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The Easton Synergy EQ50 wood blades fit tapered hockey shafts. Perfect for those players that want a traditional wood blade feel but want the responsiveness and quick shot release of a tapered hockey shaft. The EQ50 blade has replaced the SE16 wood blade.
- Wood with fiberglass outer coating
- High-grade hickory hosel
- Wood core
- Weight: 145 grams (based off Hall curve)
- Fits: Low kick point hockey shafts (tapered shafts)
Comments: I originally purchased this to be put in a backup shaft to use outdoors but when my primary stick exploded I had to call that one up. For a wood blade this performs pretty well so far. I've skated with it about 7 times and it hasn't lost it's pop. I also have a Bauer APX blade and between the two I really can't tell too huge of a difference. The EQ50 has better feel for the puck but if a bit heavier which I don't particularly mind. If you don't mind the weight of this I would say it's a very solid buy!
Comments: I've bought a couple of this blades in Zetterberg pattern and one of them (50%) was bad in quality. Fiberglass reinforcement on one side of the hickory hosel was absent. On the other side was inappropriate installation. Where was the eyes of IW stuff then they send it to me? Now I can agree to Andrew about wear and durrability for the price, learn to bend shaft and wrist shots is ok. The main advantage of wooden blades is the possibility to play in a very cold weather where composite blades use too easily fails.
From: Nick, Kharkov, Ukraine.
Comments: I bought this to try out in roller hockey because I was breaking blades quickly (which cost too much $$). Its got a different feel as it should, I havent used a wood blade in forever so I can only compare it to composites I've used. Compared to the composites like the SE16, ST and 11k its not as stiff or responsive. So far I just use it as a back up or to play around with on wood floors. Durrability seems ok for the price, I've used it in half a game (when I broke my stick) and a dozen or more practices when I coach and it works fine. I would say if your not hard on your sticks but need a cheap blade for a tappered shaft then this will do fine. If you take a lot of slap shots and typically abuse your sticks then this might only work for a cheap back up like I use it for. It obviously will wear out quick if you play on rough surfaces. Smooth concrete is ok for wrist shots but hard slapshots will make it splinter into pieces (on concrete).
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