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07-15-2014, 07:30 AM
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It used to be-
CCM- Nugent Hopkins
Reebok- Crosby
Sherwood- Stastny
Warrior-Kopitar

Were all basically the equivalents to the Easton's Hall. Not sure if that still holds true though.

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07-15-2014, 09:00 AM
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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.
I agree with this. You honestly couldn't go wrong, unless there's a particular curve you're after. The APX2 is also lighter.
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What's CCM and RBK's equivalent of the Hall curve?
The RNH and Crosby are slightly shallower versions with a bit more heel than the Hall/E3.

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07-15-2014, 07:24 PM
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The RNH and Crosby are slightly shallower versions with a bit more heel than the Hall/E3.
Yeah, that's what I thought after reading their blade chart too, but the heel part kind of threw me off.

I hope it's not too different, since I will be ordering this without being able to try out the sticks in person.

I'm actually helping a few buddies to buy sticks, and they're thinking about getting a stick between $100~$200.

Do you have any recommendations for CCM and RBK sticks in terms of best value to performance between those price points?

I'm a lot more familiar with Easton/Sherwood sticks because that's what I usually use, but I found a guy who can get CCM/RBK equipment for a relatively lower price without the hefty shipping cost in Taiwan, so I'm thinking about ordering from him instead.

I should also mention he's a wholesaler with direct contact with CCM/RBK, so he can't sell older generation sticks at clearance discount - but he can offer a 20-30% discount on the retail price off all equipments.

Thanks again AIREAYE.

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07-15-2014, 07:38 PM
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You're only looking at current generation Reebok/CCM gear right?

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07-15-2014, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, that's what I thought after reading their blade chart too, but the heel part kind of threw me off.

I hope it's not too different, since I will be ordering this without being able to try out the sticks in person.

I'm actually helping a few buddies to buy sticks, and they're thinking about getting a stick between $100~$200.

Do you have any recommendations for CCM and RBK sticks in terms of best value to performance between those price points?

I'm a lot more familiar with Easton/Sherwood sticks because that's what I usually use, but I found a guy who can get CCM/RBK equipment for a relatively lower price without the hefty shipping cost in Taiwan, so I'm thinking about ordering from him instead.

I should also mention he's a wholesaler with direct contact with CCM/RBK, so he can't sell older generation sticks at clearance discount - but he can offer a 20-30% discount on the retail price off all equipments.

Thanks again AIREAYE.
Just go on Hockey Monkey's website. You can get the 20K or the RBZ for $180, or the AI 9 for $130. They are older top of the line sticks from Reebok and CCM, launched in 2012. They will perform much better than any price point stick released this year.

But if you could get 30% off on a Ribcor, I would definitely get that instead. It would be the same price, since 30% off $260 makes $180.

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07-15-2014, 07:57 PM
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Just go on Hockey Monkey's website. You can get the 20K or the RBZ for $180, or the AI 9 for $130. They are older top of the line sticks from Reebok and CCM, launched in 2012. They will perform much better than any price point stick released this year.

But if you could get 30% off on a Ribcor, I would definitely get that instead. It would be the same price, since 30% off $260 makes $180.
The thing is, Hockey Monkey doesn't ship internationally for CCM/RBK. They only do it for brands without authorized dealership restrictions like Sherwood, Eagle, and Warrior (I think Warrior can't be shipped internationally now either).

Even IF they do ship, the shipping cost on a stick is usually between $50-$70.

Essentially, the A.i.9 would cost $130 + ~$60 for me. Would be much cheaper for me to settle on a Ribcor with my guy in Taiwan.

Any thoughts on the new CCM Tacks by any chance?

What about the sticks one tier below Ribcor and Tacks?

I'm also looking to order a mid-low end CCM RBZ shoulder pad... I remember AIREAYE recommended those to me as I was looking for low profile, lightweight shoulders with core protection.

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07-15-2014, 08:52 PM
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Again, are you options only current model sticks?

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07-15-2014, 10:04 PM
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Again, are you options only current model sticks?
I can buy older generation sticks, but no clearance discount will be provided.

If I go back and buy an A.i.9 from the guy, it will be it's original retail price with the 20%~30% discount.

e.g. if RibCor is $260 and A.i.9 was $240 (at the time of release), he'd charge me $180 for the RibCor and $170 for the A.i.9.

Given a very similar price, I'd be inclined to go with the most recent models (?)

