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07-05-2012, 02:15 AM
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So I decided to get 4 different replacement blades to try and figure out which I liked best (1 Warrior, 3 Bauer)

P88 Kane
P92 Backstrom
PM9 Stamkos
Vanek (Warrior)

I guess we shall find out soon enough which one i like the best

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07-05-2012, 10:48 AM
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So I decided to get 4 different replacement blades to try and figure out which I liked best (1 Warrior, 3 Bauer)

P88 Kane
P92 Backstrom
PM9 Stamkos
Vanek (Warrior)

I guess we shall find out soon enough which one i like the best
For your sake, I hope it's not the Vanek because Warrior discontinued that curve. Vanek has now become my go-to pattern and I'm going to have to stock up on either Dolomites or AK27 blades this summer...

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07-05-2012, 12:30 PM
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For your sake, I hope it's not the Vanek because Warrior discontinued that curve. Vanek has now become my go-to pattern and I'm going to have to stock up on either Dolomites or AK27 blades this summer...
Well that's unfortunate. I may need to try and find a similar blade from another company then just in case.

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07-11-2012, 06:15 AM
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Czech stick brands ?

My mother-in-law is going on a holiday to CZ in a couple of weeks. She offered to bring me back home a nice one piece stick. I was wondering if there are any Czech specific stick brands wich are cheaper than the Norhtamerican ones ?

Thanks in advance

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http://www.frontierhockey.com/?id=24

Frontier is sold in the Czech Republic.

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Broke my AK 27 last night and won't be able to get the same model by this weekend for a tournament so I'm looking at the Bauer Nexus 600, has anyone used this stick? I'm looking at that stick because the local LHS selection of Warrior's is slim and I'm a big Warrior fan.

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07-18-2012, 09:23 PM
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I'll be buying a new stick soon.

I'm thinking of the Warrior Dynasty and Easton S65.

Anyone have thoughts on these two? Which one has better value at retail? If I do decide on the Dynasty I may order online since Warrior ships worldwide and Easton doesn't.

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07-24-2012, 10:51 PM
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What's a good ball hockey stick for under 60$ ?

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07-28-2012, 09:55 PM
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Lefty was comfortable for me, thanks for the advice. Follow up question, i got a cheap wooden stick with an abs core, is that still good for ice? Or do I need pure wooden stick like the 5030? Are there any other wooden ones out there even worth considering?

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07-28-2012, 10:13 PM
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It's ok for ice, but ABS is a softer material than even fresh wood, so there is a greater chance of the blade torquing more on shots. It will also feel less responsive than wood imo.

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Broke my AK 27 last night and won't be able to get the same model by this weekend for a tournament so I'm looking at the Bauer Nexus 600, has anyone used this stick? I'm looking at that stick because the local LHS selection of Warrior's is slim and I'm a big Warrior fan.
The Widows and Diablos should be on clearance for new sticks if you haven't picked one up already. The Nexus 600 is a little heavy but feels like it's VERY well balanced for the price point. I'm tempted but know that I need to save up for a high end stick. I also don't know about the feel.

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I'll be buying a new stick soon.

I'm thinking of the Warrior Dynasty and Easton S65.

Anyone have thoughts on these two? Which one has better value at retail? If I do decide on the Dynasty I may order online since Warrior ships worldwide and Easton doesn't.
The Dynasty will be a better stick as it is a legacy of the Dolomite two-piece. The S65 is more of a price point stick.

I have a Dynasty and it is actually pretty good. While it might not have the pop and feather weight of a $200 stick, the puck feel is very good, it is pretty well balanced, and it has held up pretty well. I used it a few times last year but mostly as a backup, while it has been my main stick all summer and now.

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07-31-2012, 11:58 AM
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I ended up ordering a EQ50 75 flex Parise curve on eBay because there was one going for $100.

Bought a Warrior Bentley 70 flex Kopitar curve as a temporary stick for now. Paid $70 for this stick, and honestly, I can feel a notable dip in quality compared to $100 sticks. The stick is heavier and it feels stiff.

But hey, I'm just giving new curves a try. Been using mostly neutral/closed blades, thinking about giving open/aggressive curves a shot for a while.

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07-31-2012, 12:02 PM
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Good call on the EQ50. I've actually thought about trying that exact stick and flex if money permitted.

And yes, it drops quite a bit below $100. Anything over $130 is usually pretty good.

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Just got my EQ50 today.

I tried putting a tacki mac command grip. I've done this before, but boy is it a pain in the ass to put on. I gave up half way because I got stuck with an inch or so left. Just cut the rest off and taped the knob myself.

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Did you use the included tape?

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Did you use the included tape?
I did.

I went at it twice too. One on my Warrior stick and one on my EQ50. I failed both times and it's literally ripped a layer of skin off my palms.

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08-06-2012, 10:39 AM
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my go to trick for tacki macs is to use one of those jar opener grip devices- you can get one at the dollar stores. It's similar to the tacki mac and gives you the extra leverage yo uneed

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That makes no sense. You got the tape wet, right? There's a lubricant to help it slip on and then it dries as a glue. Water soluble golf grips from Golfsmith work too. I used to use a bit of Aquanet...same principle, slippery on and sticky when it dries.

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I just gave up. I might just do normal tape next time, since I'm starting to prefer shorter handles anyway.

Also just bought a Warrior Dynasty today for $150. Went with the Kopitar curve because I'm feeling really uncomfortable using my Parise curve. The forehand is great, easy to throw a controlled sauce, but my backhanders flop around like it's got seizure.

I blew 3 grade A scoring chances today because I've yet to acquaint myself with a heel curve. Blew past a couple defenders, deked out the goalie with the same move, only to flub a weak, low shot into his pads.

Will have the Kopitar Dynasty on standby if this keeps going on.

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I switched to grip flex tape since I didn't like the Tacki Mac offerings. Strange they don't just have a normal 1" cloth tape end.

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I switched to grip flex tape since I didn't like the Tacki Mac offerings. Strange they don't just have a normal 1" cloth tape end.
I've been caught using no tape and found it perfectly fine with today's sticks. Am I crazy?

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I've been caught using no tape and found it perfectly fine with today's sticks. Am I crazy?
I haven't seen anyone who don't tape their stick's butt end.

Guess it's fine if you're using a grippy shaft?

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I haven't seen anyone who don't tape their stick's butt end.

Guess it's fine if you're using a grippy shaft?
I always figured your glove + grippy shaft was fine. Not to mention your gloves get torn up by tape.

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Yeah, I was thinking about this the other day. Obviously its important to have grip for your top hand, while being able to let the stick rest and slide pretty lightly on your bottom hand. But with these modern grippy sticks, the opposite happens - the tape at the top is actually LESS sticky than the rest of the shaft!

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Yeah, that's why I stopped using grip shafts now. I can slide my bottom hand quickly to react to passes and rebounds much faster than if I had to open my hand and close it again.

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