok RibCor and the CCM RibCor 40K both utilized a unique construction that holds the fibers in tension, meaning that they are pre-loaded and able to get quick shots off faster than other sticks.
I’ve used the CCM RibCor 40K (seen below) for quite some time and it has been a personal favorite because of how easy it is to get a strong shot off with very little effort. So when we got our hands on the latest CCM RibCor, I was eager to try it out.
Last week, I got the chance to chat with Warrior’s Brand Manager, Keith Perera about the new Warrior Dynasty HD Stick Line. Read below for some great, exclusive info on Warrior’s newest line of power-unleashing, mid-kick Dynasty HD Sticks!
The big change this year is all about your new HyperDrive Kick Point. What sorts of R&D (Research and Design) went into making it?
Keith Perera: Our partnership with the leading composites theory lab at a University in the USA has given us access to technology and design systems no other company has access to. This Lab has figured out a way to model composite material shapes/designs in computers and test them in a computer environments before even making a first part. This is a technology that allows for the FEA method. An engineering method that revolutionized the golf business and allowed physicists and engineers to push material and design concepts to the very limits of performance. Many don’t know that this was the real revolution in the golf business and is propelling Warrior to new horizons in technology. The University used these computer models to test load and durability on aerospace and defense composite projects, so hockey sticks was a new challenge to their group that they embraced.
Back in 2012, CCM presented us with a radically different stick now known as the RBZ. It was followed by its successor, the RBZ Stage 2 in 2013 and the RBZ SuperFast in 2014; but 2015 is the year of the RBZ SpeedBurner. Each of the first three generations of RBZ have featured a new internal blade design but this year we’ll see the big change in the hosel.
Coming late 2015, we’ll see the debut of the third generation Nexus Stick Line, with the Nexus 1N leading the charge. Players such as Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kreider and Brad Richards have been caught with the 1N in their mitts. The Nexus 8000 is one of my current favorites in my rotation, there’s a lot to like about such a well rounded kick point. The Tru-Mid Kick Point, as Bauer calls it, provides a low-kick-like quick release because it doesn’t take much to load it up, but then it still supplies more than enough power when you really need to crank out a hard shot.
Aiming to ring in the new year with a blast, the Bauer Vapor 1X Hockey Stick is making quite the impact in the 2014 World Junior Championship tourny. While we have seen a few key players in the NHL using the next generation Vapor stick, cough cough Patty Kane, it seems like just about every team has at least one player using Bauer’s new 1X stick. And for good reason.
I’ve been using the Vapor 1X for awhile now and I’m still loving it. Like I said in the on-ice review video below, I’ve typically been using CCM and Easton sticks the last couple of months. My ideal stick has a quick, almost “snappy” release with a lively puck feel in the blade and the HTX and RibCor 40K hit those key points for me. To me, Bauer’s haven’t had that lively feel or an overly snappy release; until this Bauer Vapor 1X stick. And now I’m hooked.
Here we are again – a little over a month into the NHL season and we have a new(ish) set of scoring leaders. To go along with those leaders, are their weapons of choice. Once again, IW broke down the scorers into the top 23 goal producers (anyone with 8 goals or more as of 11/18) and took a closer look at the weapons of mass production. Before we start, it’s important to look at the implications. There aren’t any. The back of the net can’t be found based on the stick you use. Give players like Seguin and Stamkos a Mylec street hockey stick and they’ll still be up there on the top 20 list. I will say this… It is nice to look down at your stick and realize that it’s the same one that one of these NHL all stars is using to light the lamp. Or you could pick and choose your favorite all star and go for the stick (or stick line) that they use.