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05-17-2013, 11:00 AM
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The Kremlin curve is just crazy. Even when I was into toe curves and Drurys the Kremlin was just too big for me.

Still using XXXX skates? That's good longevity.

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The Kremlin curve is just crazy. Even when I was into toe curves and Drurys the Kremlin was just too big for me.

Still using XXXX skates? That's good longevity.
I'm deceiving you - I bought them late (Like, X60s were on the shelves), used them for like 15hrs, then stopped playing. Came back using Eastons, then this past Feb started using them regularly. An avg of 3x a week since Feb and they're getting mighty soft.

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Soft as in breaking down already? Yikes!

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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
Velocity series, V9, V9E I believe. If we get an early catalog, I'll have a look.

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Soft as in breaking down already? Yikes!
They look great (puck/skate cuts aside), but I have to lace them tighter and tighter and find myself resorting to tape for support more often.

My edges never last either, I think I put them through hell. No rusty rivets, and I've never popped a rivet, but yea three months of solid use and they're begging for mercy. (I'm about 190ish, wear a 6)

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Picked up another Ai9, loving these sticks. Paying $220 in total for two of em ain't bad either .
Can you tell me how I can get this deal

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I've been using a S15 for the last year and now the blade is starting to go.
Currently looking at a 65S.


Any suggestions for a new easton stick? Max is a $100.

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I've been using a S15 for the last year and now the blade is starting to go.
Currently looking at a 65S.


Any suggestions for a new easton stick? Max is a $100.
Look around for clearance sales online. Right now you can get the EQ50 and S19 for $99 if they happen to have your flex and curve left. If you can't get that then the 65S is probably the best you can hope to do with this years models.

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They look great (puck/skate cuts aside), but I have to lace them tighter and tighter and find myself resorting to tape for support more often.

My edges never last either, I think I put them through hell. No rusty rivets, and I've never popped a rivet, but yea three months of solid use and they're begging for mercy. (I'm about 190ish, wear a 6)
That's really weird. I wore the XXV's which were a hair softer for nearly two years without any issues. I was between 175-185 at the time.

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Probably a noob question, but so be it. I recently picked up a Warrior Diablo(vanek) in place of a starting to crack Warrior Dolo(vanek). I also dropped from a 85 to 75 flex. I love the greater flex and I can get a lot more zip on passes and wristers. The new stick is a solid two inches longer though(both uncut). The only thing is, I noticed I have a much easier time with slapshots(a new part of my game) with the shorter stick.

How much flex would I lose cutting down those two inches? If I don't like it, can you add an extender, and if you do, do you really ever get that flex back? I am kind of thinking I should maybe middle of the road it at 1 inch, but I hate to commit the wrong way. I could use some advice here.

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Cutting the stick down 2" would make it feel maybe ~5 flex stiffer both for the 85 and 75. But the Diablo is very low kick and the change wouldn't be as pronounced. You can also add a wood plug to recover the length if you don't like the change. You would get back most, if not all, the flex.

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Velocity series, V9, V9E I believe. If we get an early catalog, I'll have a look.
Thats correct. The new Velocity series sticks. At the top end the V9 and V9E are basically the same stick with the E having the elliptical taper and the other having a normal square taper for slightly different feels. August release.

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New Warrior DT Covert line coming out as well. First glimpse was Bouwmeester's DT1LT during this year's playoffs.

Flipped through the catalogue, but I will leave details out until Warrior's stick product manager posts it first.

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That was quick. Covert just came out last fall.

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Unfortunately, all of the manufacturers seem to be blasting through their release cycles. We'll be seeing new sticks at a more frequent pace now.

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I suppose we're going to an annual product cycle? That's not bad at all IMO. More closeout stuff for me

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Bauer, for example is releasing a new stick every 6 months and a new line every 18 months.

It will be harder for smaller stores to figure out stock and how to phase in and out product.

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That was quick. Covert just came out last fall.
Hockey manufacturers are really taking a page out of Taylormade's playbook.

They essentially release new clubs every 6 months.

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Yeah, it sucks donkey balls for the retailer.

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Definitely harder on retailers, who are smaller with less margin than golf stores I'd assume. And hockey players don't have as much disposable income.

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Yeah, it sucks donkey balls for the retailer.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't this cut down on the amount of clearance product that would be normally available with previous product cycles? If so, it seems that the manufacturers are hoping to boost sales of their pricepoint products while reducing the availability of clearance product that would normally cannibalize sales of their current lineup.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't this cut down on the amount of clearance product that would be normally available with previous product cycles? If so, it seems that the manufacturers are hoping to boost sales of their pricepoint products while reducing the availability of clearance product that would normally cannibalize sales of their current lineup.
Good point; they are countering consumer reaction to high price points with high price points.

Stay classy, hockey industry.

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If so, then it's just business lol.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but won't this cut down on the amount of clearance product that would be normally available with previous product cycles? If so, it seems that the manufacturers are hoping to boost sales of their pricepoint products while reducing the availability of clearance product that would normally cannibalize sales of their current lineup.
It depends on how much product is ordered. If retailers continue to order enough sticks that they have some left while the new product is launched, they will have to mark down the older models to get rid of them.

The only way to truly eliminate clearance models is to either build on demand or never update your product. Like 5030's. Nobody's marking down old 5030's, they just replenish the supply when they get low.

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Thanks Jarick. I feel like I can safely cut it an inch at first then and go to two if necessary. Good help as usual.

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