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  1. 3 tip in goals that are normally automatic for me, all complete misses.. Ever since I had a nasty bug for 2+ weeks, just got better, came back and my timing is off. It's okay because I'm still producing, but those were basically handed to me.
  2. I have the XVI's, what would be a comparable model in this line?
  3. I'm curious to see how STX does. I know they make quality lacrosse gear, so it should be interesting to see how this affects other major retailers.
  4. I have to say, the Dynasty AX1 is unreal. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me.
  5. Got early acceptances to the University of Waterloo and Ryerson!
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    Sher-Wood T90

    Sherwood T90 Flex: 85 Curve: Stastny Height: 5'10 Weight: 145 Postition: Forward Time-frame of use: 8 months Aesthetics: This was a very average looking stick, simple black weave background and white company logo. Wasn't bad, but didn't appeal to me directly off the shelf either; this was more of a "oh, this is a good price on the stick" buy, as opposed to me going in there and it immediately popping out to me. 7.5/10 Weight and Balance: It's not heavy, but it's not light either. It's definitely a mid-range stick in terms of the weight, however it is well-balanced in my opinion, especially after it got caught down. 8/10 Blade: Great blade, I absolutely loved the puck feel and durability of it. It wasn't pingy, and felt very natural when sending/receiving passes. This is probably the shining piece of the stick, as it was definitely the biggest difference-maker for me. 8.5/10 Shaft/Flex: This is a decent stick for a mid-level player. The loading and release is nothing to write home about, however it wasn't horrible. Slapshots were okay, wristers and snappers were okay, and once you got used to the loading, everything was pretty much normal. There was no extra zip on shots (aside from when it was right off the shelf), and it went soft surprisingly quickly. Additionally, it's very boxy, so it might be better for people with bigger hands. 7.5/10 Stickhandling and Passing: This is the strong point of the stick - puck feel was very good (as expected with Sherwood), and passing was really good too. Pinpoint accuracy, and easy to catch hard passes. 8/10 Shooting: My wrist and snap shots were relatively unchanged. My release time however, was also a bit slower than I am accustomed to. This probably is due from coming from the low kick sticks such as S19, 75s II, S17 and so on. 7.5/10 Durability: Great. The shaft did go soft a tad quickly, but the overall integrity of the stick was never really compromised (other than the heel, where some cracks were starting to appear towards the end of the 8 months I tried it) 8.5/10 Conclusion: This was on sale at $100, and at the price point they offer it at (used to be $150, now is $100), I think it would be well worth it. It is a great stick, definitely not top end but comparable to others such as the x40, or EQ40 sticks. 7.75/10
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    Easton Mako M3

    Easton Mako M3 Flex: 85 Curve: Hall Height: 5'10 Weight: 145 Postition: Forward Time-frame of use: 4 months Aesthetics: The "whiteout" design has been very popular among many players on all kinds of levels. I love it, and the nice hints of orange and black on the bottom of the stick make it much easier to see in my peripheral vision than if it had been full whiteout. The matte finish and sleek "Easton" logo are nice touches as well. I did prefer the 75s to this (black n yellow!) but nonetheless, a great looking twig. 8.25/10 Weight and Balance: The M3 was a bit heavier than the 75s II, so much so that I noticed it on the ice. Could have been because I didn't really cut it (and I should have) though. It seemed very balanced, if not a tad blade heavy. All in all though, at the price point I saw it in the store, not bad at all 8/10 Blade: The blade is really good. Was nice with puck feel, pass reception and everything in between. Looks like Easton has fixed up the blade durability issues they had in the past with the RS II and Mako lines. My S19 was also very good in terms of blade durability, due to Kevlar added for extra protection in the blade itself. Great job by Easton! 