I hope you’ll agree with me when I say:
It’s not possible to reach your maximum potential without a good Hockey Stick…. Or is it?
There’s only ONE problem, finding that “Good” stick isn’t an easy job. We feel there’s so many brands out and sometimes especially if you are just starting out, this can get overwhelming. That’s why we have created this ultimate guide to help you select the perfect stick for you.
Wooden Hockey Sticks vs Composite
Player’s and especially new players are always wondering what’s the difference between wooden and composite. Is wood just as good? What’s the better deal? The answer is this, Composite is far superior to wood. The one simple reason for this, is that the composite is way lighter. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of uses for wooden hockey sticks, just not on the ice. You can work up your arm strength with wood and composite doesn’t last long on concrete, that’s why you want to go with wood in street hockey. We have reviewed wooden hockey sticks before on this blog, you can check it out here at CCM 252 Heat Wood Stick Review.
What to look for in a hockey stick
Knowing yourself and your style of play is very important when choosing any product. This is why you see the pros have specialized sticks customized to their exact liking to bring out maximum puck control and shot accuracy. You may not be able to get a customized stick named after you, but what you can do is know yourself and match the right aspects of a stick to that. There are 4 things when it comes to getting a stick to match your style of play and that’s Flex, length, Blade curve, and the Lie.
What Flex To Use In The Shaft
We have made a post here on finding the right flex in your stick but didn’t go into much depth on how to use it. So here we will go more in depth.
Step 1: Take your weight
Step 2: Measure your height
Step 3: Look for your measurements in the chart and link them up
The reason this is so important is because when taking a shot, you want your stick doing a lot of the work for you. You want to use the leverage of the stick when taking a snap shot because it will increase the speed dramatically. Before composite sticks were a thing, the speed of a slap shot was a lot slower than they are today. Shea Weber wouldn’t be hitting over 100 mph if it wasn’t for the leverage he gets from his stick. Also, you want that balance especially if you’re a forward for those snap and wrist shots. Getting the right flex in your stick could mean the difference between scoring that goal or not.
The Length Of your Stick
The length of your stick is based around a few things; your height, stance, and balancing shots with stick handling. I had a lot of trouble with this early on in hockey before I realized you can cut your stick! Buying your stick longer is always the best way to go so you can get it cut to your needs. You can cut it with your own saw or take it to a professional if you don’t have one. Before getting it cut though, you need to figure exactly what height it needs to be. We have a graph here that will help you achieve that.
So basically, how this works is you take your height and put it into the graph and it will tell you exactly how many inches it needs to be. Now its okay to get it a little taller or lower than what the graph says. Say you’re really tall but you play crouched a lot, you would want to go with cutting your stick a little shorter. In contrast, if you are shorter in height but your style is playing standing, then you would want to go with cutting it taller. Also, another thing to consider is when you get in those tight positions when your battling against the wall, you’re going to need to be able to dig that puck out and a longer stick can just get in the way. It’s all about how much control you have and how you can manipulate the puck.
Blade Curve Pattern
When it comes to the curve of your blade, it will take some testing on your own, but we are committed to helping you the best we can. Choosing what curve works best for you will have to be tested throughout the use of say 2 – 5 sticks. You generally want to start in the middle, not too curved and not to straight. Then ask yourself ‘do I drag the puck a lot with my toe?’ Or ‘What would give me better overall control?’ If it’s more curved, then a slight move to a more curved foot in your next stick is recommended. If you’re still not satisfied, then get a little bit more of a curve next time. Getting this right will improve your game dramatically, because everyone is different in how they handle the puck and shoot. Let’s go ahead and look at a chart of some pro blade patterns, a lot of pros have some crazy curve patterns. So, don’t think you have to go out there and get something crazy when finding your blade pattern.
Again, the reason this can take a while is because there are so many different types of curve patterns. We hope this chart gives you a good idea of what you’re looking at when it comes to choosing a curve pattern.
The Lie is how acute or how obtuse the foot is to the shaft. This one is very simple, if not the easiest of the 4 to figure out. I remember when I was a young player in the JV league and I always had trouble keeping hold of the puck once I got it. It seemed like I could do just about everything else but carry the puck of the ice and no one passed it to me because of that. Well one day my coach noticed while I was charging up the ice that my Lie was way to acute. When I got to the bench he said “Michael let me see you stick.” and said “you need a much wider Lie in your stick, because you play so crouched.” What you need to take away from this story is that all of the foot of your stick should be touching the ice. The blade pattern comes into play with this as well. After I addressed this issue and got a wider foot it seemed like holding the puck got A LOT easier to do. The Lie is very easy to get right while being one of the most important attributes of your stick.
