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12-06-2007, 03:42 PM
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Most Lightweight Composite Stick?

I like to use a really lightweight stick when I play. I just bought a TPS R2 and it's not as light as I would have liked. So I'm gonna try and sell that after using it just once, and get something else. I've really tried to avoid spending a lot on a good stick, but I can see that's just not the case anymore. I'm gonna have to spend around $200 to get something really lightweight and nice. Any suggestions? I'm really looking at what the lightest sticks are right now...

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I'd go balance over shear weight. Some sticks seem much lighter then they are because they are so well balanced.

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I like to use a really lightweight stick when I play. I just bought a TPS R2 and it's not as light as I would have liked. So I'm gonna try and sell that after using it just once, and get something else. I've really tried to avoid spending a lot on a good stick, but I can see that's just not the case anymore. I'm gonna have to spend around $200 to get something really lightweight and nice. Any suggestions? I'm really looking at what the lightest sticks are right now...
There's a difference between lightest and most balanced. I'm sure I could put a blade+shaft together that is lighter than another stick, but it wouldn't feel that way if too much of the mass is contained in the blade.

That said, you can score the "old and busted" Easton CNT Stealth's for $135 now which weigh in at 410 grams and are decently balanced. The "old and busted" Synergy SL's can be had for $120 and weigh 420 grams without a butt end.

You can probably find the older Mission one piece sticks for under $100 and they're probably in the 450-460g range.

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the old rbk 7k(white and blue) were the lightest(395 grams) and are super cheap because theyre an old model. warning:they break really easily.

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Good point about the balance. I was in the local hockey store the other day and they had some new CCM's (I think?) in there that were really nice. About $200, great balance and weight. I loved it. I just couldn't think of parting with $200 on a stick. So I spend $75 on that heavier TPS R2 and now I hate it.

I wouldn't mind buying an "older" model, as long as it wasn't too fragile. I'm not super hard on sticks. Let me put it another way: About two years ago I mistakenly bought a Mission M1, thinking it was an adult stick. I think it's an M1. It's an intermediate stick. I am 5'8" and use a very short stick, so I cut it down and have been using it ever since. I thought maybe I'd have issues with the flex, me being an adult and it being a 75 flex, but I think because I cut it enough, I actually made it a higher flex, making the stick stronger. At least that's what I think. I'd like another stick, an "adult" stick, hence I bought this TPS R2. But I've come to terms with it, knowing that I've just got to have something lighter and more balanced, hence more expensive...

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12-06-2007, 04:20 PM
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I wouldn't mind buying an "older" model, as long as it wasn't too fragile. I'm not super hard on sticks. Let me put it another way: About two years ago I mistakenly bought a Mission M1, thinking it was an adult stick. I think it's an M1. It's an intermediate stick. I am 5'8" and use a very short stick, so I cut it down and have been using it ever since. I thought maybe I'd have issues with the flex, me being an adult and it being a 75 flex, but I think because I cut it enough, I actually made it a higher flex, making the stick stronger.
Intermediate M1 was my favorite stick ever as we're about the same height. Too bad I lent it out to my friend for a couple games and he completely wrecked the blade. It's too bad Easton went to 65 flex intermediates lately.

But yeah, I usually wait for the new model sticks to come in so stores will put their older stock on clearance. Case in point, the CNT Stealths were $200 two weeks ago, but now the new Stealth S17s are coming in. So retailers dropped the price to $135 on the CNT Stealth.

Just make sure you get a stick that is the right flex / right curve for you. My friend gave me the original Stealth for free (his cousin works at Easton). It was light (395g) but it was too stiff and I hated the curve.

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Gotta be weary of the listed weights on them things though if you really wanted a truly light stick. They list the weights for the smallest, and lightest curve they've got. Same with skates, they list the weight for like a size 7.

No need to shell out $200 for something ridiculously light either. You can pick up an Easton Cyclone or a TPS C2 XN10 (idk if that the Red Lite?) with a Easton Z-Carbon blade or TPS PTC blade and it'll still be ridiculously light. Both those shafts are listed at 260g and the blades are 155g...equaling 415g for at the very most, $120. Cause you can find the Z-Carb blade for around $45-50 and the shafts last I saw were going for like $60-70.

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I think the new mission that has come out along with the eastons stealth line have got to be one of the lightest sticks out there right now.

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can anyone really notice a 20-40 gram difference? is it really that big of a deal?

I find a balance is much more important as already stated, and price, I bought a synergy st and I doubt its the lightest stick but I really think the difference between it and the lightest is probably negligible.

