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.
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
For 2011 CCM has divided their “crazy” stick line to 2 completely different models. I’m sure many of you were familiar with the Crazy Light stick. Due to popular demand CCM has brought this model back, as well as introduce the Crazy Strong Stick. The Crazy Strong has more husky structure, built with grinders in mind. If you’re not looking for the lightest stick, but a stick with solid performance and great durability, the Crazy Strong may be for you.
The main reason the U+ CS stick is “Strong” is because of its unique carbon fiber construction. CCM added extra layers of impact resistant carbon fibers to the entire CS shaft. These fibers offer solid performance while adding impact resistance. The CS weighs about 448 grams, which is only 31 grams heavier than the Crazy Light.
The blade on the U+ Crazy Strong Stick offers accuracy and a large sweet spot. The blade features a dual-bridge construction to enhance the sweet spot from the heel to the toe. The CS blade core includes dual density foams for an amazing puck feel.
The other models in the “Crazy” stick line are the Crazy Light, and the limited edition Crazy Ovie. The Crazy light is the lightest stick on the market at about 417 grams. It features the same dual bridge blade construction as the Crazy Strong.
The U+ CL matted version is covered in a less pronounced sandpaper texture compared to previous Crazy Light models. The Crazy Ovie features the exact same construction as the Crazy Light Grip stick but is equipped with Ovechkin’s unique toe curve.
Bauer has done it again…made another sweet lookin’ Limited Edition hockey stick, and this time with the red hot Total One stick. Bauer has kept all of the tech specs the exact same on the TotalOne stick but with an eye catching translucent red paint. So that includes the TeXtreme carbon fiber, power core 3 blade core, pure shot blade profile, tac-spiral shaft texture, and amplified mid kick point. One addition to the TotalOne LE stick we did not see with the X60 LE stick is that the TotalOne LE comes in a grip and matted non-grip. The design of this stick actually came from the Patrick Kane winter classic special make-up stick. Which was a one95 stick with translucent paint making the white graphics red.
Warrior Hockey is about to unleash its latest and greatest hockey stick…The Warrior Widow Hockey Stick. The Warrior Widow stick will be taking over the top of the line spot from the former king of the Warrior stick line, the Kronik stick. Warrior has used the same true one-piece construction process on the Widow that they used with the Kronik. The combination of Warrior’s carbon elite carbon and the one-piece construction process results in an impressively light, and balanced feel, with great energy transfer and power.
The Widow stick also brings a new taper and flex profile to the Warrior stick line. Warrior is calling this new taper the Dagger Taper Technology. Essentially the Dagger taper technology is a process of tapering the shaft even more aggressively to about the width of the blade along with softening the flex in the upper handle to create additional flex. According to Warrior this allows the stick to have a greater overall flex for better pop on slap shots, wrist shots, and snap shots.
Warrior has also introduced a new material for the Widow hockey stick. The Blade on the Widow Hockey stick features the X-Stitch. The X-stitch is based off the carbon elite material, but adds aramid stitches to increase the overall strength and puck feel. Aramid is a Kevlar like fabric material that offers great strength properties. The Warrior Widow hockey stick also features the evolution of the Double D blade core, which is refereed to as the D-Lite blade core. The D-Lite blade core offers a similar double-density internal polymer core as the double d. However, Warrior has also added a Durable cap wrapping the parameter of the blade to help further increase durability.
The stick length has been extended on the Warrior Widow stick. Warrior has added 3″ to the shaft to help make heavy end plugs unnecessary. According to Warrior if you cut the stick within the 3″ area it will not change the flex of the stick. Personally, I think any time you cut a hockey shaft the flex will has to be somewhat altered, although that change will not be the exact same for all sticks. So, I think Warrior has designed the stiffness of that part of the stick with a carbon weave that will have a minimum impact on the flex of the stick when cut. Which is nice to not mess with an end plug that will add weight and change the flex.
