Introducing the Bauer Sling hockey stick, the sequel to the Nexus ADV stick from 2020. With upgraded technology, increased stability and a quicker release, players who want an elite stick to help take their game to the next level will love what the Sling has to offer.
- 15% more durable blade
- New slot for added durability and optimized loading zone
- 10% faster release and 5% higher balance point
- ER-Spine technology in the shaft for easy loading
- Optimized kick point within the blade
When purchasing a new hockey stick, there are many factors to consider to ensure you get the best model for your level and style of play. To start, it is important to focus on kick point. Finding the right kick point for your game will help take your shot, and your overall on-ice performance, to the next level. If you’re unsure which kick point suits you best, or you’re looking for an accurate assessment, visit your local Pure Hockey.
Bauer’s new Sling Stick is upgraded from last year’s popular Nexus ADV stick and is designed to make it easier to load, shoot and score goals. The Sling stick has some upgraded technologies to give you an even better feel and performance for the elite level player.
Bauer focused on a few key changes to the blade. First, the hole in the stick is now shorter. By doing this Bauer has increased the stiffness around the slot and the toe, and it creates more forgiveness no matter where you make contact with the puck. The shorter hole provides higher stability which equals a bigger sweet spot in the blade.
Secondly, the material in the blade has also been upgraded from stiff AeroFoam in the entire blade core of the ADV to using AeroFoam on the outer edges and a strong epoxy material in the core strike zone. The two foams are fused together with vertically placed carbon bridges which creates a blade that is 15% more durable on impact.
Lastly, because the epoxy core is stronger, less carbon material is needed so the core area of the blade can be thinner. To reap the benefits of the thinner area below the slot, Bauer has made the rest of the blade thicker to create more stability and force all energy into the key strike zone. This technology creates an optimized kick zone in the blade allowing for easier loading and release, acting like a sling shot. Bauer is calling this technology SlingTech 2.0.
When it comes to tapping this new blade, don’t worry. However you tape your stick is exactly how you should tape this one, too. No tape job is going to hinder the SlingTech 2.0 performance.
As we transition from the blade up the shaft, Bauer uses the ER Spine technology which we saw in the Nexus ADV. Similar to all of the previous NEXUS sticks, the Sling is a Mid Kick stick. This means that the shaft is slightly more flexible in both the hosel area and the handle, while the middle of the shaft is stiffer. Also passed down from the ADV is the five-sided geometry that allows Bauer to take out excess carbon fiber to create a spine in the shaft. Through this spine, energy is more easily transferred, making for effortless loading and a top-notch release.
Weighing in at 375 grams, the Sling is slightly heavier than the ADV, which was 365 grams, but has an improved balance point for a much better feel. All in all, regardless if you are an elite-level player or not, if you are looking for the most dynamic, cutting edge stick on the market, look no further than the Bauer Sling Stick. But hurry, supplies are limited and when they are gone, they are gone for good.