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DR 05-20-2010 02:57 PM

Recommend a stick: flexible
 
I'm trying to find a stick with the right flex for me.
I'm 5'8 and 130 lbs, 25 yrs old.
The local pro shops seem to carry senior sticks that I like but are 75/85 flex.
Once I cut them down they are much stiffer. I currently have a Reebok 3k 75 mid-flex cut down and it seems way too stiff to shoot with.

I see shorter more flexible sticks that are for older players?/youth and they have thinner grips, which I'm not sure I'd like.

Are the 65 flex sticks available in a senior size just with more flex?

With my very light build. What are my options in buying a flexible one piece stick?

Any feedback appreciated.

Jarick 05-20-2010 03:17 PM

You're probably best off with an intermediate. I like them whippy, usually 65 flex, but I know Bauer makes some 60 flex intermediates as well. They are a little skinnier, but if you make a bit bigger knob up top it's not so bad.

Lario Melieux* 05-20-2010 03:20 PM

I don't think you're going to find a 65 flex that is as thick as a senior stick. One of the reasons it flexes more is because of the fact that it's thin.

jsykes 05-20-2010 03:26 PM

You can also look at Easton sticks and if you can find something in the 75 range with them it will be a little more flexible than others as Easton rates its flex after about an inch and a half is cut off the stick, not at full length like all the others.

Not a huge difference, but will make about a 10 or so rating difference from others.

DR 05-20-2010 03:31 PM

Ok, cool. Think I'll try a 65 for my next game. I think my hands are fairly small but adjusting to the thin width is going to be a weird feeling.

Thank you for the response.

Devil Dancer 05-20-2010 03:48 PM

I'm around your size and I use a Bauer intermediate 67 flex. I love it, and there isn't a big difference in shape between the Sr sticks and intermediates.

DR 05-20-2010 03:58 PM

Good to hear that. Nice knowing others are using the smaller sticks.

Which online retailers do you suggest for a nice selection and low pricing on equipment?

Devil Dancer 05-20-2010 04:07 PM

There's a thread for that, but I do most of my online shopping at hockeygiant and hockeymonkey. Both charge around $10 for shipping sticks though.

meanolthing 05-20-2010 08:32 PM

Not sure how helpful this is, but I used to use a TPS Response C4 in a whip flex (70's or so is the general consensus if I recall). With the plug removed it reached my lower chin while on skates (I'm 5'11" in shoes). Every TPS I've seen is sized a little small, so you might want to look and see if anything they offer in the shops or on the internet piques your fancy.

CanadaBacon 05-24-2010 08:20 PM

Arnt C4's old as hell? like 06ish?

meanolthing 05-24-2010 08:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CanadaBacon (Post 25984550)
Arnt C4's old as hell? like 06ish?

Heh, yeah they're a little old. But mine was fantastic :-).

thedonger 05-25-2010 07:59 AM

another option is the tps r8 in whip flex. stated flex is 70 and even cut down 4.5", it still felt really whippy to me compared to my dolomite 75 flex cut down the same length. i'm 5'8" as well.

DR 10-22-2010 07:55 PM

Thanks for the responses.

So I ended up getting a Bauer X60 Malkin 67 flex. Just had it break through the middle on the blade.
Was such a light stick.

Can you recommend another good intermediate stick?
Around $100
Malkin curve was excellent for slap shots, but I think I prefer something a little more curved.

What curves would I be able to do the "The Michigan" with easily? I see some guys doing it but have no idea with what curves.

ponder 10-22-2010 09:11 PM

Don't worry about doing the Michigan, just get a curve that feels good to actually play with. If you want something similar to the Malkin, but more curved, the Kane is probably a good choice (or the equivalent from another brand). If you liked the X60 but want something more in the $100 range the X40 is probably a good choice, a very popular stick that people seem to like, and I think they're around $90 online. Cheaper sticks actually tend to be a bit more durable too, as the walls of the stick are generally not as thin.

nullterm 10-23-2010 02:15 AM

Intermediate, pick up a $20 70 flex woodie and take it for a spin. I'm 6ft 180lbs and loved the low flex.

Jarick 10-23-2010 10:29 AM

Don't toss the stick, if the blade is broken you may be able to cut it off and put a new tapered blade in there. Try a P88.

AIREAYE 10-23-2010 02:34 PM

Warrior is coming out with 55 flex intermediates soon in addition to their 70flex intermediates

duul 10-23-2010 02:51 PM

The Michigan hahahaha. Well I have a Kane and can do it forehand backhand and backhand with one hand. It works with basically any curve. I would never even try it in a game anyways so don't worry about it.

DR 10-23-2010 04:09 PM

What would be comparable to a X40 in the other brands?

A wood stick could be fun. Not used one since it was the only type available.

I already cut off the blade. Be nice if I could stick a tapered blade in it. I'll check the pro shop and see.

55 flex would be cool.

Sounds like P88/Kane is a solid choice with a lot of people.
Yeah I'm not trying to Michigan in a game.

Jarick 10-23-2010 08:14 PM

Comparable to X40? Pretty much any other $100 stick...Easton SE13, Warrior Swizzle, Reebok 303 & 6k, etc.

raygunpk 10-23-2010 09:26 PM

get a shaft, then you can experiment with curves

AIREAYE 10-24-2010 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 28495279)
Comparable to X40? Pretty much any other $100 stick...Easton SE13, Warrior Swizzle, Reebok 303 & 6k, etc.

Actually no, if he was looking more towards weight/balance then perhaps the 6K and S13 but for that kickpoint, then again, the 6K and S13.

IslesZoso 10-26-2010 03:23 PM

I'm 47 years old, 5'8" 175 and use an intermediate Nike Bauer Supreme One 75, flex 67 (wood).


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