8.5/10 Shaft/Flex: The stick is a true playmakers stick. If you are the one holding into the puck and creating plays, this is the twig for you. The shaft feels very nice and comfortable in your hands, and the flex profiles to what it was. No complaints here. 9/10 Stickhandling and Passing: This is truly the strength of this stick. Puck feel is amazing (at the price) and passing is on point and accurate. Reception is also very, very good. It can get a bit tiring with the weight, but as I said earlier I probably needed to cut it down a bit, which I did not. 8/10 Shooting: My wrist and snap shots were relatively unchanged. My release time however, was also a bit slower than I am accustomed to. This probably is due from coming from the low kick sticks such as S19, 75s II, S17 and so on. Slapper a were pretty good though. 7.5/10 Durability: Great so far, this stick is an absolute tank.there are a few cracks appearing in the heel, but that's more a result of me playing a bit of center. 9/10 Conclusion: This was a test stick from Easton, and at the price point they offer it at, I think it would be well worth it. I'd probably be more careful if I had dished out the $ for it too, instead of getting the great opporitunity to test it out and offer reviews. It is a great stick, definitely not top end but comparable to others such as the T70, or RBZ 80. 7.75/10
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    Easton 75s II

    Easton 75s II Flex: 85 Curve: Hall Height: 5'10 Weight: 145 Postition: Forward Time-frame of use: Used for 2 months before breakage Aesthetics: Pretty standard blacked out stealth design, I really like the matte finish on the eliptical taper. I imagine if this wasn't grip it would apply through the whole shaft. Very sleek. 8.5/10 Weight and Balance: Absolutely phenomenal. One of if not the lightest stick vid ever used, and the balance is just unreal. I would put this right up there with top end sticks! 9/10 Blade: The blade is absolutely unreal, until it breaks. Even when a crack appeared on the heel however, a simple extra later of tape did the job. Still maintained good puck feel, as well as little to no rattling. 7.5/10 Shaft/Flex: The stick is a low-kick stick, designed for hard and accurate wristers and snappers. That being said, I experienced little to no change in my slapshot power, coming over from the mid-kick One95/T90. The flex profiled right where it was supposed to, and the eliptical taper made for the quickest release I have ever owned (even now with my AX1). I scored goals-a-plenty with this twig in competitive rep hockey. The grip is a tad rubbery, but it does allow for a decent amount of movement when needed. 9/10 Stickhandling and Passing: My stickhandling and passing felt very nice. Passes were pinpoint and the blade was very good in picking up hard or otherwise bad passes. Deking was fun to say the least, the lightness of the stick helped along with the great ability to take a slash (eliptical taper doubling as shock absorber?). Was very pleased overall with this stick. 9/10 Shooting: My wristers and snappers were my bread and butter with this stick. Shooting was effortless, and took very little time to release. Shots went where I wanted them to go, with authority. Even when the blade cracked a bit, I had no qualms with hindrance in performance. All in all, if you are a shooter this is the stick for you. 9.5/10 Durability: My one complaint about this stick is it broke in practice. During a breakout drill. There must have been micro fractures or something.. Blade cracked as well, but the performance didn't really take a hit. This was a very good stick in terms of holding up to slashes and such, and I just wish I still had it.. 7/10 Conclusion: This was a test stick from Easton, and to me it passed with flying colours. What you see here is pretty much the review I sent them back. This is a hell of a twig, and if you can pick it up in the $150 range, I'd go for it. Just be sure to take good care of it and inspect for small cracks or compromises in the shaft integrity which you can address pretty cheaply if you go to a stick repair shop before full-on breakage occurs. 8.25/10
