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GoalForFun last won the day on December 2 2018

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    Bauer Re-Akt 100
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    Bauer Nexus Performance
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  1. GoalForFun

    Bauer Nexus ADV

    About Me Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs Shoots: Left I've been playing hockey since I was 7 with roller and started ice when I was 11. I've played as high as midget AAA but was a career AA player at best, along with high school varsity hockey in New Jersey. I've used many sticks throughout my time on the ice. To give you an idea of what I have to compare the Nexus ADV to, I've used: Nike Bauer Vapor XXX Lite TPS Response R8 RBK 7K SicKick Easton Synergy SL Easton Stealth CNT Easton Stealth S19 CCM pro stock with XX-stiff blade TRUE A6.0 SBP (pro stock) Warrior QR Edge Bauer APX2 Bauer Vapor ADV (both retail and pro stock) Bauer Nexus 1NXL Bauer Nexus 2NPro Bauer 1X Lite Bauer Pro Custom 2NPro + Vapor 1X Lite blade Stick specs: 70 flex, P28 Blade/Receiving Passes - 8.5/10 Not sure how the hole in the blade affects this, but I felt that receiving hard passes with this stick was much easier than with most of the other blades that I've used. The puck doesn't stick to the blade like with the True A6.0 SBP, but it doesn't ricochet off like is often possible with the 1X Lite's blade. I rated it an 8.5 because somehow I felt that making good passes with this stick was harder, probably because of how the blade flexes differently from a conventional solid blade does. The release point to get the pass to go where you want is definitely different. I haven't dialed it in quite yet. Shaft/Flex – 10/10 Not sure how much the "ER Spine" shaft actually helps but I felt that it made loading the stick for shots faster than you would expect from a Nexus line (but not quite as quickly as a Vapor's low kick does). I didn't really notice the difference in ergonomics in my hand so I consider that a positive as that's one less thing I'm being conscious about when playing with a stick that's oddly shaped. I do appreciate that the shape doesn't go all the way up the shaft like you would find in the Surgeon line from STX so your top-hand still gets to grip a traditional shaft shape. Stickhandling – 9.5/10 Stickhandling with this blade and shaft combination is much better than with my 2NPro (the shaft is really a non-factor, though, so it's all about the blade.) The blade does have a somewhat dampened feel but you're still able to get a good read on where the puck is on the blade with your head up. I didn't rate it a 10/10 because I just like the 1X Lite blade a tad bit more. Shooting – 10/10 Like mentioned about, the release of this stick is not quite as fast as a low-kick stick but it's definitely faster than a traditional mid-kick stick. Honestly, I can't feel the blade doing it's "slingshot" work but I definitely notice it happening in real time when I take shots, especially when I compare the stick to a retail 2NPro or even my pro-customs. Weight and Balance – 10/10 I'll basically paste what I wrote about the 2NPro, in that this stick isn't Bauer's lightest offering nor its heaviest. I think this stick is very nicely balanced, however, without being too blade or too shaft heavy. It definitely has a better center of gravity than the 2NPro does, though, so that earns it extra points. And it's even lighter than a 1X Lite which is another bonus. Durability – 10/10* Considering that there's a hole in the blade, this stick has held up pretty damn well. Granted, my mens' league is respectful enough to not have lumberjacks every game so YMMV, but I've definitely jammed the stick into boards and skates during friendly battles and nothing has broken so far. Intangibles I like the graphics well enough, though if I were to rate all the ADV graphics it would have to be Vapor > Supreme > Nexus. I really like the green, though, gives it pop. Conclusion – 9.5/10 Bottom line: a Nexus that plays like a Vapor, basically what I tried to make with my pro-customs but done much better. I liked the stick so much that I bought a second one (so I am that guy who brings $700 worth of carbon fiber to mens' league). I don't think I've liked a stick this much since the Vapor XXX Lite, and so long as I have these to use I probably won't be buying any new sticks. I highly recommend trying it out if you have a buddy that will let you borrow it or if you have the means to purchase one for yourself.
  2. JR put Edge holders on my One95s as well!
  3. Seems that Bauer is starting to be more "transparent" with their stick codes, so 2NPRO = 2NPRO and etc. They even write "FLYITE" on Flylite sticks. Even though historically they've used BRxxxx for Vapor-line sticks I would trust the actual "2NPROSE" written on your stick to be the definitive code.
  4. With all the Bauer shit I own you’d think there’s send me one for free.
  5. I’ve been playing without a knob on the end for almost 5 years now for 3 big reasons: 1. The grip does the job just fine for tackiness 2. My palm doesn’t have a lot of surface area so a knob would make the grip weaker 3. Next to no wear on my palms The only con is that I get calluses on my palm more easily, but those naturally go away if I don’t play for a couple months.
  6. ^ Can’t see any pictures.
  7. He’s going for the Cawlidge cage hang look
  8. I used to use noicing until JR showed me a level of one of their profiles I bought from them. It was ridiculously off.
  9. It would be cheaper to just buy one. Not sure why you keep wanting to reinvent the wheel, hobbyist or not. Don't be a contrarian for the sake of it.
  10. FWIW I was not a fan of the retail ADV blade. Next to no puck feel whatsoever. I am a huge fan of the 1X Lite blade though (the Aerosense 2).
  11. Did you cut out the logo from the Warrior shell or use the embroidery file?
  12. GoalForFun

