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12-14-2012, 09:47 AM
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Ruhnie, are you breaking the sticks? Where are you breaking them and how?

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12-14-2012, 09:58 AM
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What do you not like about the RBZ 60 in comparison to the RBZ?
- heavy
- durability issues after a week. Toe of blade is already cracked and chipped up with chunks missing. Several divots and chunks on the shaft as well. After a week!
- Not a true 1 piece construction. I don't like the puck feel.

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You are probably just going to have to suck it up b/c once you've gone top end it is hard to go back. To me everything, even mid-range sticks, now feel like a lead pipe.

What about the Sher-wood N12? People have a lot of good things to say about this stick. It is very light and a little easier on the budget at $189

http://www.totalhockey.com/product/N...7-41/?mtx_id=0
Yeah you are right, I just hate that I seem to always miss the big sales on top end sticks. None of the TotalOnes left w/ my blade and flex I will take a look at that Sher-wood, thanks!

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Ruhnie, are you breaking the sticks? Where are you breaking them and how?
Yeah they always break above the blade low on the shaft. I am pretty sure it has something to do with the way I take faceoffs. I am terrible at them lol.

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12-14-2012, 10:39 AM
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I just picked up a couple Dynasties after my AK-27 broke. I had that stick for like 3 or 4 years, so upsetting.

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12-14-2012, 11:17 AM
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At your height and from what it sounds like your strength is, I'd probably look at 75 flex sticks over 85, although if you're playing high level hockey and have a great shot, don't mess with it.

You'll probably want to feel the stick flex a bit when shooting, and if you cut 85 flex sticks down several inches, especially with low kick sticks, you might not feel them flex at all. Some guys like that, others hate it.

If money's no object, you might like an 87 flex Nexus 1000 or Total One. Sounds like you prefer mid kick stiffer sticks. Otherwise you might want to try a 2-piece to save money. I haven't used Base shafts but their blades have pretty good feel and are fairly light weight.

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12-14-2012, 11:22 AM
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At your height and from what it sounds like your strength is, I'd probably look at 75 flex sticks over 85, although if you're playing high level hockey and have a great shot, don't mess with it.

You'll probably want to feel the stick flex a bit when shooting, and if you cut 85 flex sticks down several inches, especially with low kick sticks, you might not feel them flex at all. Some guys like that, others hate it.

If money's no object, you might like an 87 flex Nexus 1000 or Total One. Sounds like you prefer mid kick stiffer sticks. Otherwise you might want to try a 2-piece to save money. I haven't used Base shafts but their blades have pretty good feel and are fairly light weight.
Yeah I think I just never got used to the low kick sticks. I started playing before even the first Synergy came out, but always used 2-pc composite shafts, which I assume are pretty much mid kick. Whenever I went to the S17 I felt like I couldn't feel or control anything. The SE16 had better feedback to me, as did the APX. The RBZ was night and day better feedback. How does the Nexus/TO compare to the RBZ?

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Not exactly sure, but both are higher kick sticks with some of the best feel and blade durability out there.

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12-15-2012, 12:02 AM
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Anyone have experience with the Staal, Toews, or Richards curves from Bauer?

Looking for suggestions. Input appreciated!

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Staal = P91A = Drury, 5.5 lie very open heel wedge
Richards = P106, 5.25 lie somewhat open mid-heel
Toews = P14, 5.5 lie somewhat open mid-toe

What are you using now?

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12-15-2012, 11:28 AM
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Staal = P91A = Drury, 5.5 lie very open heel wedge
Richards = P106, 5.25 lie somewhat open mid-heel
Toews = P14, 5.5 lie somewhat open mid-toe

What are you using now?
Spezza. I like something with some curve but nothing to extreme.

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12-15-2012, 11:32 AM
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Spezza from Reebok? Like the open mid-heel?

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Spezza from Reebok? Like the open mid-heel?
I believe it's just a heel curve. But I could be wrong. But yes, that's the one. Similar to the Phaneuf.


Edit: I should add I'm considering picking up a Total one, or a Reebok 11k. They both seem to be awesome sticks, the Total one is 15$ more. Still deciding which one to get. Thanks for your help!


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12-15-2012, 06:16 PM
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P91A Staal is the closest. The P106 is a deeper curve that plays a little lower in lie; my go-to curve.

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12-16-2012, 01:40 AM
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P91A Staal is the closest. The P106 is a deeper curve that plays a little lower in lie; my go-to curve.
Richards curve, correct? How do you like it?

