Stick on a budget: BauerOne50/RBK4K? or Mission Flyweight?
I've decided I should finally move onto a fully composite stick. For the past few years I have used one piece wood/abs, mainly due to the cost. I've noticed that the hard, square like shaft is bad on my hands, I have sores at the bottom of each of my index fingers. Also when I have borrowed others composite sticks my shot has significantly improved in speed/accuracy.
I'm in New Zealand so there's not many places to buy equipment nor is there much of a selection at the few stores that are here. A lot of players in my league use high end sticks. I don't know how they pay for them, I think some people are partially sponsored, and other people probably have lovely parents! I could never justify spending $500nz on a stick that could break any time.
So, considering that, I've come up with these two choices.
you might try to shop around for a store stick but I'm not sure if their are sticks made for stores in NZ.
Like I have a Bauer Sniper which is a one off for some sporting goods chain store, and I have a Sherwood focus that was a one off for a huge warehouse store. They are reasonable sticks and still cheep enough to brake
I have both, and they're pretty much interchangeable. I'd go with whichever is cheaper/you are more comfortable with. My only other input is that the Crosby curve on the 4K seems a little extreme to me.
You can also get excellent performance from a composite shaft, which is cheaper than a one-piece and will probably also last longer.
Agreed. No love for two-pieces? I've been using the same one for years now, I just have to replace the blades when I break them. Plus, if I ever want to try out a different curve, I don't have to buy an entire new stick.
if availability and price were a problem, I'd buy a shaft and get blades online for much cheaper.
so that's about 75$us for an entry level OPS, I think I've seen that 4k for around 40-50$ca on closeout
I've come across a Mission Flyweight tapered shaft on a local auction site.
I googled for some others thoughts on this shaft and every mention I found rated the stick very highly. Here's one particular in depth review: http://www0.epinions.com/review/Miss...t_139024567940.
There's also a few comments here on hfboards.
I'm really beginning to like the sound of the two piece tapered shafts.
But... that review is from 2004, and most comments are from 2005 with the most recent being late 2006. So, does this sort of devalue these reviews, as the technology has no doubt changed over the last 5 years?
People rated the Flyweight over the Easton Synthesis. But as far as I can tell it looks like the Synergy has taken over the Synthesis?
At the moment the shaft is going for $75US. Does anyone think it's worth that? I will try and talk them down because of how old it is, but would it be even at that price a good deal?