Monday, February 13, 2012
Game Time Review: Warrior Dolomite Stick

By Kyle Stevenson, Marketing

I have been using the Warrior Dolomite for about four years now (through several models, the HD, DD, Spyne, etc). I have to give major credit to Warrior over the years for creating a great stick and incredible consistency with the Dolomite; this stick has remained fundamentally the same for the majority of the time it has been out. How much do you hate it when you fall in love with a stick and by the start of the next season, the newest model is out and suddenly your favorite is gone? Well, its happened to me quite a bit and I hate getting used to new sticks! When I step on the ice, I want to know how the stick is going to feel from the first shot.  Warrior has allowed me to do that, with the Dolomite, adding a few minor tweaks along the way. Every time I pick up a Dolomite, I know just about exactly how it’s going to feel - and that is a great feeling.

Admittedly, there are newer sticks that have a quicker release or a slightly softer feeling blade than the Dolomite, but the difference is so small that I side with the consistency and the stick that I know. It always feels good shooting and handling the puck.

As far as the shaft goes, it is one of the more comfortable ones I have ever had in my hands. I remember telling an old coach of mine about how a store didn't have my curve, how I had to buy the stick in a bind - and how annoying it was. He promised me that all I needed to do was to find a shaft that felt comfortable for me and I would get used to whatever curve was on the end. When he told me that, I was about 12, using a classic Sherwood 5030! Looking back now, he couldn’t have been more right. Switching curves takes a bit of getting used to, but after a couple of practices, you’re there. I guarantee it will take a lot longer to really feel comfortable with a new shaft with a different flex, shape and kick-point!

Guys in the locker room often look at my curve and ask me how in the hell I ever hit the net, never mind how do I put the puck where I want it. My answer is simple: I use that big toe curve to my advantage. It's much quicker to get off a snapshot when its coming from the toe and only having to go a couple inches versus the puck moving from the heel all the way to the toe. The toe curve allows me to corral the puck on shots and get it off accurately with less wind up. The curve definitely took some getting used to on the first handful of shots, but the advantage controlling the puck is huge. I feel much more comfortable with the puck in tight to my skates. It also lets me make a quick toe-drag without too much movement to let the D-man read it.

Overall, I still love the Warrior Dolomite, its going into my stick Hall of Fame someday along with that old 5030 and the Bauer Vapor XXX. Warrior was smart enough to build a great stick and stick with it. If its not broke, don’t fix it! And just let me keep using the damn thing!


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Friday, September 09, 2011
Warrior Dynasty Stick

By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce

We just got our hands on one of these babies, the Warrior Dynasty hockey stick, due out in the second week of October. The Dynasty replaces the Dolomite, a very good stick in and of itself. As you can see, it's pretty sharp-looking.

So.....what's new? Well, the first and most notable thing is probably Warrior's new Axy Sym technology, which is an enhanced build on the shaft, particularly down low. Warrior went and added compression fibers to the back side of the shaft and when loaded, this causes the front to stretch more. As Warrior puts it, "more stretch equals more release" and "the puck is released faster with no energy loss." They have also designed these differently for lefties and righties, to spring the force directionally. That's pretty interesting.

The Dynasty has a lot of what Warrior's traditional top-of-the-line sticks have - Multi-Bias fiber for added durability, Carbon Elite construction and the precision taper for optimal flexibility. You also get the D-Lite blade core found on the Widow.

As I hold this thing in my hand (it's a 100 flex), it feels pretty unique. It's not the sticky grip of a grip stick, nor is it overly smooth, like a traditional matte. It feels almost like a smooth rubber. They call this their "Slick Grip" technology and they've plopped a little extra grip onto the back-hand and bottom of the shaft (the Nipple Grip raised edges). By the way, this thing is LIGHT at 435 grams - that's lighter than S19's, EQ50's and other top of the line twigs.

There is a definite stiffness in the one I have here - it feels a teeny bit more stiff than other 100 flexes I've held in the past, that is the Axy Sym technology at work. Keep in mind I am partial to flexes in the 85-90 range, though. Since I just got this thing here in the office, I haven't tried it on the ice, either. I can tell you that when I took it for a quick spin on cement, it felt very very good and had good pop on shots.

The Warrior Dynasty will be available here at around October 13. Watch for it! Here's some more pics, shot on my IPhone:

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