Any hockey player will admit that a hockey stick is very personal and must-have equipment. But choosing the right hockey stick for the match can be daunting with so many available looks.
However, it is crucial for your ice success. If you’re a sniper, playmaker, or especially beginner in this sport and you want to make a major improvement in your games, check out this article with the best and lightest hockey sticks.
Sher-wood Rekker M90 Hockey Stick
Weight: 380 grams
This is the Sher-wood Rekker M90 Hockey Stick. It doesn’t come in full retail prices comparing to those other bigger companies but it’s still a very solid stick. I always thought before the 365 Sher-wood was kind of like one step down, in terms of manufacturing and stick fuel like that.
Sherwood’s kind of kicked up the notch a bit and there’s basically on par with those sticks. You can notice that it has a nice blade texture and a really nice textured grip that not only me but anyone would absolutely be impressed.
It doesn’t kick so that I find my shots aren’t as powerful and aren’t as quick releasing as an FT2 or a fly light which is one tear down. I guess this stick will shoot a little bit better than my whole foot does but I like to feel this stick with a more textured grip and the hope was a bit lighter.
In fact, this is one of the lightest sticks I’ve reviewed, which is only 380 grams. Sherwood Rekker M90 is from one of the first companies to produce hockey stick that is under 400 grams. This is a really solid balance stick but I don’t think it can play something like a rib core or a fly light or a covert stick, I feel like it plays a bit higher.
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Besides, I found this stick awesome for hard long passes. Though one thing about Sherwood is people have a negative attitude to Sherwood because of its brand.
It’s really unfortunate because I think they make really good products, for example, this Sherwood M90 is a really good and a really comparable stick. It’s just the name which is kind of holding it back.
All in all, Sherwood M90 is not quite up there yet in performance compared to the bowers such as the CC abs and the Warriors but I believe it’s getting closer to the standard goal. Still, its lightweight brings us good experience especially for those who have just begun to play hockey.
Thus, I definitely recommend you check out Sherwood M90 especially for a bit value-oriented. If you don’t want to go at the top price point, this one is definitely a good option.
Bauer Vapor Flylite Griptac Hockey Stick
Weight: 387 grams
Next on the list, we have the Bauer Vapor Flylite Griptac Hockey Stick. But we’re gonna have some ATV inspired technology which was just really groundbreaking for Bauer hockey.
They used a CL advanced carbon layering so this is what gave it a quicker release to reduce some weight, made it get down to 387 grams.
So CL is a layering process of the carbon fibers that allows them to use thinner layers, creating dinner shaft walls but they’re still just as strong as before, reducing that weight without sacrificing your durability.
Now speaking on durability. There’s a big chain in the resin system, binding everything together. So for years, they’ve had the elastic which has done a great job of managing impacts.
As far as the overall feel goes like it’s lightweight and it feels great, I love the balance in the feel of it and how do they manage like such great balance and feel.
Talking about the XE taper which is this elliptical shape, actually uses less material than the traditional taper that they’ve been using in vapor six which has been very accessible in its own right but less material. So when you have less material in the lower third, it provides better balance in the hands.
Another key thing is accuracy. So it has some really great pinpoint stability taking big shots, quick shots, stick face or the blade face is square to the target with great accuracy. 8% faster on snapshots and 11% faster at long slap shot so it really optimize that shot released on both spectrums and the scale.
There’s a little taper thrown off which is the EXCI paper. These are some changes that they wanted to really put it through a rigorous test and optimize. So for the first three-quarters of the taper here, it’s softer than what I saw in that elliptical taper.
This lowers the kick point which means that you get a quicker release and it’s fast is in the vapor. And with that stiffened lower portion, you’re getting that pinpoint accuracy. The biggest impacted zones are going to be in the heel as well as the toe and they actually made it thicker.
Warrior Alpha DX SL Hockey Stick
Weight: 395 grams
Finally, we will have a quick review of the new Warrior Alpha DX SL Hockey Stick. This stick is one of my favorite shaft dimensions on the market today which is rounded corners concave sidewalls, offers users a comfortable feeling in the hands.
For the construction, it has true phantom feel which is a very consistent process utilizing one of the best carbon fibers on the market (the minimus 1400D).
You can see it shining through these pretty wicked graphics up top in which the two are combining to give you an incredibly lightweight overall product. That’s very durable and going to do a great job of flowing that energy through the stick into the puck and hopefully into the back of the net.
For the kick point, they have their dynamic strike, mid to low kick that utilizes their sabre taper so this is really ideal for those players that find them in a position that really has to do it all, whether you’re in tight near the net or need to get that puck off in a hurry or if you’re up at the point.
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Moreover, thanks to the unique geometry of the taper that runs into the blade called their sabre taper, it really helps to bridge the gap between those two polar opposite styles of play.
And that’s all into the blade itself this is what they call their fuel core blade which is a polymer construction with carbon fiber composite reinforcement all the way throughout.
This detail offers a very nice and lively, really good stiffness on it so as you’re making those big shots, it’s gonna really help to keep that blade face square to the target, preventing that twisting. And it does offer good puck feel so as your stickhandling you’re not guessing where that puck at on your blade.
This limited edition is super light meaning it is probably one of my favorite as well as its paint jobs of 2019 just, with the chrome graphics and the almost holographic alpha logo.
The manufacturer really did an outstanding job not just building a great stick but making it look great. All in all, the Warrior Alpha SL Hockey Stick has been prepared and ready for any scenario in the game, you are a moving forward to take quick snapshot shots or a defender who takes hard slapshots of the blue line.