July 27th, 2008, 02:27 AM #1
I don't recommend Easton Hybrid blades for sticks
My split in half down the middle, originally just the bottom, but the split has spread all the way up the blade up to where it connects to the the shaft of the stick.
I used my friends( JuniorDog and Zero46 ) sticks with Recchi(CCM or Bauer, I don't remember) and Kovalchuk/Robitaille(Warrior) blades and was really happy, so I'm going with those and I know they weren't the same material as the Hybrid blades.
So yeah, Hybrid Blades = ...splitty.
Last edited by Lososaurus; July 28th, 2008 at 10:23 AM.
July 27th, 2008, 11:16 PM #2
i can second that. They are horrible. They are very heavy and don't flex properly. I tried it once and that was more than enough. Never again.
July 28th, 2008, 09:42 AM #3
I'll stay away from them.
I am just getting back into the game, and have been trying a bunch of different wood blades on my Z-bubble shafts. While I enjoy the feel of wood blades, I decided to finally try a S15 blade in a S15 shaft.
Hopefully I can break it out next Sunday night, I just need one of those extension thingamabobs to adjust for my height.
July 28th, 2008, 01:34 PM #4
I'll be the voice of dissent here. I use those quite often and have not had any problems. They eventually break apart along the bottom, but that's after I get plenty of use. I take a good number of slapshots as well (I play defense, primarily).
July 28th, 2008, 02:00 PM #5
My friends and I play 1-2 times a week for about 2-3 hours and I got about 7 or 8 sessions out of it.
Originally Posted by dmpaquet
July 28th, 2008, 05:25 PM #6
I assume you're playing on the ice, right? You might consider the lie of your blade and length of stick if the blades are going too fast, though. Are you just lining up pucks and taking shots for 2 hours straight? If not, then I can't see these blades going that quickly.
I play between 3-5 times a week (seriously, though less during the summer). I know the blades tend to last me about a month (I always mean to try to figure out just how often I replace them, but I keep forgetting to). The composite blades last me a bit longer.
lak2881 - the blades themselves shouldn't flex. But you'll definitely get a different feel for the puck with those blades (hybrid or wood) compared to the composite stuff. Definitely consider the blade pattern, though.
July 28th, 2008, 05:28 PM #7
It's called a butt.
Originally Posted by Jeffrock
Sorry, couldn't resist.
July 28th, 2008, 07:18 PM #8
S15 shaft, Sakic Hybrid blade on smooth concrete, about 80% wrist shots, 20% slap. We just shoot around, nothing too serious or intense.
Originally Posted by dmpaquet
I'm switching to a Recchi or Robitaille blade though when I get a chance( Didn't like the open face of the Sakic pattern ).
July 28th, 2008, 08:06 PM #9
Concrete will wear down your stick blade pretty quick. Even smooth concrete.
Technique could be another factor, of course. But if your shots are pretty spot-on accurate, it seems that concrete and blade pattern are the real culprits. Good luck with the Robitaille and Recchi blades! Happy hockey!
July 29th, 2008, 04:34 PM #10
Yeah I was going to say, this has to be on concrete. I've had EVERY blade that I've touched on concrete split like that. That's just the price to play outside. Play on sport court or ice and your blades should last until they crack/break.