With all of the great sticks on the market right now, it can be difficult to even begin to decide where to start looking. It can be confusing and possibly even frustrating because the market is flooded (in a good way) with new technologies and varying kick points. The best place to start your search for a new twig is to figure out which kick point will benefit your shooting mechanics and playing style best. You can your likes and dislikes of past sticks you’ve used, but you can also base it off of the information we’ll supply you with today. This write-up is the second part of our top-end hockey stick breakdown and will be covering unique characteristics of the Warrior QR1, Sher-wood EK15, Easton V9E and the Bauer Vapor APX2. At the bottom of this blog, take our poll so we all can see which low kick stick hockey players are looking forward to most!
If you want to check out the “Mid-Kick Stick Breakdown” with the CCM Tacks Sticks, the Easton Synergy HTX Sticks, the Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks and the Bauer Nexus 8000 Sticks; click this link!
Typically speaking, low kick’s are geared for the “finesse” shooter who generates shot power with their wrists. These low kick, finesse shooters generally look for a quick load and a release on wrist and snap shots hoping to surprise the goalie with a fast shot. These players differ from mid kick shooters who are “power shooters” that heavily lean into and load up on big booming slap shots and one-timers.
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!)
Just over two years ago on June 25th 2012, Bauer made serious waves throughout the hockey market when they released the Bauer RE-AKT Helmet. It was the first of its kind, strategically designed to better protect players from the lesser known and less researched rotational energy impacts. Public opinion and feedback reassured them it was a huge success, so they immediately went back to the drawing board wanting to continue elevating the level of protection Bauer helmets can offer. Fast forward 24 months and the second generation of Bauer RE-AKT Helmets are here with a big statement to make.
Enter the Bauer RE-AKT 100 Hockey Helmet. It features an updated Suspend-Tech 2 System, an improved VTX Foam base liner, Seven+ Technology in the rear (from Cascade helmets) and a new Moisture-Management System that helps to keep sweat out of a player’s eyes. All in all, it’s quite a big design renovation on the previously most protective helmet Bauer had in their line-up.
West Coast v. East Coast or Roller Rink v. Ice Rink, any type of hockey player is able to experience Bauer’s quality performance. For 2013, Bauer redefines their roller hockey skates and adjusts the fit of their roller hockey pants.
Bauer Roller Hockey Skate – APX2R
The new APX2R roller hockey skate combines lightweight agility and superb grip! The quarter package is the same as the Vapor APX2 ice hockey skate, but Bauer maximize performance with the introduction of the new HI-LO Kryptonium Vanguard chassis, which rests on two 76mm and 80mm new Revision Variant Plus wheels. The chassis are precisely engineered to reduce overall weight and enhance a player’s acceleration. Revision’s Variant Plus wheels offer a blend of colors, which is sure to stand out and provide substantial grasp on the rink. Furthermore, the HI-LO Swiss LE 608 bearings will be equipped for endless wheel rotation and immense speed. Additionally, the Bauer Roller Hockey Skate line will consist of the X90R, X70R, X60R, X50R, and X40R. Therefore, hockey players can compete at any level and excel to improve their game!
Bauer has introduced there new X60 glove. Images of the X60 have been floating around for a little while, but I was finally able to get my hands actually on a pair to do a quick review.
The Bauer X60 glove is the top of line glove under the Vapor name. Bauer has focused on making the Vapor line the tapered glove line. It is more form fitting than a traditional glove but not as tight as the Supreme line. I think this glove feels slightly snugger than last years XXXX glove. Although, it does a nice job at opening up in the cuff, so wrist mobility should be no problem.
Bauer has used a very unique palm construction. They are using a lycra base layer that offers a great flexible feel, that requires hardly any break-in. Bauer has also added a composite pad in the lower palm portion. This offers great durability in the high wear area but also absorbs vibrations to get you a solid grip.