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Chadd, October 2, 2010 in MSH Long-Term Reviews
Alright, haven't really had a chance to really put this stick to the test yet, but here are a couple of my first impressions. First off the stick is very light and has great balance to it. I currently use a 70 fles montreal nitro as well as an 85 flex S19, so I went with the 80 flex BX12. After cutting down the stick a little, the 80 flex feels nothing like an 80 and more like a 90-100 flex. I haven't had this problem with any of the other sticks I have used, so if your are looking for a 90 flex or so stick, go with their 80 flex.
I went with the P39 curve (zetterberg clone) which says it is a 6 lie. After cutting it to the same length as my S19 i figured out that the lie is way off. stickhandling and shooting were hard as I only had the toe on the ice. I added an extension to the stick, so I will be playing with a stick a little longer then I am used to, but once I get the extension glued back in (it already came loose) I will be able to use this stick in a couple games.
Hope to have a more through review up by the end of the week after a couple skates once i get everything straight and the stick set up for best use.
Have had a chance to use the stick a little more. The stick does have some good kick to it when I really put some force into it. With my S19 and my Nitro I really don't need to go that hard at my snap shots as they have a lot more flex to them then the Battleaxe does. I am hoping as I whip the stick out a little from using it a little more I will be able to get the stick to a point where i can feel comfortable with the flex.
As far as stickhandling goes, the blade does has good puck feel. I don't feel like I need to keep looking down to make sure I got the puck and can really feel where on the blade the puck is at all times.
So far the stick is showing no signs of wear or chipping. I have 3 games this week and have to coach a couple practices so will be able to see how it is holding up after this week.
Well have had a chance to use the stick in a couple more games and the one nice thing about the stick is it seems very durrable. I have play some A and B league adult games that have been a little chippy with a lot of stick work and the stick is no worse for wear. I am still having some issues with how stiff the stick is, but I am starting to whip it out a little more. The one thing I have really noticed is that the blade seems to have a big rocker on it so when the toe is on the ice the heel is way off and vice a versa. This is a little tough to recieve passes in your feet or further away from my body. Now that I am starting to get the stick whiped out a little, I am starting to be able to load it better and am getting some shots to come off much better now. I don't take a lot of slap shots, so snap shots are my game. I don't feel this is a hot stick as far as how the puck jumps off the blade, but it still does have a little kick to it. I think as I whip the stick out a little more I will have a better understanding of how the stick really kicks.