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07-08-2014, 12:21 AM
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plus a bajillion. I just got a replacement for a stick where I broke the blade and its got grip. I hate grip. How can I get rid of the grip?

Also, why is it so hard to get sticks WHITHOUT grip now?

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plus a bajillion. I just got a replacement for a stick where I broke the blade and its got grip. I hate grip. How can I get rid of the grip?

Also, why is it so hard to get sticks WHITHOUT grip now?
I went on Modsquadhockey to get their advice, and was told to either spray Krylon onto the shaft or rub it with fine steel wool. Not sure if I can find the former in my country, but I'm going to try the wool and pledge, if not maybe some clear tape.

Yeah, it's extremely annoying, especially because I use intermediate flex. I haven't seen a single clear Sherwood intermediate so far.

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07-08-2014, 01:44 AM
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Too much PHEW in this comment for me to handle. Ugliest curve ever.

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Too much PHEW in this comment for me to handle. Ugliest curve ever.
It's funny because it's a very popular curve at the NHL level, among the snipers (Stamkos and Semin for instance).

The Lidstrom curve with its square toe is to me the ugliest curve.

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07-09-2014, 10:39 AM
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The Stamkos red TotalOne pro stocks that my store had were all P92 type curves, not Kreps.

Unless you have evidence of a current and in-use model?

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The Stamkos red TotalOne pro stocks that my store had were all P92 type curves, not Kreps.

Unless you have evidence of a current and in-use model?
You are right, my mistake. My LHS had some Stamkos pro stock sticks too, and it looked slightly deeper towards the toe than a P92, hence the confusion with a Kreps curve.



As you can see, the P92 is a straighter version of the Kreps curve.

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Kind of. There's more to it than that. The P92 has a higher lie, shallower pocket and more closed mid toe.

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Kind of. There's more to it than that. The P92 has a higher lie, shallower pocket and more closed mid toe.
Spot on. But both curves are similar in the sense that they both serve the same purpose : firing quick wrist shots towards the top corners, and making it easy to pull toe drags.

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Been playing 6 months. I bought a Vapor 7.0 Kane lie 6 and loved it, it broke last game. I have an Easton Mako 2 Iginla lie 5.5 which is just not working for me and a buddy just gave me a brand new Vapor 2.0 which is like a freakin tree log.

No 7.0s to be found online, so what is in the new Bauer lineup that is the equivalent?

I'd like to stay around the 15.5 grams and $150.

Also willing to go diff route. My main concern is the weight and blade similarity to the Kane.


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Spot on. But both curves are similar in the sense that they both serve the same purpose : firing quick wrist shots towards the top corners, and making it easy to pull toe drags.
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Been playing 6 months. I bought a Vapor 7.0 Kane lie 6 and loved it, it broke last game. I have an Easton Mako 2 Iginla lie 5.5 which is just not working for me and a buddy just gave me a brand new Vapor 2.0 which is like a freakin tree log.

No 7.0s to be found online, so what is in the new Bauer lineup that is the equivalent?

I'd like to stay around the 15.5 grams and $150.

Also willing to go diff route. My main concern is the weight and blade similarity to the Kane.
Specs wise, the closest would probably be the X100 but price wise that would be closest to the X90. But for a bit more money, you may as well look for clearance APXs.

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Yeah absolutely.


Specs wise, the closest would probably be the X100 but price wise that would be closest to the X90. But for a bit more money, you may as well look for clearance APXs.
Thanks! I went with the x90 as no apx avail in p88.

If I were to go 2 piece, what Bauer combo (handling, snappers, wristers) would you recommend that comes in under 16oz? APX2? standard or tapered (I play wing)?


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Does flex and kickpoint really make a difference for kids? I purchased a Bauer 4.0 and APX and I don't think my kid notices a difference. At what age should you invest in a good premium stick? My son and I are new to hockey and I am just trying to figure it all out, a little overwhelmed at this point. Don't want to spend extra money when I don't have to.

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When they can pick targets at will and have an arsenal of shots.

Short answer for you and your kid is no, not yet. You probably shouldn't have bought the APX, waste of money. The 4.0 will do just fine.

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Thanks.
I will hide his APX in the closest. I have not cut it yet so hopefully he can use it later on.

