Wood sticks...are they all the same?
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08-26-2008, 10:06 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Bauer One40, Easton Classic, and Sherwood 5030 are all supposed to be about the same with the light wood core and laminate wood shaft for strength. I find the Sherwood feels a little softer than the other two. TPS also has a version which feels stiff. All the manufacturers also make stiffer/longer versions of the sticks as well.
Easton's Z-Carbon has a carbon fiber blade for durability, although some people find they snap off at the hosel. Bauer used to have a version but don't anymore.
My favorite is the Montreal 4400. It's a similar construction to the other sticks, but it's thinner and lighter, and it has more of a whippy flex feel to it. It also feels like the wood is higher quality as they last a good while. Plus their blades have ABS (plastic) along the bottom and inside so they are much more durable. Any other wood stick is way too stiff for me and the blade breaks apart after a few skates.
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