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mooseOAK* 07-10-2006 10:06 AM

Broken Sticks
 
I go through sticks at a much higher rate than anyone I know, 10 games on average I would guess. I am definitely not gentle with them but I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences. The wooden sticks constantly break at the heel or blade and the composite or metal shaft one break in the middle of the shaft. Haven't tried the Synergy types because of their record of blowing up.

Anyone else have similar experiences and found a stick that lasted longer?

TBLfan 07-10-2006 10:18 AM

find yourself something like a red lite, that should hold up well. Mine is a tank.

P.S. DO NOT buy a synergy SL or XXX lite.

Doctor Hook 07-10-2006 12:11 PM

I use a Sher-Wood 5030 Coffey model and they hold up real well, I'd say over a 20 games or pickups before I notice any cracking. Granted, it all depends on your position and style of play. I'm a defenseman so I don't take too many shots per game.

FLYLine24 07-10-2006 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by mooseOAK (Post 5978426)
I go through sticks at a much higher rate than anyone I know, 10 games on average I would guess. I am definitely not gentle with them but I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences. The wooden sticks constantly break at the heel or blade and the composite or metal shaft one break in the middle of the shaft. Haven't tried the Synergy types because of their record of blowing up.

Anyone else have similar experiences and found a stick that lasted longer?

In about 1,000 youth/adult games ive watched, reffed or played in ive seen a total of 4 or 5 synergy type sticks break. These stick do not break easy at all..unless your a 220 pound NHL player who really abuses the stick.

TBLfan 07-11-2006 02:59 PM

depends on what kind of synergy, the SL is relatively easy to break.

EazyB97 07-11-2006 03:30 PM

I used to break sticks really regularly. I couldn't use wood at all, now that I've dropped down, the sticks seem to hold up better. I'd suggest staying with the Vector line of products.

Barbara Underhill 07-11-2006 10:20 PM

I have a Synergy SL the 07 model with Heatly curve, I dont have any fears of breaking it, because out of my 10-20 shots i take a game, 2 are slapshots if that, it's not that I have a bad slap shot... Oh yes I do it rises faster than a plane taking off. But also I'm more of a twisted wrister guy. If you use the Slapshot alot you might wanna go for something with a stiffer flex even though the Synergy' are still good sticks,

mooseOAK* 07-12-2006 10:08 AM

Thanks for the input.

Might as well try the one piece and see how that works out.

nni 07-14-2006 08:45 AM

i use the wood easton classics, and suddenly i am going through them in a matter of a few games. they used to last much longer. i am switching to a warrior shaft, so we shall see.

Heat McManus 07-14-2006 12:12 PM

1. What is your height/weight?

2. What stick are you using? (Brand, model, flex)

You could be using the wrong flex. THe best wooden sticks are Montreal and Sher-Wood IMO. I worked at a rink and we found Synergys around after games that had broken at the heel more than the shaft.

PanthersRule96 07-14-2006 10:19 PM

I go through them even faster than that. I went through I think probably around 13 one piece sticks this past year and I only played in probably 35 games, maybe more, but I had a fair number of practices.

I had a 2 Vapor XXX's, a couple XXX-Lites, 2 synergy SL's, 2 Vapor XX's, a synergy ST, a warrior Dolomite just recently, and a Stealth. The stealth was the only stick that I haven't broken or had a problem with, but its the old stealth and it was a warranty replacement for one that I broke after 2 games. Worst durability by far is the XXX-Lite, followed by the XX and then the XXX. All of those, I'm hoping the Bauer One90 Stick coming out soon is going to be durable.

I'd suggest a synergy ST, i never broke it. The SL's break easily. I don't have a super powerful shot, it's accurate with a quick release but I get my sticks slashed all the time because I have the puck on my stick more than anyone else usually in my games so that's how mine break.

Go with the ST IMO and I've heard the new stealths have all these new slashguard reinforcements in the shaft and I've shot with one, it's a nice stick, it just depends what you want or what level you play also, Synergies have the best durability even over the dolomite which was supposed to be super durbale, it broke on the inside and feels like when you have a loose blade in a shaft when u hold it.

mooseOAK* 07-15-2006 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by MeffyuhTJRest (Post 6023344)
1. What is your height/weight?

2. What stick are you using? (Brand, model, flex)

You could be using the wrong flex. THe best wooden sticks are Montreal and Sher-Wood IMO. I worked at a rink and we found Synergys around after games that had broken at the heel more than the shaft.

5' 10" and 195 pounds. I have a hard shot which admittedly is more brute force than technique.

I've tried every brand of wooden stick with no success.

Bought a CCM Vector today with a stiff flex so we will see how that goes.

dbbourn 07-17-2006 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by mooseOAK (Post 6034654)
5' 10" and 195 pounds. I have a hard shot which admittedly is more brute force than technique.

I've tried every brand of wooden stick with no success.

Bought a CCM Vector today with a stiff flex so we will see how that goes.

