CCM's RBZ 280 Composite Stick offers most of their elite features found in the flagship Speedburner, while coming in at a more affordable price point. Their partnership with Taylor Made is once again the driving factor behind the RBZ's performance, with a redesigned hosel technology taking center stage this year.
Their "Power Hosel Technology" is a redesign of the lower portion of the RBZ shaft, adding an internal rib and building it to be inserted into the blade. By inserting the shaft into the blade hosel, the energy transfer of the stick becomes much more efficient. This means that when you flex the shaft while shooting, energy travels through the stick and to the puck quicker with less energy lost. The result is a more powerful shot with a faster release in comparison to previous RBZ models.
Further inspiration from Taylor Made can be found in the construction and weight distribution of the RBZ line's shaft in their "Very Low Swing Weight" Technology. This influences how light or balanced the stick feels and helps shooters to maximize the speed of their swing on slapshots. This component couples nicely with the stick's constant flex profile, empowering players utilize a variety of different shooting styles.
Finally, the RBZ’s unique blade construction has always been a stable of the line. The goal as always has been to maximize the blade’s “Coefficient of Restitution” (C.O.R) or trampoline effect, to make the puck ‘jump’ off the blade on shots. Unlike other blades on the market, which are filled with various types of foam, the RBZ line is hollow; creating what CCM calls the “Speed Pocket”. Like past RBZ’s, the SpeedBurner blade takes many cues from golf drivers in the way it is designed, tested and how it performs.