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.