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tcraig

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About tcraig

  • Birthday 06/11/1990

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    CCM SuperTacks
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    Warrior QREdge
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    CCM Tacks 710
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    CCM UCLP
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    CCM UltraTacks
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    CCM UltraTacks
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    Easton Pro Carry

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  1. tcraig

    New Warrior codes. Pro stock

    @jeffg that very well may be, I'm not sure. I saw some marketing materials for the DX stick, and without saying too much it looked like the blade was a differentiating point between it and the QX as opposed to a new shaft geometry. So T8 DX may be the real deal - but again I don't know for sure. @.am I never used the DT2, but from what I remember that was a Dagger Taper stick (so low kick). Therefore the Covert line would be the closest -- they had refinements of the Dagger Taper technology up until this year's model, the QREdge, which has a new taper geometry called the Edge Taper. Still an ultra low kick stick. But the previous generation Covert stick (the QRL) may be more of a modern update to the DT2. The Alpha line is more of a low-mid kickpoint. The Saber, Quick Strike, etc. terms are essentially marketing jargon to refer to features -- i.e. Sabre is in reference to the Sabre Taper shaft geometry in the lower portion of the shaft, which is a shape that is supposed to result in less twisting of the lower shaft for more accurate shots. QuickStrike is just marketing trying to reinforce that there is still a quick release....don't focus too much on those types of terms, just if the stick is Covert (very low kick) or Alpha (mid-low kick).
  2. tcraig

    New Warrior codes. Pro stock

    The code indicates it's a 90 flex QX build - so I'd say you're guess of QX dressed as DX is correct. I haven't seen what the DX code is yet - T8 is Alpha QX, and T9 is the QREdge build.
  3. tcraig

    Quad 1 - tcraig

    Profile 3: Quad 1 Steel: Step Blacksteel - 280 Hollow: 3/4" ROH About Me: I started playing back when I was about 5 years old, and played competitively up until college (high school, Junior C and B). Took around a 10 year break, and got back into playing about 2 years ago. Currently play in the A/B league my rink offers, and am usually on the ice 2-3 times a week. Review: Whoooah baby. Coming from the Zuperior M, I was curious to see how much of a difference the various profiles would actually make in my skating. For example, in that profile I noticed a bit more speed and stability over the standard 10' I'm used to, but nothing crazy that merited maintaining it. This Quad 1, on the other hand, is a HUGE difference for me. Agility? Check. Stability? Check. Speed? As much as you're getting out of me. Acceleration? You bet. I noticed basically all of the benefits to stability and top end speed that I got from the Zuperior M, but without the mobility penalty. In fact, I feel better mobility with this profile than I did on the 10', and I even feel more mobile than I did back on a standard 9' radius. It's honestly insane to me how much of a difference I feel between the standard single radius profiles I was using and this. Overall, I think that I have slightly less top-end speed than I did with the Zuperior M, but still more than I had on 10'. Stability seems essentially the same, if there is a difference it's imperceptible to me. Acceleration and mobility is where the Quad 1 shines for me - while I may have a slight reduction in top end raw speed, I get up to that speed so much faster than before it doesn't matter. I feel like the quick acceleration here is a massive benefit, allowing me to close in on a defender and then turn it up another notch and quickly get by, which isn't something I've really been great at in the past. The closest thing I've felt to this acceleration-wise is when I was skating in Makos on a 9' radius, with that aggressive Mako forward pitch. The downside back then was stability, especially on transitions from forward to backward skating (I would feel too pitched over my toes on the transition). The Quad 1 basically feels like that did in terms of forward skating, putting me a bit over my toes in a position lending itself to quick acceleration, but when I transition to going backwards it feels more stable than the standard 10' neutral pitch steel I've been on lately. It's pretty incredible, and I would highly recommend people try a quad in their steel size range. I haven't felt this good on my skates since...ever. Acceleration: 4 Mobility: 4 Stability: 3.5 Speed: 3.9? It's so close to the Zuperior M, but I get up to speed so much quicker it's basically a wash. Other profiles reviewed: 10' (standard LS4 profile) Zuperior M
  4. tcraig

    Zuperior M - tcraig

    Profile 2: Zuperior M Steel: Bauer LS4 - 280 Hollow: 3/4" ROH About Me: I started playing back when I was about 5 years old, and played competitively up until college (high school, Junior C and B). Took around a 10 year break, and got back into playing about 2 years ago. Currently play in the A/B league my rink offers, and am usually on the ice 2-3 times a week. Review: For me, this is a bit of an improvement over the stock LS4 10' radius that I have been using, but not dramatically so. I can feel a bit of extra speed and more stability, but definitely at the expense of agility. I'd be curious to see how this profile fares with a more shallow hollow; I've never gone below 3/4" but I felt like I had too much grip when trying to do quick cuts compared to the 10' LS4. I could likely get used to it over an extended period, and I did feel that it almost forced me to have a longer stride, so for my beer league I'd take the hit in quick mobility in exchange for the extra top speed. I didn't really notice any difference in acceleration, just that I had more top end speed and I maintained more of that speed coming out of turns. I'd stick with this for now over the standard 10' profile I was on, but I don't think I would go out of my way to maintain the profile over time. That might change if I enjoyed a more shallow ROH with it, since it just feels a bit too grippy to me as is. Acceleration: 2 Mobility: 1.5 Stability: 3.5 Speed: 4 Other profiles reviewed: 10' (standard LS4 profile) Quad 1
  5. tcraig

