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The Easton Velocity V9 Grip Hockey Sticks are co-headlining the new Easton Velocity stick line alongside the V9E. The V9 uses the Traditional Taper Profile that was found on the Mako II sticks. After years of researching how hockey players score, Easton's V9 stick optimizes velocity through puck position, blade angle and energy transfer. The HyperToe™ Technology aids in this process because the stiffened toe and softened tapered section allows players to load even more energy into their shot, thus resulting in a lightning quick shot release with insane velocity.
The Velocity V9 looks to build on the success accomplished by the Mako II sticks. The V9 uses a Traditional Tuned Taper that was also used in the Mako II's, offering a great balance of power with a quick shot release. Working hand in hand with the taper is the all new HyperToe™ blade construction. The middle of the blade has been softened while the toe has been stiffened due to the addition of extra internal support ribs to provide a big jump in stiffness. This allows the middle portion of the blade to slightly flex, functioning like the shaft to provide even more velocity while the toe remains extra stiff for excellent accuracy. Easton continued to improve on the previous Mako II blade with the new Segmented Blade Core that utilizes Airex foam. This foam is aerospace quality that provides an even better puck feel and increased responsiveness.
The shaft of the Easton Velocity V9 stick uses the Uni-Carbon Construction that universally aligns the carbon fibers vertically from top to bottom. This was first seen in the top of the line Mako II stick because it gave players a lighter and stronger shaft that is very efficient at transferring energy than the previous Kevlar shaft construction. Easton also looked to expand it's offering of dual-lie curves that are pivotal for getting the maximum velocity out of a player's shot. The E3, E28 and E36 dual-lie curves create the optimal blade angle when shooting because it keeps the puck on the toe while raising the heel slightly off the ice to allow the blade to fully load, providing insane shot velocity.
- Heritage: Mako II
- Level of Play Guideline: Elite
- Construction: Fused Two-Piece
- Shaft Dimensions: Rounded Corners / Straight Sidewalls
- Flex Point: Low kick
- Weight: 429 grams (based on E36 curve, 85 flex)
- Compression Molded Uni-Carbon Shaft
- Universally aligned fibers throughout the shaft to provide a stronger and lighter shaft while improving energy transfer also
- Fused two-piece construction
- Flex Profile:
- Traditional Taper Profile
- Provides an excellent balance of power with a quick shot release
- Pro inspired shaft dimensions
- Straight side walls with rounded corners
- Shaft dimensions used by most Easton Pro players
- Grip stick finish with raised ridges
- Staggered ribs added to the toe for increased stiffness and durability
- Provides a more accurate and responsive shot
- Optimizes the toe-shooting style for maximum velocity
- Multi-Rib Blade
- Segmented Airex Foam Core
- Aerospace-grade foam for improved response and puck feel
- Improved stability and better life expectancy of blade-stiffness
- Uni-Carbon construction with 3k carbon weave
- Micro-Bladder construction process
- Gives players a more consistent feel for the puck from heel to toe
- Flex: 75, 85, 100, and 110
- Length: 59.5"
Comments: Got this as a warranty replacement for a busted Mako II, I'd say they're pretty fairly different sticks even if the V9 is based on the Mako series. Since this was a warranty replacement, the sticks had the same pattern (E3) and flex (85) so it made for a consistent comparison. The whippiness of the Mako II was one of the major features of that stick and that has been drastically changed with the V9 as it's tuned to be significantly stiffer. Because of this I would say the V9 has a more consistent and truer feel than the Mako II. The blade of the V9 plays a bit more livelier than its predecessor, although I can't say it provides a dramatic difference in pop. Overall a good stick, certainly a bit of a departure from their previous offerings.
From: Michael, CT
Comments: The stick is much better than the mako II. Better balance and stiffer shaft and blade. The durability is not very good. The stick lasted 4 games of high school hockey, before breaking at the heel. The blade broke at the back of the heel where the shaft meets the blade
From: Mike, Dayton, OH