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Mid-Kick Stick Breakdown: Tacks – Synergy HTX – Supreme MX3 – Nexus 8000

August 21st, 2014 Chase Comments off

Tacks, HTX, MX3 and 8000 Hockey Sticks

It’s safe to say we’re in a golden era of twigs; the revival of legendary names, sub-400 gram stick weights and technological advances that make you wonder what if some of the all-time greats had these in their arsenal. There are so many great weapons on the market right now, ranging from different companies with different kick points for different shooters with all sorts of different technologies in them.  While some players go for the “latest and greatest” on the market, the best thing to do is to figure out which flex profile matches your shooting mechanics, and roll with that. If you know you’re a mid kick or a low kick shooter, it’s totally OK and actually recommended to try out different sticks with your kind of kick point. Today we’ll be breaking down unique key features of the CCM Tacks, Easton Synergy HTX, Bauer Supreme MX3 and Bauer Nexus 8000 so that you can decide which of these mid kick sticks sounds the most suitable for you. At the bottom of this page, we have a poll you can take so we can see which twig players everywhere are looking for or like most!

As a general rule of thumb, mid kick hockey sticks are for the player who heavily loads up and leans into big booming shots. These players are looking for maximum power and generally tend to look for slap shots and one-timers. That’s not to say they don’t shoot snappers or wristers, mid kick shooters generally put a lot of lean into these for blazing shot velocity. Bauer recommends that players who tend to use a full motion shooting style should go with a mid kick, whereas the quick-motion shooter should use a low kick stick. The low-kick’s are for the “finesse” shooter who tends to generate shot power primarily with their wrists (rather than heavily leaning into the stick), thus resulting in a quicker load and release. We’ll breakdown the top low kick twigs in the next blog.

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Tech & Test Review: Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks

July 24th, 2014 Chase Comments off

With the release of the Bauer MX3 Skates earlier this year, it was quite easy to connect the dots and assume the release of the MX3 sticks was not far behind. Fast forward a few months, the MX3 Ice Hockey Skates are still one of the hottest set of wheels on the market and now the Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks are looking to do the same thing in their category.

Today, we’ll be thoroughly breaking down the new and the old technology these flagship MX3 Sticks have in them. Then we’ll finish with my own closing thoughts on how it felt to shoot the MX3 alongside a handful of the best sticks currently on the market (not to mention a few that aren’t even out yet either, but we’ll keep that between us!)

Bauer Supreme MX3 Stick

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Tech & Test Review: CCM RBZ SuperFast Sticks

July 12th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Back in 2012, CCM announced a multi-year partnership with Taylormade who is an innovative-leader in the golf industry. The original CCM RBZ Stick was the first product to be come about from this new partnership and it was immediately accepted by NHL’ers; including Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Fast-forward two years and CCM is now preparing to release their third generation RBZ stick, named the CCM RBZ SuperFast.

CCM RBZ SuperFast

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A Quick Look at the CCM Tacks Sticks

June 23rd, 2014 Chase Comments off

While long-time hockey fans are excited to see the name “Tacks” back on hockey skates, CCM has also introduced the Tacks name into the stick market. The philosophy behind the Tacks Sticks is very similar to that of the Tacks Skates, explosive power. All models in the CCM Tacks Stick Line (which includes the Tacks, 5052, 3052 and the 1052) are constructed with a traditional mid-kick point. This specific flex profile is a pro-favorite and it’s geared for the player who aggressively leans into and loads up on big shots. Mid-kick sticks are capable of storing and releasing more energy than low-kick sticks, which is why they’re recommend for heavy shooters.

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The Easton Synergy HTX Hockey Stick

June 3rd, 2014 Jake Comments off

IT’S BACK is right! The new Easton Synergy HTX made its debut in the NHL this month and it’s getting lots of love from both new and old fans. Being the first full composite stick to release into the hockey world, it has made a huge impact on how we manufacture sticks today. I can still remember my first Synergy, and it was by far the best stick I have ever used. No more clunkers or bricks, just feathers and finesse. Comparing the original Synergy to the new HTX, it’s crazy how far sticks have come. So let’s take a look at the history of Synergy and the all new HTX.

