Since joining his new team and leaving his old linemate Evgeni Malkin behind, James Neal has thrived at finding the back of the net. While we all know a new stick isn’t going to make an amateur snipe like The Great One, sometimes picking up new pine can be a quick and effective confidence booster. Especially if you find success early and often with the new pick up.
As seen in the picture below, Neal is using the Easton V9E Elite stick, which is just one of the two limited edition Easton Velocity Elite Edition Sticks. The V9E Elite is the flagship LE stick that’s followed by the V9T Elite Stick. Both models showcase the signature elliptical taper that has proven to be one of the quickest releasing twigs on the market. Besides it’s release, I really like the enhanced puck feel it provides, to me it’s a significant difference and improvement from the standard taper that’s found on the V9, V7 and V3 sticks.
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.
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.