There is no more important time of year for a hockey player then tournament time! Tournament time is the culmination of the season. It also tends to be the time of the year when your stick has seen better days after numerous slappers, blocks and slashes (or in the case of goalies, saves). Fear not, this is a great time to consider a new stick and we have a few recommendations to narrow down the choices.
Bauer Nexus 1N– This premium, pro level stick that launched late in 2016 is a staff favorite. The Nexus 1N differs from it’s brethren the Supreme 1S and Vapor 1X in that rather than having a specific kick-point (low in the Vapor, high in the Supreme) it features a “natural” flex. In other words, it flexes where the player positions their hands. This makes the Nexus 1N the most versatile performance stick in the Bauer line.
Warrior QRL Pro– The unanimous pick by our staff for performance-to-value in a pro stick. This is the same stick used by junior hockey and college hockey teams. They are exceptionally lightweight and durable, and are offered in an extra tall. The QRL features a low kick-point, which is perfect for snap shots and quick wristers. Compare this stick to sticks that cost $80-$100 more and you’ll have a new favorite!
True A5.2– While likely not a household name yet, True has been making composite hockey sticks for other hockey companies for years. As one of the leading manufacturers of graphite/composite golf clubs in the world, they pack decades of experience into their hockey sticks. The A5.2, much like the Warrior QRL Pro, is a pro level stick that compares favorably to sticks that retail for $300! They have incredible balance and feature a “natural” flex much like the Bauer Nexus line.
Sherwood T-Lite Pro Goalie Stick– If lightweight performance is what you’re looking for in a goalie stick, then this is the stick for you. This is the lightest goalie stick we’ve picked up, with a balance point that makes it feel even lighter. It’s durability has far exceeded other premium lightweight goalie sticks, and at $100 less than the competition, it is certainly worth checking out!
Warrior Swagger Pro Goalie Stick– This Finnish made, foam core goalie stick is a true work horse. Not only is it among the lightest foam core sticks, but it is also very durable. This is our staffs “go to” goalie stick when goalies ask for a recommendation. There are no major “bells and whistles” to speak of just superior construction and workmanship.