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12-28-2012, 01:59 PM
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Is the puck jumpy when stickhandling? That would be my concern with the "hot" face.

I'm sad the X:60 never went on clearance. I think the dual kick points is what made it such a great stick for me. I've been eyeing one on the shelves for the last year but it's still $165.
There is a barely used one in my local Play It Again for $75 with my size, curve and everything.

I passed up on it twice though due to the laptop issues.

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12-30-2012, 02:57 PM
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Any input on what the best stick for under $60 would be? I recently broke my Easton and bought a wood stick and it's already chipping and cracking.

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Any input on what the best stick for under $60 would be? I recently broke my Easton and bought a wood stick and it's already chipping and cracking.
Don't buy a stick under $60 .

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12-30-2012, 03:50 PM
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Any input on what the best stick for under $60 would be? I recently broke my Easton and bought a wood stick and it's already chipping and cracking.
I'd look at the nexus400 if you absolutely don't want to spend more than 60.

If you're willing to jump to 80 I can attest to the 65S effectiveness. It's durable, decent flex profile(I would cut it down though from a lower flex) the blade feel sucks but at that price they all do.

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12-30-2012, 06:27 PM
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Older $100 pricepoints on sale for under 60.

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12-31-2012, 10:02 AM
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EQ40's are on sale for $50 or so at some websites. They are heavy and were awful at the $150 price point but would be acceptable at $50.

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Just got the T-90 sherwood with the 007 curve, and let me just say my shot is so much more accurate and harder than before. (i was using the original Reebok Sick Kick with a Pheanuf curve.

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pro shop put together my two piece for free! cant wait to try it out. saved me 25$ on a heat gun

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pro shop put together my two piece for free! cant wait to try it out. saved me 25$ on a heat gun
yep, that's the beauty of buying local...service.
btw, you may want to go ahead and get that heat gun anyways. you'll probably get the urge to tinker with different shaft blade setups soon enough.

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01-03-2013, 11:39 PM
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I use my heat gun to remove end plugs, stickers, soften glues for easier removal, manipulate plastics etc.

It's a very versatile tool.

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yep, that's the beauty of buying local...service.
btw, you may want to go ahead and get that heat gun anyways. you'll probably get the urge to tinker with different shaft blade setups soon enough.
Best part is I bought online. They don't sell two piece stuff there. He did it for free anyway.

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Heat gun is ESSENTIAL. Heat gun and a $10 hacksaw with mitre box gets used multiple times per month by me during the season. Worth the investment.

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Heat gun is ESSENTIAL. Heat gun and a $10 hacksaw with mitre box gets used multiple times per month by me during the season. Worth the investment.
well as im not yet sold on going 100% two piece, I didnt want to go buy a heat gun just yet. Lucky for me the stick was the right height without a plug, though it does feel a bit blade heavy.

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01-06-2013, 11:21 PM
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so here I am again......

For over a year now, i've been battling the age old problem of finding the "right" stick. I was using an ancient Mission M-1 hockey stick that i picked up when i was younger (I'm 18 now) because i thought it looked cool. About a year ago i realized that the stick was not even close to being the right fit for me. The lie was such that the entire toe of the blade would be off the ice when i was attempting to stick handle. I finally did some research online and found out that i wasn't going crazy and the lie of the stick was effecting my stick handling. I shopped around and decided to purchase a Reebok 6k Senior 75 flex at my local hockey shop. It was a great improvement compared to my crappy old Mission M-1. However, I'm still not satisfied and something still seems off about my stick. Right now, when I stand up with my skates on the stick comes up to my upper lip. From what i've read i feel like this is too long for my relative inexpertise. Stick handling still feels a bit awkward and my shot is wildly inconsistent. I want to cut my stick down but i want to make sure it's really necessary before i do. I'm also concerned that the flex of the stick will change too much if i cut it down. The flex is 75 at full length and i could see possibly cutting off 4 inches. I'm about 5'10 and 155 lbs, and i feel like making the stick any more stiff could be detrimental. I feel like 75 flex is a bit on the high end for me, I don't feel like my stick flexes much when i shoot the puck. I don't know if its because of a lack of strength or because the puck is too far from my body when i shoot because of the excessive length of the stick. Any and all input would be fantastic.

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01-06-2013, 11:29 PM
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so here I am again......

