Miken Razor Z9 - jds
Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:37 PM
Curve: BP14 (mid/toe ½” curve, open angle,5.5 lie)
Grip: Mtac Grip
Length: 60” uncut
Tester: 6’2”, 190 lbs . I'm 47 and have only been playing on ice for the last 5 years. Thinking I could buy skill I have acquired a pile of high end sticks only to realize that the problem was me . Now I have a decent shot and I can appreciate when a stick is aiding my performance after much trial and error.
I would also like to thank the Mods and Miken for giving me a chance to try this stick. Having the opportunity to do this is just another example of what makes this site worthwhile for hockey aficionados.
My stick arrived in one piece (see Sickwilly's post) but now that I think of it, I was surprised at the lack of packing material on the stick. It was just wrapped in plastic and then in a long cardboard box-no interior structure or bubble wrap for extra protection. It crossed my mind that it could easily broken during shipping this way but figured the courier company knows what they are doing and it wouldn't be an issue. Again see Sickwilly's LTR.
After much trial and error (and cash) I have determined that “my” stick is the Easton SE16 in a 75 flex with a Zetterberg pattern. I love the Drury but have a hard time keeping my shots below the goalie’s glove hand with it which led me to the Zetterberg.
I spent a bunch of time playing around with 100 flex sticks hoping that as my technique improved I would be able to take advantage of loading such a stiff technique. I also thought that given my size, I should be using a higher flex. Accidentally stumbling across a 75 flex showed me how much better my snapshot and wrist shot was at this flex and, honestly, those are the shots I use most of the time. I had tried an Inno 70 flex and it was too noodly and 87 flex in Bauer takes away some of the pop in my snap shot-so 75 it was.
That ‘s why I was intrigued by the 80 flex of this Miken stick. I’m hoping it might be a nice in between. Giving me the pop on snapshots and still give me a little extra stiffness for crisp slap-passes and the odd slapshot.
I use a longish stick and the first thing I did was add a wooden plug of about 1 ½ “ to the stock 60” stick.
The balance is as advertised. My SE16’s feel a bit blade-light compared to the Z9. The Z9 had a really comfortable balance to it. It felt just right. As I said, the SE16 seemed off balance but that was only compared to the Z9. Prior to a comparison, I loved the feel of the SE16.
The grip called the Mtack is also really nice. Interestingly, the top 12’’ or so of the shaft have no grip coating. The grip only begins where the bottom hand would normally be in various situations.Not sure of the point of this since one would generally tape the top part of the stick to provide grip for the top hand but it was something I noticed. The grip itself is very similar to Warrior’s polar fibre grip that was on the AK-27 shaft with a tad more rubbery feel. I loved the polar fibre grip and this one is just right. Not too sticky but sufficient enough to prevent my weak grip from losing control of the stick while still allowing for easy movement along the shaft. This type of grip feels silky if your hand is relaxed and sliding up and down the shaft but as soon as you tighten your grip even slightly, the grip becomes quite solid. Best of both worlds.
I’m not overly crazy about the graphics of the stick but that is a small point. I just don’t personally like the look of how the white shaft fades to a white blade. Just looks so not really important, just sayin’.
The puck feel on this stick is also really nice. Not too “clacky” like some sticks . Really nice soft feel with the puck. Receiving passes, even crisp passes, is a easy. Puck doesn’t just glance off the blade as I have found with some sticks.
I helped out as a shooter at a goalie clinic my son’s minor hockey association was holding today so I had a chance to try some shooting with the stick. There is definitely a nice pop to the stick on snapshots and wrist shots were nice and hard and accurate. That is what struck me most, I seemed to be able to hit what I was aiming at more than usual. Could have been that I was in a no pressure situation. The BP41 pattern is a slight curve focused more at the midpoint and toe of the blade. This gave the pop to my wrist shots but the not too open face allowed me to control the rise of my shots as well. Again, a nice in between of the retail Zetterberg (Easton) and Drury that I like.
Those are my intitial thoughts so far. Playing pickup tonight which should give me a better test of the stick in realistic conditions. More to follow with pics soon.
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Also just came back from a game of pickup. This time I took a Dolomite out to compare. Shots were not where I wanted them to be. Switched to the Miken and potted two goals. One was inside the glove side post where I was aiming and the second was a five-hole goal on a quick release shot where I didn't have all the time in the world to line it up. So now add, accuracy to this stick-at least for me. Couldn't be happier with this stick.
Cosmetically, the paint is still holding up and the grip is still fresh. Pop feels the same as when I got it. I will update after more time has passed. I just wanted to add the point about the accuracy.
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