Composite Mini Sticks

Bauer Vapor APX Mini Stick

Manufacturers bring top-end sticks to childhood favorite

 

Manufacturers bring top-end sticks to childhood favorite

Knee hockey is one of the numerous things that makes hockey what it is. Not many sports have a portable, miniature version that can be played just about anywhere.

Just think back to travel tournaments and the countless hotel hallways you were expelled from when playing knee hockey. Knee hockey just happens to be a portion of hockey culture that makes our sport so incredibly unique.

Not unlike the full size version of the sport, knee hockey has seen a number of advances in recent years. Manufacturers now make miniature nets (not necessarily a new development) which inevitably saves desks, tables, chairs and hallway radiators from the beating that comes along with the game. In addition, the days of dipping your straight-blade plastic stick in boiling water to create a curve are over. Now you can choose a mini stick from a plethora of choices that are near mirror images to the full size sticks made by hockey’s biggest manufacturers.

Warrior, Bauer, CCM, Reebok and Sher-Wood all have created their own composite mini sticks complete with curves and identical design patterns to that of the full size retail sticks you use on the ice. What these sticks do is add a little style and extra performance to a rec-room or travel tournament classic.

Reebok not only has a mini composite version of their new 20K stick, they also introduced a composite goal stick that is patterned after the 11K composite goal stick that is being used throughout the NHL – this follows previous miniature versions of the O-Stick and A.I.9. CCM also produced a mini composite of their premier stick with a mini RBZ. Like the 20K, the mini RBZ also sports the same markings and art that the top model does – although it doesn’t provide some of the technological advances that the full size stick does.

Both CCM and Reebok have their own net models as well which can be set up in your basement or rec room to add even more of an ice element to each knee game.

Bauer actually has a Vapor APX and TotalOne NXG for you to choose from while Sher-Wood’s collection spans the entire NHL. So, for those of you who are nostalgic for the straight plastic, team-branded sticks of the past, perhaps the Sher-Wood team models would provide a nice transition.

While I can’t attest if the composite mini sticks can add performance to your knee hockey game as their full-size cousins do for ice hockey, I can say they bring a cool wrinkle to a game that you should never need an excuse to play.

I, for one, am seriously considering setting up a knee hockey rink as part of my man cave in the very near future.

Finding Your Hockey Stick Flex

Wandering through Great Skate’s stick section provides players with a plethora of options from manufacturers like Bauer, CCM, Reebok, Warrior and many others. Picking the right stick for you is determined by many factors that ultimately will help find the right stick for your game.

The right look, feel, weight, curve and flex of a stick are all determining factors for a player making this choice. Determining the right curve and weight is often something that has developed over a number of years and that has been determined by the style of game you play. In many ways the flex of any stick you buy will be determined in the same manner. However, how do you know which flex suits you best?

There are a number of different flexes available for players to choose from the range upwards to 110 (very stiff) to 40 (junior flex). It is important that the flex used by a player meets their specific strength and skill level.

In the case of young players who are still perfecting stickhandling and shooting, ensuring that the flex of your stick is adequate for your physical strength is just about all that needs to be considered. For those players who are stronger and more developed, finding an adequate flex will be more important.

First off, understand that different stick manufacturers utilize different practices and construction methods. Just like Ford, Toyota and Chevy all make different four-door cars, Bauer, CCM and Warrior make different composite sticks. So you may find that the 100 flex on the new CCM RBZ will feel differently from the 100 flex on a Bauer Total One or the new Warrior Covert.

Another thing to keep in mind is that lengthening or cutting down a stick will affect the flex. Each time you cut down a stick, you add stiffness to the original flex. You can expect to increase a stick’s flex by about 10 if you take off 2-3 inches. The opposite is true if you add length to a stick as it will add whip.

When it comes down to choosing the right flex there are a number of determining factors that come into play. For players who aren’t fully developed, an intermediate flex – between 50 and 75 – is a good starting point while 90 or 100 is a good place to start for those players who are fully grown.

Going up or down in flex will be determined by a few different factors that include playing style, strength and how skilled you are. Bear in mind that a player who isn’t as skilled and is still working on developing different facets of their game will struggle with a stick with a stiff flex (anything above 100) as it will not only limit your ability taking slap shots but wrist shots too.

If you’re a player who has a heavy slap shot, a stiffer flex would be best for you. In addition, physically strong players will not only have an easier time flexing stiffer sticks, they will gain more benefit from using one. The inverse is also true. If you’re slap shot is lacking and you aren’t as physically strong as others, going with a lighter flex will allow you to fully utilize your specific skill set.

