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10-11-2013, 08:54 AM
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Nope not really. You could check out price points like the 75S or 85S. I also think you'll like the Widow too.

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10-11-2013, 10:47 AM
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thanks!
I'll give the widow a look

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10-11-2013, 04:14 PM
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On average, how many actively used sticks does everyone have?

I have 3 sticks, but 1 is an entry level stick (Mako 1) that I got for <$100 so I would only use that stick in an emergency. The other 2 sticks I have are 2012 Warrior Cover DT1 (main) and 2012 Covert DT3 (back-up), both purchased within the last month on clearance.

Hockeygiant is running a 25% off promo on their clearance sticks. And I am debating getting another Warrior Covert stick. But I am wondering if this is excessive or not, since I just bought 2 new sticks recently. I am all about deals, so when something like this comes up its hard for me to pass up (I can get the 2012 covert dt1 for $150). Ideally, I would like the sticks I currently have now to last until next year when they have this years models on clearance.

I know there are some variables like usage and type of stick (flex), so just a quick rundown. I play 3 times a week (1 league game, 1 pick up game, and 1 instructional class). I only use wrist shots also, so no abuse from hard slappers. The Warrior sticks I have now are Int 70 flex.

So do guys think I should pull the trigger on getting another stick? Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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10-11-2013, 05:47 PM
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I have 3 composite sticks I have a Easton Mako M5 that is my back up back up stick a Warrior Dolomite and Warrior Diablo SE I picked them all up on clearance from the LHS for $100 each in the past 4 months I prefer the warriors over the Easton for some reason and I still have 2 brand new Sher-Wood 5030 woodys with the Coffey curve that are hanging in the garage for conversation pieces

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10-11-2013, 09:47 PM
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I used to have a 9K with a Datsyuk curve and it was also my all time favorite. Can't seem to find another one these days. Have you ever tried the 9k and is there much of a difference beetween 9k and 18k?
i've never tried the 9k but i've tried the 20k which is not much different from the 18k aside from the dual grip technology that reebok used on the 20k (grip on the top half, smooth on the bottom). Datsyuk curve has always been my favorite with reebok sticks

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10-12-2013, 02:46 PM
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I have a half dozen sticks or so. Usually only use 2-3 and rotate which ones depending on how I'm playing.

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10-12-2013, 03:42 PM
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I got a Reebok A.I. 5, used it in three practices so far and it already looks like it's ten years old. A few slashes and the paint and grip stuff (whatever you call it) is off so that you can just see the silver metal-like stick. I expected more of a $120 stick.
However, the performance is great!

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10-14-2013, 01:39 AM
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I currently have 5 sticks, and it's the least I had in the last couple of years...

I now use a 2009 ST and bring a 2010 ST to the rink, never used as a backup. Both were dirt cheap on sale, and actually I am really impressed with the performance. When my Crazy Light gave up I was worried about using them, but I really like the puck feel, the weight helps me stop hard passes with one hand (happens a lot at lower levels), and I really like the way they shoot. My snap shots are actually better than ever before, so my concern turned into love. I do not know if they'll hold up long, but the STs supposed to be the only tanks Easton ever produced, right?

ANyway, if they break I still have a Easton RSII Drury (don't like it bc of curve) and two Bauer TotalOne shafts (used primarily for roller), one with a TO Blade the other with a Mission ABS McCracken blade. So I guess I am still good for a few seasons.

My next purchase will be a Mako, based on my love for the STs, but also intrigued to try a reebok high end stick (as I started I liked my reebok 4k a lot).

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10-15-2013, 08:14 AM
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Yesterday I spent about 2hrs at Prohockey Life trying out sticks & planning my next purchase, I've narrowed it down to the Reebok 25k & Easton V9e, (p87a & E3 curves). I was amazed by how the 25k felt as I've never liked Reebok sticks before... but I preferred the weight of the V9e...oh decisions decisions lol

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10-17-2013, 04:26 PM
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Yesterday I spent about 2hrs at Prohockey Life trying out sticks & planning my next purchase, I've narrowed it down to the Reebok 25k & Easton V9e, (p87a & E3 curves). I was amazed by how the 25k felt as I've never liked Reebok sticks before... but I preferred the weight of the V9e...oh decisions decisions lol
I'd go with the V9E without thinking twice.

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10-17-2013, 06:09 PM
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I'd go with the V9E without thinking twice.
I'd agree to that too but price wise 1 V9e = 2 25k ribcor...so I'm thinking twice...

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10-24-2013, 09:43 AM
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Sprang for the last Vanek curve that I will likely ever find:



It's a pretty mild curve, maybe 1/4" or 3/8" if that. It's a mild mid curve but it opens up a little more than a P88 and maybe 1/8" to 1/4" longer as well.

Not sure if I will pick up a tapered shaft to go with it as well, will try with my intermediate and 75 flex shafts first.

