Bauer Nexus 1N Stick ReviewPosted by Drake Martin
Back in February 2015, Bauer released their newest stick in the Vapor line, called the 1X. This brought up a few questions in the hockey equipment world - the main one being "Is Bauer planning on calling their next stick in the Nexus line the Nexus 16,000 or will they call it the 1N?" All kidding aside, the Bauer Nexus 1N stick family will be released this September, and we are very excited to have these sticks on our shelves.
So far, 2015 has been the year of mid-kick sticks. With releases such as the CCM Ultra Tacks, Warrior Dynasty HD1, and now the Bauer Nexus 1N, there are tons of options for fans of the mid-kick point.
The biggest difference the Nexus 1N stick has over its Nexus 8000 predecessor is the Sweet-Spot technology. Similar to the Dynasty HD1 stick, the Nexus 1N has a large label in the middle of the shaft where the lower hand should be placed when shooting. This makes it much easier to find that sweet-spot and get off that perfect shot.
The 1N also features Bauer's Monocomp technology, which means that the blade and shaft are one solid piece, as opposed to being two pieces fused together as seen in other sticks on the market, like the CCM Ultra Tacks. Not to bash fused shafts and blades as some players prefer them, but this True One Piece stick will offer a more balanced and lightweight final product.
TeXtreme Carbon, found exclusively in the new Nexus sticks, goes hand-in-hand with the eLASTech technology to create of the most durable shafts available.
A Senior Bauer Nexus 1N stick weighs 421 grams, making it lighter than an Easton Stealth CX (438 grams), Warrior Dynasty HD1 (432 grams), CCM RBZ Speedburner (424 grams), and CCM Ultra Tacks (424 grams). The only stick from 2015 lighter than the 1N thus far is its Bauer Vapor counterpart, the 1X, weighing in at a feather-like 402 grams.
One of my favorite features of the Nexus 1N includes the Sweet Spot Nexus graphic. When shooting with some sticks, it can be a little hard to tell if my lower hand is exactly where it should be to get that perfect combination of flex and power. Sometimes my lower hand is just a tiny bit off of the "sweet spot," and it results in the dreaded muffin shot. However, I never ran into that problem with the 1N, due to this added graphic on the shaft. I really like to shoot the puck - whether in stride or getting fed a one-timer, you name it, I love it. With the Bauer Nexus 1N, I felt comfortable taking all different kinds of shots and my lower hand always felt like it was right where it needed to be.
In conclusion, if you are looking for the lightest mid-kick stick on the market, the Bauer Nexus 1N will be a great addition to your stick arsenal. Be sure to check them out right here at DiscountHockey.com and we'll see you on launch day, September 12, 2015!
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