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bwhockey17

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  1. 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
  2. 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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