CCM Ultra Tacks Hockey Stick Review

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Last year, an old CCM legend relaunched with a point to make… and it made it loud and clear. The Tacks stick was a huge hit on all levels — from the NHL to house leagues. So, not content sitting back with the success, CCM is launching their Ultra Tacks hockey stick for the 2015-16 season.

If you’ve been living under a rock for over a year, you may not know about the original CCM Tacks stick from 2014, so here’s a quick refresher. The Tacks line was built to fill a gap in the CCM line-up. They had no mid kick-point stick and their NHL players were clamoring for one. Generally speaking, when NHL players start asking for something, it’s not long before the retail market is asking for it too — and this case was no exception. CCM introduced the Tacks stick as their mid kick-point model, designed with a stiff blade for players seeking accuracy and the smooth, effortless release of a mid kick-point stick.

Now with the Ultra Tacks stick release, CCM doesn’t seem to be trying to fix what’s not broken, but they certainly seem intent on improving things. With the Ultra Tacks, CCM makes an upgrade to one major feature and introduces another.

Ultra AttackFrame Blade

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New Easton Stealth CX Hockey Stick Review

 

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The latest stick release from Easton Hockey is one that has been highly anticipated by me personally. When I found out they would be bringing back the Stealth name, I knew that they had to have a pretty special hockey stick on the way. It wouldn’t make sense to risk the loyal following the line has had by releasing a stick that wouldn’t live up to the name.

I was, for a long time, one of those loyal followers — at least since Easton introduced their elliptical taper sticks with the S-17. I can still remember how much different, and better, the release felt on that stick the first time I used it. From there I continued on to the S19, RS and finally the RSII. So as you can guess, I was pretty excited to get the new Easton Stealth CX hockey stick in my hands.

Easton is debuting some pretty serious technology in the CX. This isn’t one of those models where a company simply tweaks the previous version a little; there is new technology in every part of this stick. Their goal was to create a hockey stick that would be a top-level performance stick with great durability and have a lightweight but still solid feel.

The Stealth CX marks the first time Easton has released a true-one piece stick with an elliptical taper. This was accomplished using a new design to roll the layers of carbon fiber into the taper, creating a seamless construction. What is the significance of this? Read on to find out…

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True XCORE 9 Hockey Stick Review

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The debut of True Hockey as a brand can be viewed as nothing short of a huge win. We were equally as impressed, as most customers were, by the performance and quality of their hockey sticks. So when True told us they’d be launching a new model for 2015, we were pretty excited to say the least. We were even more excited a few months ago when a blank stick simply marked “True Prototype” showed up at the office.

Last year, True Hockey made a huge splash when they released their ‘A-Series’ – the first line of hockey sticks to hit the retail shelves bearing their True brand name and logo. At Pure Hockey we noticed many players who picked up a True stick in one of our stores and ended up making the purchase and giving it a shot. Of those we talked to, very few were disappointed. The most common feedback we’ve heard was that True sticks surpassed their expectations. They performed at least comparably to, if not better than the more expensive sticks they used in the past. The stick has also performed VERY well in our Pure Hockey Stick Challenge, where players don’t know what brand they are using.

The “True Prototype” was a disguised version of the new True XCORE 9 hockey stick, and all of us here at Pure Hockey who tested it out were thoroughly impressed. So let’s start with what’s new and different about the XCORE.

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CCM Ribcor 40K Stick Features and Review

CCM Ribcor 40K Hockey Stick

CCM Ribcor 40K Stick

Yep, you read that correctly. The Ribcor 40K is now a part of the CCM brand. Why did they make this change? Well, Reebok and CCM officials realized that even though they had a significant number of Pro, Major and Junior players using their sticks it was divided between the two brands so their usage stats appeared lower than their competitors. By consolidating their stick lines under the CCM brand their usage stats appear more in line with those of their competitors.

Confusing as it might be, I implore you to set that aside because this stick has some seriously exciting new features.

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