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  • 11th Annual MSH SummerJam

    Happy to announce that we will be hosting the 11th Annual MSH SummerJam in Chicago, IL on Saturday July 27th! We will be skating on the Blackhawks' practice ice at MB Ice Arena. Since it's a new city for us, we decided to start really early on it.  If interested in the event, please post here to express your interest.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 34

    MSH SummerJam registration now open!

    If you are wanting to attend SummerJam, please request access to the area: You will pay the entry fee upon approval.  Do note that we expect a lot of requests.  

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News

    MSH 15th Anniversary

    As we are in our 15th year of existence (3/20 being the official date), we will be using this logo to commemorate it: It will also be featured on SummerJam and Winterfest jerseys on a patch, and we'll also have a t-shirt. Absolutely crazy that we've been around so long.  Thanks goes to everyone who has helped us out along the way.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News

    Save the date

    July 27.  New city.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 8

    MSH Merchandise

    MSH has created a SquadLocker store in which we can offer merchandise.  It's good stuff and makes it easier on us to not have to hold stock on these items, as they directly ship to the person who orders it. The link is here: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/modsquadhockey If there is a particular item that you are interested in and is not listed, let us know and we can certainly add it. 100% of the money raised goes to site maintenance and upkeep, so we totally appreciate it when you buy something. Thanks for supporting MSH!  

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 18
  • Blade Barber Handheld Skate Sharpener

    Hi Folks, I just wanted to introduce the Blade Barber to the ModSquad community. It is a hand held skate sharpener that uses a tungsten carbide blade to shave steel from your skate. Each cutter blade is precision CNC ground to match the bite angle of your desired hollow. It has been in development for over 3 years and has been tested by novice players, all the way through to NHL players. This really sharpens skates, it is not just an edge touch up tool. I'm sure many will be skeptical so please ask any and all the questions you have. There is a 5 min learning curve to find the right amount of pressure to apply but after that you'll be sharpening your skates anytime or anywhere. We are now shipping worldwide and it sells for $50 CAD and will provide about 25 sharpens before dulling.  I've linked some videos below. Thanks for your time  Peter  

    Blade Barber
    Blade Barber
    Ice Hockey Equipment 9

    My Bauer sticks

    Anyone hear anything about pro custom sticks on my Bauer I saw something about fully custom sticks now. Anyone know of the minimum order? Or when it will be up and running?

    sbecks72986
    sbecks72986
    Ice Hockey Equipment 5

    Vaughn GX-2 Skate Fit?

    Anybody have opinions on these. Want to get into Goalie and these skates have some good deals. I'm normally in a Jetspeed Player skate since my heel is on the narrower side and have about a normal/wide forefoot.

    Mister_NoDangles
    Mister_NoDangles
    Goal Equipment 9

    How "low kick" is the CCM pro stock "LK" flex profile?

    How "low kick" is the CCM pro stock "LK" profile on Super Tacks 2.0 sticks specifically? I just got one and I was worried because I really like the ST 2.0 flex profile. But it is soft up top and flexing just like I am used to. I ended up buying the stick because I read several comments fron other people who like mid kick sticks still enjoying the "LK" sticks. When I flex this stick next to my other 2.0s, I can not visibly notice a difference. So what is the difference here?

    ParabolicActivity
    ParabolicActivity
    Ice Hockey Equipment 4

    Sparx Skate Sharpener - At home sharpener

    An interesting kickstarter for an at home skate sharpener. What do you guys think? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1223281555/sparx-skate-sharpener-pro-skate-sharpening-at-home?ref=video

    tamtamg
    tamtamg
    Ice Hockey Equipment 1147

    Sticks like the TotalOne NXG

    I have an old TotalOne NXG PM9 that I absolutely adore, but its a few years on by now. What sticks from other manufacturers perform the same? The Tack is designed similarly correct? As dumb as this sounds I want something Totalone-esque, but not a Bauer product. Considering the QRE pro if its similar, or the A6.0, assuming again that its similar. I bought a ribcore out of curiosity I dont know if its the Curve I dont like or what but I just cant use it for shit. 

