BASE Hockey – Part 3/3
We were greeted by Al Iafrate and Cliff Ronning of BASE Hockey when we went to pick up our stick a few weeks ago. If you missed our last couple of posts, the white BASE Hockey hat (autographed by both players) Cliff is holding in the picture will be given away to one of our lucky readers or followers sometime before the end of the month. Be sure to keep checking our blog and Twitter account (www.Twitter.com/ProStockNation)
So here is our finished product, the BASE Savoy Special. A variety of custom options can be chosen when ordering your stick so we’ll run through what we chose for ours. The first thing you’ll notice is the red graphics package. These sticks come in a variety of colors or you can choose to go all black like Mike Green and Paul Gaustad’s sticks in the NHL this season. If you don’t want to choose a custom color then you’ll get the standard Red/Orange package.
This is the bottom stripe of the stick, very ONE95-esque if you ask us.
So the blade is what really sold me on BASE sticks. The blades feel softer and it really dampens the puck when giving and receiving passes. You don’t get any of that ‘ping” feeling like other composites I have used. On the other hand when you’re shooting the blade feels soft here as well, similar to a wood blade. I don’t feel the same ‘pop’ I would with a ONE95 or a Dolomite but this is merely a personal preference sort of thing. I’d like to compare it to a similar idea as the Easton Synergy Si-Core, but it actually works.
The sandpaper texture, BASE calls it “Sharkskin,” is the default finish for the blade; naked being the other choice. I prefer the sandpaper finish because it gives your blade that extra little bit of protection, especially if you’re the type of player that doesn’t tape the entire blade. It’s similar to the Z-Tac coating Easton has been using on their blades for the longest time as well as the coarse coating you’d find on many pro stock sticks. I’ve heard of people spraying on some sort of a flooring texture (like the silica sand people sprinkle onto stairs for extra grip) on their blades to try and emulate the same effect. Most sticks you see in retail will have the much glossier “naked” finish.
Just like the Pros you can get your own name on these sticks. I already have “M. NG 2″ on my custom Eagle CP94 gloves so it’s only fitting that I get it on the BASE stick to match. The “75” beside the name is the flex. I believe the pattern number will be listed if you don’t want to pay the $8 for custom color and name. Ours is a BM12 (Iginla Clone) in case you’re wondering.
Towards the bottom of the shaft there is an oval for your jersey number or team logo. You can send them a .jpg and they can screen it onto the stick, very cool!
In case you haven’t already seen it, here is our video with Al Iafrate and he tells us a bit about BASE Hockey. For more information please check out their website at www.MyBaseHockey.com