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03-22-2012, 07:06 PM
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Problem with the method in the video is NHL players can afford to get new sticks all the time, whereas us regular Joe players try to make ours last. If you did Erik Cole's method and put no tape on the bottom, the stick would wear and the material would start to splinter and peel off after a while

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03-22-2012, 07:52 PM
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I like to beef up the bottom part of my blade because that part goes fast. Once you have a little chip on the bottom of your blade, it starts to wear fast.

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03-24-2012, 05:17 PM
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I don't know why but I tear the crap out of my tape... so basically every game I have to re-tape it. It's because habit now so even if it's not too bad I'll do it anyways

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03-26-2012, 07:03 AM
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Problem with the method in the video is NHL players can afford to get new sticks all the time, whereas us regular Joe players try to make ours last. If you did Erik Cole's method and put no tape on the bottom, the stick would wear and the material would start to splinter and peel off after a while
I used Tacki Mack pads and ride bareback on the bottom of my Easton ST blades.
After two seasons or 30+ games minimum i have no problems with the bottom of my blades except a bit of orange paint chipping.

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03-26-2012, 10:43 AM
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ST blades are a hell of a lot more durable than some of the OPS blades out there.

For me sticks tend to wear and chip along the bottom of the blade, eventually getting weak and losing accuracy. Almost never snap them.

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03-26-2012, 02:21 PM
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ST blades are a hell of a lot more durable than some of the OPS blades out there.

For me sticks tend to wear and chip along the bottom of the blade, eventually getting weak and losing accuracy. Almost never snap them.
I had sherwood RM7 blades for a bit but even with only 10 or less games they chipped like crazy. All over the place.

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03-26-2012, 03:24 PM
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I had sherwood RM7 blades for a bit but even with only 10 or less games they chipped like crazy. All over the place.
on my RM19 OPS the blade chipped like crazy and felt dead...

Jarick, is the ST blade a pretty high performing blade for most standard 2 pieces? I was trying to find a Bauer PM9 or Easton Iginla, but the blade options for some reason here, are very limited to crap.. i.e. X:20's/X:30's OR Easton STs, and APX/TotalOne

I like the wood blade on my AK27, but i do find it to go soft like every 3-4 games, and that's without taking any clappers

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03-26-2012, 04:07 PM
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The ST blade is, like the name says, "super tough" but it's incredibly heavy too. I had one of the older ones, back when they were red, and it was pretty good, but it's a brick in terms of weight. Completely kills the balance.

I couldn't find anything that balanced with the AK27 and gave up. I'd rather pay a little more for a balanced OPS than an unbalanced 2-piece. But I don't break sticks. To me balance is #2 right behind flex at #1 in importance because I shoot quick wrist/snappers in stride.

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03-26-2012, 04:17 PM
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The ST blade is, like the name says, "super tough" but it's incredibly heavy too. I had one of the older ones, back when they were red, and it was pretty good, but it's a brick in terms of weight. Completely kills the balance.

I couldn't find anything that balanced with the AK27 and gave up. I'd rather pay a little more for a balanced OPS than an unbalanced 2-piece. But I don't break sticks. To me balance is #2 right behind flex at #1 in importance because I shoot quick wrist/snappers in stride.
I hear ya... I don't break sticks that often, but I did find a couple of the old sherwood comp's and the vapour XXXX to be less than "tough"

I think I'll stick with the old wood blade on the AK, as it keeps it incredibly light and with a wood plug... quite balanced
just gotta find a surplus of em.. and hot glue

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03-26-2012, 11:18 PM
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The ST blade is, like the name says, "super tough" but it's incredibly heavy too. I had one of the older ones, back when they were red, and it was pretty good, but it's a brick in terms of weight. Completely kills the balance.

I couldn't find anything that balanced with the AK27 and gave up. I'd rather pay a little more for a balanced OPS than an unbalanced 2-piece. But I don't break sticks. To me balance is #2 right behind flex at #1 in importance because I shoot quick wrist/snappers in stride.
I don't know what the actual weights are but the Sherwood RM feels a lot heavier than my ST.

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03-29-2012, 11:40 AM
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When I played competitive, I would tape my stick every period. I was able to because the zamboni would go every period. Nowadays, I use 3 sticks, one for each period.

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Does putting that extra strip on the bottom really add extra grip to the ice? With a normal tape job you already have tape on the bottom, so does adding this strip really make a difference? Reason I'm asking is because I'm having trouble getting some flex on my shots and I think it's because my stick slips out too easily.
When I skate on outdoor rinks I put the extra strip on the bottom first then tape it to help the tape last longer and protect the stick which is the only reason I'd ever heard of for doing that

When I 'm skating indoors I don't but I still tape the toe

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Does putting that extra strip on the bottom really add extra grip to the ice? With a normal tape job you already have tape on the bottom, so does adding this strip really make a difference? Reason I'm asking is because I'm having trouble getting some flex on my shots and I think it's because my stick slips out too easily.


the tape is really a non factor when it comes to flexing a stick on the ice. its either your technique or its your stick that is to stiff

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03-29-2012, 01:30 PM
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So i decided to go heel to toe on my tape job recently.

as for the "FEEL" of the puck on your blade, youd never notice a difference, but whether my technique is getting better or it was the tape gripping more on the puck, my shots were flying true more often than not.

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What's the thinking behind taping just the toe, or half way, heel to toe, just the middle?

I've always taped 2/3rds of the blade and covering the toe, but for no better reason then that's what my friend that plays hockey does as well.

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03-29-2012, 02:09 PM
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What's the thinking behind taping just the toe, or half way, heel to toe, just the middle?

I've always taped 2/3rds of the blade and covering the toe, but for no better reason then that's what my friend that plays hockey does as well.
There are different reasons/opinions but I have always taped the whole blade and toe to protect the blade when doing toe drags or anything for that matter.

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What's the thinking behind taping just the toe, or half way, heel to toe, just the middle?

I've always taped 2/3rds of the blade and covering the toe, but for no better reason then that's what my friend that plays hockey does as well.
I tape almost the entire blade, starting about a half inch or so forward of the heel and covering everything including the toe. I tape it that way so that the feel and the friction is consistent across the entire blade. I'm not sure if it makes a difference but that's my thinking.

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03-29-2012, 02:14 PM
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Some people feel it helps with quicker stickhandling with no friction on the bottom or like the look of it.

One nice thing about taping just the mid over the toe is out of the corner of your eye you can see the contrast and where the puck lies. I taped the back half black and front half white for a bit because of that.

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I usually only tape it when it needs it which is anywhere from 1-5 skates.

As far as only taping part of the blade, it's mostly personal preference. I switch between curves every so often and I found only taping just past the curve helps visual see the puck in a shooting position in my periferal easier. Only works with white tape really.

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03-30-2012, 02:38 PM
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i tape over the toe as well but because of durability reasons. i tend to dig the puck out from along the boards quite a bit and this can wreak havoc on the toe of the blade. ever since i started doing that, i rarely get any chipping there.

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Some people feel it helps with quicker stickhandling with no friction on the bottom or like the look of it.

One nice thing about taping just the mid over the toe is out of the corner of your eye you can see the contrast and where the puck lies. I taped the back half black and front half white for a bit because of that.
That's interesting. I should try that. For me right now it's mostly aesthetic. I"m gonna see if this works.

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