    Bauer Nexus 2NPro

    About Me Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs Shoots: Left I've been playing hockey since I was 7 with roller and started ice when I was 11. I've played as high as midget AAA but was a career AA player at best, along with high school varsity hockey in New Jersey. I've used many sticks throughout my time on the ice. To give you an idea of what I have to compare the Nexus to, I've used: Nike Bauer Vapor XXX Lite TPS Response R8 RBK 7K SicKick Easton Synergy SL Easton Stealth CNT CCM pro stock with XX-stiff blade TRUE A6.0 SBP (pro stock) Warrior QR Edge Bauer APX2 Bauer Vapor ADV Bauer Nexus 1NXL Bauer 1X Lite Bauer Pro Custom 2NPro + Vapor 1X Lite blade The Nexus 2NPro was my first retail stick purchase in god knows how long. I was very excited for the stick after falling in love with my 1NXL. Stick specs: 70 flex, P28 Blade/Receiving Passes - 6.5/10 The R-Lite blade is allegedly the most popular spec at the NHL level as it has the crispiness of a stiffer blade but softened feel for receiving hard passes and improving puck feel. My thoughts on this blade are mixed; off the shelf it felt amazing, and though I disagree that a softer blade core helps with puck feel (in my experience a dampened feel hurts because you can't easily feel with your hands where on the blade the puck is) I wasn't initially put off by the extra dampening like I have been with other sticks because I prefer a livelier blade. However, be it the materials or maybe just my stick, the blade went dead very quickly. I'm talking about less than 8 full sessions. It quickly lost that crispy feel that I liked and just became a dampened blade. If this blade retained its pop longer, this score would be close to a 9/10. Shaft/Flex – 9/10 I like the Nexus hybrid shaft shape a lot, but only just slightly behind the traditional boxy shape of the Supreme line. Otherwise, no complaints about the shaft of the stick. I got a 70 flex and it really feels like a 70 flex (strangely enough my Pro Customs were also 70 flex but feel more like an 87). Stickhandling – 7/10 Similar to how the blade quickly died on me, stickhandling was great initially but quickly faded as the blade lost its crisp. Nothing much more to say about that; if the blade stayed crispier longer this would be close to a 9/10. Shooting – 8.5/10 Shooting with this stick has remained very good, even with the blade losing its life early on. Pucks don't laser off the blade like with my 1X Lite or ADV, but they have "weight" behind them. My only complaint comes, once again, thanks to the blade. Initially the puck would release faster but as the blade lost its life pucks started to come off more slowly. Weight and Balance – 9/10 Not Bauer's lightest offering, not its heaviest. I think this stick is very nicely balanced, however, without being too blade or too shaft heavy. But there is definitely a more blade-heavy bias to the stick which is not what I would prefer (for example, TRUE has managed to move their center of gravity on their sticks higher up in the shaft to give the perception of a lighter stick which is very welcome). Durability – 7/10 I'm going to give durability a 7/10. The shaft has held up fine to physical impact with only a small chunk lost near the neck of the blade. Obviously the blade construction is not going to score well here. However, one thing I did notice about the stick itself is that not long after I've used it (say around 15 sessions) I started to notice that the shaft started to develop a very subtle but noticeable (when you stack 2 sticks together) bend/flex to it (in the direction you would expect). This tells me that the carbon is not returning completely to its original shape after shots. Maybe I got a defective unit but that was definitely something I was not expecting from a stick I paid almost $300 for. Intangibles The 2NPro graphics have grown on me, though I personally prefer the look of the 2017 1N. Conclusion – 7.75/10 Bottom line: a very solid stick when its new but doesn't hold up as well as you would hope. Yes, "elite" sticks are technically less durable, but I was hoping to be able to really use the stick at its original characteristics for more than a few months. I had to give up using it earlier than I would have liked because the blade just became unusable to me.
  13. Kane uses a super stiff blade, but I think he’s one of the few.
  14. The Bauer Re-Akt ones I've found are better for rounder faces since they seem to run on the "smaller" side for me (with me having a smaller facial surface area). But I really like them when I use them.
  15. I feel like my snappers come off faster with my 1XL and ADV than they do with my Nexus. I haven’t really noticed a big difference between “power” though. I do prefer the way the mid stick reacts to being loaded, though. In an ideal world I would be using a mid-low stick like the One95, just with updated materials.
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