Bauer has just announced the Vapor X60 Limited Edition will be coming out next month…and it looks dope. They have taken the look of the non-grip version of the X60 stick darkened it a little and added some smoke like blue graphics giving the stick a great look.
The Bauer X:60 LE stick will have the same construction and materials as the standard X60 stick, only difference being graphics and instead of a stick’um coating or traditional gloss smooth coating, Bauer has used a smooth matte finish. Great choice in my opinion.
Check out the site for more info about the stick and its availability.
Bauer has developed two solid hockey stick lines that have been experiencing some great success. The one95 made waves last year with its release, offering explosive power and a great balanced feel. Ovi was even seen putting a couple pucks in the back of the net with one (probably much to his sponsors dismay). This year has brought the new and re-amped Vapor stick, the X:60 offering a great feel, and intelli-sense shot technology.
Bauer has developed two stick lines in attempt to have at least one stick that will appeal to any player on the ice. The Supreme stick line is the power line. The Bauer Supreme stick has a Mid-Low flex point that allows the stick to load up maximum energy on every shot. Since it does not have as low of a kick point it will not have as quick of a shot release. It’s shot release though is nothing to sneeze at, I would not characterize it as slow. Bauer just put their main focus on power with this line. But that does not mean they forgot about everything else. This stick design makes the Supreme line ideal for monster slappers from the point, and explosive one-timers.
The Vapor line was generated with the finesse player in mind. This stick line is for players that focuses on puck handling and a quick shot release. Bauer has introduced their micro-feel II shaft dimensions that gives the stick a comfortable feel in your hands. According to Bauer it helps improve puck handling. The Vapor stick line excels with wrist and snap shots, offering a lower kick point and quick shot release than that Supreme line. This year Bauer introduced the Intelli-Sense shot technology, which changes the flex point, based upon your lower hand position. This works toward making the X60 stick great all over the ice. So it can still handle slappers and one-timers but a main focus is on the wrist and snap shots.
Easton has done it again producing yet another top of the line stick. The Easton ST stick recently arrived here at IW, many have already been shipped out to some lucky saps.
The ST stick is the power stick in the Easton line. This workhorse has been given thicker shaft walls for increase strength and power. The ST stick uses a compression molding process delivering a smooth consistent flex, which offers exceptional power. This is the same molding process Easton has been using for a little while on their advanced level sticks.
Similar to the other top sticks from Easton, the ST features a Kevlar wrap. I really like seeing the Kevlar wraps on sticks. It offers some additional protection by adding that layer of woven textile around the outside of the stick. Being that it is a woven material it also helps reduce vibrations in the stick giving it a great solid feel.
The “call-out” new feature on the ST stick is the Shox™ technology. This is a Resin Transfer process in the blade. This process results in some unique blade characteristics. As a result of this process the ST stick offers a solid blade feel, and giving you a little help in corralling hard passes. It has a denser feel, making a little more of a “thud” sound. It doesn’t do all the work in receiving passes but has a nice feel.
As far as graphics goes I’d say it is probably the best looking stick in the Easton line. The ST stick comes with a sweet matte gray finish. The grip version has almost a transparent dark orange top layer. Both version you can somewhat see the combination of Kevlar and carbon beneath.
All and all the ST stick is great addition to the Easton stick line. Once again Easton has continued to innovate and progress the hockey stick market.