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STICKS - Buying Guide and Advice PART 2

I wrote these articles to answer a lot of common questions I saw and to bookmark my thoughts on the matter. Read through these and feel free to ask any questions!


Choosing a Hockey Stick
I. Introduction and Handedness
II. Materials and Construction
III. Size and Length
IV. Flex and Kickpoint
V. Curve and Lie
VI. Taping and Customization
VII. Additional Thoughts


High End Sticks

When we say "get a clearance high end stick", we're talking about these.

I've tried to give an approximate kickpoint location for each stick but some are tricky. Low and mid are pretty self-explanatory. Mid-low are usually sticks that don't have much of an engineered kick point (i.e. they are constant flex).

2016Supreme 1S (mid-high)Super Tacks (mid), RBZ Speedburner (constant)Synergy GX (mid)  Covert QRL (low)A6.0 SBP (mid)
2015Vapor 1X (low), Nexus 1N (mid)Ultra Tacks (mid), Ribcor Reckoner (low)Stealth CX (low)R27 (low)EK60 (low)Dynasty HD1 (mid)A6.0 (mid), XCORE 9 (mid-low)
2014Nexus 8000 (mid), Total One MX3 (mid-high)CCM RBZ Superfast (constant), Tacks (mid), RIBCOR (low)V9E (low), Synergy HTX (mid-low) T120 (mid)Covert QR1 (low) 
2013Vapor APX2 (variable, low)RBZ Stage 2 (variable)Mako II (mid-low), V9 (mid-low)RIBCOR (low)EK15 (low)Dynasty AX1 LT (mid), Covert DT1 LT (low) 
2012Total One NXG (mid), ONE.9 (mid), Nexus 1000 (true mid)RBZ (variable)Mako (mid-low), M5 (mid-low) Stealth RS II (low)20k (low)T100 (mid)Covert DT1 (low), Dynasty AX1 (mid) 
2011Vapor APX (variable, low), Vapor 7.0 (variable, low)U+ Crazy Light (mid-low)Stealth RS (low)Ai9 (mid)Nexon N12 (low)Widow (low), Dynasty (mid-low) 
2010Total One (mid)U+ Octo Light (low), U+ Pro (low)EQ50 (mid-low), ST (mid-low)11k (low) Dolomite DD (mid-low) 
2009Vapor X:60 (variable,low)U+ CL (low)Stealth S19 (low)8.0.8 (mid)T90 (mid-low)Kronik (mid-low), Dolomite Spyne (mid-low), Dolomite (mid-low) 


Pattern Equivalency Chart

These aren't 100% but for the most part should be pretty close. Keep in mind that every company could measure their depths/lies differently. NOTE: Curves that are italicized are not equivalent to the rest in the row, but close enough to be grouped with them.

Heel5.5,6Very Open1/2"RoundP91A (Staal)P15 (Galchenyuk)E6 (Parise)P36A (Phaneuf)PP20 (DR)W05 (Granlund)
Heel6Open1/2"SquareP02 E5 (Getzlaf) PP05 (LI)W12 (Pavelski)
Mid-Heel5Neutral3/8"RoundPM9 (Stamkos) E4 (Cammalleri)P42 (Duchene)PP09 (Ryan), PP96 (Bouchard)W01 (Lupul)
Mid5.5,6Open1/2"RoundP92 (Ovechkin) - limited avail. in lie 5P19 (Nugent-Hopkins), P29 (Crosby)E3 (Hall) - limited avail. in lie 5P87A (Crosby)PP26 (Stastny), PP92 (Trouba) is the lie 5 equivalent to the PP26W03 (Henrique)
Mid5.5Open3/4"Square    PP77 (Coffey)W71 (Pacioretty)
Mid5,5.5,6Slight Open1/2"RoundP88 (Kane)P40 (Hossa), P45 (Tavares)E36P40 (Perron), P38 (Datsyuk)PP88 (Ryan II)W88 (Zetterberg), W16 (Karlsson)
Mid5.5Slight Open3/8"RoundP12P17 (Lecavalier)E6 (Iginla) PP12 (IG) 
Mid-Toe, Toe5Open1/2"RoundP28 (Giroux), P14 (Toews)P46 (Landeskog)E28P46 (Bergeron)PP01 (Smith)W14 (Chara), W28 (Yakupov)

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