Today Puck Drawn Hockey iscovering some hockey stick models from CCM – a popular brand that provides a range of high-performance hockey sticks. Basically, a CCM Hockey stick consists largely of synthetic materials, which is the clearest distinction from their sticks.
The 3 CCM Tacks Hockey Stick we are going to review in today’s article are the most lightweight and reasonable ones with high performance. Let’s see which one you’re really into.
CCM Super Tacks Stick
Firstly, we will take a look at the CCM Super Tacks Stick. The manufacturer has made some changes in the kick point and the blade a little bit and one thing that I felt different was the kick point.
They stiffened the lower third and then up in the upper handle, they softened it a little bit so this is what they call the dual flex profile which assists players to play more true as a mid kick.
Thanks to the dual flex profile, the dual kick point from the low flex allows players to perform quick shots. But it was really the blade that impress me.
They were actually able to take five grams out of the blade without losing that stiffness, five grams and 420 grams stick doesn’t sound like much but when you put that at the end of your stick, it will make a big difference.
In this case, when you take it out, it gives you a higher balance point, better fill in the hands and the ultratex was already well balanced as it was.
Besides, the tax line has always been about accuracy so they’ve got to reinforcing ribs that run heel to toe in the blade that turned it into the backbone of it, keeping that stiffness in just top-notch in there.
So my original tree tax lasted about a year or just over a year and that’s I feel dune part to the speed bump or technology which is the reinforced corners inside the shaft, enhancing the durability because when you’re taking those slashes or those heavy shots, maybe you do not have that wear and tear on that carbon fiber in the corners.
On this years they thickened it up a little more so your shaft corners are going to be a little bit thicker than what you’ll find on the shaft sidewalls.
So if you’re expecting to improve your durability with a lighter and better balanced overall stick and you’re getting a little more hard shot power out of it, this is the perfect option.
Also, it is great for a two-dimensional player that likes those heavy balls but also that quick release so that way they can have a really multi-dimensional game.
CCM Tacks 9080 Stick
Next up we have the new CCM Tacks 9080 Hockey Stick with rounded corners straight sidewalls, giving you a traditional and comfortable feel in the hands and a tacky grip finish with the raised texture, giving you a secure and good comfortable feel.
All the way throughout the stick update on the construction process this year with their Montcalm speared construction which means the shaft runs all the way into the heel of the blade so you’re getting a direct fuel for the puck for that true one-piece design.
Then it does help to provide better energy transfer from the shaft into the blade and into the puck. Another upgrade with the basketweave carbon fiber is higher quality and higher performing material than what we saw in the 90/60 also helping to reduce weight.
Another upgrade that we’re finding in this new tax line is the X flow resin system essentially using more carbon fiber less resin which is the glue that kind of holds the stick together.
This makes for a much more consistent final product and the consistency is key because it gives you a much more structurally sound design in the long run, also helps in working with that high-performance carbon fiber to transfer that energy much more effectively as well as efficiently.
The update of the mid-kick profile this year really going for a bit more aggressive higher velocity style shooter and for those players that like to aggressively lean into their shots. But the optimized design does give you more power in that sense and it doesn’t sacrifice that low kick release when you need it on occasion or when you’re up close near the net.
Besides, we have a 12 kick carbon weave outside of the AQ2 blade core the 12K and a Q2 is very lightweight which is helpful since it helps to push the balance point up the shaft so while it does have you know a nice lightweight feel in the hands with this extra balance of place lighter than it is.
The AQ2 is a part of this tax family which is extremely stiff and rigid. It’s their most accurate design out of their three families and that’s done on purpose because, with that big strong powerful kick point, you put a lot of stress and pressure on your blade when you’re shooting.
This tends to make it feel like opening up so keeping it square to the target for that deadly pinpoint precision.
Now for the way in this 85 Flex senior, we have a 445 grams stick with balanced feel in the hands, so only by adding a lot of value and great performance at that nice mid-price point then it really has the chance to become competitive these days.
So you’re seeing more manufacturers including higher in technologies, reducing the weight, you got the 12K in the blade, full basket weave in the shaft, new XFlow resin and that new spear shaft design.
CCM Super Tacks AS1 Stick
Now we are reviewing the new CCM Super Tacks AS1 Stick. Its upgrade this year includes its XFlow technology which essentially means they’re using less resident and more of that flagship Sigma Tech’s carbon fiber.
What that does is gives you or the stick a higher strength to weight ratio so this is about six grams lighter than what we saw in the 2.0 which is 423 grams and 85 flex but it is gonna be stronger and more consistent than what we’ve seen in the Super Tack Sticks in the past.
If you’re taking that same shot, you’re gonna get that same release and this stick also helps with the durability since it is more consistent and there are less imperfections in the overall design and that can be a weak point for stick.
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And also with that Sigma Tech’s carbon fiber, they went ahead and change the Flex profile a little bit by optimizing and pushing it up so it’s the same as the versatile stick that we’ve seen in tactics dating back to the ultra tacks which was one of my favorites of all time.
This is a true power shooter stick, ideal for those players that really lean in to load up on their shots. Those real aggressive shooters looking for those 1S slap shots and even those heavy wrist shots. They’re able to accomplish this by stiffening the taper.
The other thing that’s stiff tapered to us is that it gives you better stability for your blade so again for those heavy shooters, keeping that blade face square to the target as you’re making those big shots.
And then with that X low technology which is the overall carbon layup optimizing the layering to give you a bit more efficient energy transfer process but still geared towards those big shots.
Into the blade, we have there a Q3 played core. This is the most popular core from all three stick families that CCM offers which is very stiff from heel to toe with a lively blade face.
That stiffness working with that stiff taper giving you that great actor by preventing the twisting and torquing so it’s one of the most accurate blades that they offer.