Composite Hockey Stick Weigh-In

Stick Weigh In

By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

Over the course of the past few years, the battle to produce the lightest composite stick has raged on between all the major hockey manufacturers. During this time, companies have all looked for ways to tip the scales – pun intended – in favor of their own sticks. So how is it possible that all the manufacturers produce graphs, pie charts and lists that their sticks are undeniably THE lightest on the market? Somebody is right. Right?

Well, in light of that,  we decided to have our own little weigh-in with some of the top model sticks, using a Dymo Digital Scale. In all, we took 9 top-end sticks, all in the same 85 flex and all in a comparable blade pattern. The attempt was to give our customers an even and fair basis for stick weights. Let me note that stick weights should not, by any means, be your only criteria for choosing a stick. But we DO think this will be helpful piece of info for you.
So without further ado, here are the results, from lightest to heaviest:
7.Easton Mako 464 g

Click here to see our entire selection of composite sticks.

 

So as no real surprise, the Bauer Vapor APX came in at the top spot as the lightest stick, with the new Nexus 1000 just 1g heavier. Now, just to ease your mind, the difference between #9 at 474 grams and #1 at 420 grams shouldn’t really alarm anyone here – in my opinion, only the most discerning could probably pick up a stick and really feel the difference in weight. Still, it’s fun and interesting to do these exercises from time-to-time and a lot of people ask us about stick weights, so we think this is helpful.

 

My biggest surprise was the Sherwood Nexon 12, coming in 3rd – and only four grams heavier than the APX! With a price tag of only $189.99, the Nexon 12 is a great, light stick for the money. I wonder if Sher-Wood was mad when Bauer launched Nexus, given Sher-Wood has had the Nexon sticks out for a good while now? Hmmmm.

Warrior Dolomite Hockey Stick Review

By Kyle Stevenson, Marketing

I have been using the Warrior Dolomite for about four years now (through several models, the HD, DD, Spyne, etc). I have to give major credit to Warrior over the years for creating a great stick and incredible consistency with the Dolomite; this stick has remained fundamentally the same for the majority of the time it has been out. How much do you hate it when you fall in love with a stick and by the start of the next season, the newest model is out and suddenly your favorite is gone? Well, its happened to me quite a bit and I hate getting used to new sticks! When I step on the ice, I want to know how the stick is going to feel from the first shot.  Warrior has allowed me to do that, with the Dolomite, adding a few minor tweaks along the way. Every time I pick up a Dolomite, I know just about exactly how it’s going to feel – and that is a great feeling.

Admittedly, there are newer sticks that have a quicker release or a slightly softer feeling blade than the Dolomite, but the difference is so small that I side with the consistency and the stick that I know. It always feels good shooting and handling the puck.

As far as the shaft goes, it is one of the more comfortable ones I have ever had in my hands. I remember telling an old coach of mine about how a store didn’t have my curve, how I had to buy the stick in a bind – and how annoying it was. He promised me that all I needed to do was to find a shaft that felt comfortable for me and I would get used to whatever curve was on the end. When he told me that, I was about 12, using a classic Sherwood 5030! Looking back now, he couldn’t have been more right. Switching curves takes a bit of getting used to, but after a couple of practices, you’re there. I guarantee it will take a lot longer to really feel comfortable with a new shaft with a different flex, shape and kick-point!

Guys in the locker room often look at my curve and ask me how in the hell I ever hit the net, never mind how do I put the puck where I want it. My answer is simple: I use that big toe curve to my advantage. It’s much quicker to get off a snapshot when its coming from the toe and only having to go a couple inches versus the puck moving from the heel all the way to the toe. The toe curve allows me to corral the puck on shots and get it off accurately with less wind up. The curve definitely took some getting used to on the first handful of shots, but the advantage controlling the puck is huge. I feel much more comfortable with the puck in tight to my skates. It also lets me make a quick toe-drag without too much movement to let the D-man read it.

Overall, I still love the Warrior Dolomite, its going into my stick Hall of Fame someday along with that old 5030 and the Bauer Vapor XXX. Warrior was smart enough to build a great stick and stick with it. If its not broke, don’t fix it! And just let me keep using the damn thing!

 


Warrior Dynasty Hockey Stick Preview

By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce

We just got our hands on one of these babies, the Warrior Dynasty hockey stick, due out in the second week of October. The Dynasty replaces the Dolomite, a very good stick in and of itself. As you can see, it’s pretty sharp-looking.

So…..what’s new? Well, the first and most notable thing is probably Warrior’s new Axy Sym technology, which is an enhanced build on the shaft, particularly down low. Warrior went and added compression fibers to the back side of the shaft and when loaded, this causes the front to stretch more. As Warrior puts it, “more stretch equals more release” and “the puck is released faster with no energy loss.” They have also designed these differently for lefties and righties, to spring the force directionally. That’s pretty interesting.

The Dynasty has a lot of what Warrior’s traditional top-of-the-line sticks have – Multi-Bias fiber for added durability, Carbon Elite construction and the precision taper for optimal flexibility. You also get the D-Lite blade core found on the Widow.

As I hold this thing in my hand (it’s a 100 flex), it feels pretty unique. It’s not the sticky grip of a grip stick, nor is it overly smooth, like a traditional matte. It feels almost like a smooth rubber. They call this their “Slick Grip” technology and they’ve plopped a little extra grip onto the back-hand and bottom of the shaft (the Nipple Grip raised edges). By the way, this thing is LIGHT at 435 grams – that’s lighter than S19′s, EQ50′s and other top of the line twigs.

There is a definite stiffness in the one I have here – it feels a teeny bit more stiff than other 100 flexes I’ve held in the past, that is the Axy Sym technology at work. Keep in mind I am partial to flexes in the 85-90 range, though. Since I just got this thing here in the office, I haven’t tried it on the ice, either. I can tell you that when I took it for a quick spin on cement, it felt very very good and had good pop on shots.

The Warrior Dynasty will be available here at PureHockey.com around October 13. Watch for it! Here’s some more pics, shot on my IPhone: