hockeymass has it, it's about popularity and sticking to what people are familiar with. Bauer Supreme sticks have been around since the One90 and Vapor since the XX with the technology going even further back. It's a proven winner while Reebok more or less has been living under Bauer and Easton (some argue Warrior now too)'s shadow ever since they came into the market. The 7K, 10K and 11K were great sticks, but never got the same fanfare as the bigger guys. Also, the AI line was just released, so they're technically unproven.
Wait, you want us to do your research for you so you can stock up on sticks at a low price and sell back to us to make a profit for yourself?
by "here" i mean where i live..
and by cheaper, it won't be as cheap as you think with all the shipping and taxes combined.
well, my teammate has an Ai9 and i do seem to recall that the blade is a bit thinner but I could be wrong.. though the stick has been pretty solid after 6 months and he's a big d-man (about 5'9" 200-ish lbs, former some kind of a body building tournament finalist)
I haven't seen a lot of complains on the net about it having durability problems (unlike the RS)... personally i'm a Bauer/Easton guy but just because i wasn't around when RBK emerged.
Speaking about shadowing, I thought Reebok = CCM? Back in my day it was always Bauer vs CCM so I kinda assumed Reebok is famous because they're CCM..
anybody here ever had a problem with the stick itself though?
Actually I know only one guy who doesn't like reebok sticks, all others who have or had one were happy with them. My first composite was a 4K and I really liked it. I basically learned to shoot with that twig, and it still serves one of my teammates well. After receiving a Warrior DD Spyne as a present I now use high end sticks, and I will def buy a reebok twig again, as soon as my current stock dies (still some 7 sticks to go lol).
I was able to get a great deal on a RBK AI9 stick recently, and it's pretty good so far.
There is a bit of a learning curve with it considering I used a Bauer x:60 77 flex (cut down to 83ish flex) for the past year. My last x:60 died when I slashed someone in front of the net, but the RBK stick seems like it's much more solid and will take (and give) more abuse!
The puck feel is totally different, but I'm getting used to it. Due to the lower flex and different balance of the x:60 I knew when I had the puck on my stick by the weight on the blade. With the RBK I feel that a whole lot less, so I find myself looking down WAY too much. Thank god I don't play in a checking league or my brain would be scrambled.
But none the less after 3 games it feels pretty good and I'm liking it. I'd definitely pick up another if I can get a good price on one.