UPDATE: The True A6.0 stick is now shipping at PureHockey.com.
True A6.0 Stick
One of the most exciting new pieces of gear to come into our warehouse in the past couple months is the True Hockey A6.0 Stick. Although the brand might be a bit unfamiliar to you, True has used their patented Axenic Technology to produce over 2 million hockey sticks for other manufacturers and over 1 billion (yeah, that’s right, billion) golf club shafts, so it is safe to say that they are pros with composite materials. These guys really know what they are doing, which becomes quite clear once you get the A6.0 in your hands for the first time.
On the outside, the True A6.0 is a beautiful stick. A slick black and grey design is paired perfectly with blue accents to show a bit of flash in a tasteful manner. When I finally got it into my hands the first thing I noticed was the incredible light weight and surprisingly solid construction.
The Lightest Stick In The Game?
Although True Hockey claims this to be the lightest top-tier stick on the market, we found that it was just a touch heavier than the Sher-Wood Rekker EK15 at 421 grams, which is good enough to get it into a tie for fourth-lightest in our stick weight database. Even though it is not the lightest stick we have seen, 421 grams is still really impressive.
UPDATE: After re-weighing a number of additional A6.0 sticks we found that the weight is actually 404 grams, not 421 grams as we had found in our initial weigh-in. After speaking with True about this discrepancy, they informed us that the margin of difference in weights should be closer to +/- 5 grams, and that the 17 gram difference we found was uncharacteristic of their manufacturing process. Our stick weight database has been updated to reflect this new weigh-in result.
The True A6.0 feels great in the hand. The shape of the shaft is slightly concave and feels solid considering the low weight.
New Stick Technology
One of the most exciting new technologies featured in the True A6.0 is Smart Flex, which allows for varied stiffness throughout the shaft. True studied the ways that players flex the shaft in different situations and found that the top of the shaft should be softer to allow for easy loading on wrist and snap shots and stiffer at the bottom for face offs, one timers and slap shots. Smart Flex ensures that players are using their energy as efficiently as possible while maintaining top-level feel, puck control and the ability to release the puck in a split second.
True also looked into ways to improve blade strength and noticed that most sticks suffer from a stiffness drop off over time. In order to ensure performance over an extended period True developed Active Bond II technology and paired it with a 100% carbon fiber rib structure for impressive responsiveness in the blade.
Earlier I mentioned Axenic Technology, a construction process patended by True. This process uses a single piece mold to form the sticks for maximum consistency. The single mold also ensures greater durability, better balance and a more consistent load on shots.
True A6.0 Stick Reviews
A couple of our employees have had a chance to test the True A6.0 over the past few weeks. Check out what they had to say about it:
Ryan Foley, Pure Hockey Merchandise Buying Team:
I have used the True A5.2 and A6.0 and they both perform extremely well with ice and inline pucks – this is not always common with sticks when going from ice to roller. Both models have an awesome response – wrist shots, slap shots, and one-timers all feel great with these, and the accuracy is consistent. The Smart Ply technology that True uses to control torsional stiffness allows for better feel and crisp redirects/one touch passes. The A6.0 and A5.2 are 2 of my favorite sticks that I have ever used.
Tyler Roy, Pure Hockey Customer Service Team:
That A6.0 might be one of the best sticks I have used in a while. I have had issues with blades bending when shooting, one timers were almost impossible because of the torque and deflection that happened. That is the exact opposite with the A6.0. I surprised myself with the one timers that I have had using that stick. Best shooting stick I have had in a while, hands down. Puck feel is also just as good, being a primary inline player some sticks work better than others, not a single hard pass came off my stick.
Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Training and Marketing Team:
First time picking up the True A6.0 I could feel how light it was and that the balance was great, but I’ve had light sticks I didn’t like before. When I got out on the ice, all doubt was quickly removed. The thing that really amazed me was there was no adjustment period to get a feel for the stick. I try out a lot of very different sticks and most take at least a couple shifts to truly get used to how the puck feels on the blade, with the A6.0 I knew exactly where the puck was on the blade almost immediately. The feel was pinpoint, it wasn’t just that I could feel the puck on the blade, I knew exactly where on the blade it was. Don’t underestimate that kind of precision. Whether it’s throwing sauce, making a move or loading for a shot, each maneuver has an ideal puck position on the blade. If you already know where the puck is, you can get it to where you need it on the blade quicker and without looking down.
When it came to shooting, the A6.0 has honestly one of the best releases I have ever experienced. From the first shot, it loads up smoothly, effortlessly and has a ton of pop on the release. There is no lag, it has a super quick release but it still has a nice full feeling energy load. Many times one of those characteristics suffers for the sake of the other. The blade stays square for a really accurate shot. Every shot was going right where I was aimed. Even when I missed the next, I could tell it was because I overshot, not because the blade torqued back.
It takes a lot to truly impress me with a stick and my reviews are usually not nearly this glowing, but I have nothing but great things to say about the True A6.0. It’s without question in the conversation for the best stick I have ever used.
So far it seems like True Hockey is really onto something with their new stick lineup. I have a feeling you are going to see a lot more of these around rinks across the country in the coming months. The A6.0 stick is now available: