Bauer Nexus OPS
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04-26-2013, 12:28 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
Bauer Nexus 600
Intermediate 60 Flex
29 year old C-leaguer, 5'8 and "stout"
The Nexus line is very understated with black and gray text and highlights on a black background. It kind of looks blacked out, but kind of looks drab and boring. I'd prefer something a little more interesting looking, like the APX LE where the logo pops and there's colorful highlights. The 600 has a 3k wrap on the blade.
Shaft Profile & Grip
The Nexus has the same profile as other Supreme sticks, which is more squared corners and concave walls. This makes it feel a bit bigger in the hand than other sticks. It's maybe a bit boxier and bigger feeling than most intermediates.
The grip is just a standard grip finish with no texture. I find it plenty grippy with my clarino palms.
Weight & Balance
I think these are listed at 515 grams and they certainly don't feel light. They are on the heavier side and the blade feels a bit heavy as well. Plenty of heft if you like that kind of thing, but it makes me feel like my handling and shots are slow and have lag. Again, this is the 600, the price point stick, whereas the 1000 is feather weight.
Like most price point sticks, the feel is not great. It's not lively and ceramic like the old Vapors but it's not soft and solid like the Total One. It feels almost like there's nothing at the end of the stick, hard to describe. Puck feedback is very poor while handling and catching passes and I found pucks would bounce off the blade on hot passes.
Flex & Kickpoint
The Nexus line is said to have a soft flex in the middle, unlike the dual high and low kickpoints of the Vapor series and the stiff lower tapered area of the Supreme line. In practice, the stick felt a bit softer than most intermediates, which made for easier loading and hard shots when you really load up. I would say it's a true 60 flex. The downside to me was that there wasn't as much kick, although this could be less performance as a price point rather than the kick point itself.
I was impressed by the accuracy of the stick. Left to right and top to bottom my shots went where I wanted them to go. This is consistent with the Vapor X:60 I used last year. Also, when I had time to load up the stick and lean into a shot, there was plenty of power and the puck seemed to have a heavy "BOOM" when shooting into the boards.
I did have some lag on my shots, which I think is due to the weight of the stick. I felt as if I had to power through my shots rather than rely on a quick shot and release. Again, not sure if it's the price point or weight or the flex, but something to consider.
I did have a chip out of the blade and honestly have not used the stick much, but the chip did not worsten and the shaft looks new. I have had good luck with Bauer sticks, even at price point models, in terms of durability.
The Nexus 600 is a good stick for the money, but not a great stick overall. The weight and poor puck feel really hold it back. While the flex is good for those of us who prefer wrist shots, I think the weight makes it a better stick for guys who like to take big slappers.
I would like to see Bauer make an 800 version of the stick for the $150-170 price point which has weight and performance between the 600 and 1000. It's curious they left that gap in the naming scheme (400, 600, 1000). I think that stick would be a great performer, but maybe Bauer can't produce something at that price point and still sell their higher end models.
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