    Cove
    Cove
    Ice Hockey Equipment 5
  • Zuperior S - stick9

    Steel: Tydan Edge 246mm Hollow: 3/4 ROH About me:  Skating in general has never really been an issue. There are some aspects of my skating that could use improvement, nothing that prevents me from getting where I need to go. I'm playing three nights a week, two pickup sessions and one C level men's league. I've tinkered with different hollows and methods (FBV, Z-Channel & ROH) looking for an advantage, mostly improved glide. No profiling except the LS3 I had about 4 years ago. I’m currently rotating two sets of steel. The first set is stock Bauer LS4 profiled to a Quad 0 by Shayne from Pro Sharp, the second is stock STEP Edge. The Tydan listed was purchased for this program. The stock STEP profile will be my control set. Review: First time out was an hour and a half of public skating. My first thought was they felt long…much longer than what I am used to. It took me a good 20-30 minutes to adjust to it. Straight line speed and glide was good. Stability seemed to be improved. However there was something odd with the toe. It’s as if the profile forced an exaggerated toe flick at the end of each stride. I could hear it but I couldn’t tell if the toe was sliding out or digging in. Going a bit deeper into my knee bend made the profile work a little better. I did need to work it a bit harder in and out of the corners. My second time out on this profile was a session of pickup, another hour an a half of ice. Totally different impression of this profile in that setting. The profile didn’t seem as long as it did before and the exaggerated toe flick I experienced in the earlier session was either gone or no longer noticeable. I had to work a little harder getting in and out of turns. Mobility: 2.5 Stability: 4 Speed: 3 Acceleration: 3 Other profiles on deck: 9.5/10.5 9.5/50mm/10.5 Quad 1  I reserve the right to change/alter/modify my scores based on further testing

    stick9
    stick9
    Triple Radius

    Glide 60

    Profile 1 – Glide 60 Steel - Bauer LS5 254 Hollow- 90/50 FBV Background Older skater who has been skating for over 40-years. Played high school hockey and some college hockey.  Currently playing 3 times a week at a competitive level.  Over the years I have tried many different profiles ranging from doubles, a triple, couple of quads, and Pro Skate Balance’s 35/65.  I started out with the stock profile in an attempt to reset myself before beginning testing profiles for the ProSharp Project. Review I really wanted this profile to work since I had previously skated on a 35/65 and was hoping that this would be close to that setting.  Stepping on the ice and taking my first few strides I could immediately tell that there was a lot of steel in contact with the ice.  My FBV 90/50 also felt much sharper than how it felt on the standard 10’ stock profile.  Acceleration was marginally better.  While stability was better I found it to require some work in transitioning from forward to backward skating and vice versa.  Despite the stability feeling better I felt my balance was a little off. Definitely had some struggles with agility.  Tight turns required more work and focus.  Where this profile excels is in straight-line speed.  I felt much faster when skating straight lines in a north south fashion. Acceleration- 3  Mobility- 2  Stability- 3.5 Speed- 4 * If my game consisted of nothing but up and down the ice skating in a straight-line then this was good for the speed factor. However the negative mobility I felt makes this profile not a good fit for me.          

    mojo122
    mojo122
    Triple Radius

    ProSharp Profile Template List

    Figured I would share this for people to understand the options available to them. 

    Nicholas G
    Nicholas G
    Technical Info and General Questions 11

    10' - mojo122

    Profile 1 - Stock 10’  Steel - Bauer LS5 254 Hollow - 90/50 FBV Background Older skater who has been skating for over 40-years. Played high school hockey and some college hockey.  Currently playing 3 times a week at a competitive level.  Over the years I have tried many different profiles ranging from doubles, a triple, couple of quads, and Pro Skate Balance’s 35/65.  I started out with the stock profile in an attempt to reset myself before beginning testing profiles for the ProSharp Project. Review Certainly nothing wrong with the stock profile in its overall performance.  Acceleration, mobility, stability, and speed are adequate.  Since this is my reset and the bar from which I’m going to evaluate the different ProSharp profiles my intention to too just rate it as the middle of the road.  Not bad but not great either. My own personal belief is that every set of stock steel benefits from profiling do to inconsistences from mass-produced steel. What I do find a little daunting is the vast number of profiles that ProSharp offers can make it difficult to dial in an individuals’ best profile without shelling out a significant amount of cash unless you guess right or just not try others. Acceleration - 2.5 Mobility - 2.5 Stability - 2.5 Speed - 2.5 *This is my control set thus the 2.5 ratings.  Like I said, neither good nor bad.  These might be rescored after I have the opportunity to test a double, triple, and quad.

    mojo122
    mojo122
    Single Radius

    9.5/-10.5 Tydan Dual slight forward pitch

    Bauer X1 Vapors  280mm Tydan DLC steel in LS edge holders This profile came applied from Tydan and it's pretty close to what I've skated on forever. It felt good as soon as I got on the ice, very comfortable no issues. I'd call it a 3 across the board except for maneuverability I'd give it a 4. The Quad 0 and the Quad 1 I'm trying now were easier to get up on my toes with, maybe a little more agile, slightly better/easier acceleration. But this profile would turn tighter when cutting real hard. Likely not much use in game situations but with the combination of the slightly taller steel and edge holders you can really get leaned over with out loosing an edge. Dave