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10-24-2013, 02:28 PM
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picked up a V5e e36 to replace my stolen stealth 1 Hall. Looking forward to putting it through it's paces. I got my son one as well, and his jaw dropped when he got how much pop the blade has

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10-24-2013, 04:03 PM
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I've been using a 2012 Easton Mako for the past few months, and I've been very happy with it. It looks trashed because the white paint is chipped off in a bunch of spots where the blade meets the shaft, but performance is still top notch. I hit my best slap shot ever with it a week or so ago. Too bad they're starting to get scarce, because I picked up my INT for like $119.

Unfortunatley, as with all of my sticks, I'm starting to chew up the toe, so I needed to pick up a replacement. I shopped around and decided to go with an experiment: The Revision Viceroy:



It's almost as light as the Mako, and it was only $89 after a 10% discount from icewarehouse. I'm curious to see how the dual kick zones work, and if it's good I'll buy more, since I refuse to buy another $200 stick after breaking a Total One after two months. I hope I like it!

Previously I tried the Tron 405, which I loved, but it didn't last long.

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10-24-2013, 04:30 PM
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Unfortunatley, as with all of my sticks, I'm starting to chew up the toe, so I needed to pick up a replacement. I shopped around and decided to go with an experiment: The Revision Viceroy:


It's almost as light as the Mako, and it was only $89 after a 10% discount from icewarehouse. I'm curious to see how the dual kick zones work, and if it's good I'll buy more, since I refuse to buy another $200 stick after breaking a Total One after two months. I hope I like it!

Previously I tried the Tron 405, which I loved, but it didn't last long.
I'd love to read a first impressions post once you've tried it out.

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10-24-2013, 10:40 PM
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I'm looking to purchase a stick tomorrow. I'm deciding between the Easton Mako(2012) and the Reebok Ai9. I've recently used the easton se16 and the reebok 11k, and loved them both. Ideally i'd want the APX, but thats out of my price range for now. I'd prefer something that would help me with my strengths as a stickhandler and in close shooter. What do you guys think I should go with?

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10-25-2013, 01:23 PM
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I'm looking to purchase a stick tomorrow. I'm deciding between the Easton Mako(2012) and the Reebok Ai9. I've recently used the easton se16 and the reebok 11k, and loved them both. Ideally i'd want the APX, but thats out of my price range for now. I'd prefer something that would help me with my strengths as a stickhandler and in close shooter. What do you guys think I should go with?
I like the Mako 2012, but I'm not sure it has done anything special for my in-close shooting. I love the kick I'm getting out of it on slapshots, but my wrister isn't any better than it was with the Sherwood Nexon N12 or even the Tron 405. Good stick overeall though, and the prices are great right now. I just don't like the white paint.

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10-25-2013, 03:43 PM
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Just got a TPS R6 PP055 curve for cheap!
Feels good on dryland, can't wait test it on the ice tomorrow!

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I had a TPS R6 and absolutely loved it. Great stick for under $100.

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10-25-2013, 09:56 PM
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Using a bauer apx right now. Back up is an x60. Also in my room I have a 1st gen mako that id still use if the blade wasnt totally soft, a totalone le, rbz, an ST, a beaten up one95 im afraid to use at the risk of losing it, and a totalone nxg with an rm9 blade in it.

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10-26-2013, 01:09 AM
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For those interested, I ended up going with the Reebok ai9. My first skate was tonight at pickup and it was underwhelming. I had a great feel for the puck and my shot was pretty hard, but I felt the stick lacked pop. The puck didnt really fly off this stick like it would with my 11k, and i kept missing high. I'm using the Duchene curve and recently moved down to a 77 flex. Its only been one skate, maybe i just need some adjustment time.

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10-26-2013, 07:43 AM
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It could be that you're changing too many things at once. Your 11k had a tremendous low kick point whereas the AI line was engineered with a mid kick. transitioning from a stiffer lower flex area to a softer mid flex area is sure to be more difficult than most.

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10-26-2013, 08:50 AM
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I use an RBZ stage 2. AMAZING balance and shaft feel. It just feels right in my hands. Solid puck feel and nice pop. I was choosing between this or the ribcor, and although I loved the pop on both, I felt like the RBZ offered more shot control. I was figuring I would get an apx2, seeing as I loved by 7.0. but was underwhelmed.

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10-26-2013, 03:14 PM
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Anyone have any reviews on the Warrior Dynasty 85flex?

I am 5'8 and 219lbs. Basically will be using it for pond hockey and teaching the kid a thing or two. I have one of the early comp sticks and actually have still been using woodies instead lmao. But obviously the technology has become better over the years.

I assume that this stick will be good enough to last a winter in a non competitive atmosphere?

a pretty decent deal at hockey monkey for 79$ reg 214$ (I am assuming its a previous year model?)

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10-26-2013, 10:16 PM
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I'm using several different sticks now to figure out what I like. For slapshots (which is what I was worst at a few months ago), I am quite liking the 2012 Mako 100-Flex even though I'm 5-11, 185 with below-average upper-body strength. From what I gather online I should be using an 85-Flex (and testing with lower even) but with most of my 85's (other than the Warrior Bentley X) I don't think I get as good a shot. I guess I can't quantify that though since I dont have a speedometer. How do you all gauge what's giving you the best shot?

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