This Old Hockey Bag: Nike Bauer XXX Lite Hockey Stick

This week we are rewinding about only 10 years. It’s 2005 and Nike Bauer releases the lightest stick to date on the market: the XXX Lite, weighing in at a feathery 420 grams.

The graphics alone screamed at me the minute I laid eyes on it. The double concave shaft with a neon and chrome graphics package that was unreal. The look was seen from outside the boards of the arena. Everyone now had a reason to move away from his or her Easton S17 into the XXX Lite. Not black and dark like most composites on the market, white and neon. Instant Pop. You could watch NHL games and see it even better than the light up laser puck that FOX displayed at the time. It was truly revolutionary.

Next, we get to the blade- the N-Touch. It consisted of foam core with bridge interior, 45° carbon fiber layers, and tapered blade. The lightweight foam core interior with a bridge for support and created a blade with maximum absorption of energy. Then wrapping this 360 degrees and at a 45° angle, made this blade stronger but still responsive. Finally, add in a tapered blade design for more accuracy from following thru on shots. For a period of time, this blade was the Ferrari of blades. It had more technology and testing than most other sticks on the market, and that was just in the blade. Nike Bauer nailed it.

The XXX Lite had a low-kick and pure flex profile. It made the energy transfer phenomenal. It was coated in a light Stick’um grip, which combined the correct amount of tack and slide. It had a new stiffer type of carbon fiber called high modulus carbon fiber. This provided a unique way of lowering the weight of the one-piece but not losing the optimized flex and strength of it. The taper of the shaft at .470 was better balanced and added strength plus velocity to each shot. All of this and coming in at only 420 grams, this stick was unbelievable. The best part was that the design made it so it didn’t lose its strength and produced a wicked amount of pop from the blade to puck.

 

I personally loved this stick. It’s possibly my favorite stick of all time. It not only looked amazing, but it performed even better. I remember guys searching high and low for these. Almost 10 years later, I still see guys using them, although I can’t imagine they have much pop left.

I’m sure if Bauer wanted to, they could re-release this beast and it would sell out again. The XXX Lite set the precedent for the Vapor series and has made it into what it is today. The technology from the XXX Lite has led Bauer to become a leader in composite hockey sticks, year after year.

So as I put the Nike Bauer XXX Lite back in “This Old Hockey Bag”, check out the newest line of Bauer Vapor hockey sticks.

 

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