    Dave P
    Dave P
    Dual Radius

    9'/10' - cjpritch

    Steel - Step Black 306
    Hollow - 1/2"
    Profile - 9'/10'
    About Me - Started playing hockey in 4th grade. and played through high school took a break playing for about 2 years during college and then started to play pick up. Now playing beer league hockey. usually on the ice about 3 times a week. I would consider myself a strong skater but with lots of room for improvement.  
    Review - For set 1 I went with JR’s recommendation of 9/10. I’ve skated on this set 6 times just so I could get a good feel for what has changed from the control set. During the first skate I noticed I felt a little less stable coming from a 11’ radius this got better as I got use to skating on it but still never felt as stable as on my control set. I did see the biggest improvement in my turns and cross overs and I could feel how I was able to get in and out of the turns tighter and faster as a result of the 9' radius on the front. I also fell like I had better acceleration but to me the speed felt about the same as the control set. Based on this, here are my ratings:
    Acceleration: 3
    Mobility: 3.5
    Stability: 2.5
    Speed: 2.5
    Profile Tested Before This: 11’
    Next Profile: Quad 1

    cjpritch
    cjpritch
    Dual Radius
  • YouTube / ModSquadHockey

  • CCM Jetspeed FT1

    Back after another full season in the FT1 skates. In a nutshell, these things have been warriors! Other than the cosmetic damage I reported previously, the skate integrity has been nothing short of stellar; believe it or not I am still on the original laces (which I also love by the way). I am extremely impressed with this skate and I don't regret transitioning from the Vapor series. If you are a Bauer Vapor player and are looking for a bit more of a heel lock and less volume in the toe, I highly suggest you trying out the FT1. The performance and durability have been exceptional and other than a few gripes about aesthetics, weight, and the lacking quick change holder, this skate has been a huge win! My overall score of an 8.5 still holds true! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the fit, performance, transition, etc. Hope this helps!

    Dangles83
    Dangles83
    MSH Long-Term Reviews

    Reebok 11KP Pro Stock

    Background: Been playing ice hockey for over a year 6+ times a week. Playing in equivalent of C League with some high level pickup games thrown in. I'm a size 15in gloves, weigh 205lbs at 6ft tall. I play center so I take a lot of hacks on my gloves so gloves are an important part of my game. This is also my first review on any equipment that is hockey related, but I've used a lot in my short time playing. This will be a 6 month review. Fit:  I'm a tapered/anatomical fit guy and these are the best fitting gloves I own. The minute I slid my hand in I knew they were going to be my favorite gloves and they've proven time and time again to exactly that. The pro palm material is a step up in feel from retail options that I have used and I never want to go back. The flex cuff is far and away the best feature of this glove as it's very comfortable and allows for great mobility when stickhandling. Everything feels very snug and comfortable. If there is any knock at all, it's that there is no flexthumb but as this is a somewhat recent addition to most gloves, I won't deduct anything from my rating for it and I haven't noticed a difference in my game using gloves that have it vs those that don't. 10/10 Protection:  Protection is stellar. Pro Stock padding allows me to have confidence in faceoffs knowing that when someone inevitably hacks my hand I'm gonna be ok. I've batted down shots with these and haven't felt a thing. The flex cuff does wonders to protect your wrists from slashing and provides ample coverage to that area. I've beaten these gloves to death over the last 6 months and they refuse to let me down. 10/10 Weight:  They're light by my standard, but certainly not the lightest on the market or the lightest that I've used. The palm material is a bit on the heavier side, but allows for great feel at the expense of more moisture and heat. However, I can't say I notice it that much so it doesn't bother me in particular. If you're looking for a light glove, newer options will provide that a lot better than this. 7/10 Durability:  These things are a beast for durability considering the propalm. I use lizardskins and grip tape on my sticks. I'm slowly changing out to all grip tape over trainer's tape on all my sticks as lizardskins wear off. No major issues with durability on these gloves. The exterior looks fantastic, and pretty standard wear on the the palm, but still a long way to go before I get any holes showing. 10/10 Intangibles: You don't notice they're there. They mold to the hand and feel apart of you. They give me the confidence to play my best game without needing to readjust. 10/10 Conclusion:  The overall fit of these is FANTASTIC. My favorite gloves by far and I wish they still made the exact glove with a flex thumb. I also own Warrior QRLs and I still find these to be the superior glove. The flex cuff feels a lot better. I'll continue using these and will probably try to grab the CCM equivalent when I see another sale drop for them. I highly recommend these to anyone who enjoy a contoured fit. 47/50

