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.
That’s why I have created a list of Best Hockey Sticks 2017. After researching online and spending hours in testing these sticks, I have shortlisted the top 10 hockey sticks which you can buy right now.
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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. So let’s dive right in and see which hard-hitting stick is going to earn a spot in your hockey stick bag.
Hockey Sticks for Offensive Men
CCM RIBCOR 40K GRIP – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
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 fibre. The fibre 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 ven 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 fibres 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.
Conclusion: Having tested the product, the CCM Ribcor 40K is a fantastic stick with its high level features and innovative design changes. This stick is great for those power forwards who have to make quick decisions as the shot accuracy and speed were incredible with the flick of a wrist. The heel is stiff while going towards the toe, it gets even stiffer which keeps it more accurate. The overall feel of the stick, shaft grip and design also were incredible and feel that the stick allowed for awesome handling of the puck. Overall a fantastic stick and much deserving of a place on the list.
TRUE XCORE 9 MATTE – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
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 helled 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 cominng off hot and spinning but it’s going to be accurate as well.
Conclusion: This is probably the most innovative stick out there on the market, True has done an excellent job on setting the new standard for hockey sticks. Taking shots with this thing allows you to get the full leverage of the stick and makes it harder to fan on a shot which we all hate. Every little detail of this stick has been crafted to dominate everything else out there. The mid shaft of the stick has been softened with a harder tip for a better slap shot. Overall this is one hell of a stick.
Easton Stealth CX – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
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 technolgies 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.
Conclusion: Having previously completed a full in depth review for the Easton V5E, I was looking forward to trying out the Easton Stealth stick. I have to say it is very impressive accuracy wise. When I first got it, I was amazed with how precise my shots were and how quick I was able to offload them without much effort. The blade is incredible in the way it’s built for wrist and snap shots. Overall this is a great stick with the perfect amount of balance and awesome puck handling. Be sure to check this stick out for sure! I recommend it.
WARRIOR COVERT QRL – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
This stick has rounded corners with slightly concave sidewalls offering a nice tradional 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 comprimising on the stick handling and responsiveness.
Conclusion: This is all around one impressive stick. It’s for the player who wants to take his or her game to the next level. The stick really looks the part and the construction makes this super light weight and really strong. While being very light it is also stiffer for a quicker response in your snap shot. This is a very expensive stick but I would say it’s worth it for someone wanting improvement in their game.
BAUER NEXUS 1N – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
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 centre 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 relase 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.
Conclusion: Overall this is a very impressive stick designed for quick explosive forwards. The overall light weight with the stick makes it deadly to defense men who have to face it. I really like the more flashy updated look compared to the previous Nexus sticks while the feel is absolutely incredible on this stick. Coming in a 420 grams, it feel absolutely awesome in the hands and with the updated sweet spot technology, you still get that ton of power combined with a quick release on it which makes it a well rounded topline stick.
Hockey Sticks for Defensemen
CCM SUPER TACKS GRIP – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
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 everytime. 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.
Conclusion: This is a great stick for defense men who really want to up their accuracy. this is overall a tough rugged sniper while still being lightweight. All of these attributes while still having the ability to get those quick shots off with the mid kick in the shaft. Overall a beast of a stick when you look at the statistics. We also have a more in depth review into the Tacks series of sticks here; Tacks CCM Stick Review
BAUER NEXUS 8000 – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
Specialty: Well balanced
Kick point: Mid Kick
Shaft coating: Matte
Material: Lightweight 12k carbon fiber and fiberglass
Pros: Balanced, quick shot off, great control of the puck, most used in the NHL
Cons: Little heavier than the 7000 Nexus due to slightly higher fiber glass content
Conclusion: This a great all around stick for any player to use. Great for beginners as well who don’t know exactly what hockey stick fits them best and a great platform to go off of. With being such a balanced stick, it is the most used in the NHL. The mid kick gives an awesome feeling when you let off those snap shots, and so is the puck control. This is a great all around stick and can’t be said enough. We will be giving an in-depth review in the future for sure on this one.
BAUER VAPOR 1X GRIPTAC – *On Sale Now* Check Only on Hockey Monkey
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.
Conclusion: Overall this is a very impressive light weight stick while it can prove itself to be surprisingly durable. The overall value comes down to what type of player you are and what you’re looking for in a stick. if this fits your needs and you’re looking to up your game I would definitely recommend the investment.
EASTON SYNERGY GX – *On Sale Now* Check on Hockey Monkey
Specialty: Powerful Shot Boost
Kick point: Mid Kick
Shaft coating: Griptac
Material: EC60 Carbon Fiber Matrix
Pros: Shot leverage, lightweight, Blade stiffness – response time
Cons: Some people may not like a softer blade
Conclusion: The Synergy GX is the best bang for your buck. Geared more towards the toe shooters, The blade is a little softer while the shaft is stiffer. This creates a massively powerful shot. While being a little stiffer, it is very lightweight and gives you an overall satisfying feel. There’s not much to say about this stick other than It’s an over great value for anyone in my opinion.
CCM RBZ 280 – *On Sale Now* Check on Hockey Monkey
Specialty: Fast Swing Motion
Kick point: Custom
Shaft coating: Griptac
Material: Proprietary blend with Fuse construction
Pros: High speed swing, powerful slap shot, no foam
Cons: Has a lot of controversy in unique construction
Conclusion: This stick had TaylorMade® come in and help with the design process, having many attributes from golf clubs. TaylorMade has helped construct a true slap shot monster. With no foam in the stick it gives that trampoline to the puck while the technology is made for a faster swing. Adding on to this, the kick point adjusts to your hand which is really helpful. The stick overall wants to adjust to your specific needs which brings us back to the Nexus feel. Overall this is a great fit for defensive and offensive players.
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.
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