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07-15-2014, 10:18 PM
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Hmm in that case, the value for the models one-below the top end is always good! the RBZ100, 25K and 5052 are all good sticks. It was hard for me to tell the difference b/w the 5052 and top end Tacks in terms of balance! The RBZ100 is a Team build, which is stronger and is issued to a lot of minor hockey and junior teams.

If you can wait until the fall, the new CCM and Reebok lines comes out and their sticks have been trending upwards in quality.

The new CCM shoulders are OK, an improvement in protection and coverage from the previous generation. The RBZ 130 looks pretty good as a U+12 replacement.

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07-15-2014, 10:49 PM
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Hmm in that case, the value for the models one-below the top end is always good! the RBZ100, 25K and 5052 are all good sticks. It was hard for me to tell the difference b/w the 5052 and top end Tacks in terms of balance! The RBZ100 is a Team build, which is stronger and is issued to a lot of minor hockey and junior teams.

If you can wait until the fall, the new CCM and Reebok lines comes out and their sticks have been trending upwards in quality.

The new CCM shoulders are OK, an improvement in protection and coverage from the previous generation. The RBZ 130 looks pretty good as a U+12 replacement.
As always, appreciate your thoughtful input.

I will most definitely look into the RBZ 130 shoulders, as it's still a sub-$100 shoulder.

I'll also keep the comments on the stick in mind.

It's a shame my guy can't bring Sherwood over to Taiwan. I'd much prefer to get their stick because I am totally in love with the Rekker EK15.

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07-16-2014, 06:42 PM
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For those of you that buy intermediate, how tall are you?

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For those of you that buy intermediate, how tall are you?
I'm 5'7" and alternate from a 60 and a 65 flex. I cut to just under my nose.

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07-16-2014, 07:23 PM
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I'm 5'10 and I use 65 flex intermediates and 75 senior lights.

I cut my stick to under my chin by an inch or so while on skates.

I almost never take slapshots.

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07-16-2014, 07:50 PM
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I'm 5'10 and I use 65 flex intermediates and 75 senior lights.

I cut my stick to under my chin by an inch or so while on skates.

I almost never take slapshots.
At this size, you should be fine using 75 or 85 flex sticks.

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07-16-2014, 08:34 PM
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At this size, you should be fine using 75 or 85 flex sticks.
I'm OK with 75 flex.

I drop down to 65 because I love how quickly and effortlessly I can load up on my shot.

The only drawback is that I need to be very astute when it comes to receiving hard passes; as it does feel like some bombs do flop off my blade.

Currently alternating between a Rekker EK15 (65) and RS Stealth (75).

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I'm about 5'9" or 5'10", 140 lbs. I use both SR 75/77 and INT 65/67 length to my mouth or so.

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07-17-2014, 03:10 PM
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Considering getting an int since I cut pretty short.. Any differences besides length?

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07-17-2014, 04:13 PM
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Considering getting an int since I cut pretty short.. Any differences besides length?
Int sticks are thinner than senior sticks. Could be an issue if you have large hands.

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07-17-2014, 04:34 PM
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Shaft dimensions are smaller than SR counterparts. Blade lengths and sizes should be the same.

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Shaft dimensions are smaller than SR counterparts. Blade lengths and sizes should be the same.
I thought my Rekker EK 15 had very similar shaft dimensions to my RS SR light.

... Or was I just not seeing it right?

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07-18-2014, 12:38 AM
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I thought my Rekker EK 15 had very similar shaft dimensions to my RS SR light.

... Or was I just not seeing it right?
It's possible. I always had the feeling that my APX was thinner than my friend's Nexus 1000, but that's probably because of the shaft's shape (rounded corners with concave walls).

But if you compare an Int stick with its senior counterpart, you will most likely feel the difference.

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There is a Graf G55 on sale for close to 50% off, 90 originally 160.

Would this be a good bet for my first composite stick and if so which would be the best set up to go with for a beginner?

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Just picked up an INT CCM Crazy Light for $99 shipped.

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For those of you that buy intermediate, how tall are you?
5'7" and I cut them about 1" below my mouth in bare feet.

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Considering getting an int since I cut pretty short.. Any differences besides length?
As mentioned, thinner shaft diameter. Same blades and generally similar feel and durability. Some of the cheaper ones feel stiffer than they should vs the senior sticks I've found.

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Do you have trouble receiving hard passes? Only restriction I might have on buying one

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