Easton Mako 2 Hockey Stick Review

By Tyler Roy, Pure Hockey Customer Service

I had a package come in a month or so ago and just like always, I made a huge mess ripping the box open from pure excitement. Come to think of it, I never actually cleaned that up. Not unusual! Anyway, inside the package was the brand new Easton Mako 2 hockey stick. The new Mako has an updated look that will catch your eye – hate it or love it,  you will notice it on the shelf. Easton is keeping the shaft primarily white again with the intention to hide the flex from the goalie. The back, though, is a different story. Easton went with a very loud orange with white text around the taper section. I have had mixed opinions from everybody about this part – I like the look personally, but as with everything else, to each their own!  I think the best part of the new look is the black colored blade. I had problems with the all white blade on the first version having no line of sight, but this black blade really makes it easy to know where the puck is.

The updated look is not the only aspect of the Mako 2,  though. The stuff you should really care about is getting the most bang from your buck with durability and the Mako 2 shaft and blade have both been upgraded for performance and durability. The shaft internals have been changed and now use a uni-directional carbon, which means that the fibers of the composite weave tighter and smoother, creating a more responsive stick with improved durability to impacts and slashes. The Mako 2 has felt brand new every time I’ve used it and hopefully it stays that way (that could be a pipe dream, but a kid can dream, right?).

Anyway, this new uni-carbon will lighten the stick by 20 grams and obviously this will lighten up the overall weight, but also help out the balance point. The shaft will also have a few grip updates – it will be a bit tackier and both the matte and grip will have a new textured grip on all four sides of the shaft. This is the best Easton shaft that I have ever used in terms of feel – the grip is perfect and the weight is very light. I’m still getting accustomed to the way the stick shoots and plays but I’m quite happy so far. Blocked a few shots and have had some hacks but the Mako 2 is still holding very strong. So far so good.

On to the blade, I already spoke above about the black blade giving the shooter a better line of sight but that’s not all. The Mako 2 will also have a more responsive, durable and better performing blade. Easton has re-worked the micro bladder, giving you better feel but a larger sweet spot for shooting. This harder shot has to hit the net right? Easton also improved the stiffness so all your shots should be true to the target. The blade still has the pro style sandpaper grip that holds the tape well.

So combine a new look, an improved and lighter shaft and a stiffer and easier-to-use blade and you get a very solid and high performing stick. Comments on the look have been mixed but I feel this stick is worth giving a go. I still see myself as a Stealth guy but I would recommend you check this stick out, it may surprise you.

Kyle Stevenson and I sat down and talked about the new Mako 2 and how it compared to the first Mako. See that video right here:


Bauer Nexus 1000 Hockey Stick Review

By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

I have the opportunity to try out a ton of great equipment through my job. I have to say, it’s a great perk for a gear head like myself! The trouble sometimes – and I can’t believe I’m saying this – is that occasionally there is too much to try and not enough ice. Often I don’t have enough time with a certain pair of skates, gloves or stick – you know how it is – a lot of the time you need several sessions before you can really pass judgement on something. The thing that should say a lot about the Bauer Nexus 1000 stick is that I made sure that didn’t happen. Why? Because it was too good.

I got the Nexus 1000 stick pretty early – I have been lucky enough to have been using it now for around three months. To be honest with you, I have never been much of a Bauer stick fan, but I will tell you here and now that they have seriously won me over with this one. After three months skating at least a couple times per week in game situations, I have seen almost no signs of the stick breaking down. A little bit of normal wear on the toe and bottom of the blade, but that’s about it.
The stick still has great pop to it and the blade is retaining its stiffness well – that’s usually my number one reason to move on from a stick: blade slop. I like that term! Blade slop! I shoot mostly off the toe of my blade, so if my blade starts to soften, than my shots go everywhere – more everywhere than usual, anyway. So the moment I feel the blade softening, the stick is retired.
I haven’t had that problem with the Nexus. I honestly feel it is performing as we’ll now as the first shot I took with it. It doesn’t have the unbelievable pop on a release like some sticks do (Easton’s Mako or CCM’s new RBZ come to mind), but it still has provided great all-around performance.
A lot of sticks today are designed to do one thing phenomenally, perhaps a quick release or best energy loading. I feel that the Nexus does everything exceptionally. Taking on the performance aspect and going head to head with other sticks, the Nexus may not be #1 in many or any categories, but it would be ranked very highly in the widest number of categories. For a player like myself who likes to be able to do a lot of things and take an array of shots, it’s a huge advantage.

It’s rare nowadays that I go out and buy a stick, because I have a lot of demos coming through of things I need to try, but I just ordered a second Nexus and it has been the only stick I have used in games for the past three months. I have found other ice slots to try other sticks out, but I keep coming back to the Nexus 1000. All around, I highly highly recommend the Bauer Nexus 1000, without question one of the best I have used in recent memory. You can see more pictures, video and order one right here.


Bauer Nexus 1000 Hockey Stick Review

Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

So, a few weeks ago, a huge truckload of new Bauer Nexus 1000 sticks showed up at our warehouse. Needless to say, it was like christmas in June, because I knew one of them had my name on it to test out. Historically not being a huge Bauer sticks guy, I was a bit unsure of how the stick would perform, but still pumped to try it out. The Nexus did not disappoint.

I don’t know the exact weight of the Nexus relative to other sticks currently out, but as soon as I picked it up, the weight was one of the first things I noticed. The stick is really light. On top of being light, it is very well balanced – not shaft or blade heavy.

As I tested the stick out in warm-ups, I really loved the release. Bauer took their squared, double concave taper and combined it with a Tru-Mid kick flex profile to create a smooth natural release. The blade stays square through the shot, with minimal deflection or torsion, to keep shots accurate. I felt really able to lean on and flex the stick and let go for a a hard, quick release without much effort. The mid kick really gives you a natural, effortless feel on shots.

My only real issue with the Nexus is one more with Bauer sticks in general, I found the GRIPTAC grip coating to be way too sticky. It didn’t allow me to slide my bottom hand as freely as I would prefer. Besides that I really have no complaints.

The Nexus also pleasantly surprised me with the amount of feel the blade has on the puck. It gave a lot of feedback as to where the puck was on my blade. This is helped by Bauer’s Power Core 3 blade, designed to have a soft feel when stickhandling while remaing stiff and strong on shots. The textured finished to the blade also helped to create more feel on the puck

For someone who is not a big Bauer stick fan, the Nexus 1000 really surprised me. It is a great stick from Bauer and is available now at Purehockey.com and all Pure Hockey locations.