Best Hockey Sticks of 2018
So we have created a list of Best Hockey Sticks 2018. Trying to achieve this on your own can be an expensive and frustrating process of elimination. That’s why we here at What All The Pros Use have invested so much time in researching what the best sticks are and how they fit certain styles of play. Also check our about page to get to know our specialist authors with years of sporting experience behind them.
Now we know that several of these sticks are not for everyone because some carry a hefty price-tag.
However, each one has it’s own pros and cons which is why they are good enough to make it to our list of the best Hockey Sticks 2018.
|EASTON SYNERGY||423g||EC100 CF||59.5"||Check Price|
|CCM RBZ FT1||420g||FT1 Faceplate||60"||Check Price|
|TRUE XCORE 9||424g||Axenic technology||59.5"||Check Price|
|EASTON STEALTH CX||438g||EC100 CF||59.5"||Check Price|
|CCM RIBCOR TRIGGER² PMT||415g||Sigmatex carbon fiber||58" and 62"||Check Price|
|WARRIOR COVERT QRL||410g||True 1||60"||Check Price|
|BAUER NEXUS 1N||424g||Lightweight TeXtreme||60"||Check Price|
|CCM SUPER TACKS 2.0||420g||Bumper Tech||59" and 62"||Check Price|
|BAUER VAPOR 1X||419g||Monocomp Tech||60"||Check Price|
So let’s dive right in and see which hard-hitting stick is going to earn a spot in your hockey stick bag.
1. EASTON SYNERGY GX
The stick which made its first appearance way back in 2016 is now being used by so many top players of the game. There are so many amazing features that this stick will provide you like you can take so many shots with this stick yet the grip will remain the same. The traditional feel and quality is there and the SBT (Shoot Boost Technology) is used in the sticks. This is indeed a top of the line stick by the Easton!
Synergy GX Grip Senior Hockey Stick Material & Durability
Well, as far as the material is concerned there is an extra layer of resin matrix along with their EC 100 carbon fiber. The carbon fiber used is very great too as it will be bigger flatter weave than what we saw in the 650. Overall, its technology and designed so much improve that will help in different things like the reduced weight of the stick. The carbon fiber has also made the stick very light weight. The stick is very responsive and really durable as well. If we talk about the XTX resin matrix it has some really cool features as well like the impact resistant and the amazing stretching properties. All this will increase the durability of the stick and will also bring a little ore pop on your shots.
The Construction of The Stick
Well, everything about the stick is really good from stick design to the technology to the material to its construction. Everything is so good that it will help you improve you game and take it to the next level. The finely tuned construction process has decreased the overlaps and has overcome the deficiencies. The hyper light construction has been used for the very first time in this stick. The hyper light design of the stick removes excess material in the taper for zero overlap.
GX Grip Senior Hockey Stick Technology
Well, there is so much to talk about the technologies used in this product. The Easton Synergy GX hockey stick is loaded with shot boost technology. For those who don’t know the shot boos technology consists of mini coils of carbon fiber in the corners of the shaft that will help in improving the durability of the stick, to generate more blade speed and to provide more strength to the shots as well. The thinly rolled carbon fiber tubes that run on the inside of the four corners of the shaft. So, it will help you generate more power as you will be able to put more energy into the stick. This technology has helped in reducing weight of the stick and has also made it stronger.
The Power Taper – the power taper technology is pretty amazing too as it is more aggressive and has newly engineered taper geometry. So, it will help in more transfer of energy, more strength and eventually an increase in the power of the shots. The Hypertuned2 technology is also added to the stick with the multi-rib construction.
So, with all these incredible technologies you are going to get amazing results for sure. The blade will get stiffer and you can load and release the blade for more power. This product will fulfill all your demands and you will get more than expected results. You can see an indepth review of the hockey stick by clicking here.
