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05-13-2013, 02:58 PM
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I'm sure you have an explanation for the 6" cut, so forgive me for asking, but, why so much? Would that eventually be your targeted flex and length?
I'm short (like 5'8") and like my sticks short I guess? I usually prefer a 54/54.5" shaft so most senior sticks have to be chopped. Intermediates (at least the Dynasty) feels too square/small but the length is near perfect.

To your second question, I like a mid/high 80s flex, so a retail 77 flex cut to 91ish flex is as close as I'll get in Bauer. I also have a 75 flex Dynasty cut to 54.5" and its almost perfect, a tad too whippy.

EDIT: I'm talking retail ^.

MyBauer or custom Warriors don't do different lengths I assume right?

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Oh ok, got it, as long as you're close to your target. Hmm, have you looked into a 75 flex Reebok AI 9? They are stock 58" so you won't have to cut off too much. I find intermediate AI sticks have the largest shaft dimensions as well.

Have you looked into Nexus? Their flex profile is softer.

Check out Base custom sticks as well, I hear that they are whippier than rated.

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I've used a Sherwood Stastny curve for the last couple years and loved it... I'm guessing the Hall curve is the closest in Easton? And anyone know about Bauer's most similar curve?

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Alright tough decision time. I officialy hate my Warrior Esquire and am moving on to a nicer stick. In the past I used to buy the top model and not really care since I could justify it by playing competitive but now that I don't I want to be a bit more price conscious so I have a budget of around $150. First off I'd like to say that if anybody knows where I can get a right handed SE16 then I'll take that one right now, it is my favorite stick. But I've broken it down to these three:

Easton Mako M5II
Vapor X:40
RBK 9K

Also, for HockeyMonkey users, do sticks on clearance usually get restocked? They have Easton EQ50 and Synergy's on for $99 dollars but they are currently out of stock and I'm confused because I would expect once they sold out they would take the ad down if they weren't getting more.

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I've used a Sherwood Stastny curve for the last couple years and loved it... I'm guessing the Hall curve is the closest in Easton? And anyone know about Bauer's most similar curve?
The Hall and Backstrom are remarkably similar to the Stastny, if not the same.

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Alright tough decision time. I officialy hate my Warrior Esquire and am moving on to a nicer stick. In the past I used to buy the top model and not really care since I could justify it by playing competitive but now that I don't I want to be a bit more price conscious so I have a budget of around $150. First off I'd like to say that if anybody knows where I can get a right handed SE16 then I'll take that one right now, it is my favorite stick. But I've broken it down to these three:

Easton Mako M5II
Vapor X:40
RBK 9K

Also, for HockeyMonkey users, do sticks on clearance usually get restocked? They have Easton EQ50 and Synergy's on for $99 dollars but they are currently out of stock and I'm confused because I would expect once they sold out they would take the ad down if they weren't getting more.
You're from Vancouver? No need to look at Monkey unless you're heading down to their stores, I'm sure you can find some great top end clearance sticks in your area. I'm sure you could do better than the 3 listed, as good as those 3 are. Retailers will sometimes receive old closeout stock from manufacturers, which is why they are often deeply discounted. These are not regular occurrences and you can't predict them.

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You're from Vancouver? No need to look at Monkey unless you're heading down to their stores, I'm sure you can find some great top end clearance sticks in your area. I'm sure you could do better than the 3 listed, as good as those 3 are. Retailers will sometimes receive old closeout stock from manufacturers, which is why they are often deeply discounted. These are not regular occurrences and you can't predict them.
Around here stores carry only the current years model of each company which makes it difficult to find good deals on older high end sticks which is what I'm looking at. I found an x:40 online for $80 including shipping so I'm probably going to go for that one.

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Around here stores carry only the current years model of each company which makes it difficult to find good deals on older high end sticks which is what I'm looking at. I found an x:40 online for $80 including shipping so I'm probably going to go for that one.
Sports Exchange on Burrard and 6th. They have some pretty decent deals on some pro stocks and other high end sticks. For example, the Z9 is on sale for $125 there (last I checked). Think I saw a couple of good Warrior sticks on sale too.

Also, sportchek had a sale last week (or the week before) but the Widow, 10K, and S19 were all on sale for $120. Maybe wait it out and hope they discount them again, if they're not still discounted.

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Around here stores carry only the current years model of each company which makes it difficult to find good deals on older high end sticks which is what I'm looking at. I found an x:40 online for $80 including shipping so I'm probably going to go for that one.
The Hockey Shop down in Surrey had some killer deals, didn't buy any because I didn't need any sticks at the time.

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Sports Exchange on Burrard and 6th. They have some pretty decent deals on some pro stocks and other high end sticks. For example, the Z9 is on sale for $125 there (last I checked). Think I saw a couple of good Warrior sticks on sale too.

Also, sportchek had a sale last week (or the week before) but the Widow, 10K, and S19 were all on sale for $120. Maybe wait it out and hope they discount them again, if they're not still discounted.
BAM! Thanks man, that's exactly what I'm talking about.

If there is sufficient stock of the Widow, 10K, S19, all-black AI9 etc.etc. they will likely come on for $120 once more. If not, they will be clearance priced indefinitely.

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BAM! Thanks man, that's exactly what I'm talking about.

If there is sufficient stock of the Widow, 10K, S19, all-black AI9 etc.etc. they will likely come on for $120 once more. If not, they will be clearance priced indefinitely.
Yep.

And even if Sportchek doesn't have those on sale, here are a couple of clearance sticks from the sports exchange: http://www.the-sports-exchange.com/hockey-sticks/

Pro stock wise, you can get the Ai.9, 11k, and 10k for 150 or less. All good deals.

