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CCM RBZ Hockey Stick Review

Posted in Equipment Reviews with tags , , , , , on December 25, 2012 by prostocknation

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CCM, in partnership with Taylormade Golf, have developed their newest top of the line stick, the RBZ.

Typically sticks will be either mid-kick (load up for harder slap shots) or low-kick (quicker release.)  The CCM RBZ is more of a hybrid between the two and will flex a few inches below your bottom hand.

The RBZ also features “Speed Channels” in the blade.  These Speed Channels are hollow cavities compared to other One Piece Composite sticks on the market that have a foam core.  More on this later.

The lower third of the stick is white in color.  Players in the past had the idea of spray painting their sticks black and using black tape in order to hide the puck better.  Upon interviewing a few goalies they actually found it more difficult to see shots from a white stick with white tape on the ice surface.  The majority of these goalies said they reacted more on the swing of the stick rather than tracking the puck itself.

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So after using the RBZ for several weeks, here’s my verdict.

Aesthetics alone, it’s a beautiful looking stick.

Compared with the competition, the key difference is the absence of foam inside the blade.  Blades with a foam core have greater puck feel but will start feeling soft once the foam starts breaking down.  On the contrary, blades with no foam will feel rigid for longer but at the cost of puck feel.

This blade construction makes the RBZ a pure shooter’s stick.  The puck pops off the blade effortlessly and I do feel like I am shooting with more velocity.  However while passing and stick handling, there is absolutely no puck feel at all and there is lots of ping and vibrations.  While “Strap a Rocket to the Puck” may be CCM’s marketing slogan for the RBZ, in reality it feels like Rocks are strapped to this stick.   I’ll explain.  Take any stick and stick handle a couple of pebbles around.  That’s exactly how the RBZ feels.

What’s even more puzzling is CCM has no plans to release a NON-grip version of this stick.  When I am spending top dollar on a stick I expect to have as many options available to me.  I prefer a stick without grip because I rotate through gloves with fresh palms quite often.  When we asked the local CCM rep about why the RBZ only comes in Grip, his answer was simply, “it sells better”.  This may be acceptable for lower price point sticks but I find it unreasonable that all the other competitors can offer their top end sticks in a grip and non-grip model while CCM does not give the consumer this choice.

The shaft shape is rounder than some of the more boxy sticks like the Easton Stealth and Bauer Supreme lines so it’s quite comfortable to hold for players with smaller hands.

Durability-wise the RBZ’s blade has been very impressive and there have been very few reports from other users that deviate from this.

Overall the stick is very well balanced despite me cutting off quite a few inches.  It feels like a quality stick in your hands.

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Final verdict:

Pros:
– Shoots extremely well
– Durable
– Well balanced
– Great looking graphics

Cons:
– Grip only (all other manufacturer’s top end sticks give you the option of grip/non-grip)
– Blade is very pingy and lacks puck feel

The RBZ shoots well but that’s about it.  It is a significant improvement over the U+ CL (the two sticks we tested had major durability issues) but I don’t see myself purchasing this stick again compared to the Bauer Supreme sticks I’ve been using that have a great pop to them as well.  The absence of a non-grip version really deters me from wanting to use this stick more often. I thought the RBZ was a good but not a great stick, it was a bit disappointing especially at this price point.

Tested Specs:
– SR, Nugent-Hopkins (C93), RH, 75 Flex
– M, 5′ 9″, 150 lbs

 

– M

ProStockNation.com Preview: Canucks Year End Equipment Sale

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2012 by prostocknation

We have a couple photos of what will be available on Saturday morning.  More stock brought out on Sunday but there doesn’t seem to be as much gear compared to previous years to begin with.  This looks more like an apparel sale with some equipment involved.

You’ll find two tables with skates priced at $275 right when you walk in.


Opposite the skates are a few tables of practice knit socks ($10), XL Edge Socks ($15), and assorted gloves ($125-$200)


Goalie equipment worn by Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider will also be for sale.


There’s only two stick racks this year.  The staff will be bringing out more items throughout the sale and the sticks range from $49-$210.  Game worn jerseys will also be available starting at $300.


Like I mentioned earlier this seems more like an apparel sale than anything.  Don’t expect it to rival any dedicated Canucks equipment sales you’ve been to in the past.


Be sure to share all of your purchases with us.  Happy gear hunting.

Play It Again Sports Winnipeg – New Jets Shipment!

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by prostocknation

Play It Again Sports Winnipeg has just received a new shipment from the Winnipeg Jets.  Here’s your chance to pick up some pro quality gear!

Contact them directly at their NEW email address (playitagainwinnipeg@gmail.com) or call them at 204-256-1115.

If you are in the area you can find them at:

730 St. Anne’s Road, Suite U
Winnipeg, MB R2N 0A2

Their hours of operation are available on their website, www.playitagainsportswinnipeg.com

Click on the images below to enlarge them:

Be sure to share your purchases with us!

– M

 

October Pick Ups – Manitoba Moose Pro Gear

Posted in Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by prostocknation

These are my latest Manitoba Moose purchases:

  • Pro Bag
  • 2 Pairs Reebok Edge Socks (XL)
  • 14′ Reebok (CCM 852 Style) Gloves

What do you all think?  Most of the pro bags I’ve seen are made of vinyl and they rip easily.  This Moose bag has one of the highest quality nylon I’ve ever seen.

Looking for Manitoba Moose gear as well?  We’ll tell you where this weekend!

– M

Ovechkin Signs With Nike, Bauer Next?

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by prostocknation

A few weeks ago it was confirmed Alexander Ovechkin and CCM were cutting ties.  Much speculation began as to which brands Ovi would endorse next.  He is no longer wear Reebok apparel off the ice after signing a long-term deal with sporting goods giant Nike.

According to reports from the Washington Post (source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/post/alex-ovechkin-returns-to-washington-sports-bauer-gear-during-workout/2011/09/01/gIQAHH6owJ_blog.html) Ovechkin took to the ice in all Bauer equipment today.

Coincidentally, Bauer Hockey also released a teaser video the same day on Facebook featuring one of their Vapor skates with yellow laces, a signature of Ovechkin’s.  (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150300276390480)

While nothing has been confirmed from Bauer Hockey or Alexander Ovechkin, it doesn’t seem like a matter of if anymore but a matter of when?

Even though Alex is still under contract with the Washington Capitals he is without a doubt the hottest free agent available this off-season.

 

– M