2. CCM RBZ FT1
This Hockey stick is for players that use a lot of slapshots when playing. Also referred to as a quick wrist shot, a slap shot requires that the player uses the wrists to give power to the shot but look to get the pack on the stick more rapidly compared to a wrist shot.To execute a slapshot, a lot of power is needed put behind the shot. These players happen to be powerful one timers and also who seek to shoot from anywhere on the ice. This is made possible with the stick having custom kick points which are great for players if they are off position. The kick is made constant throughout the entire shaft hence it flexes where the player puts his bottom hand to accommodate off-position shots. The player need not necessarily be close to the goal net to issue a snapshot but achieve a slap shot from anywhere on the ice.
The phase plate technology is improved to optimize it increasing the stiffness in the right areas such as the toe. The shape has been cut down to save approximately ten grams but keeps the stiffness at the right places. The look standpoint made of a darker metal that gives it slicken premium work. The weight is checked down from four hundred thirty-five grams to four hundred twenty-five grams improving the balance point by moving it a bit up the shaft so that when players pick it up, they can feel the difference. The kick-point has been optimized by wrapping the stick’s weave and also include the tenor ring enforcement to it. By having the weave and the tenor, a greater durability gets achieved.
All the enhancements are meant to improve the players’ experience using the stick as well as maintain the comfort need during use as well as storage. The stick has a clear black look which is not only appealing to look at but also easy to store and clean. The carbon fiber enforcement strengthens the stick as well as makes it durable. To increase accuracy and reduce the weight significantly, the blade is made thin as possible to achieve the said effect.
3. TRUE XCORE 9 MATTE
The stick has hybrid shaft dimensions which are going to be slightly rounded corners with double concave side walls which still gave me great feel in my hands.
Now as far as the construction goes, True have utilized their Axenic technology which is a one piece design unlike anything else on the market. The shaft wall thickness is going to be completely consistent all the way into the blade unlike other sticks on the market that will tend to get a little bit thicker as you get down to the lower end. This means that the flex profile is designed exactly how they wanted it which means that the stick will be very well balanced while still being lightweight as there is no excess material.
Now the material used for the construction is one hundred percent carbon twill using their Smartply technology. This uses up to 25 players of strategically aligned uni-directional carbon fiber which provides a really durable design while being very responsive and lightweight. As far as the kick point goes, there is going to be a traditional mid kick point so really ideal for the player that’s looking for maximum shot power when they load up and lean into the stick.
So into the blade of the stick is where there is the exciting technology we have not seen in the hockey market yet. There is the Xcore technology which is going to be a compressible urethane insert that starts in the heel and goes just past the half way point of the blade. Now what this does is expand your sweet spot zone so when you’re taking a big shot, it doesn’t matter if you are getting it in the middle or your heel, you’re still getting that explosive power. But what it really does is that it helps the puck to stick to your blade when you’re shooting, starting the spinning process of the puck sooner increasing your spin on average by up to 30% on your flat shots. This will result in a cleaner and more accurate shot which is going to travel harder towards your target. I really noticed during the first time out on the rink with the stick.
Another great thing people are going to enjoy with this is the puck feel, it has almost a wood type feel to it, so in terms of stick handling, it is really sticking on to your blade from the dampening effect that occurs. This also helped me when catching passes too and I always knew where the stick was at all times against my blade. Now as far as the core goes, the stick uses Active Bond II technology, which is two carbon fiber stringers that run from the heel to toe. This attaches to the blade facing the blade backhand which really helps protect those parts we find throughout the rest of the blade. It also makes sure the blade is nice and stiff as well so when you are taking those big shots not only is the puck coming off hot and spinning but it’s going to be accurate as well.
4. Easton Stealth CX
The Easton Stealth CX has a lot of new technologies in the stick and one that really stands out from the rest in the market. Firstly, down in the taper of the stick, as in the previous models of Eastons sticks, it has the elliptical taper so that’s real thin, coming all the way through and the rounded sides to it. What this does is that it really helps to keep the blades square when you’re shooting and prevents that torquing. But what they have done with this stick is that it is all a true one piece build in what they call their hyper light technology. This technology allows them to do is get rid of the extra composite resin that’s usually in this taper so giving you overall a lighter stick and better balance. If there is greater material on parts of the stick, it is not going to load as evenly as you shoot and you’re also risking the greater chances of breaking the stick. Therefore Easton has reduced this by making it a one piece stick.
