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A Belated Welcome Back, Peter Forsberg

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by prostocknation

Foppa has made his return to the NHL and he is wearing a Vapor XXXX Skate on this right (troubled) foot and X:60 on the left.  Forsberg has consistently been a premier player in the NHL when healthy and hopefully he can be a difference maker in helping the Avs make the post-season.  It’s interesting to see the Nike in the Nike Bauer logo is still visible on his skates since it should’ve been blacked out by now.

He was also seen practicing in an Easton S19 helmet but has gone back to familiar Bauer territory (5100, not the 5000/5500 since those have been discontinued.)  Like Iginla, he is still loving the Z-Air style gloves and it doesn’t look like he is using a real EQ50 either since the focus weights are not visible.

Can we start calling the Easton P4 pattern Forsberg again?

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– M

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Zetterberg: So Long Easton?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2010 by prostocknation

Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings is a poster boy for Easton Hockey.  He is endorsed by the brand and as a result his name is plastered on all P4 patterns Easton makes in the retail market (even though most players still call the P4 a Forsberg.)  Hockey players are very superstitious and they tend to stick with what works.

Zetterberg fell into a slump early this season and gradually made the switch away from Easton as the games progressed, beginning with the Easton SE16 and S19 sticks.  Zetterberg started using Warriors and the brand also ‘creeped’ to his gloves.  We’re not surprised if this move was influenced by fellow Swede, and former Easton user, Nick Lidstrom but it’s paid off for him as he also made the switch to Warrior last year and scored his first career NHL hat trick at age 40 this week.  Oh, I guess Warrior having their HQ in Michigan and Kris Draper’s involvement with the company has some persuasion in the locker room as well.

2 games ago Zetterberg has switched out practically every piece of Easton gear minus the pants (they are the NHL leader in pants after all.)  If his play starts to pick up don’t expect him to switch back to Easton any time soon.  Maybe it’s time to rename the P4 pattern once again?

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– M

Review: Easton EQ50 Stick

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by prostocknation

Easton’s newest offering continues where the SE16 left off so expect lots of similarities between the two models.  You’ll notice cosmetically Easton has exposed the carbon fibre instead of covering it with paint like on the SE16.  We really do like the look of it and it does make it look even higher end.

The EQ50 utilizes Focus Weight Technology, just like the SE16, in which 20g of weights are placed in the heel of the blade to achieve a perfect balance.  The difference being Easton has made a window on the EQ50 to show off the weights.

Our stick didn’t come with the plastic butt end unfortunately but players can customize the balance of their stick by adding or removing small disc shaped weights, weighing 5g a piece, into this plastic cap.  There are also markings on the stick that tell you how many of these weights to put in to achieve a perfect balance.

We were skeptical of the durability of this window but based on our field testing and from talking to other owners, it’s holding up just fine.


We’re finding with this stick as well as a few other recent models from Easton isn’t the greatest when it comes to paint chipping and the clear coat peels.  Aesthetics aside, these sticks are still very well balanced and have that signature Easton feel to them.

Would we recommend the EQ50?  Well, yes and no.  It’s a very high end performance stick but it’s essentially the same as the SE16 with a few cosmetic changes and a different butt end.  Honestly 20g won’t make much of a difference when you’re holding a stick.  The amount of tape you use on your stick may also throw off this so-called “perfect balance.”

This stick really surprised us because we didn’t expect this kind of gimmick from Easton.  Well, at least they didn’t add speed holes into it like another manufacturer…

With the release of the EQ50, prices on the SE16 sticks have dropped.  If you can find a SE16 in your preferred pattern and flex, we reckon that’s the better buy.

– M

Master Of Disguise

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by prostocknation

Continuing with yesterday’s post about companies repainting sticks to look like other models in their lineup, we wanted to show an example from a different manufacturer so we’re not just singling out Bauer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love both brands’ products but the average consumer should be well informed of what they’re buying when it comes to the secret world of pro stock and pro return sticks.

To the average person this may look like two Easton S19 sticks.  When you’re buying a pro stock that says “S19”, are you REALLY getting what you’re paying for?  Let’s take a closer look.

Easton doesn’t drop hints on the name plates like Bauer so we’ll have to look at the physical shape of the sticks.  The S19 is known for it’s elliptical taper towards the bottom portion of the stick.  Hmmm… one stick is oval-shaped and the other isn’t… what could they possibly be?

Let’s compare these two “S19” sticks to another high end offering from Easton.  The SE16 has no elliptical taper… neither does the “S19” in the middle.  If you look closely you can also see the small indentation where the blade meets the shaft during the manufacturing process.

Here’s a look at the tapers from another angle.

Now that you know what to look for, it’s easy to pick out which is the real S19 and which is a painted SE16.  The next time you’re shopping for a pro stock/return S19 make sure to check for the elliptical taper or else it could be a SE16 or something else in disguise!  Don’t rely on the graphics and labels alone!

Final comments: The SE16 is not a terrible stick by any means, we actually prefer it over the S19 but we don’t want anyone to be disappointed when they realize their stick isn’t what it claims to be.

– M