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07-31-2013, 01:08 PM
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Thought I'd share this:

Paul Bissonnette tweeted a picture of his hockey sticks which shows they are 85 flex. He's 6'2, 211 pounds, and obviously strong as he's an enforcer in the NHL.

Just something to think about when picking your flex. Do you really need that stiff flex if you're 5'9?

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Anyone have experience buying used hockey sticks? I found some tempting current top-of-the-line sticks for ~$75, but I'm worried about the durability of going used.

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08-07-2013, 02:49 PM
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Gotta say, the hype for the new Easton sticks is exciting. Flex point between the hands and dual lie curves? Love it. Hope they introduce the patterns to intermediates in the mid-price points.

Also curious about the E36 pattern, apparently a 5 lie mid curve and slightly open? So a Heatley with a rockered toe? Sounds perfect.

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Gotta say, the hype for the new Easton sticks is exciting. Flex point between the hands and dual lie curves? Love it. Hope they introduce the patterns to intermediates in the mid-price points.

Also curious about the E36 pattern, apparently a 5 lie mid curve and slightly open? So a Heatley with a rockered toe? Sounds perfect.

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i don't see where you're getting the bolded. the video about the "energy transfer" clearly states getting the flex point as low as they possibly can, and under "tuned flex profile" it states: "the tuned flex profile works with your body weight by storing the energy below your bottom hand to fully load the shaft and blade..."

edit: not trying to be nitpicky as i am hoping your flex description is true of one of the new v9 offerings.

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Anyone familiar with Tackla's nitro lite brand (non goaltender)?

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Thought I'd share this:

Paul Bissonnette tweeted a picture of his hockey sticks which shows they are 85 flex. He's 6'2, 211 pounds, and obviously strong as he's an enforcer in the NHL.

Just something to think about when picking your flex. Do you really need that stiff flex if you're 5'9?
I'm 5'9" and use an 85 flex. The particular blade pattern I use is only available in that stiffness (Easton E5/Getzlaff). Hoping to order a Torspo 321 75 flex Lidstrom, though.

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i don't see where you're getting the bolded. the video about the "energy transfer" clearly states getting the flex point as low as they possibly can, and under "tuned flex profile" it states: "the tuned flex profile works with your body weight by storing the energy below your bottom hand to fully load the shaft and blade..."

edit: not trying to be nitpicky as i am hoping your flex description is true of one of the new v9 offerings.
Oh, nevermind, I misread the promo. It said store the energy below your bottom hand and I saw the orange stick color below the top hand.

Well that reduces my excitement somewhat. Still want to try the new patterns.

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So the dual lie is basically a bigger rocker, right?

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I would guess so, or at the least it's a 5 lie from the heel to the mid and then 6+ lie from the mid to the toe.

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Maybe this is a dumb question. But is there going to be a new Nexus this year? I haven't seen any promo for it yet. I'm just wondering because I want to pick up the 1000 on a discount

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Sportchek is selling the first Easton RS sticks right now for $140 plus tax. I think the only patterns available are Iginla and Hall(85 and 100 flex)

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08-09-2013, 02:35 PM
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Sportchek is selling the first Easton RS sticks right now for $140 plus tax. I think the only patterns available are Iginla and Hall(85 and 100 flex)
They also have the all black Reebok Ai9s at $99 again. No warranty but its a huge deal + the stick looks epic. Might be hard to find them though.

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08-09-2013, 09:04 PM
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Maybe this is a dumb question. But is there going to be a new Nexus this year? I haven't seen any promo for it yet. I'm just wondering because I want to pick up the 1000 on a discount
Bauer will be releasing a new stick line every 8 months while cycling through their 3 families. The new Vapor line is a Sept release so the next line is a May release, which would then be a new Nexus line I believe.

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08-09-2013, 09:29 PM
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Looking to get a replacement blade, don't care if it's wood/composite, just want one that is going to last. Has anyone had any particularly good experiences with replacement blades that last a long time? Would prefer Easton/Warrior(contradicts lasting long, I know).

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08-28-2013, 08:45 AM
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i have a warrior dolomite and a t100 sherwood shaft.. what would these be in the bauer line? i was thinking similar to a vapor but was not sure


also anyone have any experiences buying top end sticks? was looking to get an apx with the sales going on but was not sure if they were worth the extra $

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08-28-2013, 10:11 AM
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Dolo was a traditional low kick, so nothing really compares to it in Bauer. Perhaps the closest would be APX. T100 is a mid kick, so perhaps Supreme.

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Dolo was a traditional low kick, so nothing really compares to it in Bauer. Perhaps the closest would be APX. T100 is a mid kick, so perhaps Supreme.
so a middle ground between the 2 would be a nexus type? i like both of my sticks equally

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08-28-2013, 11:52 AM
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I don't think so. Nexus has a unique flex profile with a soft taper and handle. It's all about feel though, so it's tough to say what you will like the best.

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I don't think so. Nexus has a unique flex profile with a soft taper and handle. It's all about feel though, so it's tough to say what you will like the best.
basically what im asking is would i go wrong to go with the apx2? based on my past sticks

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08-29-2013, 09:21 PM
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How would I know if you'll like it? The Dolo feels different than the T100. FWIW, I think the APX2 is a good stick with great puck feel and a solid choice for any top-end stick. If you want a stick with slightly rounder shaft dimensions, a low-kick (quick) release and that's absurdly lightweight, then it's a good bet.

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09-01-2013, 04:21 PM
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Just ordered a T90

anyone use one before? it seems to get great reviews and compares favorably to the higher tier sticks.

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09-03-2013, 03:38 PM
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Excellent thread!!! Has anyone tried the Reebok Ribcor yet??? I'm a Reebok stick fan, so I'm curious what this "pre-loaded" thing is all about...

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10-13-2013, 01:25 PM
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As a beginner, am I going to be hindering my ability to progress by playing with a stick that has a flex that is much too high for me?

When I started playing I ended up being given a Warrior dynasty pro stock with a W03 blade that had been cut down about 8", it was a great height for me, not so much for its previous owner. While I like everything about this stick (I also have a widow with a burrows curve that I pretty much hate), my stickhandling and puck feel are improving, and my shots and passes are reasonably accurate for a beginner, I have no power. I'm 5'5, 165lbs, I'll never be able to utilize a flex of approximately 140 ( assuming +10 flex for every 2" cut off).

So, my question is, do I keep working on technique with a stick I like but has an inappropriate flex, or will I improve faster ( or with better technique) by moving to a similar stick with a more realistic flex now?

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Get the right flex. no question. for your height, consider an intermediate stick

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Deciding to give the RBZ a shot now that they're on sale. But, I can't decide which curve I want to get. I currently use a Backstrom, and I know that the RNH is the closest CCM curve. But I want to try something new. I'd like something somewhat similar and I have been debating between the Landeskog and the Tavares. Any opinions on those?

E: Or should I pony up another 25 bucks to get an APX?


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