Good luck! I'm a similar size, similar shot description, and I go through a Vector about every 10 games. Over the past 2 weeks I have broken in half 2 CCM Vectors and just can't afford it anymore. I am starting to convert the sticks that broke at the blade. Unfortunately I haven't figured out how to convert the CCM's, but I have about 6 Synergies left that broke at the blade. I just cut the blade off and flip the stick. So far the shot is a little different, but it still is pretty light and only cost me about $40, compared to the $200 before.

94now 07-19-2006 02:41 PM

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Originally Posted by dbbourn (Post 6049471)
Good luck! I'm a similar size, similar shot description, and I go through a Vector about every 10 games. Over the past 2 weeks I have broken in half 2 CCM Vectors and just can't afford it anymore. I am starting to convert the sticks that broke at the blade. Unfortunately I haven't figured out how to convert the CCM's, but I have about 6 Synergies left that broke at the blade. I just cut the blade off and flip the stick. So far the shot is a little different, but it still is pretty light and only cost me about $40, compared to the $200 before.

Do not flip the stick. Get Easton Synthesis or TPS R2 tapered hosel blades. They will fit. This way you'll preserve the kick point flex of your Synergy.

TBLfan 07-19-2006 02:53 PM

Which Vectors are you guys talking about? There's like 10 different versions of vectors.

EazyB97 07-19-2006 10:52 PM

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Originally Posted by TBLfan (Post 6069267)
Which Vectors are you guys talking about? There's like 10 different versions of vectors.

The V110's for me. The V120 grip peeled and the V130's scared me off after their initial runs **** the bed and they were recalled.

TBLfan 07-20-2006 08:29 AM

I'd stay away from that line of sticks, although they are good deals right now on closeouts of those sticks the .0 series is better. I have a friend with a 10.0 and that thing is pretty sweet. It feels light but durable, I think the 8.0 is almost as good as 10.0 but cheaper... It's also a very long stick, which is nice because I like my stick long(used to be at about 63" but recently I went down to 60").

EazyB97 07-20-2006 01:39 PM

I will only speak from experience, I haven't had enough of with the Vector .0 line to make any statements on durability, which is the persons main focus.

theprogoalie777 07-21-2006 10:11 AM

Vapour XXX are strong so they wont break easy and they r also really light

BuppY 07-21-2006 11:38 AM

I break a lot of shafts. :(

PanthersRule96 07-21-2006 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by theprogoalie777 (Post 6086058)
Vapour XXX are strong so they wont break easy and they r also really light

I'd have to disagree due to my personal experiences with them. I had 3 Vapor XXX's but each lasted me less than 3 weeks as I'm a finesse player, lot of stickhandling and quick snapshot but no slapshots, just from the wear of other players broke 3, they couldn't stand up against strong competition. Maybe in a rec league or where there's less chippyness to a game but if you're playing higher up travel or something like that they won't last. I also had 2 XXX-Lites. I broke one the first game I had it after one period, and the other one broke 3 weeks later on a wrist shot from nearly the blueline.

dbbourn 07-21-2006 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by 94now (Post 6069167)
Do not flip the stick. Get Easton Synthesis or TPS R2 tapered hosel blades. They will fit. This way you'll preserve the kick point flex of your Synergy.

The inside of the CCM Vectors 110's that I have don't seem to be the same thickness all the way around and the Synergies that I have contain some sort of reinforcement in them, which forces me to flip to the other end. Maybe I am doing something wrong, but it just doesn't seem possible and I wouldn't feel comfortable with a thinner blade given the number of sticks I go through. The last one I broke was the CCM 10.0. It was great, but the shaft broke in half after about 8 games.

TBLfan 07-21-2006 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by dbbourn (Post 6088209)
The inside of the CCM Vectors 110's that I have don't seem to be the same thickness all the way around and the Synergies that I have contain some sort of reinforcement in them, which forces me to flip to the other end. Maybe I am doing something wrong, but it just doesn't seem possible and I wouldn't feel comfortable with a thinner blade given the number of sticks I go through. The last one I broke was the CCM 10.0. It was great, but the shaft broke in half after about 8 games.

Yeah that's a taper, you need a tapered blade.

bleedgreen 07-21-2006 03:25 PM

if you can find the old easton z core shafts - they are awesome. they have silver tips where the blade goes in. they are part aluminum and part graphite.i ve had one for years, it wont break.

ive never had a 110 flex that broke quick on me. im a big guy, so 110 isnt an issue - you may not want to use such a flex, but if you want longevity its a good way to go. i also found that when you put a tapered blade into a broken synergy, those shafts seem to last a lot longer than actual synergies. i had one for about 6 months, never broke it and im a big guy who swings his stick quite a bit.

synergy 2 shafts break easy.

theprogoalie777 07-21-2006 05:33 PM

If your a goalie!
 
Sher wood sticks are horrible goalie sticks, they snap like a twig if anyone steps on it!


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