    Mister_NoDangles
    Mister_NoDangles
    Gloves

    CCM Super Tacks Elbow Pads

    Height - 6'1" Weight - 200 lbs Elbow Pad Size tested - Large (these were purchased w my own cash, were not provided by CCM or MSH)   Level of play: Rec Hockey Div. "B" and Pick UP (2-3 times a week)   Location: Canada (Sask.)   Fit & Mobility -I have been wearing a set of Warrior AX1 elbows since their debut. They are a fantastic elbow pad, but are on their last legs w multiple repairs to them. I have also tried to replace them soooo many times! Ive tried the Easton Pro 10, RBZ 150, RBZ, QLT's, CCM Ultra Tacks & even a few pairs of some Pro Stock RBK and Jofa's. The fit has always brought me back to the AX1's..... until now. CCM got it right w these. The Ultra tacks elbow donut thingy was a bit deeper and pinched my elbow weird. It's tough to explain. They've shallowed the donut in this version and it doesn't bother me at all. Th length of these are just a few mm shorter than the AX1's but provide adequate protection in my opinion. This is a 2 piece elbow pad and I can still full extend my arm w them on. The straps are the perfect length, and the middle strap provides awesome comfort. For size reference, I wore a Medium in the AX1's, Medium in the Pro Stock RBK and Jofa's, but Large in everything else retail I mentioned above. These are also a Large and fit perfectly.  I honestly have nothing to complain about in this dept. 10/10    Protection - As I eluded to above, these are a perfect length (for me). I wear a size 14" 6052V2 gloves and they just touch the bottom of the elbow pads. I don't like my elbows to go inside the glove a whole bunch, I find it super uncomfortable and theres a huge lack of mobility. The forearm slash guard is hard and they even have some D30 foam tossed in there too. I wish the D30 foam part wasn't exposed as much though, as it seems like the "netting" its in will eventually tear and rip. Time will tell. So far protection has been adequate, so no complaints here. 9/10   Weight - Coming from my old AX1's, these are very light. I should actually weigh them, but I can tell from jus holding and wearing them, they are lighter. The moisture wicking materials will also help them not retain water and will be lighter during game play as well. I probably skate 1mph faster as a result too ;). These are a more bulky pad vs the FT1, so I don't expect them to be feather weight, I wanted protection to the max. 10/10   Durability -I haven't spent enough time to comment on the durability just yet, but the only thing I can see wearing out is the netting around the D30 foam on the forearm slash guard. Stitching seems to be quality, forearm step is nylon not elastic & the bicep guard was lengthened vs the Ultra Tacks, giving you more options for fit. Ill come back and score these after some more use.    Conclusion - As I mentioned above, I have been trying to replace my current set of pads for years. Im happy I found these and CCM got so many things right w them. Small thing is the colours used, Im ready for a new colour scheme away from the white/blk/yellow, but thats a small preference that doesn't really matter, as you don't see them under your jersey anyways. These are getting close to a perfect score from me, but Ill come back to update that after more use and can comment on the durability of them. 

    enis750
    enis750
    Shoulder/Elbow/Shin Pads

    Bauer Re-Akt 200

    About me: Age 55. Experience: One and a half years.  Level: muppet.  I started out with the Bauer 4500 helmet and face cage. It does the job, but you feel every bang on the head due to the firm foams used. I decided to upgrade the helmet after I collided with a huge player going at full speed who wasn’t looking where he was going. I was nowhere near the puck, so there was no excuse, but there was a loud bang as our helmets collided, I went flying, he remained upright, and I had a headache for several days afterwards , which is not good.  The Bauer Reakt 200 is a top end helmet, and well reviewed by Virginia Tech. I know the VT reviews are controversial, but a good review can’t be a bad thing. So I ordered a large to try, and bought it as it fitted well. The first time I wore it on ice I had mild pain either side of my head, which I figured out was due to the cage being too narrow, despite being a large. A few minutes manually widening the cage sorted out the discomfort.  This helmet is much more comfortable than the 4500, and after suffering a collision with the boards and a whack on the head from a stick I can say that it provides noticeably more protection than the 4500. Obviously if my head hits something hard, and decelerates rapidly, the helmet will not protect my brain from the deceleration, but the soft foams do without any doubt dissipate the impact much better, and hence the helmet should reduce brain damage to some degree.  The helmet is expensive compared to others, but given that brain damage is a serious risk, I don’t mind paying more for a better level of protection.  Added 1 January 2019: Last night I took a slap shot to the head while wearing this helmet. The puck hit the plastic shell above the forehead. It wasn't the most powerful of shots, thank goodness, but the helmet did its job: I didn't feel a thing, nothing and I haven't felt anything since either, so hopefully there was no zero injury. When it impacted, I had the feeling that the foams and suspended lining inside the shell were deforming and absorbing the shock of the impact. I'm sure my old 4500 would not have dealt so well with that shot. So, a big thumbs for the new helmet. 

