Bauer Nexus OPS
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04-26-2013, 12:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Bauer Nexus OPS
Bauer Nexus 600, 60 flex P92
Ongoing Review (each blurb is another entry):
Just picked it up yesterday. It's got a little heft to it, which is different for me. Pretty whippy up top, which is something I've wanted to try for a while. I don't think I like sticks that are stiff up top. This one is as soft as the flex rating (60) due to that top hand kick.
When you lean in to a shot, it comes off pretty hot. I bet the 1000 with the lighter weight would come off even quicker as this one has a bit of lag (probably from the weight). Slappers seemed a bit mushy but I don't use them.
The Nexus 600 already has a chip out of the toe of the blade. Yikes.
Used this as my main stick last week. It's a fine stick for the price, but I can definitely tell both the weight and the blade are holding it back from being a real winner (which is expected).
I kept feeling like the blade was broken because the puck was so jumpy and it vibrates too much on the blade. I lost some pucks and passes at the blue line that are normally fine for me, which sucked as it gave away a couple breaks and cost a goal. Yes there's user error but I swear the puck just hops right over and bounces by the blade.
The other kicker is the weight, which is just a bit too much. I actually really like having some heft on the stick for playing defense. I don't feel like it's going to break and can lift/slash with reckless abandon. But there's lag on the shot because the weight throws me off and a little lighter feel would make it a real winner.
It still kicks great and shoots great when you get hold of the puck. The rest of the stick is fantastic.
Bottom line for me so far, if Bauer introduced a Nexus 800 in the $150 price range, I would be all over it. The Nexus 1000 is so light I'd be worried about it breaking (which is more mental than anything else) and of course is $200+. Make an 800 at around 480 grams and use the Vapor 7.0 blade...winner.
Still think the Nexus 600 is solid for the money if you don't count clearance sticks. It gives me a heavy shot with better accuracy than the DT-2 but the heavier weight and balance slows the release a bit. And the puck feel isn't great.
But there are still a lot of clearance sticks out there around the $100 mark that should be better than the 600.
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