I've recently started playing, just practicing shots/stick-handling in back of my house. I bought a cheap $10 RBK wooden stick and I do most of my playing on concrete/brick/other hard surfaces.
I've recently thought of buying a composite stick after trying a few out at the store. I really preferred the feel of the composite as opposed to the wooden sticks I'm used to.
However, I only play outdoors and I can't see myself being able to switch to ice anytime soon (no public rinks that I know of where I live). Can I use a composite stick for outdoor street hockey or will it ruin it?
The blade will get worn out pretty quickly depending on the surface. I would recommend getting a shaft+ABS blade combo. It won't be as light/balanced as a nice composite stick, but you can just buy blades instead of new sticks. But if you got the expendable income, plenty of folks use one piece sticks outdoors.
For our outdoor ball hockey league, my buddy uses a tapered shaft with CCM 5.0 ABS blades. CCM 2.0 standard blades also have fared pretty well with outdoors.
My other friends will use $50 Easton composite blades, but that might last them three months before they get chewed up.
And technically you can turn (most) one piece sticks into a shaft once the blade goes. What's your budget?
Bad, bad idea. Composite blades get chewed up real fast on asphalt. If you want any composite at all, get a composite shaft and use an ABS or wood blade. Composite sticks and blades wear out fast and are much more expensive.
Ya I use a composite with a wood blade it isn't bad, I used a cheap Easton composite for a while it was like 60 $ but it only lasted like 3.5 months so I decided to go for the more cheaper and durable option.
For ball hockey, I use a composite shaft with this blade. It's not as rigid as a wood or composite blade but it's a lot more rigid than the usual plastic ball hockey blade. And it's pretty inexpensive.