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Alright tough decision time. I officialy hate my Warrior Esquire and am moving on to a nicer stick. In the past I used to buy the top model and not really care since I could justify it by playing competitive but now that I don't I want to be a bit more price conscious so I have a budget of around $150. First off I'd like to say that if anybody knows where I can get a right handed SE16 then I'll take that one right now, it is my favorite stick. But I've broken it down to these three:

Easton Mako M5II
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RBK 9K

Also, for HockeyMonkey users, do sticks on clearance usually get restocked? They have Easton EQ50 and Synergy's on for $99 dollars but they are currently out of stock and I'm confused because I would expect once they sold out they would take the ad down if they weren't getting more.
If you're in Vancouver, you should head on down to BASE Hockey in Burnaby and try all their different stick models, in different flexes, and with different blades. You could get a high quality stick taylored exactly to your requirements in around your price range.

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Second the BASE fitting, if it's not too expensive. You would get hands-on instruction, feedback, and advice from professionals and get to test out lots of different flexes and curves.

Caveat with BASE is everything I've used from them feels about 10 flex whippier than rated.

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Second the BASE fitting, if it's not too expensive. You would get hands-on instruction, feedback, and advice from professionals and get to test out lots of different flexes and curves.

Caveat with BASE is everything I've used from them feels about 10 flex whippier than rated.
If you can't afford the fitting with the high speed camera and all that, you could probably still try out the different demo sticks without going through the fitting. And you would get a feel of the different flexes first-hand and know if you need to get a higher rating to match your preference.

One thing I noticed when I flexed some BASE inter sticks of 65, 55 and 45 flex is that there wasn't as much difference as I expected among those 3 flexes. The 45 felt a lot more rigid than any 55 flex of other brands that stores carry. Maybe BASE flexes don't vary as much so that their higher flex ratings are a bit whippier, and their lower flex ratings are a bit more rigid than other brands, but I haven't tried the senior flexes so I can't really say. But if you're not stuck with guessing the flex and ordering online and have the opportunity to try the sticks first-hand, it takes the guessing out of the equation and is worth investigating.

Of course if one is bent on buying a major brand for the image, then forget everything I just wrote.

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Cheers for all the responses. I will be going on a trip this weekend to look at a few different stores and see if I can find a stick I like. Will also look into the BASE option as well since i've never heard of them.

EDIT: Base sounds incredible. How much would a custom high end stick cost there? I can't see it being much cheaper than an RS or APX.

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EDIT: Base sounds incredible. How much would a custom high end stick cost there? I can't see it being much cheaper than an RS or APX.
Their highest end stick "The SuperNatural", will run you about $200. Most say it performs as good as the top end sticks. Wish I lived near Base.

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Picked up another Ai9, loving these sticks. Paying $220 in total for two of em ain't bad either .

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Cheers for all the responses. I will be going on a trip this weekend to look at a few different stores and see if I can find a stick I like. Will also look into the BASE option as well since i've never heard of them.

EDIT: Base sounds incredible. How much would a custom high end stick cost there? I can't see it being much cheaper than an RS or APX.
The senior Savoy Special is $170 and the Super Natural is $195. Their inter flexes are $160 and $175 respectively. The biggest difference on the Super Natural is the polar fibre finish which is its only finish option. The Savoy Special has several finish choices except polar fibre. I prefer the polar fibre finish on the Super Natural but some prefer the Savoy Special finishes. I also really liked the matte grip finish on the Savoy Special. Just give them a call, it's even a local call for you.

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The senior Savoy Special is $170 and the Super Natural is $195. Their inter flexes are $160 and $175 respectively. The biggest difference on the Super Natural is the polar fibre finish which is its only finish option. The Savoy Special has several finish choices except polar fibre. I prefer the polar fibre finish on the Super Natural but some prefer the Savoy Special finishes. I also really liked the matte grip finish on the Savoy Special. Just give them a call, it's even a local call for you.
Wow, it's a little out of my price range but I'm hopefully going to go check it out this weekend.

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I feel like I'm looking at so many sticks and I don't want to choose a stick and not like it. I saved up $150 to buy a stick but now I don't want to just spend it and regret it. I'm between an RBZ60, Mako or M5 since they are on clearance, or checking out a warrior stick(widow, dolomite or diablo)

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Well I can tell you that you're better off buying one good stick vs two crappy sticks if that thought ever enters your mind.

I would say Mako or Dolomite would be a great all around stick otherwise Widow or Diablo if you like stiffer low kick sticks. I would say there's a dropoff between there and the M5 and then RBZ60.

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Does anyone know what kind of stick this is?

@Easton_Hockey: Every cup run needs a spark. http://t.co/5VMjo9YDej

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Does anyone know what kind of stick this is?

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Probably the pro model RS II. The professional series tend to look slightly different than the retail version, definitely an RS though.

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That would be my guess. RS2 with a fancy paint job. Or some other Easton stick painted to look like an RS2 with a fancy paint job.

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Oh ok, got it, as long as you're close to your target. Hmm, have you looked into a 75 flex Reebok AI 9? They are stock 58" so you won't have to cut off too much. I find intermediate AI sticks have the largest shaft dimensions as well.

Have you looked into Nexus? Their flex profile is softer.

Check out Base custom sticks as well, I hear that they are whippier than rated.
Thanks AIR,

I went with a Widow Kremlin - twas on sale ($120) at HM in NJ. I really did want the Nexus, but $200+ on a stick sounds crazy, especially for the beating I typically put them through. I checked out the AI as well, and I've heard great things about their performance, but I simply passed.

I also picked up Step Steel (was going to have Edge holders put on my XXXXs) and tried on the APX2s. So between the Widow and SS, I did pretty well. But I'm a long way off from $1,000 skates.

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