The RBZ line of sticks was in many ways responsible for the revival of CCM as a premier hockey equipment maker that we’ve seen take place over the last few years. The latest version is the RBZ SpeedBurner, released in July 2015. I’ve been lucky enough to have tested the stick for a couple months now, so here are my thoughts….
In September, the brand new Bauer Nexus 1N hockey stick hit the market. While the Nexus sticks generally haven’t elicited quite the same level of buzz that its Vapor or Supreme siblings tend to, the 1N launch bucked that trend. The much-anticipated stick builds on the popularity of the Nexus 1000 & Nexus 8000 lines from the past few seasons.
Nexus is Bauer’s ‘Mid-Kick Point’ stick, designed for an effortless, natural energy load & release with the best accuracy possible. Nexus is meant to load easily, but still generate a lot of power, great for players who like to shoot on the move.
Last year, an old CCM legend relaunched with a point to make… and it made it loud and clear. The Tacks stick was a huge hit on all levels -- from the NHL to house leagues. So, not content sitting back with the success, CCM is launching their Ultra Tacks hockey stick for the 2015-16 season.
If you’ve been living under a rock for over a year, you may not know about the original CCM Tacks stick from 2014, so here’s a quick refresher. The Tacks line was built to fill a gap in the CCM line-up. They had no mid kick-point stick and their NHL players were clamoring for one. Generally speaking, when NHL players start asking for something, it’s not long before the retail market is asking for it too -- and this case was no exception. CCM introduced the Tacks stick as their mid kick-point model, designed with a stiff blade for players seeking accuracy and the smooth, effortless release of a mid kick-point stick.
Now with the Ultra Tacks stick release, CCM doesn’t seem to be trying to fix what’s not broken, but they certainly seem intent on improving things. With the Ultra Tacks, CCM makes an upgrade to one major feature and introduces another.
Ultra AttackFrame Blade
The latest stick release from Easton Hockey is one that has been highly anticipated by me personally. When I found out they would be bringing back the Stealth name, I knew that they had to have a pretty special hockey stick on the way. It wouldn’t make sense to risk the loyal following the line has had by releasing a stick that wouldn’t live up to the name.
I was, for a long time, one of those loyal followers -- at least since Easton introduced their elliptical taper sticks with the S-17. I can still remember how much different, and better, the release felt on that stick the first time I used it. From there I continued on to the S19, RS and finally the RSII. So as you can guess, I was pretty excited to get the new Easton Stealth CX hockey stick in my hands.
Easton is debuting some pretty serious technology in the CX. This isn’t one of those models where a company simply tweaks the previous version a little; there is new technology in every part of this stick. Their goal was to create a hockey stick that would be a top-level performance stick with great durability and have a lightweight but still solid feel.
The Stealth CX marks the first time Easton has released a true-one piece stick with an elliptical taper. This was accomplished using a new design to roll the layers of carbon fiber into the taper, creating a seamless construction. What is the significance of this? Read on to find out…