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12-16-2012, 08:24 AM
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I got a pro stock Ai 9 for free last week... any way I can tell the flex on this thing? Doesn't have the normal specs on it

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Richards curve, correct? How do you like it?
Easier to pick corners/sides with it than a P91A. The loft of the P91A makes it easier to shoot high, but the lack of a 'curve' by conventional description makes it necessary to turn your wrists and aim properly.

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I got a pro stock Ai 9 for free last week... any way I can tell the flex on this thing? Doesn't have the normal specs on it
Namebar on the front of the stick?

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12-16-2012, 09:05 AM
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Easier to pick corners/sides with it than a P91A. The loft of the P91A makes it easier to shoot high, but the lack of a 'curve' by conventional description makes it necessary to turn your wrists and aim properly.



Namebar on the front of the stick?
Ritchie... it's Brett Richie's stick

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So do I go with a Total One in a Richards/Staal Curve or the Reebok 11k in a Datsyuk/Hedman/Phaneuf/Duchene curve. I'm really torn between the two, The 11k is 15$ cheaper and I'm not super picky.

Mainly just looking for a good all around curve, nothing to crazy. Mainly for wristers/snappers. I have a Zetterberg and a Spezza curve now. Like the Spezza for the most part. Not a fan of the Zetterberg so much though.


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12-17-2012, 12:46 AM
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Hey guys ! I'm looking for a new hockey stick since my last kinda broke. I had a Warrior Dolomite with green graphics (2010 or 2011 model). It had Draper curve (now Toews I think). I'm 6'2" 165 lbs and I would like a good stick for wristshots and snapshots (mostly quick shots and accurate with some power of course).

My max price would be 150 $ but I could go up to 200 $ if it worths it.

Thanks for your future advices and I'm open to answer your questions in order to find the perfect stick for me.

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12-17-2012, 09:27 AM
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Grab yourself a Widow in Kopitar/Draper!

Older S19s/RSs should be on clearance.

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So do I go with a Total One in a Richards/Staal Curve or the Reebok 11k in a Datsyuk/Hedman/Phaneuf/Duchene curve. I'm really torn between the two, The 11k is 15$ cheaper and I'm not super picky.

Mainly just looking for a good all around curve, nothing to crazy. Mainly for wristers/snappers. I have a Zetterberg and a Spezza curve now. Like the Spezza for the most part. Not a fan of the Zetterberg so much though.
Do you have a mid or low kick preference. If not, go Total One...excellent puck feel, durability, great pop to it.

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Do you have a mid or low kick preference. If not, go Total One...excellent puck feel, durability, great pop to it.
I think I will go with the Total One. Is there going to be a major difference between a 77 and 75 flex? I prefer the softer flex, but if there is not a huge difference it should be fine.
Thanks for you help!

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From what I've heard, the 11K plays a little stiffer than rated. And no, don't worry about the numbers. Two 75 and 77 flex sticks will feel different depending on kickpoint.

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Sorry for the double post. But is there any companies that make a 75flex Intermediate stick? I'm trying to stay as close to 75 as possible. I will have to cut the senior about 4 inches so if there is an intermediate 75, i wouldn't have to cut it more than one inch at most.

Or is it possible for me to get the Bauer int. 67 flex, and cut it down an inch or two, how close to 75 would that be? I'm about 5'7 150, and I do have a 65 flex that is a little soft for me. But needs to be cut.

Sorry for all the questions guys, just want to make the right choice.


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So you're saying that you'd need to cut down a regular 60" SR stick 4 inches to get your desired length?

Bauer makes only their TotalOne and TotalOne NXG Griptac sticks at an INT 75 flex.

Reebok/CCM make their SR 75 flex sticks at about 58 or 59", don't remember.

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Sorry for the double post. But is there any companies that make a 75flex Intermediate stick? I'm trying to stay as close to 75 as possible. I will have to cut the senior about 4 inches so if there is an intermediate 75, i wouldn't have to cut it more than one inch at most.

Or is it possible for me to get the Bauer int. 67 flex, and cut it down an inch or two, how close to 75 would that be? I'm about 5'7 150, and I do have a 65 flex that is a little soft for me. But needs to be cut.

Sorry for all the questions guys, just want to make the right choice.
I find the newer Warrior 70 flexes (the last couple years) are a little stiffer than your average 65 flex intermediate. Reebok _k (not the Ai) sticks are insanely stiff for their rating.

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