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02-01-2012, 10:11 PM
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looking for a good lower end stick.

Hi all. I am looking for a decent lower end stick. I went out a couple of months ago and bought a bauer x40 stick with a sakic curve (can't rember what bauer calls it). Anyway I can't get used to the dang thing. Everything is off and I want to buy a new stick, but the boss (wife) said nothing over $50. So my question is can I get a decent stick around $50? I know what curve works best, but have no idea what I should go with.

Also I am 6 feet tall and around 215 lbs. and play 2-3 times a month.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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For me, it's all about RBK 5k with crosby's curve or the nexon's (higher ends are also my favorites.) shoot for the nexon8 or 6.

Bobby ryan curve all the way 70 of flex

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Hi all. I am looking for a decent lower end stick. I went out a couple of months ago and bought a bauer x40 stick with a sakic curve (can't rember what bauer calls it). Anyway I can't get used to the dang thing. Everything is off and I want to buy a new stick, but the boss (wife) said nothing over $50. So my question is can I get a decent stick around $50? I know what curve works best, but have no idea what I should go with.

Also I am 6 feet tall and around 215 lbs. and play 2-3 times a month.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
there are very few senior sticks that are 50 or less, unless you go wood. but at that price point its basically what feels good. there are very few if any differences in low end stick so its what every yuo can find in your curve and flex

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What exactly is throwing you off about the x40? It should be a solid stick.

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I love my Nexon

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What exactly is throwing you off about the x40? It should be a solid stick.

Its the curve. I came from a Hossa curve which is like the Kane curve. I thought I would try it and everything is off. My passes are all over the place and I can't control my shots as well. Also puck doesn't stay on my stick as well either.

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If you don't mind a shorter stick, you can find intermediate sticks for ~$50. I use the Bauer one30 with a 67 flex which I picked up for $50. Then again, I'm only 5'8" so that probably makes the difference between usable and not usable for intermediates.

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Unless you're buying used on Craigslist, you have to kick it up to $100. I'd recommend a wood stick, but it would be dead by the following month and you'd waste $40.

And at 6' 215 you'll need an 85 flex stick. Intermediate would be no good.

My recommendation is to save up to $100 and get either a Reebok Ai5, Bauer One80, or Bauer APX 4.0. Those are all solid sticks. You might even find an Easton EQ40 or Bauer X:50 on clearance for $100.

Until then, I'd just keep my wrists closed a little bit. I played for a few years with the standard mid curve before going to the Sakic and I prefer it, but you do need to cup the puck more.

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wood is your best best. A cheap composite isn't that much better than a wooden one. The wood gives you more feel when you pass and shoot.

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Easton 65S, No grip, 85 flex with Iginla curve. You will love it. Great stick for $89.99.

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wood is your best best. A cheap composite isn't that much better than a wooden one. The wood gives you more feel when you pass and shoot.
and after a month when it feels like a wet noodle?

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bauer x20 or x40 are awsome

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Its the curve. I came from a Hossa curve which is like the Kane curve. I thought I would try it and everything is off. My passes are all over the place and I can't control my shots as well. Also puck doesn't stay on my stick as well either.
Mission Hossa or Bauer Hossa? Honestly, I'd stick to your X:40 and try to adjust. Or go with what Jarick said.

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bauer x20 or x40 are awsome
He are already using X:40...

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and after a month when it feels like a wet noodle?
I'd be lucky to get a month out of one

Last two sticks I bought, one snapped after an hour and the other one the blade was completely shot by the end of warmups on the second game.

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I'd be lucky to get a month out of one

Last two sticks I bought, one snapped after an hour and the other one the blade was completely shot by the end of warmups on the second game.

exactly, for the extra 50 bucks, your going to get way more worth out of a cheap composite, than a wood

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Technically I suppose if you're terrible at hockey a $60 composite will last you just about forever. They almost never break and if you can't shoot, pass, catch a pass, or stickhandle, who cares about the weight and performance.

It's just the quality and performance raises exponentially above $100 to the point where it's much more "worth it".

Like I said, slightly used is an option. Make sure there are no cracks or rattles. I sell sticks on Cragislist when I have too many and rarely do they go for more than $50-60 with fewer than 10 games on them and a couple scuffs away from new. And those are the high end $150+ sticks.

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I like my x20 with a P88 curve better then my newer x40's with P92 curve..Wish I could trade the P92's for P88's..Have much better control of the puck..Last Monday was going for my hat trick at pickup and I got a breakaway pass and the goalie came out and challenged me..I deeked around him and went to my backhand and back to forhand and had the whole net to shoot at..and I wrang it off the crossbar

Back to P88 next stick purchase

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Right now Totalhockey.net is selling the Reebok 5k for $30

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I sell sticks on Cragislist when I have too many and rarely do they go for more than $50-60 with fewer than 10 games on them and a couple scuffs away from new. And those are the high end $150+ sticks.
For real? o.O

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Yeah sometimes I do dumb things when I see the sticks go on clearance for say $100 and buy it, then realize it's not grip and bugs me, or it's too stiff, or too whippy, or high kickpoint, etc.

I've been fairly good and not bought any sticks in a while. Just told myself if/when my X60 breaks I will buy a brand new APX to replace it in my curve, flex, and grip. Probably will save money in the long run LOL

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do people in craigslist ship internationally?

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i'm not even cheap or anything i just love the x20s i bring two each game. great stick for 70 bucks

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do people in craigslist ship internationally?
They shouldn't but some of them might. eBay's the better option here.

For those of you in areas without hockey shops, I really recommend getting a two piece stick to save on money. Pick up slightly used shafts and multi packs of you blade pattern on eBay.

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do people in craigslist ship internationally?
craigslist is typically a local thing. As in you go meet the person you are selling to/buying from at a Walmart or something.

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They shouldn't but some of them might. eBay's the better option here.

For those of you in areas without hockey shops, I really recommend getting a two piece stick to save on money. Pick up slightly used shafts and multi packs of you blade pattern on eBay.
yeah, but most of the time the shipping cost on ebay is horrible.. I can find only a few people who will ship an OPS for $25, generally they ship at around $40..
anyone can explain about this price gap?

i do have a two piece for practice though.. it's a really old nike shaft with a louisville blade lol

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