I am new to hockey and really liked a Nike Bauer Vapor XXX Lite stick that I bought like new from someone. After about 3 months it broke and I can't find another anywhere. I just picked up a pair of Vapor XXII lites for about $65 a piece and I like those, but noticed that those seem to be fading out as well..
Sticks and all other gear basically have model years. They keep improving them from generation to generation. The current vapor model is the Vapor XXXX, which is lighter and more responsive, better balanced an all that. They'll be another one coming out before long, they're skipping the 50 with the skate and going to the X60 (their terminology, not mine) and will do the same with the stick. An x50 will be available, but not quite as nice.