  9. Warrior Dynasty AX1 Grip Flex: 85 Curve: Kopitar Height: 5'10 Weight: 145 Postition: Forward Time-frame of use: 2.5 months Aesthetics: I'm really digging the new sleek and toned down designs Warrior is coming out with. The sleek matte finish, along with the colour scheme was very appealing to the eye when I first got it. Not that crazy about the sparkly top portion though. 8.5/10 Weight and Balance: The Dynasty was originally a bit heavy before I cut it down (due to the extra 3" of material warrior adds to OPSs). After I cut it down the weight and balance was phenomenal, not exactly top top end like a Nexus, but very, very good nonetheless. 8.5/10 Blade: The blade is amazing. They added an extra layer of material around the outer edges (which visually looks pretty sleek), and the blade wasn't "pingy" like the APX, or prone to breakage like the Easton's. 9/10 Shaft/Flex: The stick is a mid-kick stick, as opposed to the lower kick points found in sticks like the APX, or V9 series. I personally liked it, as it had nice pop to it on every one of my shots, and it took little to no effort when loading to get off a decent shot. It is a little slower on release, but this shaft really gets the job done in terms of durability, power, accuracy and release time. 9/10 Stickhandling and Passing: My stickhandling and passing were relatively unchanged (a new stick won't automatically give you good hands), but going from a T90 to a Dynasty to a Dynasty AX1 was interesting to say the least. My passes were crisp, receiving passes was a ton easier, and stick handling was smoother. Mostly because the blades on my other sticks were pretty much cooked. 9/10 Shooting: My wrist and snap shots were a tad harder with this stick, but my slapshots were back to where they used to be when I had my S19.. First slapshot I took with the AX1 in warmups went bar down. Very powerful, and accurate. One timers improved with this stick (psychological or new kick point?), and I was very happy with this stick. 9.5/10 Durability: Great so far. Over the past month I've used it 4-5 times a week and nothing in terms of chips or scratches appeared on the blade (aside from where tape had ripped early on in a game, but that wasn't the sticks fault). The shaft is holding up pretty good, considering I play both wing and center when needed. Just little scratches, no nicks or gouges on it yet. The velvet grip is peeling a bit, so I'm a tad disappointed at that, but in terms of the stick structure, I am thoroughly impressed. 9/10 Conclusion: This was a warranty replacement, and after testing multiple sticks for Easton over the years, this is right up there with the top guns from them. Better on durability by far, and just lacking by a tiny bit in performance in comparison. I have to say, bravo Warrior; this is a hell of a stick. 9/10
  10. Stick: Warrior Dynasty Flex: 85 Curve: Kopitar Player: 5'10, 145 lbs, 3-4 times a week (2-3 games, 1 practice) Playing Style: Playmaking forward with a knack for scoring in in-tight areas, I rely on a quick release and accuracy. Shaft/Flex: The shaft had a great feel in my hands, as the shape wasn't too boxy, nor too round. The little "niches" helped with the grip somewhat, but took a while to get used to. It did seem a tad stiffer than 85 flex, but my shots were pretty good with this stick. 7/10 Blade/Puck Feel: This blade was one of the best things (at least in my opinion) about this stick. I could feel the puck on the blade, and it wasn't very "pingy" like many of the new OPS's on the market. In addition, catching passes was golden as the puck seemed to just stick on the blade. The only complaint I have is about the durability, as after about 3 weeks a crack appeared on the heel of the stick. Researched, and it was a well-known problem. 9/10 Weight/Balance: This is a pretty light stick, a tad blade heavy and definitely not in the class of the APX or the new AX1, but nontheless it was not too heavy and not too light. 9/10 Shooting:.Shooting was great. The mid-kick (in my opinion) suited my style better than the Widow's low-kick (at PHL, I kept going BD with the Dynasty, and Bar-north with the Widow - it's really just a matter of getting used to the kickpoint though). Clappers and snappers were great, and my wristers had a few extra MPH on them. 9/10 Durability: This is perhaps the only downfall of the stick. I noticed at the hosel (the part where the shaft and blade are fused) a lot of composite was splintering, and of course the blade cracked after week 3. That being said, I was still able to play with it despite all these nicks and bruises. 7/10 Overall: One of the better sticks I've owned over the past years. I do have to say, I liked the 75s and the s19 a bit better (most likely due to the eliptical taper), however I despised the durability on each of those sticks. The Dynasty was a solid jack-of-all trades stick. I did also notice my backhand sauce was a lot better than I remembered it to be.. Very stick, well worth the $99 sale price I got it for! 8.5/10
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