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No need to shell out $200 for something ridiculously light either. You can pick up an Easton Cyclone or a TPS C2 XN10 (idk if that the Red Lite?) with a Easton Z-Carbon blade or TPS PTC blade and it'll still be ridiculously light. Both those shafts are listed at 260g and the blades are 155g...equaling 415g for at the very most, $120. Cause you can find the Z-Carb blade for around $45-50 and the shafts last I saw were going for like $60-70.
You know, it's funny you mention that, because that's what I used to use. I still have one or two Cyclone shafts around somewhere. Maybe I should just get a new blade for it and try that out. Honestly, I just figured these new composites were lighter and more balanced than what I was using before, plus it really seemed to help my shot speed. I still think my current M1 is lighter than that combo though, but I really don't want to use an intermediate stick...

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Oh, and the other thing I have, which I've tried once in warm up, is a Pro Stock Easton Synergy, Jody Shelly model. And no, I'm not making it up. It's actually a signed stick my wife got from him, and she didn't really care if I use it or not. I mean, come on, it's Jody Shelly's signature, not Rick Nash's. All I know is that it's green, says Easton Synergy on it, and says "Pro Stock Intended For Professional Use Only". And it has some kind of grip on it that I don't like. It's really lightweight and seems nice, I love just messing around with it in the house, maybe I need to give it another try.

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Ahh just noticed you were from CBus...but yeah those sound Jody Shelley Synergys sound like the STs he was using a season or two ago. And now that you mention the TPS R2..it seems like everyone around here is using one! They did feel a bit heavy when I picked it up at the shop, but I liked the grip on it. But overall, it felt like any other price point OPS.

But yeah if you do try to find a blade for your Cyclone, I can vouch for the CNT Z-Carb. I got one in my Ultra Lite right now and it's really, really light. Feels nice...I might say very slight blade lean in terms of weight, but not really noticeable...and that might just be because I got a freaking huge blade. I'm using a Drury so it's pretty long.

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The best stick out there that combines lightweight and balance is probably the new Easton Stealth S17 Ellipse, its used by NHL superstars like Heatley, Parise, Gaborik, Iginla. However the price is a bit steep at $219. Watch in in action, its amazing what these guys do with the stick: http://www.eastonhockey.com/S17/



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The best stick out there that combines lightweight and balance is probably the new Easton Stealth S17 Ellipse, its used by NHL superstars like Heatley, Parise, Gaborik, Iginla. However the price is a bit steep at $219.

That may have been the one I was looking at the other day. It seemed kinda tapered at the end near the blade...

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Last year's Stealth CNT was the lightest stick if I recall. Most balanced stick I've picked up was the Vapor XXX and XXXX.

I highly recommend the Mission L-2 sticks you can find on closeout for under $80. I've got a pair of them, used in a dozen games and practices, holding up great. Great flex too.

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Good point about the balance. I was in the local hockey store the other day and they had some new CCM's (I think?) in there that were really nice. About $200, great balance and weight. I loved it. I just couldn't think of parting with $200 on a stick. So I spend $75 on that heavier TPS R2 and now I hate it.

I wouldn't mind buying an "older" model, as long as it wasn't too fragile. I'm not super hard on sticks. Let me put it another way: About two years ago I mistakenly bought a Mission M1, thinking it was an adult stick. I think it's an M1. It's an intermediate stick. I am 5'8" and use a very short stick, so I cut it down and have been using it ever since. I thought maybe I'd have issues with the flex, me being an adult and it being a 75 flex, but I think because I cut it enough, I actually made it a higher flex, making the stick stronger. At least that's what I think. I'd like another stick, an "adult" stick, hence I bought this TPS R2. But I've come to terms with it, knowing that I've just got to have something lighter and more balanced, hence more expensive...
Unfortunately lighter pretty much equals fragile. You have to decide if you want something that is going to be light or something that is going to last. Try some of the mid range models of sticks that are on the market. Be prepared if you buy one of the top end stick for it to break fairly fast. Some guys get sticks that last a while some get sticks that dont make it through the first game. I had a teammate break 2 brand new Easton Si-cores in one game. If youd o some expirementing like others have suggested you can put together a shaft blade combo thats well balanced and you wont feel the weight at all.

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Although I have yet to play a game with it, a relatively cheap stick ($90) that is well balanced is the CCM Vector 8.0. Mine is a two-piece. I'm looking forward to training tomorrow night.

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