    10' - tcraig

    Profile 1: 10' (Control) Steel: Bauer LS4 - 280 Hollow: 3/4" ROH About Me: I started playing back when I was about 5 years old, and played competitively up until college (high school, Junior C and B). Took around a 10 year break, and got back into playing about 2 years ago. Currently play in the A/B league my rink offers, and am usually on the ice 2-3 times a week. Review: This is...fine. I'm not in love with it, but it works. I used to use 9', but decided to stick with the stock 10' on my set of LS4 steel and like the bit of extra stability and speed, however I do notice a reduction in agility from 9'. Since beer league isn't super stop and go, I decided to stick with 10' for now. This will be my control profile for this process. Acceleration: 2 Mobility: 2 Stability: 3 Speed: 3 Other profiles reviewed: Zuperior M Quad 1
  6. tcraig

    Those who have as1 or ft1 skates...

    My original SuperTacks are the same way.
  7. Any word on the ultrastop material coming to retail, such as through the MSH Pro Shop? I'd still love to get them on my Makos!
  8. tcraig

    11th Annual MSH SummerJam

    Definitely interested, last summer was great!
  9. tcraig

    The Prosharp Project

    Sorry I've been MIA for a bit, life has been crazy. I'm glad this has finally taken shape, it sounded great when you were telling me about the plan at SJ. I'm still definitely interested once everything is set!
  10. tcraig

    Warrior QRE Sticks

    Don't know yet, UPS bobbled the shipping so it arrived later than anticipated and right before I left for vacation. A couple things I noticed are the grip texture is different than the QRL and the shaft corners are more rounded. Seems a bit better balanced.
  11. tcraig

    Warrior QRE Sticks

    I was sent a QREdge as part of the VIP program. 85 flex, w28 weighed 407 grams on my cheap kitchen scale.
  12. tcraig

    Ccm pro stock help

    Is that sticker you mentioned the barcode sticker at the top of the shaft? That's the most helpful one -- the numbers/letters under that, as well as the PLAYER NAME (CODE) next to the barcode can be useful.
  13. tcraig

    bauer stick code help

    As far as I'm aware, the S181X is the part you'd want to be concerned about - and you're right, that indicates those are a true 1X Lite construction. The 1X-04G I'm not positive on, but I'd assume it's an identifier for something like the graphic package.
  14. tcraig

    TRUE A6.0 SBP (2018) - tcraig

    I've gotten about 15 sessions of ice time with the 2018 A6.0 SBP now, so wanted to give a quick update. So far, the stick is playing identically to when I first got it, with the exception of ease of loading. After a couple of sessions, I noticed that the stick had begun playing a little softer. Not much, but it seems to be playing just under an 85 flex now -- it feels like it is a bit easier to load, but I have not noticed any loss of kick on shots. I was initially concerned that it was whipping out quickly, but after the initial bit of softening up it has remained constant. I have to say I love how it currently plays, as I like the easier loading on quick wrist and snap shots, especially since it's still kicking as hard as it did on day 1. The softening seems to have taken place exclusively around the flex point - the lower portion of the shaft is still noticeably stiffer than the previous generation A6.0 SBP, which is great when really leaning into shots as the blade doesn't open up nearly as easily as the 2016 model. Since its 3rd or so outing, this has been a perfect balance between easy loading and hard kick. No complaints. In terms of durability, it's holding up great. After my 2nd session using it the stick had developed a rattle, which I assumed as some glue breaking lose inside. When I opened the butt end and dumped the contents, I was greeted by a chunk of glue identical to the one shown in @clarkiestooth's LTR. Didn't have any effect on performance, but I found it interesting that I had an identical chunk come out quickly after receiving the stick, just as he did. Other than that, I haven't noticed anything wrong - no abnormal blade chipping/cracking, and the shaft is holding up great. I'm not sure if they've changed their manufacturing process on the exterior, or if I've just been lucky so far, but it looks to be in much better condition than my previous True sticks after a similar amount of use. There hasn't been much cosmetic chipping, which was an issue a lot of people noticed on previous generations. Like I said, I could just be lucky so far, but this stick has taken plenty of pucks and slashes so far. I'm really enjoying using this stick - especially since it's slightly softened up. It was great when really leaning into shots from the start, but now it loads easy enough that quick wristers and snappers come off well when I'm off balance or don't have enough time to really load the shaft. I'll keep updates coming, but so far this is looking like a great improvement over the 2016 A6.0 SBP.
  15. tcraig

    True Stick - A6.0 HT

    Cool, hope you enjoy them! I'd like to get my hands on an HT at some point to compare the flex profile to the SBP, as I always seem to end up gravitating back to low kick sticks.


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