The next big thing in this stick is the EXO-rim blade which is basically a stiff structure that runs around the very outside of the blade. The technology helps keep the entire inside of the blade stronger helping load the whole thing up as you’re shooting and remain square through your shot. Also, overtime the inside foam usually tends to break down resulting in a softer blade, not getting as much pop on the shots. But the EXO-rim blade helps prevent this inside foam from breaking down quite as quickly. The hyper-toe technology utilized by Easton provides that slingshot effect so you are able to create more velocity through the stick when all the technologies work together.
Another addition to the stick from Easton is the XTX resin matrix which is an epoxy material that runs through the stick and it’s going to help with the durability of the product as well as higher impact strength than what they have produced in the past.
5. CCM Ribcor Trigger² PMT
This hockey stick has smooth rounded and straight sidewalls that give a comfortable feel in the hands of the player or a person holding it.Carbon fiber covers it with a super-flat weave. This increases its durability as well as reduces the weight for ease of use consistently and exploit its responsiveness.Based on the pop matrix technology that includes high-level responsive fibers protected by concave sidewalls used in making the stick.The phase plate is slightly larger than the one for the CCM RBZ FT1 model and the shaft as well follows the difference in the two models. As a result, this stick is mainly for making wrist shots and snapshots but cannot fully and conveniently support snapshots. The player can execute a shot from anywhere on the ice but apply considerably higher power behind the shot to propagate the pack.
The kick point kept as low as possible by having the lower part of the shaft having greater weight.This makes it achieve an explosive, quick shot release. The shaft has been optimized not only on the vertical axis but also the horizontal axis as well to improve the flex profile giving it a metallic luster. The blade is also covered with carbon fiber as well making the stick comfortable and balanced in the hands. It has an extra-stiff toe as well as lightweight.The stick blade reinforcement made of synthetic foam core with aramid reinforcement for improved blade durability. Extra carbon fiber is added both to the heel and toe to improve the balance as well as stiffness of the critical points. The two points are the most likely spots on the stick that suffer impact during shot execution.
The flex point is dependent on the position of the player’s bottom hand, and the ability to make a successful shot is highly dependent on the calculation of the player. This makes the stick a bit technical hence it needs careful handling and utmost surety before executing a shot. The amount of power applied will determine the likelihood of the stick flexing. The shaft is designed in such a way that it provides the player with multiple customized shot points for use when making shots on the ice.
6. WARRIOR COVERT QRL
This stick has rounded corners with slightly concave sidewalls offering a nice traditional feel in the hands. You are also getting some nice raised texture on all four of the corners which gives you nice enhanced feel on the stick.
As far as the construction goes, this uses their true one design from top to bottom which gives you great overall balance and extremely consistent feel from top to bottom. In terms of the materials in this Warrior stick, this is where we see some big changes. Warrior have used their Minimus Carbon 800 which is a high strength, extremely lightweight carbon fiber that is very responsive.
The stick has an ultra low kick point combined with a deadly quick shot release and that’s all thanks to the Dagger Taper III technology. This is going to give you a quicker release because the new carbon fiber at the top of the shaft tapers more aggressively than the bottom, providing quick release and better accuracy. This is in combination with the Twinspar technology which is two reinforcing bridges that run from heel to toe which is what gives it the stiffness preventing it from opening up during your shots.
It also has the Hardcore X foam package which contributes to the overall quick release of the stick and I could feel when taking the snapshots, the puck really just want to jump off the blade while not compromising on the stick handling and responsiveness.
7. BAUER NEXUS 1N
The hockey stick has square corners, slightly concave sidewalls which gives you that nice traditional feel in the hands.
As far as the construction goes, this is where we see all of Bauers premium technologies and materials. So its going to be using their true one-piece construction process which gives you an extremely consistent from top to bottom as well as a really nice balance point to it. Bauer have then combined this with their texturing carbon fiber which is vevry lightweight and strong. There is also Bauers ElastTech Resin System which helps extend the pop life of the stick while preventing small cracks and fractures from spreading, extending the longevity of the stick a little more.
But what really makes this new stick stand out this year is the sweet spot technology. This is a specifically engineered kick point down through the center which allows you to load more energy into the stick quicker than before. So I noticed that the shots were a little harder but they come off and release a bit quicker too, really making it a great overall kick point for players out looking for that quick release with hard power.