    Leif
    Leif
    Helmets

    Warrior Alpha QX

    Background:  I play all positions (D and F) depending on what's needed, but my overall game is about speed.  I'm not often going to put a puck through a defenders' triangle but I'm going to wheel around guys and weave through them.  My legs create space.  In terms of shooting I mostly use snapshots and wrist shots.  I'm about 5'8" and 165.  My sticks have consistently been cut to between my lips when standing in socks.   Previous Sticks: Warrior QRE Warrior QRL Warrior HD1 True A6.0 SBP CCM Super Tacks Easton CX Easton V9E Easton V9 Stick Specs: 75 Flex Grip P28 Preface:  It's possible you've read my other stick review about the Warrior QR Edge stick, but if not I'll start this by saying that I'm a loyal Warrior hockey stick patron.  Please keep that in mind when reading through my review as I want to be forward that I do really like Warrior sticks.  I will certainly try to keep things as impartial as possible, but my bias might sneak through every once in a while.  The stick line I've been consistently using for the last few years has been the Warrior Covert line.  I've used a Widow for a very short time, the DT1, the QRL.  That said, every once in a while I've tried out some mid/high kick sticks as well as I've had some good experiences with the way they shoot and overall solid feeling (Bauer Total One, 1st Gen CCM tacks stick, Easton Synergy HTX before the blade fell apart, Warrior HD1) Blade:  I think that this blade has some really great characteristics;  To me it feels like it's livelier in terms of it's pop and spring, but manages to have a bit of a dampened feel to it.  Where I feel that if you were to fire a puck at a Covert blade it might go pinging off, the blade on the QX might be able to absorb a bit of that energy and hold onto the puck.  The interesting part is that it uses the same HardcoreX foam as the QRL (The QRE uses a SoftcoreX foam).  It might just be my perception, but I could also see the responsiveness of the low kick taper contributing to the lively feeling of the blade.  A mid kick, with all of it's characteristics about maximum energy loading through the middle of the shaft, could work the same way while receiving energy from the alternative end, the blade.  Not sure if my hypothesis is even close to having an effect, but it's just my gears working.  The blade has some great stiffness to it, it certainly feels like it holds up during loading and allows your blade to stay true.  For me, the slightly dampened feeling (again, this is how I felt the blade to be) contributed to some lost handles while weaving through the neutral zone.  I'd overskate or just lose feeling for where the puck was on my blade.  If I had committed myself to getting used to the feeling of this stick I'm sure that it would be fine, but I was certainly fighting it for the 3 months I was exclusively using this stick.  The stick felt more natural towards the end of my usage with it, but after going back to a Covert I had the same sloppy stickhandling when going back to the QX.   Stickhandling/Receiving Passes:  As explained above, I had some trouble at first getting used to this blade.  I do, however, think that this blade will suit a lot of people.  It's stiff, true, and overall helps contribute to positive characteristics of this stick.  Receiving passes is relatively easy with this blade.  I didn't have to cradle the puck as much as I would have to with a Covert stick.  Actually, the puck feel and pass reception remind me a lot of the Easton V9.  It had a soft feel, but certainly not a Bauer (non vapor) soft feel.  In terms of overall stick feel while stick handling I think it felt solid in my hands.  I know the Saber Taper is supposed to act as not a pure mid kick, or a pure low kick, but somewhere in between the two where you get more power and stability through the taper.  I think you can feel this while stick handling.  I've heard the criticism that certain low kick sticks feel frail in the hands.  The combination of thin, responsive taper and lively blade may create the "wet noodle" effect where the stick is almost flexing while stick handling or receiving a pass.  There's a certain consistency that I associate with more solid feeling sticks.  You know what your'e going to get out of them, you how that stick is going to feel when you get a pass, you know when you lean on it in around the boards that it's not going to fold, or brace, or react in any unexpected way.  I think, if I were to characterize the feel while stickhandling I'd describe it as consistent, and I mean that in the most positive way.   Shaft/Flex:  Warrior describes the shaft dimensions of this stick as concave sidewalls with rounded corners.  I've heard the term "dogbone" thrown around as well and I find that to be pretty accurate.  The corners round out but the middle of the shaft(front and back) sinks in, giving you a comfortable, almost ergonomic feeling in your hands.  It's not quite like a vapor shaft dimension where it's rounded and, to me, feels a bit smaller in your hands, but I could see how someone could make a comparison.  Moving down the shaft you'll find the Saber taper which, to my understanding, is not as low as a Dagger taper, but still should provide a quick release while allowing for increased power and stability when compared to the former.  From my stick experience, this reminded me of the Easton V9.  From what I remember the stick was called a mid-low kick where it was not going to be as low as a V9E, but it was not a true mid kick either.  