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MrData

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MrData last won the day on April 14

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About MrData

  • Rank
    BASE Hockey
  • Birthday 07/16/1993

Equipment

  • Skates
    Bauer Supreme S29
  • Stick
    True A5.2 (2018), 75 flex, HCS curve / BASE Reign LT, 75 flex, grip powder matte, BH23 Drury Lie 4.75 curve
  • Gloves
    Sherwood BPM 120 Custom
  • Helmet
    Bauer IMS 9.0 w/ CCM FM480 cage
  • Pants
    Bauer Supreme TotalOne
  • Shoulder Pads
    CCM U+ Fit 05
  • Elbow Pads
    CCM RBZ 130
  • Shin Pads
    Reebok 3k
  • Hockey Bag
    Warrior Pro

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  • Location
    Montreal
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  1. MrData

    True Blade Durability?

    The HCS is an absolute gem and my favourite pattern. It's listed as lie 5.5, but it's actually closer to 5.0. No other company makes a lie 5 Lidstrom. The only alternative for a low lie heel curve is BASE's BH23 Drury in lie 4.75.
  2. I second Hockey Supremacy. Never buy any stick there for less than 15% off, since they almost always have 15-20% off codes. Also, check out these Bauer Nexus League sticks for $150 online:
  3. MrData

    Bauer nexus team stick?

    415g, Textreme on the blade. Handled it in store and it felt great. I would imagine this is what they provide to CHL teams that have Bauer stick deals. Thanks for the link - it's the best price I've seen for those, so I grabbed one. Plus they have the max height P92M, so it's a no brainer.
  4. 2 things that get me excited about getting new sticks: Finding classic / old-school / obscure sticks on the market Trying new, unusual, or rare patterns But yeah, the appeal of collecting sticks for its own sake has worn off, I will admit.
  5. MrData

    My Bauer sticks

    Yeah but #kreps4life though! (Or is that fad over now...) I wouldn't neglect the importance of aesthetics. I think the supposed weight issue is 95% psychological though - it's not a noticeable difference. Although, if we had a max height BC27 Kovalev Pro, that thing would be massive lol.
  6. MrData

    Who offers the best value in sticks?

    You're right about most of the "pass the savings on to you" brands that simply import Chinese sticks with lower quality control and no fancy marketing or branding - they're a dime a dozen, and while some offer a decent product (I've heard good things about ABHS), most aren't worth your time or money. However, the idea that marketing and NHL fees savings would be passed on to customers has some validity to it. It's one of the reasons why BASE can offer its top-of-the-line ~400g custom stick at $240 with no minimum order. I asked Ron Kunisaki about NHL players using BASE (there have been a couple, including Dan Hamhuis and Alexei Kovalev most notably). He told me that he didn't want to pander to pros at the expense of BASE's regular customers. When Dan Hamhuis wanted to try BASE sticks, Ron refused to send him twigs unless he went through the same fitting process that regular customers go through to determine their optimal specs. He did it, and his stick specs did change. He ended up using a regular blacked-out Nasty in a stock BC92 Lie 5 curve. The downside of this philosophy is that BASE doesn't have any NHL pros using its sticks today, and even when Hamhuis and others were using them, they were blacked out. However, we're able to sell a top-quality product at a price that other manufacturers just can't match due in part to their expenses relating to marketing, NHL branding fees, and pro endorsement contracts. I'd put our Reign LT in a blind test against any stick on the market today, and aside from subjective player preference (which is very important), I'm convinced testers would hold it at the same level as $300+ sticks. Of course though, BASE isn't just blindly shipping in no-name sticks from China, since we have manufacturing and technical expertise from Innovative and the early Warrior 'golden days', and we own our own factory. In that light, I have to give props to Sher-Wood for dropping its NHL branding and player endorsements to focus on grassroots hockey. They make a solid product at a very reasonable price, and if more manufacturers did that, players would have an even greater choice of quality equipment. Instead, you have the "big boys" like Bauer rolling out 'retail custom' sticks at $350 a pop, minimum 2, with less customization options than we offer.
  7. MrData

