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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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Reebok RibCor Stick

July 30th, 2013 Zach Comments off

The Reebok RibCor hockey stick is definitely unique because it’s the first pre-loaded hockey stick ever constructed. This means that the fibers are already in tension, creating optimal energy transfer into every shot. This concept may seem a little strange and perhaps because the typical notion is that all sticks are already “pre-loaded”?

Reebok designed the RibCor sticks with a geometric mold that already places the fibers in tension, allowing players to maximize each shot. Therefore, players can quickly release a shot that is backed by some fast-action pop. The pure fiber one-piece construction eliminates any overlapping material in the lower shaft and reduces overall weight. This offers a more consistent energy transfer providing a maximum shot release. The RibCor shot technology has been used in the NHL for quite some time now, making it game proven and ready.

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Bauer Vapor APX 2 Hockey Stick

July 23rd, 2013 Chase Comments off

Back in 2011, Bauer released their new line of Vapor sticks that featured the top of the line Vapor APX stick: the successor to the ever so popular Vapor X60. This APX did quite well, especially at the professional level offering the quickest shot release out of the Nexus, Vapor and Supreme stick families. Bauer now looks to further this success with the introduction of the newest Vapor stick line that will showcase the Vapor APX 2 as the flagship model.

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Sneak Peek: Easton Velocity Stick Line

June 18th, 2013 Chase Comments off

Throughout the 2012-2013 NHL playoffs, many have seen the all-black hockey sticks with a small white Easton logo located near the bottom of the shaft. Well ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2013 Easton Velocity hockey stick in disguise (see the picture below). Easton blacked out these models so that players would be unbiased about the looks and could get a true feel of how the stick performed. The final look will be the dark Stealth-style graphics with exposed carbon fiber, and different accenting colors depending on the model.

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