All in all I think Warrior has a winner here, and has certainly raised the bar from where the Warrior Kronik stick left off.
Bauer has done it again…unveiling the new 2011 Bauer Vapor X:60 Limited Edition hockey stick. Essentially this is the same stick as the last Bauer X60 LE stick, although Bauer has freshened it up a bit with some new grey, silver, and yellow graphics. Personally, the X60 LE sticks are my favorite out of the X60 stick family because they offer the sweet matted stick finish.
This is the first installment of some hands on stick reviews from IW Hockey. The goal here is to give straight forward information on some of the top hockey sticks on the market. Granted since a good portion of the review is derived from personal perception there will be some bias, although these reviews were done with the goal of being as un-biased as possible. Now to start it off….our first hands on stick review of the Warrior Dolo DD hockey stick.
Warrior Dolomite DD hockey stick 2011, 85 Flex, Vanek Curve, Lie 4
The Warrior Dolomite Double D hockey stick 2011 had a great all around feel, and was just a solid stick across the board. The Dolo DD is an advanced stick but not a top of the line stick. The Warrior Dolo stick like many other sticks in this price point are very light but don’t make it into the “what is the lightest stick” debate. I felt like it was a good weight. Light but just heavy enough to feel like you have something there. The low kick point was easy to load and excelled in wrist shots and snap shots. Warrior has used their Double D blade core that uses denser foams in the heel and softer foams in the toe. This offers a great puck feel. Seemed a bit more responsive in the heel from the denser foams, but softer on the puck towards the toe of the blade. Denser foam gives it a nice feel in receiving passes.
- Comfortable shaft dimensions
- Good puck feel from DD blade core
- Easy loading for a low kick
- Receiving pass
- Wrist shots
- Not the best for slap shots
- Very slightly blade heavy (potentially could not be a con, see notes under stick feel)
- Weight: 473.4 grams
- Flex Profile: Low Kick Point
- Warrior characterizes as Precision flex
- You can see in the image below, there is minimal flex in the upper portion of the stick with most of the flex just below my lower hand
- Call out Features:
- Carbon elite material
- Fused one-piece design
- Double D blade core: Uses denser foams in the heel and softer foams in the foam for in proved puck feel while maintaining power and durability.
Review Points: (points based on 1-100 scale)
Overall score: 87
Stick Feel: 88
Double concave walls and rounded corners make the stick very comfortable. Easy to roll the wrist and stick handle. Very slightly blade heavy but overall nice balance feel. Lightweight stick but because it is not in the ultra light stick class still feels like you have a little more substance there especially in the blade. Light enough to make one handed play easier but heavy enough to feel like you are holding something. The Dolo DD was a pretty easy loading stick, not quite as easy as some of the mid kick sticks though. For a low kick stick it was pretty easy to load, just had to lean a little on it to load it up.
Puck Feel: 88
The Double D blade core gives the stick a nice puck feel. Has a soft feel out by the toe and bit more responsive in the heel.
Slap shots: 76
Slappers were not the strongest point of the stick. Part of this could have been because I felt the lie 4 was just a little too far out in front of me. Vanek curve was a good blade for slappers though. The Dolomite didn’t feel bad, it just did not excel as much as it did in the other categories. Which makes sense with the low kick flex design.
Snap shots: 87
The Dolo Double D put up a solid performance on snap shots. Nice quick shot release, slightly snappy feel. Pretty good accuracy, didn’t feel like the most accurate stick in the world, but certainly did not feel like it had bad accuracy.
Wrist shots: 93
I felt like the Warrior Dolo stick excelled in wrist shots the most. Easy to load the stick, it didn’t require you to put all your weight into the shot. Still could get a good flex shooting more with your arms. The low kick felt good with a pretty quick shot release.
Giving Passes: 85
The Warrior Dolo hockey stick had a solid performance here, but nothing over the top. Good feel didn’t even really think about it much, so it must have been doing something right.