    Base Hockey curve request

    Here's the Ovi Pro blog post, for more information about the new pattern: US: https://us.basehocke...kin-pro-pattern Canada: https://basehockey.c...kin-pro-pattern Stay tuned for the lie measurement; since it's a pro stock stick, we're not assuming the lie before we can measure the sample.
  8. MrData

    Base Hockey curve request

    We've had a problem with our Ovi Pro blade sample, so BASE is offering a free customized BASE stick of your choice to anyone willing to provide an Ovi pro stock, CCM Crazy Ovi, or Warrior Kremlin stick to make the new BC08 mould. You can get it with the new BC08 Ovi Pro pattern or any other of our curves. The stick may be destroyed in the process. Send me a message if you're interested! EDIT: Thanks everyone, several people have stepped forward!
  9. MrData

    Base Hockey curve request

    Weird, we do only offer the BC27 in lie "5.5". I put that in quotation marks because the actual lie of Kovalev's pro pattern is hard to pin down due to the wild rocker and length, so that's more of an average lie. I'm thinking that's a misprint, but I am curious to see if the blades will line up next to each other. Also, in other news: BIG NEWS! You Ovi Pro fans are finally getting some tangible progress to seek your teeth into. In the coming weeks, I'll be releasing a feature on the Ovi Pro pattern on the BASE blog, which will be accompanied with a pre-order form on the main page. If we get a pre-order of 40 one-piece sticks (or shaft and blade combos, I'll have to confirm that part), we will produce the Ovi Pro curve in both RH and LH, as a limited edition run until June 6th. The pattern will be a clone of a pro stock Ovechkin stick from his CCM days, so it should be identical to the old CCM Crazy Ovi. If we don't get to 40 pre-orders (which I think is unlikely, considering the amount of interest we've received), we'll be refunding everyone's pre-order. Think of it as new pattern crowdfunding.
  10. MrData

    Base Supernatural Question

    I'd say they play slightly whippier than the Sher-Wood T-series (which I find to be on the stiffer side). Warrior is probably pretty close in flex. They're not BASE's whippiest-feeling sticks - that honour goes to the Reign LT. The SuperNatural does feel whippier than the Nasty though.
  11. MrData

    Attention ex Drury users!

    I'd say get one or two good-quality shafts in your preferred flex, then stockpile Drury blades. That's usually a winning formula for people who like rarer patterns. That way, you pay less "per Drury," and an 85 flex shaft + a Drury blade is much easier to find than an 85-flex RH Drury one-piece stick. BASE makes Drury (BH23) blades in several different lies, and you can pick your blade stiffness and coating. Otherwise, there are some other manufacturers who still make replacement blades, or you can find old ones or pro stock online. Incidentally, I just tried BASE's Lie 4 Drury blade yesterday, and that was an interesting experience. Longest stick I've ever used, but I still had plenty of blade on the ice.
  12. MrData

    Base Hockey curve request

    You can send us a blade sample to create your own pattern. However, there is a minimum order and a mould fee. No plans for expanding the SS10 line right now. It's targeted towards senior/beer league players, so we're sticking to that crowd for now.
  13. MrData

    Base Hockey curve request

    Thanks for all the feedback guys! I do talk about this with management often. If progress has been slow, it's because we're working on several interesting new projects right now. Please keep letting me know which patterns you're interested in - it gives me ammo when I bring it up in conference calls and email chains!
  14. MrData

    Base Hockey curve request

    Looks like the Ovi is back on the table! Someone came in with an old CCM Crazy Ovi blade, and we're willing to copy it if we can get enough pre-orders. Anyone interested in a LH or RH Crazy Ovi blade or stick should message me ASAP so we can get this thing rolling. For reference:
  15. MrData

    Curve options

    There's a good discussion of the differences early on in this video: Ask the Fitter with Carson David


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