Easton Stealth RS Pro Stock?
By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce
I was wandering through the Boston Bruins Pro Shop during the Conference Finals back in late May and I came across the stick rack where the team sometimes puts practice or game-used sticks from their players. Normally, the sticks in the rack aren't completely my thing, due to curves or brand or whatnot, but when I came across the Easton RS with David Krejci's name on it, that certainly piqued my interest.
The buzz around the RS has been going full tilt since about last March when Easton planted one with Mike Camellari. The discussion boards, blogs and social media on the stick have been full tilt with RS talk - and for good reason. It's a really good looking stick. But lots of people have trophy wives and bondo cars - is it for real? Since the retail version doesn't come out until October 12, we can talk about it until the cows come home. Until then, all we can do is speculate.
Anyway, I've used the Krejci RS about 10 times since I got the stick and I can tell you this much - it has serious pop off the stick and for me, tremendous accuracy. I'm not really a slapshot guy, but I can tell you that my wristers and snapshots are most certainly better than what I was getting with my Reebok 11K and much better than I ever got using an S19 - both of which I do like very much.
A lot of people out on the discussion boards & blogs keep saying - some insisting - that all the RS Pro Stocks out there are simply re-painted S19's. The one I have is definitely not an S19. The shaft feels a little thicker, for one thing and it's definitely thicker towards the bottom. It just feels different overall. The curve I have appears to be very similar to my 11K Datsyuk pattern. Sidenote: my goalie-deking skills have not gotten better since I started using the Datsyuk pattern. Oh, how I wish.
Flex-wise, it also appears to be quite similar to my retail 11K, which is an 85 flex. There may be a hint of slightly additional stiffness in the "RS" I have, but it's hard to really say.
Anyway, I freaking love this thing. Is it the retail version? Probably not. I held a retail version during a product session with Easton about a month ago and the retail one I had felt a little more bottom-heavy than this one. So what IS it, then? Who knows! That's the thing with these Pro Stock sticks.....just an early version? Something re-painted? Who knows. But it's fun to play with. Video here:
Reebok AI9 Hockey Stick
Mark your calendars. On October 15th, 2011, the Reebok A.i nine stick will be released at all Pure Hockey locations. New for the
2011-12 season, the A.i nine will become Reebok’s premier composite stick. While the “K” line with SicKick technology will continue to be produced, Reebok will be offering a new alternative with the A.i nine. Literally, the A.i nine represents a shift in the balance of power. Many changes in materials and construction give the A.i nine a perfectly balanced feel while maximizing energy transfer from the stick to the puck.
Unlike previous composite sticks with a low kick point, the A.i nine’s kick point is located near the center of the shaft. This innovative change provides a greater energy transfer throughout the stick giving you a more accurate and powerful shot. Another significant change in the shaft of the stick focuses on the stiffness of the A.i nine’s walls. Using what Reebok has called a “Power Taper Ratio,” the top and bottom of the shaft of the A.i nine are twice as stiff as the sides. Reebok believes this golden ratio gives you a competitive advantage by maximizing the power exerted when shooting.
The exterior of the shaft is coated with Tactile Griptonite, a revamped version of the Griptonite found on the 11K. Reebok’s Tactile Griptonite combines a woven textured shaft with a traditional gripped coating. This optimizes the feel of the stick giving you increased stick and puck control.
The A.i nine epitomizes innovation and many of the trusted specs that have been proven to work in previous Reebok sticks are still present
in the A.i nine. That includes Reebok’s Pure Fiber Technology, which is Reebok’s method of creating a true one-piece stick. A true one-piece stick means that the blade and shaft are created in the same mold. This eliminates the weight of additional materials needed to re-enforce a fused blade and shaft. In the case of a true one-piece stick, less is more. As a result, the A.i nine and other Reebok sticks made with Pure Fiber Technology have a lighter more balanced feel than their competitors.
Arguably the most important part of a composite stick is the blade. The materials used and the process by which it is constructed
ultimately dictates the balance, feel, and power of the entire stick. Reebok certainly kept that in mind while designing the A.i nine. The most notable feature of the A.i nine is the Xlerated Blade. This is Reebok’s lightest blade to date. The core of the Xlerated Blade consists of soft foam sounded by with extra stiff carbon fibers in a Dual Matrix weave to create one of the most durable, lightweight, and powerful blades on the market.
I know what you’re thinking. You can’t wait to get one of these in your hands and I don’t blame you. This stick is sweet. It is so sweet, in fact, that my words and eloquent description do not do it justice. Christmas comes early, October 15th.
In the meantime, check out Tim Doyle’s video review below as he takes you on magical trip exploring all the wonderful features the A.i nine has to offer:
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