Receiving Passes: 91
Double D blade felt great for receiving passes. I could feel the denser material in heel, kept the puck a little closer to the blade when catching a pass with out really “receiving” the pass. You could feel a difference from catching passes toward the heel or in the toe. Obviously there will always be a difference there, although seemed to be a little more distinctive in this case.
Easton, the leader in composite hockey sticks, is once again taking composite sticks to the next level. Building off Easton’s popular SE16 stick Easton will introduce the customizable EQ50 composite stick.
Easton’s SE16 stick offered the player one of the softest touches in the game with its Focus Weight Technology™. A process that places weight in key areas in the blade and the shaft to improve the balance and feel. Easton has built on this technology in the EQ50 stick. The EQ50 will feature a fine-tuned, exposed weight system in the heel of the blade. Redistributing the weight in the blade to the heel dampens the blade in the key impact section, allowing the player to cradle passes easier improving puck control.
To offset this redistributed weight in the blade, Easton precisely adds weight to the end of the shaft. Weight at the end of the shaft counter balances the blade for optimal swing weight. This Focus Weight Technology™ delivers a truly balanced feeling stick with enhanced puck control. And it gets even better. The Easton EQ50 stick allows the player to customize the balance of the stick, by adding/subtracting removable weights in the end plug. By adding/subtracting one or more of the 5g metal discs the player can fine-tune the balance of the stick to meet their preference. As a guide Easton provides a chart on the stick to calculate the recommend number of disc based on the length of the stick.
The rest of the Easton EQ50 stick is constructed of the highest level of materials and specs that Easton is know for. Like Compression molding for a precise, consistent feel, Kevlar® wrapping for added durability, and Multi-Rib™ blade construction that ensures a stiff, accurate blade.
Well we are over half way through the 2010 playoffs. So far they have been packed with all sorts of excitement, and several David over Goliath victories…So I decided to break down what sticks the top goal scorers of the playoffs have been using.
To start it out we have Joe Pavelski. Many did not expect to see him among the upper goal scorers of the playoffs, despite his foreshadowing play during the olympics. Pav is leading the way with goals on the Sharks. Netting even more goals than giants like, Heatley, and Marleau. Pavelski, as you can see is using an Easton S19 stick, which matches he’s play perfectly. The Easton S19 has an excellent quick and snappy shot release, but can also deliver deadly one-timers, as Pav has shown.
Next up we have Mike Cammalleri. Mike is also using an Easton stick, however he is using the slightly older but still very popular Easton SE16 stick. Cammalleri excels in the quick give n’ go style play, and the Easton SE16 works great with this. Easton has designed the SE16 to be the “ultimate feel” stick in their line, perfect for touch passes, and one-timers. The great feel helps give confidence when receiving passes to make that quick play on point.
Here we have a nice visible shot of Toews stick, a Warrior Dolomite Spyne DD. A fairly new stick that came out around mid-season this year. The Dolo Spyne has a great feel, nice rounded corners and concave walls. The Dolo Spyne features a mid flex point to load more energy into the stick, and a slightly stiffer feel than the Dolo DD stick. As Toews has shown the Dolo Spyne DD is a great all around stick from slappers to wrist shots.
Finally, we have Daniel Briere, here meeting a line of fans in Boston. Briere definitely seems to step it up in the playoff, and this year he has been doing just that. If you need evidence, just take a quick look at the second round series against Boston. Where Briere and the Flyers pull off one of the greatest comebacks in recent hockey history. Briere is shown here with what looks to be a Bauer Supreme One95 stick. One95 is a great stick, that has seen a fair share of use in the NHL. The one95 stick offers a mid-flex point for loading maximum energy. Great for one-timers and slap shots, but as Briere has shown it can handle whatever you through at it.
As we have seen there are plenty of players stepping up their game these playoffs, and the same can be said about the stick manufacturers lately. With quality sticks coming from several companies. It is just a matter of finding what stick fits you the best, not what is the best stick.
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.