It would allow you to load in to your stick but could still provide a quick, responsive release.  Really, that's what attracted me to give this stick a try as I had fond memories of my V9. Shooting:  While I think we all understand that puck feel and stick handling are a huge part of judging a stick, I think the "sexy" characteristics are in how the stick is going to shoot.  Goals and scoring are marketable.  Unless your Dan Girardi or Kris Russell I doubt any kid imagined blocking a shot in game 7 of the SCF to win.  I'd like to start by saying that I think that this stick, in my hands, did what it advertised.  It felt as though it loaded well, and gave me a bit more stability while loading all of that energy into the shaft/blade.  It felt like I could still get a shot off quickly when I needed to.  It felt like I could count on this stick to hold up while digging around the boards to retrieve a puck.  I say all of this while saying it does not necessarily suit my game.  I found that the stick really shined when I had time to get my hands and body over the puck and lean into a snapshot.  Unfortunately, that doesn't often happen for me and most of the time, it felt like I was using the stick to 80% of it's potential.  I don't want this to come off as, "unless you have time to dust the puck off you'll never shoot well with this stick".  In fact, I'd like to dispel that right now.  I just felt like it didn't work out for me.  I think a lot of it comes down to my shooting mechanics and the types of situations I find myself in during games.  If i was a "heavy" shooter looking for a more responsive stick I think I'd really enjoy this.  If I felt like I could "overload" a low kick or dagger taper, I'd probably like the shooting characteristics of this stick.  I am, however, neither of these things so it always felt like I was using a butcher knife to peel a carrot;  It'll get the job done but in my hands, it's the wrong tool.   Weight/Balance: The QX is listed around 410g.  I've said before that most top end sticks hover around the same place and I put a bit more stock into the balance of a stick contributing to how/why certain sticks will feel lighter in your hands than others at the same weight.  I like blade light sticks as I think it contributes to my perceived and preferred "crisp and responsive" blade feel.  The QX feels balanced in my hands but I don't quite think it felt as good in my hands as the QRL.  Again, that's my preference and the QX is a light stick with a good balance to it.  From my experience I think that Warrior hockey does a great job of making their sticks light enough, while giving the right balance to make sure that they don't feel too blade or handle heavy.  I know some defensive guys who really like having some weight (perceived weight through actual grams or balance) behind their sticks/blades for poke checking.  Same applies to heavy shooters as Force = mass x acceleration (please, physicists don't kill me over that, it makes sense in my head haha)  I think I'll bring it back to the idea that the QX just feels solid in your hands.  The weight and the way it's distributed adds to the "story" of this stick line.  I think for players who like having a stick that just feels consistent, the weight and balance of this stick help contribute to that.  I think if the weight was distributed differently it might feel like you can't depend on the stick to perform during heavy actions, ie battling in front of the net, digging for rebounds, battling for pucks in along the boards, taking faceoffs, or lifting sticks (or getting your stick lifted or slashed).   Durability:  I have never had an issue with Warrior sticks in terms of their durability.  That being said, it's possible I'm just lucky.  I'm not particularly hard on my sticks in terms of leaning heavily in to them, or digging around in the corners, or jousting with players in front of the net.  I've found the QX blade held up nicely; the blade kept its' stiffness, responsiveness, and didn't split anywhere.  The shaft, and importantly the taper, have held up well only showing cosmetic blemishes.  It hasn't "whipped out", and the stick shows no signs of failure any time soon.  Intangibles:  N/A today. Conclusion:  I'll focus more on the story the Warrior Alpha QX is trying to tell and whether or not I feel that the stick lives up to it.  To me, the Alpha line is meant for someone who wants a stick that can be a bit of a workhorse but has some finesse as well.  It can handle being heavily leaned in to but can also be responsive enough to beat a goalie who gets a clean look at your shot.  It can battle behind the net but also score the game winner.  I'm waxing poetic but if the Covert is the sniper, then the Alpha is your captain.  It has a specific profile, but it's an all around stick that does a lot of things well.  I think it loads well without sacrificing quickness.  It is, and will stay consistent in it's feel.  This stick wasn't the right tool in my hands, but  I think that there's a large portion of people out there who will benefit from the characteristics of this stick.  If i'm scoring this stick, for me it's 7 only because it just never felt right.  I was fighting the stick.  For reference, the QRL is a 10, the A6.0 SBP would be a 7, the HD1 would be an 8 (I preferred the blade feel of this stick), the V9E would be a 9, the Super  Tacks would be a 6.  I want to be very clear though, these numbers have nothing to do with performance, it has to do with my performance with the stick and it's match to me...NONE of these are bad sticks(in my opinion), they just don't fit me.  