For over a year now, i've been battling the age old problem of finding the "right" stick. I was using an ancient Mission M-1 hockey stick that i picked up when i was younger (I'm 18 now) because i thought it looked cool. About a year ago i realized that the stick was not even close to being the right fit for me. The lie was such that the entire toe of the blade would be off the ice when i was attempting to stick handle. I finally did some research online and found out that i wasn't going crazy and the lie of the stick was effecting my stick handling. I shopped around and decided to purchase a Reebok 6k Senior 75 flex at my local hockey shop. It was a great improvement compared to my crappy old Mission M-1. However, I'm still not satisfied and something still seems off about my stick. Right now, when I stand up with my skates on the stick comes up to my upper lip. From what i've read i feel like this is too long for my relative inexpertise. Stick handling still feels a bit awkward and my shot is wildly inconsistent. I want to cut my stick down but i want to make sure it's really necessary before i do. I'm also concerned that the flex of the stick will change too much if i cut it down. The flex is 75 at full length and i could see possibly cutting off 4 inches. I'm about 5'10 and 155 lbs, and i feel like making the stick any more stiff could be detrimental. I feel like 75 flex is a bit on the high end for me, I don't feel like my stick flexes much when i shoot the puck. I don't know if its because of a lack of strength or because the puck is too far from my body when i shoot because of the excessive length of the stick. Any and all input would be fantastic.
You could go intermediate for a lower flex. I find on skates having the top of the handle just below my chin is nice for handling, and makes it easier to keep the puck close on shots.

Before you change too much around, examine your technique, if you have poor balance on skates you won't tend to lean on the stick to load it from fear of falling. So hit dry land and really concentrate on loading the stick

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01-06-2013, 11:35 PM
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You could go intermediate for a lower flex. I find on skates having the top of the handle just below my chin is nice for handling, and makes it easier to keep the puck close on shots.

Before you change too much around, examine your technique, if you have poor balance on skates you won't tend to lean on the stick to load it from fear of falling. So hit dry land and really concentrate on loading the stick
My technique is definately not pristine but my balance is pretty good i've been skating for a long time and feel very comfortable on my skates, i think i'm going to try having the puck closer to my body when i shoot. In any case, right now i'm just playing pond hockey and raising the puck isn't allowed so i'd rather have good stick handling then a wicked shot.....

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AIR,

I recall you saying the 106 is your favorite blade. Any tips on shooting with it. I took it to stick time and it felt like I had to get my heel down on the ice and really use most of the blade to get solid shots..but I'm sure I could do it more efficiently.

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01-07-2013, 09:29 AM
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I'll try my best:

- have the puck at the heel, mid-heel at most
- slightly cup the puck in the shooting motion
- you don't have to use the rocker as much as, say, a P92
- the puck should follow the length of the blade and release near the toe, mid-toe
- this curve isn't open enough that you should choke up on your follow through, neither is it closed enough that you should really open up your blade...somewhere in between?

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01-07-2013, 03:59 PM
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I'll try my best:

- have the puck at the heel, mid-heel at most
- slightly cup the puck in the shooting motion
- you don't have to use the rocker as much as, say, a P92
- the puck should follow the length of the blade and release near the toe, mid-toe
- this curve isn't open enough that you should choke up on your follow through, neither is it closed enough that you should really open up your blade...somewhere in between?
I did notice I had to adjust in my use of the entire blade with the curve. I found that I was slicing on a lot of shots because I don't cup as much with the P14. but When i did get a good one off it was really nice and true, so with practice it may become my number 1 stick. thanks for the tips!

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Question here for the more experienced members...

My brother is 13... turning 14 in March, but he's small. 5 feet tall and maybe 100 pounds. He's looking to buy a stick so he asked me to grab one from work. My problem is I'm at a loss for what size stick to get him. He's using a junior Ai5 and he likes it. I grabbed him a junior x60 but he says it feels too skinny and is just barely long enough for him (which are both true). However... he's no where near big enough for an intermediate and with the amount we'd have to cut it he'd lose essentially any flex in the stick... a 70~ flex would also be way too stiff for him. The 50 flex on his Ai5 is perfect.

So I feel bad that his new stick feels like a "kids" stick but at the same time I think getting him an intermediate would limit his play drastically. Am I right thinking this? Or should I grab him an intermediate and cut it down drastically instead?

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If you want a thicker junior shaft size, look at Reebok or Easton. Vapors are notoriously thin (though it works for those kids with smaller hands).

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What about a 60 flex int nexus or supreme?

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What about a 60 flex int vapor or supreme?
The initial flex would be fine, but it would have to be cut majorly so the flex would jump way up.

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If you want a thicker junior shaft size, look at Reebok or Easton. Vapors are notoriously thin (though it works for those kids with smaller hands).
Yeah he's using a junior Ai5 now so he's used to the thicker shaft. He doesn't have a clue though other than how a stick looks even though I try to tell him these things.

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Why not extend his AI5?

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I would stick with the Ai5, Ai7, or Ai9. If it's a bit short for him stock, get a wood plug. You may have to sand/file/shave it to size and chop off the excess.

Intermediates are likely going to be to stiff for him until he's 5'3 or taller. I'm 5'7 and chop off 3-4" off intermediate sticks...at 5' I'd be lopping off nearly a foot. Way too much stick to lose.

Another option is Miken which makes those Accuflex sticks. They have a lot of flex and length options for those who are between junior and intermediate sticks. Maybe a 45 or 55 flex?

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