Many hockey retailers will tell you that using a grip or non-grip stick strictly comes down to personal preference. While this remains true to some extent, there are certainly some added benefits to using a grip hockey stick.
We have heard directly from shooting coaches across the country, and they feel that the grip stick allows for the player to have their bottom hand firmly planted on the stick, while taking a shot. This is important because it ensures that there is no slippage of the hand. When the bottom hand slips during a shot, the player loses power that is needed to “load” the stick for a shot.
Longtime NHLer and shooting coach Scott Bjugstad has been advocating grip sticks for some time now. When we met him at an Easton hockey expo, he explained that a huge amount of velocity can be lost on shots when using a non-grip stick.
We are starting to see a trend toward grip sticks, and we believe that this philosophy is the driving force.
Recently, our staff was able to test out the new Bauer Vapor 1X hockey stick, which features the popular “quick release technology.” It got us thinking: what are the best quick release hockey sticks on the market today?
Three sticks immediately come to mind: the Warrior Covert QR1, the CCM Ribcor 40K and the Bauer Vapor 1X. These three sticks combine a low kick-point and a stiff blade, which are ideal for any quick snapshots or slapshots. For this reason, these sticks are popular among forwards, who are shooting in a tight window around the net. In our opinion, these quick release sticks suit ALL players. Hockey is a game of speed and quickness, where decisions are made in fractions of a second. What is better than having a stick that responds to the fast-paced nature of the game?
Going forward, we see these three sticks as the most popular and most effective sticks on the market today. Make sure you pick one up at Sports Etc. to take your game to the next level!
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We’re happy to introduce True Hockey composite sticks to our already great selection of composite goalie and player sticks. Unlike many other “new” brands entering the stick market, True Hockey’s parent company, True Temper, has been making composite hockey sticks for 15 years and has produced more then 2 million composite sticks for various hockey manufacturers. In fact, their sticks have been used in every Stanley Cup finals since their entry into the market in 2000! They now bring their knowledge and patent pending technology to the forefront as True Hockey. Come in and see and feel the difference for yourself. A4.5 goalie sticks available now. Player sticks available spring 2015.
Welcome to goalie heaven! As New England’s original goalie superstore we know goalies, we GET goalies, we love goalies!! We don’t dabble in goalie gear we specialize in it! Stop in and let one of our experienced goalie experts fit you to your dream gear! Whether you are looking for stock colors or want to design your own custom gear we’re here to help you!
The new Bauer Vapor 1X composite hockey stick is in stock now at Sports Etc. This latest addition to the popular Vapor line features all that made the APX and APX 2 so popular, plus the addition of the new Quick Release Taper (QRT) technology to generate more energy and quicker shot release. The Bauer Vapor 1X stick is available in senior, intermediate and junior and arrives just in time for tournaments and playoffs. Don’t miss out!
The Brian’s G-Netik Pro II series of goalie gear is available for custom order now! Come and see one of our goalie experts or call 781-646-1600 and let us walk you through the process of ordering the custom set up of your dreams. The series features serious upgrades while remaining true to what made the original G-Netik so popular!
The Re-Akt 100 is expertly applied with a complete fit system to deliver an enhanced level of protection on the ice. Featuring the SUSPEND-TECH 2 liner with FleXorb and VTX Technology with SEVEN+ for optimal impact management. The FleXorb features PORON® XRD™ foam molded on a 4-way stretch fabric for optimal impact absorption. With multiple points of attachment, the SUSPEND-TECH 2 liner compresses and stretches to minimize excessive movement, providing protection against all hits in hockey.
CCM ushers in a new renaissance with the Resistance Helmet, which features multiple systems to help keep you safe at all times. After all, the “C word” is something that hockey players don’t like to discuss.
The Resistance’s R.E.D. System is a series of liquid-filled bladders that reduce rotational acceleration of your head during any impact, whether it be along the boards or in the open ice. The Impact Pods along the liner combine EPP and plastic shock absorbers to reduce linear forces caused by hits. This type of technology probably weighs your head down, right? Not so much, as it weighs in at a measly .60 pounds.
The latest edition to the Reebok Premier goalie legacy, Premier XLT Pro, is in store now to purchase or to custom order. True to it’s past while utilizing cutting edge materials like Crosslink foam the new XLT Pro pad is everything you’ve come to expect from Reebok and more!
The Lefevre design team has created some of the most advanced technology for goaltending equipment including the lightweight, high impact, injection-molded foam core. Available for 2014, the new Premier XLT features crosslink foam technology adding life to the rebound to direct pucks to the corner and allow goalies to recover. The elimination of bindings on the inside landing area provides a solid seal to the ice. Premier XLT is the most customizable goal pad for goalies who want to order like a PRO.