    djsalerno
    djsalerno
    OPS

    Warrior QR Edge stick

    Background: I play all positions depending on what's needed (F and D), but I'd certainly say my game is about speed, and shooting pucks from the tops of the circles and in.  Almost exclusively snapshots and wrist shots, but there are some half clappers stuck in there from one timers.  I'm about 5'8" and 165lbs.  My sticks have consistently been cut to between my lips while standing in socks.   Previous sticks: (recent) Warrior QRL (Really Like) Warrior Alpha QX Warrior HD1 True A6.0 SBP  CCM Super Tacks (Did not like) Easton CX (Did not like) Easton V9E (Really Liked) Easton V9 Stick Specs: 75 Flex Grip P28 Preface: For a lot of this review I'll be directly comparing the QRE(dge) to the QRL and the QX as they're the sticks I've been using most recently, and there's a  commonality and continuity between the lines and manufacturer.  I've consistently been playing with some form of Warrior Covert family stick for the last few years, dating back to the DT1 and even trying a Widow for a very short time.  Disclaimer: I did receive this stick after winning a code from MSH on an IG contest to be part of the VIP program.   So thank you to MSH and Warrior for the chance to try this stick out.   Blade(Crisp/Lively): This is what I love about Warrior Covert style sticks and has kept me in the brand consistently.  To me, the blades feel crisp and lively.  Switching between the QRL and the QRE it feels as if the QRE is slightly dampened comparatively to the QRL, but it still sits in the livelier end of the spectrum.  To me, the QX felt/feels the most dampened in the brand.  For a bit more reference,  I really enjoyed the blade feel of the Easton V9E and the old Bauer X:60s when they were the top of the line with the aerofoam blades but without the sense layer that they added on the APX.  I enjoy this style of blade for stick handling, puck reception, and passing/shooting.  Crisp is the word I use the most when describing these style of blades.  In terms of durability I've never had any issue with any of my warrior sticks through history.  I'm also not doing a lot of stick work or digging hard into corders. Stickhandling/Receiving Passes: Again, the word I use the describe the Covert style blades is crisp.  Specifically, with the QRE, I didn't feel like there was a huge learning curve coming from the QRL, even though I did feel it was a bit more dampened.  This is where I'm sure some folks loving the blade on something like a Bauer Supreme will probably be discouraged from trying a QRE.  The blade is lively, but I'm very used to it.  In terms of stickhandling it feels like there's a direct line from my hands down to the blade.  I'm guessing it's a combination of the True1 construction, Carbon fiber/molding processes and efficiencies, and the blade materials.  In terms of receiving passes the blade has a bit of jump, but most folks will be able to adjust.  It's not a blade that you can have someone rocket a puck to you and have it stick to your blade without having a bit of cradle to it.  If you know what kind of blade feel you like then I'd certainly say this is a livelier one, and it comes through in the stick handling and puck receiving.  From my experience, I wouldn't think that there would be any surprises coming in to the QRE if you have experience in a livelier, crisp blade.   Shaft/Flex(Easy Loading): The shaft has rounded corners with straight sidewalls and is consistent from what I felt in the QRL.  I could see someone feeling like it's a "boxier" feel, especially compared to the QX that has a "dog bone" shaped shaft.  To me, it feels very comfortable in my hands and has some slight tactile/raised grip on the upper portion of the shaft.  Moving lower down the shaft is where the standout feature is.  The Edge taper is aesthetically different from any other taper on the market today.  To me, it reminds me a bit of the Easton elliptical tapers of old.  It has a bit of a diamond shape where it's a thin taper, but the sides (east to west) are wider.  From my understanding this adds to the stability and power of the taper, but still allows you to quickly load and release with ease for a quick and accurate shot.  I have always been in a 75 flex stick, and to me the QRE feels a bit whippier than the QRL does.  I noticed it when really leaning in to a snapshot where it felt like there was a bit more loading happening before the release of the puck.  I wouldn't say it's a bad thing, it's just a bit different and took me some getting used to.  I'm not going to go out and say it's "the best of both worlds" but it's pretty good, and it's definitely as advertised.  