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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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12-17-2012, 09:50 AM
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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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12-17-2012, 10:41 AM
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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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12-17-2012, 11:22 AM
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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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12-17-2012, 11:58 AM
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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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Hey stick junkies. How close is a Warrior Savard curve to an Easton Iginla? I know lie numbers with Warriors are different, I saw one on sale on the weekend and was thinking about giving it a try.

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Savard = old Forsberg and new Cammalleri, which is a 5 lie neutral mid-heel. The Kovalchuk would be closer to Iginla.

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Savard = old Forsberg and new Cammalleri, which is a 5 lie neutral mid-heel. The Kovalchuk would be closer to Iginla.
Cool I'll check that one out, thanks.

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Not exactly sure, but both are higher kick sticks with some of the best feel and blade durability out there.
Whelp with the insane deal on clearance items today from HM I pulled the trigger. Picked up a TO 77 flex P91A for a grand total of $112 and free shipping. Even if I hate it, that price is worth the risk. Also snagged a Stealth RS for the wife for $147. Pretty sick.

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That is an amazing deal on the TO. Excellent work.

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That is an amazing deal on the TO. Excellent work.
Thx Pretty excited, can't wait to try it out.

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I also snagged the TO, got the intermediate so it was a total of 108$. Couldn't pass it up.

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Disgusting deals.

Should just grab as many as you can while you're at it, can probably resell for higher value on Craigslist.

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12-18-2012, 07:48 AM
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Grab yourself a Widow in Kopitar/Draper!

Older S19s/RSs should be on clearance.
What's the kickpoint on the Widow?

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What's the kickpoint on the Widow?
Widow's have a low kick point

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Yeah just found that actually. icewarehouse has really good information on that kind of stuff if people like me are wondering.

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Yeah just found that actually. icewarehouse has really good information on that kind of stuff if people like me are wondering.
Agreed, they do good work with those details.

You'll feel the upper part of the shaft flex a bit more as a result, but the resulting snap of the lower part (hosel) as you release the puck is what gives it it's very clean and accurate shot. More of a slingshot flinging sensation and then a clean snap if you will. It's very pleasant.

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12-23-2012, 09:15 AM
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Jarick, this guide is awesome. I was trying to put off the need for a new stick as I'm still looking to replace my pants that have become too large, but now I think a new stick is going to improve my game far more.

At the very least, your guide convinced me to cut down my stick a bit. I realized that the stick I use to practice stick handling in the basement is WAY shorter than the stick I play hockey with and I feel totally comfortable with it. For some reason, I never thought to compare them or try stickhandling in my basement with my game stick. Even standing on a pack of printer paper to simulate skate height, my game stick felt long and clumsy. I've long felt frustrated with my stickhandling ability given how often I play so we'll see how the shorter stick feels on the ice.

Currently I'm using a Bauer Vapor X:40 P92/Backstrom, 77 flex (now cut down to ~90) which felt downright whippy compared to the previously ill-advised stick I was sold (Bauer Vapor X:Shift) before I knew better.

But I know I need to get a new stick. At 5'10", 145 pounds, I was thinking I would need an intermediate stick but looking at the lengths I think I might be too tall. When a stick is listed as 57", what does that measure? Top to toe along the diagonal or is it just the length of the shaft?

Any suggestions on sticks would be appreciated. My pickups have a no-slapshot rule and I don't have one anyways, so I'd be looking for a low kickpoint. And to be frank, I'd put more emphasis on puck control than shooting.

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I've found that I usually like my dry land sticks only 1/2" or so shorter than ice, so all I do is choke up on my game sticks. I don't bend my knees when I'm not wearing skates so it's pretty close.

I'm not sure how sticks are measured. I'm 67" tall (5'7) but I cut my 60" sticks down 5-6" or so. I think they are measured from the base of the heel.

I posted in the other thread I think a 67 flex in the Vapor could work fine for you as they are stiffer feeling, but if you are concerned with puck feel, the mid-range sticks kind of feel like crap. Maybe you could see if there's a clearance Sherwood N12 or Easton EQ50?

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Anyone have any experience with the Graf Supra G15, or hear anything about it?

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Updated the guide with a pattern chart and high end sticks for the past few years. So when we say "get a clearance high end stick", look at this list. Doesn't cover everything but should be close.

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Laptop broke so that's why i've been hesitant on buying new gear. Not sure what the price is just yet so not sure when i'm going to be getting these.

Would you guys recommend a Reebok 16k or a Warrior shaft? These are the two shafts i'm looking at right now. I've heard Warrior are super durable.

Also, out of curiosity, has anyone liked Combat sticks? I know Jagr uses them and i'm just wondering. They look snazzy.

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