Conferring with a Great Skate sales associate will also provide expert guidance to your specific needs when shopping in the store or online.

At the end of the day, finding a proper flex is going to be based largely off personal preference. But if you find a certain area of your game lacking, consider going up or down in flex to see if there is a noticeable difference.

CCM RBZ Grip Senior Hockey Stick 100 Flex

CCM RBZ Grip Senior Hockey Stick 100 Flex

Warrior Covert DT1 Senior Composite Hockey Stick - 85 Flex

Warrior Covert DT1 Senior Composite Hockey Stick – 85 Flex

Bauer Supreme Senior TotalOne NXG Hockey Stick - 77 Flex

Bauer Supreme Senior TotalOne NXG Hockey Stick – 77 Flex

The Help You Need Finding Reebok Skates

Purchasing ice or inline skates isn’t like buying a pair of shoes. The skates need to fit as snugly as possible to provide you with the stability you need. Generally, the best advice is to buy skates that are about a half size to a full size smaller than your regular shoe size.

How do you know if you have the right fit? If you can fit more than one finger between your heel and the skate, than you need a smaller size. If you shop at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we’ll not only help you purchase a pair of Reebok skates, but we’ll refund your order within 30 days if the skates don’t fit.

Here at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we sell skates by all of the major brands including Reebok, Mission, Bauer and CCM. When you log on to our website at www.greatskate.com, you can search for either inline or ice skates to find the products that match your desired sport. Upon ordering, your skates will be shipped within 24 hours, ensuring that you get your order in the shortest amount of time possible.

Shopping for Reebok skates shouldn’t be difficult or confusing. When you shop with us at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, you’ll be greeted with exceptional customer service, a large selection of products, and the lowest possible prices on our full line of hockey gear. If you’d like to speak to a representative, please contact us at (800) 828-7496 or email us at greatskate@greatskate.com. Let us be your best resource for Reebok skates and other pro-quality hockey gear!

Shopping Confidently for Reebok Goalie Equipment

The goalie, or goaltender, plays a very important role in the game of hockey. If this is your position, you know how important it is for you to have the proper equipment. Not only will a proper stick and glove make stopping the puck much easier, but the right protective gear will help prevent injury–a definite bonus!

Here at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we sell Reebok goalie equipment that’ll improve your game, keep you safe and fit within your budget. If you’re only interested in Reebok products, you can run a search by manufacturer on our homepage, so you’ll only be presented with products that match your exact needs. By making our website as user-friendly as possible, we’ve made it simple for you shop efficiently. Check us out atwww.greatskate.com.

After you search for Reebok, you’ll be presented with pages of products that include sticks, pads, helmets and other types of equipment. To narrow down your search, you can choose the category that best represents the items you’re looking for, whether it be goalie masks or pants. And with detailed photographs and descriptions of every item we carry, you can shop with confidence.

We understand that even the most seasoned goalie might have questions about choosing goalie equipment. Our customer service associates aren’t just eager to help, their hockey experts who are committed to offering you the best advice possible. If you have any questions about our Reebok products, please call us toll-free at (800) 828-7496 or email us at greatskate@greatskate.com. Start browsing for great goalie equipment now!

Reebok Hockey Equipment

Reebok 5K Sr. Inline Hockey Skates

Reebok 5K Sr. Inline Hockey Skates

In the world of sports, the name Reebok needs no explanation. For well over 100 years, the company has been manufacturing equipment for an array of sports, including running, tennis and basketball. Now they have entered the arena of hockey as well, creating equipment under the names Reebok and CCM. An official sponsor of the NHL, Reebok / CCM hockey equipment is endorsed by two stars of pro hockey, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.

Few other brands have saturated the athletic wear and sports equipment industry more than Reebok. Chances are you’ve owned a pair of Reebok shoes or other piece of apparel at some point. If so, you know they’re durable, comfortable and stylish. Trust them again for your hockey equipment needs!

Saving Money on Reebok Hockey Equipment

If you’re a faithful Reebok customer looking for professional-quality hockey equipment at a low price, the only place to shop is Great Skate Hockey Supply Company. Located online at www.greatskate.com, our inventory includes lots of great products by Reebok and its subsidiary CCM. From hockey sticks to face masks and skates, we have just what you’re looking for.

Want to save $100 or more on a pair of Reebok hockey skates? We’re always offering amazing sales on hockey equipment and apparel, making it easy for you to get the gear you need. If you need any assistance with your purchase, or have a questions for us, just ask! You can call us toll-free at (800) 828-7496 or contact us.