The first Synergy model was introduced in 2001 in that all too familiar silver finish. When it released, critics talked about how stupid of an idea it was to use a composite stick and at the time, most NHL players wouldn’t touch them. The first player in the NHL to use the Synergy was Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils. Now that we just got a nice whiff of nostalgia, let’s move on to one of the top sticks on the market today, the Easton Synergy HTX.

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The Bauer Vapor APX2 and X80 Limited Edition Sticks

May 31st, 2014 Chase Comments off

Bauer Vapor APX 2 LE Hockey Stick

It’s been just over 8.5 months since the Vapor APX2 Stick hit the shelves and took the hockey market by storm. Since then, the APX2 has been seen in the hands of some of the most premier talent in the NHL, with none other than Patrick Kane leading the way. But now the signature black and red Vapor color scheme will receive a limited edition facelift.

Bauer Vapor APX 2 Limited Edition Hockey Stick

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Bauer Supreme, Nexus and Vapor Sticks – Which one is best for you?

March 20th, 2014 Chase Comments off

For those who may not know, Bauer offers three families of hockey sticks that feature different flex profiles that cater to different styles of play. Contrary to popular belief, the player’s position does not determine which Bauer stick they will benefit most from. Rather it is their shooting style that should determine whether one is a Supreme, Nexus or Vapor player. With that being said, let’s take a look at the Bauer Vapor Sticks first.

Bauer Vapor Hockey Sticks

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Bauer Nexus 8000 Stick

March 7th, 2014 Chris Comments off

Back in 2012, Bauer launched the Nexus 1000 hockey stick to offer an intermediary flex profile to sit between the Bauer Supreme and the Bauer Vapor stick lines. Two years later, the Bauer Nexus 8000 Sticks hit the market. Before we break it down, let’s take a look at the new design.

Similar to the Nexus 1000, the Bauer Nexus 8000 features a predominantly blacked out design. Though, this year’s model features a  blue pattern on the handle.

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Low-Kick Point Hockey Sticks or Mid-Kick Point Hockey Sticks

September 24th, 2013 Chase Comments off

The game of hockey has greatly evolved over the past 10 years and so have hockey sticks. Back in the day, choosing the right stick to you came down to which brand had your curve. These days, kick points are a big highlighting feature to consider when making a purchase so we will be discussing which type of a player should choose low-kick’s and which type of a player should choose mid-kick’s. For those who might not know yet, the kick point of a hockey stick is the location on the shaft that flexes most. Traditionally, hockey sticks had a mid kick point because the shaft had a constant stiffness rating from top to bottom (i.e. wood hockey sticks) but now with advances in composite materials, engineers can stiffen certain places on a hockey stick as well as soften certain parts of the carbon fiber to direct the stick in the desired location to flex. Mid kick hockey sticks flex near dead center between the top of the shaft and the heel of the blade where as low kick hockey sticks flex closer to the heel of the blade rather than the center point of the shaft.

Low-Kick Hockey Sticks

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The Stick Showdown: V9 vs V9E vs APX2

August 27th, 2013 Chase Comments off

If you’re in the market for a new hockey stick, this is a great time of the year for you. In the past month or two we have seen flagship Bauer Vapor APX2′s, CCM RBZ Stage 2′s, Easton Velocity V9′s and V9E’s, Mission Stir D1′s, as well as Reebok Ribcor’s. The fine people over at Bauer and Easton were so kind to hook us up with demo sticks to try out, so we grabbed our gear and headed to the nearest sheet of ice to see what all the hype was all about. Here’s what we tested:

Bauer Vapor APX2 Hockey Stick

Bauer Vapor APX2 Hockey Stick, PM9 102 Flex

Easton Velocity V9E Hockey Stick

Easton Velocity V9E Hockey Stick, E36 85 Flex

Easton Velocity V9 Hockey Stick
Easton Velocity V9 Hockey Stick, E36 85 Flex

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