Now into the blade, this is where we see their pure shot blade profile. This is going to be extra reinforcement between the blade and the shaft which prevents the blade from opening up on big shots and you’ll notice great pinpoint accuracy and precision. But this extra reinforcement also add a little durability into the lower portion where those slashes occur often. Bauer have also integrated their Power Sense 2 Core technology which is designed to give you sensational puck feel while adding a lot of durability by preventing small chips and cracks from happening. This is combined with the Aero Foam 3 which is in the heel of the blade to give you an overall lightweight blade.
8. CCM SUPER TACKS 2.0
I absolutely love this Super Tacks Stick having already been a fan of the Ultra Tacks range. The first thing I noticed when I went out on the rink was the kick point. CCM have gone ahead and stiffened the kick point in the lower third and then they softened it a little bit in the upper handle which they refer to as their dual flex profile. With my initial shots, I felt like I was getting the best of both worlds, really crack out some power with the shots while having a nice quick release too.
Also noticed the great consistency and stiffness of the blade so I was able to get very accurate shots off my stick every time. The stick has two reinforcing ribs that run heel to toe in the blade which really gives it the structure to the stick and keeps that stiffness in place.
Another great benefit in the stick is the Bumper Technology with is extra reinforcement in the shaft wall corners to help prevent cracks from forming. When you’re taking those slashes or those heavy shots, you are going to have that wear and tear on the carbon fiber in the corners so you really want to have that reinforced which enhances the durability.
9. BAUER VAPOR 1X
Picking up this stick, the first thing I noticed is the overall balance of it, it felt extremely good in the hands. It felt like I’d be able to really do anything out there with this stick because of the great feel. Now shooting out there on the rink, first think I noticed is that quick release taper for a quick shot, since I was able to release that puck really quickly and get a good shot off the blade.
So what they are able to do with this stick is not only engineer the kick point to release at a certain time but they are able to engineer it not only horizontally, which is the traditional way you think of when flexing the stick, but also vertically so up and down. So what this does is maximize that point of release of not only the tension that you have stored up in the horizontal but also in the vertical too. Another technology built in the stick is the Aero-Sense 2 Blade Core which is a stiff blade core with an integrated sense layer designed to enhance durability, feel, pop and power.
10. CCM RIBCOR 40K
The stick has rounded corners with slightly concaved sidewalls which gives a nice contouring feel in the hands.
The construction of the stick has premium carbon fibre from CCM and that’s going to be involved with their Tri Matrix layering process. This gives you great stability and support through the centre, so your shaft doesn’t twist while giving you the ability to load and release quicker on your big shots.
Another exclusive component to this 40K hockey stick is TechNora technology with is an aramid fiber which is intergrated into the carbon fiber. The fiber is eight times stronger than steel which is going to help make your stick feel newer for longer as the technology will stop little micro fractures from spreading or just happening in the first place when you are digging into the corners or when you are getting slashed.
Now the standout feature on this 40K stick for me is the Ribcor technology which you see in the lower portion of the shaft. Now these indentations force the fibers in the lower portions to stay in permanent tension. So rather than having to load up all the fibres and have them release, they are preloaded. Therefore when you go put in a little energy and effort into a shot, the stick immediately responds, giving you an unbelievable pop and responsiveness.
Now getting to the end of the blade, this is a nice upgrade for this year because CCM are providing the SXX 2 blade. So it starts of really stiff in the heel and gets progressively stiffer as we get to the toe of the blade. This is fantastic when you are taking big shots or trying to snipe because the blade face stays square to the target and prevents it from opening up which is when you start losing accuracy. This is also great for toes shooters that want to put the puck on the toe when they shoot which I find gives you more of a diving board effect as you are taking your shots.
In terms of the feel, the stick offers incredible lightweight balance feel and with the preloaded fibres, you are getting a lightning quick shot release out there on the ice. While the SXX2 blade offers great puck feel and the aramid fibres from TechNora integreated into the carbon fibre which gives you are a durable product too.
Also, be sure to check out our Cheap Hockey Sticks post on finding the right stick while on a budget. We hope you found this review helpful in finding your next or first hockey stick. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, we geared this review for any kind of player. There may have been a one to ten list but we don’t believe any is particularly better than the other. Every stick is built for its own purposes and to fit different types of players.