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    Quote Originally Posted by ianmonsta View Post
    I like the Nike Bauer Vapors
    X2!!!!

    My first 2 were easton synergy...
    I just bought a Bike Bauer Vapor a few months back, and it's hands down the best stick I've ever played with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodguy View Post
    Yeah, I bought my first one about 6 years ago it was one of the original easton synergy sticks... About a year later I bought a different one because I didn't like the blade curve (Stick is still in good shape I use it as a backup... ). And that stick (that was also a synergy stick)I bought about 5 years ago just broke 6 months ago. I've owned 3 one pieces in 6 years and have only had one break on me. Now mind you I don't have the hardest shot in the world... So someone with more upper body strength than me would break it allot quicker I'm sure. But I do play Defense so I use my stick allot for poke checks etc...

    The one piece is far superior, it's lighter, you feel the puck allot more... Kind of like the difference of having sex with a condom and without. You feel it so much more! You can choose your flex, from really whippy to stiff as a board. The flex is huge as, like I said I don't have a hard shot so the flex gives my shot a little more speed then the wood sticks. I could go on and on... But you get the point..
    I've broke so many more sticks than you have.

    OP: I would suggest you go with a two piece. Pretty much the same performance but you can change blades if you break the blade and they are cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vishi05 View Post
    I've broke so many more sticks than you have.

    OP: I would suggest you go with a two piece. Pretty much the same performance but you can change blades if you break the blade and they are cheaper.
    You also have a MUCH harder shot than I do.. And you play multiple times a week. I play once a week and have a weak shot.

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    Thanks to the Times Are Tough thread, I ended up getting a 3pack of RBK 4ks for a little over $100 (includes shipping/tax, so great deal).

    I was very hesitant for 3 reasons.

    1) They didn't have the curves I like (only Madano and Phaneaufpfpfph were available). Never played with anything close to those curves.

    2) I've heard they break on a whim, too.

    3) I've always liked stiffer sticks. I was using a cut down 115 shaft and RBK 1k blade, and had to drop down to an 85.

    I'm just going to reiterate things others said, but here you go:

    The accuracy of my shot has improved greatly. It's easier for me to not only pick corners, but also keep it low, which is important because I dropped back to D this season at TSC.

    It is much lighter. I used my old stick for the first time in a while recently b/c I was playing on straight concrete, and didn't want to ruin my good sticks. I noticed immediately the weight difference. Stick handling is faster and more controlled

    Overall, just a better stick, though I do play with a 2-piece more often as not to ruin the 1-piece.

    Then again, I am a roller monkey and gotta worry about these things.

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    A 2-piece is a good choice. The vast majority of OPS are really just a fused two-piece. The one thing that hasn't been mentioned is the consistency in a one piece is better from one to the next than in wood.

    I was against one-piece sticks until I caved and bought one, and I accidentally happened to pick up what many consider to be the best one-piece ever made, the TPS XN10. I tried, briefly, to go back to even a medium-grade two piece, and it wasn't happening. After the one-piece, it felt like a two-by-four.

    Moral of the story - do not get a high end OPS. You can't go back. On the other hand, I've been lucky and I've never had one last less than about a year or so. Even if you're buying retail, that's not bad. I've gotten good deals on mine, so it was very much worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodguy View Post
    You also have a MUCH harder shot than I do.. And you play multiple times a week. I play once a week and have a weak shot.
    I think the streak of bad luck I had was because I kept my sticks in my car and I think the heat broke down the carbon fibre. Since i've stopped doing that I haven't broken one yet (knock on wood).

    I don't think it is shot strength as much of how much tourque you put into the stick. When you shoot you don't put a lot of load into the stick so you don't stress the stick much which is good for your wallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vishi05 View Post
    I think the streak of bad luck I had was because I kept my sticks in my car and I think the heat broke down the carbon fibre. Since i've stopped doing that I haven't broken one yet (knock on wood).

    I don't think it is shot strength as much of how much tourque you put into the stick. When you shoot you don't put a lot of load into the stick so you don't stress the stick much which is good for your wallet.
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    That may be... I always keep my sticks hung up in my garage...

    I just have very little upper body strength... I'm working on it...
    Last edited by goodguy; June 19th, 2009 at 11:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodguy View Post
    That may be... I always keep my sticks hung up in my garage...

    I just have very little upper body strength... I'm working on it...
    Honestly upper body strength has very little to do with cranking off hard shots, in fact I think it's the 3rd thing to worry about.

    1. Technique
    When I was a kid I used to spend hours on my driveway with a frozen ice hockey puck shooting wrist shots at the garage practicing weight transfer and turning my wrists. At the same time I was strengthening the muscles it takes to shoot the puck hard. You have to have a good wrist shot to have a good slap shot in my opinion.

    2. Leg/core power
    Just like swinging a baseball bat or hitting a golf ball, if you have strength in your core and legs you're going to shoot hard.

    3. Arm strength
    Not the biceps either (although I do the curls to get my arms big to make the wife happy) but mainly your forearms. I read a good bit of advice on another hockey forum that I'm using now to work my forearms. You take a broomstick or something like that and tie a rope around it and on the other side of the rope you tie a weight (I have a 5 lb now but I'm going to increase it soon). You turn the stick slowly in your hands and reel the weight up. 5 lbs doesn't sound like much but your wrists will burn soon enough. The other thing I'm using are those grippers, they work a different part of the forearm.

    Anybody who wants to make their shot faster, I would suggest that plan of action. I am by no means an expert but I do have a decent shot and I've read a lot about techniques for improving your shot.

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    Crap. I leave my sticks in the car all the time. That is their storage space....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCalo2000 View Post
    Crap. I leave my sticks in the car all the time. That is their storage space....
    Have you broken any sticks? It might have just been bad luck on my part that I broke 3 sticks in a month.

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