There feels like a perceived whip to the stick, possibly through the easier loading, and the stability really does help keep the blade closed more during the stick deformation when loading.   Shooting(Easy Loading, Quick Release;Bread and Butter): Another reason why I've stayed in Covert sticks for so long are the shooting characteristics of the stick.  To me, this stick matches my game.  It amplifies what I already do since it's suited to me.  I'm never going to be a big shooter, really leaning in to my shots.  I'm a smaller player that uses speed and a quick(ish, heh) release to beat goaltenders.  The QR Edge still lives and breathes by it's shooting characteristics.  Now, with the Edge taper, expect a stick that loads easily, and releases quickly while keeping the strength and accuracy.  Pucks feel clean, crisp, and lively coming off the blade.  On a good shot, you'll feel all the technologies working in unison.  I'm not going to say this stick is going to make you shoot like Laine, but, if it matches your game it will help amplify, or reinforce your abilities.  Weight/Balance(Light): I remember listening to the Warrior Hockey podcast where they talked about sticks having a threshold in terms of their weight and how light they are.  it got me thinking a bit about balance, distribution, and what feels comfortable.  The QR Edge feels light, but more importantly it feels good in my hands.  I'll be honest that I've never been a blade heavy fan.  To me, that always made it feel "clunky" and added to the "dampened" feel of blades.  I suppose what I'm saying is that at a certain point, all high end sticks will be around the same weight.  At that point, it comes down to the balance of the stick and what you prefer.  Me; I prefer a lighter feeling blade, so I'd rather have the weight closer to the top of the stick.  For some people, they might not like that.  In my opinion the QR Edge feels light, and balanced towards the top.  Someone else could pick the stick up and say they feel the balance is neutral, or it's more towards the taper.  This is one of those categories where you 100% should feel the stick and judge for yourself.   Durability(10): I've been using this stick, exclusively, for about 3 months.  Every few sessions I'll mix my QRLs back in just to compare.  I have never had issues with Warrior sticks and their durability and this is no exception.  The blade has held up, and so has the taper.  I'm not heavy on my sticks at all so if they did start to break down I'd be quite disappointed.  There's some cosmetic chips here and there, but it's not like the graphics, or grip coating, are falling or flaking off.  If there was ever an aspect that I might be hard on my sticks it's blocking/deflecting shots.  In that regard I'm very happy with the internals of the blade.  Like the QRL, the blade has kept it's stiffness, it's shape, and it's pop.  I see zero signs that it's going to start to get soft on me  (knock on wood).   Intangibles: I hated the graphics at first, but when I actually got the stick in front of me I thought the colors were fantastic.  It's clearly got a lineage and a history.  To me, you can see the orange and blue and know it's a Warrior.  You know it's a Covert.  It reminds me of old Dolomite sticks.  The asymmetrical graphics are certainly interesting.  I don't know why but I prefer having the larger Warrior logo up by my hands and the Covert logo at the bottom.  I'm a righty so I get the Warrior Logo at the bottom and the Covert up by my hands.  Really though, should I care? Conclusion(10): Warrior hockey has won me over the last few years with their Covert line.  If you've made it through this review I'm sure you're seeing that I'm quite fond of these sticks, so please, take my review with a grain of salt and search for things that I've said that can be a bit more concrete.  I think this stick has a livelier feeling blade.  This stick loads very easily, but also has a lot of stability through it's taper.  It's a quick release style stick.  It's light, and regardless of your preference for weight distribution, has a nice balance to it.  If these things speak to you then I'd recommend trying a friend's QRE out, or go to a store and pick one up and see how it feels in your hands.  If you like it after that, and you think this stick suits your game, then I'd have a hard time telling you not to invest in one as it will respond positively.  Conversely, if you've made it through the review, and you feel that there are characteristics of this stick that do not suit your game you might be shoving a square peg in a round hole.  Like any other stick, if you're fighting it and wanting it to be something it's not, you'll surely be disappointed.  

    djsalerno
    djsalerno
    OPS




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