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.
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.