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johnny1976 05-02-2012 11:04 AM

Looking at getting a mid kick point stick.
 
Hi all,

I am looking to buy a new stick and was looking at getting a mid kick point stick this time around. So far I am looking at the Bauer one80 or the Reebok ai5. I haven't really seen any reviews on the ai5 and I'm wondering if anybody has used one and their opinions on it. I thought I remember reading somewhere about Reeboks stick blades not being very storng and can chip pretty easy.

If anybody has any opinions on the Bauer one80 stick I would love to hear them also.

Thanks in advance.

Jarick 05-02-2012 11:31 AM

They both look pretty good for the money and have decent reviews to them. For mid kick I'd probably go One80 if you can't spring for the One100.

jazz4all 05-02-2012 12:11 PM

other than that, ak27 or ST are great too. really durable and stays stiff

ChiTownHawks 05-02-2012 12:43 PM

I have the Total One and I love it. It has been my favorite stick so far. I have had it for about 4 months with no major issues. A couple chips here and there. Of course this is not the same stick as the One80, but my guess is the technology is similar with a few upgrades to the Total One. Also the TO is lighter.

I have not heard good things about Reebok's blade durability on this board and other boards. I have a teammate that keeps getting their sticks for some reason and the blades always chip. He does not have anything from the Ai line though so this may have improved.

opivy 05-02-2012 01:12 PM

+1 on the ST. My 85 flex ST has been stiff and solid for a long time. I really like the geometry of the shaft as well. The AK has the same feel for me as the ST so I've thought of them as interchangeable.

Jarick 05-02-2012 01:39 PM

Nobody mentioned the ST...

I wouldn't call it low kick or mid kick, but I also wouldn't take a newer ST over a One80 or Ai5 per se, especially at the price.

AIREAYE 05-02-2012 01:59 PM

I would take the ST over both of them lol though you're absolutely right. The ST has no engineered kick point and should feel different than both the AI5 and One80.

Jarick 05-02-2012 02:49 PM

The 2009 or older one for sure, the newer one just feels like a brick. I don't trust it at all :P

7toZulu 05-02-2012 07:03 PM

I recently had to send in my Ai5 to the Reebok warranty dept. for a replacement because the toe was chipping away after only 2 weeks :cry:. They sent me back an Ai7, and i have started taping over the toe to prevent/minimize any possible damage. Other than that i think its a great stick for the price.

jazz4all 05-02-2012 11:15 PM

my blue/black ST (the older version) has been my main stick for D, until i bought ak27 (silver matte). both shows amazing performance but i like ak27 more on the grip and shaft design.

r3cc0s 05-02-2012 11:27 PM

I've had a number of sticks, but the ones I use are

AK27 shaft and my 09' Blue ST ops

my AK I use a ST/Mako m5 blade, and its way too blade heavy, and the latest iteration of ST's use the same blade, which is really quite dull feeling

I will grab a proper Mako Iginla blade soon, and will need to see what to do with my 09' ST, as the blade is starting to crack, but it seems to still have all the same flex and whip...

both are 85 flex, but the AK definately feels whippier

Jarick 05-03-2012 08:57 AM

I couldn't get that AK27 shaft to balance with ANYTHING. Tried a lot and never got it to work for me.

CornKicker 05-03-2012 08:59 AM

i use the rbk 11k and they are awesome.

jazz4all 05-03-2012 09:07 AM

if that the '11 model, yeah since the shaft is really light :( even with the same ak27'11 blade just felt blade heavy, not like the older version.

Jarick 05-03-2012 09:30 AM

Yep. I think that's the last time I'll bother with a 2-piece.

r3cc0s 05-03-2012 11:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 49202921)
Yep. I think that's the last time I'll bother with a 2-piece.

problem is my ST's and old synergy's were always in good shape... I don't take tons of clappers and never broke one of them at the shaft

blades were always my problem, which is why I decided to go down the 2 piece route

the AK was super balanced with a wood blade, but you do sacrifice durabilty and performance

what other blades did you try? I was thinking maybe a bauer P88 TotalOne or a true Mako or older SE elite


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