Today, we’re going to be taking a look at the infamous Hockey WrapAround . This thing’s been doing its rounds all Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
So Puck Drawn Hockey thought it would be a great idea to get some in. Take a look at it so we could give you some feedback on what it is, what it does, and what we think about it.
What do you know about Hockey WrapAround?
For anyone that doesn’t know, the Hockey WrapAround is an office stick protector that protects the bottom of the blade of your stick. So you can use it on any rough surface without having to worry about it getting chewed up and damaged.
What is it suitable for?
Your next question is probably going to be wondering if this thing is going to fit your hockey stick. So far, I’ve tried this thing on a selection of different sticks, including a left-handed and a right-handed, an intermediate, a senior.
And a couple of different sorts of and shaped toes, including the square toe and a rounded toe with a couple of different curves as well. This thing’s managed to wrap around all of those different ones without any issues.
I’ve been impressed with the way this thing contours and wraps to the shape of the blade of the stick. If you’re wondering what parts of your game, the hockey wraparound is going to let you work on off the ice and on any rough surface. It’s going to include things like stick handling and basic shooting.
Some things that we’ve been using this thing for is a couple of pickup games in the park, using our sticks on rough surfaces. But because of the WrapAround. We’ve not had to worry about damaging or brand new shiny APX 2 sticks and scraping up the bottom of the stick made.
The red-brown is going to be great for anyone that wants to practice this stick handling and basic shooting. In terms of basic shooting, I’m talking about things like wrist shots and maybe a couple of snapshots.
If you’re going to be using this thing to churn out some clappers and slap shots, you’re going to chew through the lifespan of this thing much quicker than you’d expect.
From what I’ve gathered, this thing seems to have been designed for stick handling and basic shooting. So slap shots you can do it. But you need to keep in mind that you’re going to really trim into the lifespan.
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- You can do a lot of thing with WrapAround
Some of the things that have had a lot of fun with is using the hockey WrapAround where there have been things like the Green biscuits, the sweet hands XDV, Aters, anything that you can use to practice your stickhandling off the ice.
With a Green Biscuit, perfect partnership to go with one of these, you’re going to have a lot of fun with because you’re now no longer restricted to using a shooting pad. I’ve been using a shooting pad for a long time.
They’re great fun because you can practice your slap shots, and you can do a bit of stickhandling on them. But the problem is you’re limited to that space.
With the Wrap Around, you can use as big of a space. I can practice my stick handling and also dekes and passes throughout this entire space without having to worry about ruining my stick blade.
- It makes hockey so much easier to play in practice
One of them’s going to be the fact that it makes hockey so much easier to play in practice. A lot of countries in the world only have ice during winter times. But when we’re in summer and the sun’s beaming outside, and you want to go out and play the sand puck, you use a Green biscuit, which is a great product.
But the issue with Green Biscuit, the Swedish stickhandling balls golf balls, or tennis balls that you use for stickhandling is that you ruin the bottom of your stick blade.
The fact that you can attach one of these to the bottom of your stick blade and train anywhere without having to worry about ruining your stick, it’s going to be fantastic. That’s one of the reasons I love this product.
- It’s easy to use
Another thing that I loved about Wraparound was the fact that it’s nice and simple. When you buy it, you don’t have to know what curve you have.
You don’t have to worry about a left-handed or right-handed stick. You just pick up whichever one is yours. If it’s a senior-junior or an intermediate, and it fits, you stick perfectly, which is going to be something that I love about these things.
- It can bend much easier when it’s not on the stick.
Of course, no product is without its disadvantages. Some of the things that I wasn’t too keen on about the Wraparound is that when it’s attached to your hockey stick, it’s strong, durable, and doesn’t bend or anything when it’s on the stick.
But when it comes time for you to step onto the crucial ice point, this is not for nice use, so don’t be taking these out on the ice with you, but when you take it off your stick to go onto the ice.
Note: A quick tip is that these things are shipped in tubes that have an end, and also has a lid. Don’t throw these away when you get these in the post to keep the tube and then pop the Wraparound back inside the chip when you’re finished using it, it keeps it protected, and then you don’t have to worry about destroying it inside your kit bag. Because if it gets tangled inside your kit bag, your skates go on top of it, it’s going to get bent, and it’s going to get destroyed. So make sure you keep these pop it back inside here.
When I’ve got the Wraparound on my stick, I’ve got it fully taped up. I didn’t tape it up in portions. I find that this adds much more stability to the Wraparound and also gives you much more control while your stick handling with pucks or balls.
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- You have to untape your stick when you’re on the ice
The fact that I just take my stick up reminded me about another point that I wasn’t too keen on about the Wraparound. When you’re on the ice, this thing has to come off, so it means that you have to untape your stick and when you go back to training off the ice, you have to tape your stick up again.
This means you’re going to be using a lot more tape than you normally would but on the flip side. I’ll rather have to stock up on a little bit more tape than have to worry about ruining my expensive stick because I’ve been training off the ice.
So that advantages of the WrapAround still far outweigh the negatives. This makes this one of my favorite training aids to use, because of how much space it gives me to be able to stick handle. It’s pretty much limitless and the fact that my stick is going to be nice and protected while I’m training wherever I want to.
- It’s hard to remove the WrapAround from your stick
One of the other things I wasn’t too keen on was when you’re removing the WrapAround from your stick, you need to be careful you can’t just rip this thing off, or you will bend and warp it, makes it much harder to use it. When you’re taking it off the stick, you need to remove all of the tapes very carefully.
If you just rip the tape off, the fingers or the I’m going to call them teeth of the hockey wrap around that stick onto the sides will get bent out of shape. So it’s important that you take the tape off nice and carefully and slowly before you remove the Wraparound and again remove it nice and slowly to make sure it doesn’t bend.
What do you need to take into consideration?
It’s also important to talk about what this thing feels like on the end of your stick blade. Because it’s made out of metal, it’s going to add some weight to the end of your blade. But because this thing is only 40 grams.
It’s a lot a massive amount of weight that it adds on to the end of your stick. But you do notice it as soon as you strap this thing on your stick is going to feel slightly blade heavy, especially if you have a very well balanced stick like the rack at UK 15 from Sherwood.
It’s a case of just being able to stick counter for about five or ten minutes on whatever surface that you’re training on and then you forget these things there you quickly adjust to the weight. So it’s not a massive thing that holds you back while you’re off ice some practicing with one of these things.
How long does it remain good?
I’m sure you were wondering how long the WrapAround last before this thing falls apart. This particular one I’ve had for about three months.
I’ve been using it for the majority of the time for stickhandling with a couple of wrist shots as well thrown in there and this one’s been holding up just fine still protects my stick perfectly, and if you were wondering how long it’s going to last, that’s like almost asking how long your tires on your car are going to last. It depends on how hard you use them.
If you used them very hard, you’re going to shorten how long they last if you use them moderately than the last decent amount of time but so far so good three months and still going strong.
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Overall, I’ve been using the hockey wraparound for a couple of months. And I’ve only been able to come up with two or three things that I wasn’t too keen on.
It’s one of those things that makes you wonder why something like this wasn’t invented much sooner. Because it’s something that hockey players need, it also means that you’re not going to be shelling out loads of money to replace stick blades because they’ve been chewed upon the ground.