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Does flex and kickpoint really make a difference for kids? I purchased a Bauer 4.0 and APX and I don't think my kid notices a difference. At what age should you invest in a good premium stick? My son and I are new to hockey and I am just trying to figure it all out, a little overwhelmed at this point. Don't want to spend extra money when I don't have to.
The question is : How old is he ? If he's using junior or youth sticks, he won't feel any difference. However, if he's using intermediate or senior sticks and is around 15 years, then, he will definitely notice the difference.

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Thanks! I went with the x90 as no apx avail in p88.

If I were to go 2 piece, what Bauer combo (handling, snappers, wristers) would you recommend that comes in under 16oz? APX2? standard or tapered (I play wing)?
Ah yeah I forgot about 2 pieces. If an APX2 2 piece is close in price to an X90. I wouldn't hesitate at all to go for that. Should be lighter and better performing. The X90 is basically a 2 piece anyways.

Go tapered.

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Ah yeah I forgot about 2 pieces. If an APX2 2 piece is close in price to an X90. I wouldn't hesitate at all to go for that. Should be lighter and better performing. The X90 is basically a 2 piece anyways.

Go tapered.
That and the Total One NXG. They are the best 2 piece sticks on the market.

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The question is : How old is he ? If he's using junior or youth sticks, he won't feel any difference. However, if he's using intermediate or senior sticks and is around 15 years, then, he will definitely notice the difference.
He is 9 and using a junior stick. Now I have to find another stick for him since the APX is in the closet. I was thinking about a nexus 600 or possibly a mako, something around $60?Any thoughts?

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He is 9 and using a junior stick. Now I have to find another stick for him since the APX is in the closet. I was thinking about a nexus 600 or possibly a mako, something around $60?Any thoughts?
Since you bought it, why don't you just give him the APX ? It would be a waste of money to buy a 3rd stick.
By the way, don't pay too much attention to the model for junior sticks, because it doesn't really make a difference. When you buy a junior stick, pay attention to the curve, flex and price only.
There isn't a big drop off in performance between his APX and his 4.0.

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Since you bought it, why don't you just give him the APX ? It would be a waste of money to buy a 3rd stick.
By the way, don't pay too much attention to the model for junior sticks, because it doesn't really make a difference. When you buy a junior stick, pay attention to the curve, flex and price only.
There isn't a big drop off in performance between his APX and his 4.0.
True. I found the APX for $80 didn't want to pass it up for that price.

Why do you think curve is important, and what do I look for. The Apx is a Backstrom and the 4.0 is Kane. I was trying to make sure the curves were different to see which worked better for him.

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True. I found the APX for $80 didn't want to pass it up for that price.

Why do you think curve is important, and what do I look for. The Apx is a Backstrom and the 4.0 is Kane. I was trying to make sure the curves were different to see which worked better for him.
The curve is really important for him because he's learning how to shoot, and each curve affects your shot in a certain way. When I started playing hockey, I used a Backstrom curve, because it's more open and makes it easier to shoot high.
Shooting high at his age is important to score goals. 9 years old goalies are really short. When standing up, their head is barely over the crossbar, making it easy to score on high shots, especially when they drop to their knees.
I remember my first goal ever. I was 10, got a penalty shot. Goalie went to his knees, I flicked the puck up in the air, it sailed over his head and just under the bar.

The Kane curve makes it really difficult to roof the puck at close range, because it's a closed, shallow curve. It's better for experienced players who like to stickhandle through traffic, and to put a lot of power on their wrist shots and backhanders.

I think all beginners should start with a Backstrom curve, since it's the easiest to use IMO.

Give him his APX, and see if he likes it.

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what are your guys thoughts on the reebok ribcor?

i currently use the reebok 18k but it's pretty worn down and i'll be looking for a new stick soon. i really like the low kickpoint that reebok sticks offer and the other choice that i'm considering is the bauer apx2,

which do you guys feel is the better choice?

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what are your guys thoughts on the reebok ribcor?

i currently use the reebok 18k but it's pretty worn down and i'll be looking for a new stick soon. i really like the low kickpoint that reebok sticks offer and the other choice that i'm considering is the bauer apx2,

which do you guys feel is the better choice?
Having tried both, I'd say that the Ribcor kicks harder, but the APX2 has a better feel for the puck. There's no bad choice here.

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What's CCM and RBK's equivalent of the Hall curve?

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