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I had the opportunity to review Easton’s new Synergy EQ50 last night, and by review I mean, omgIgotanewstick. It’s been awhile. The odd piece of free equipment might be the most randomly awesome thing to come from this blog. (Aside from all of you great people, of course.)
Sign for this, please?
What could it be?
So, yeah, the review:
It’s a fantastic stick.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: You probably think I have to say that if I want to get anything else to “demo” from Easton. Untrue. I get product fairly regularly that I don’t mention because I don’t like it. If you don’t have anything nice to say….
First, a quick point: when it comes to choosing a stick, the most important thing is getting your specs right. You’re better off using a stick with the curve, flex, grippiness and weight you like than getting a fancy brand stick in a curve that sucks. The good folks at Easton happened to get all those things right for me, so this was a double-whammy of awesome.
The stick looks sharp, it’s light, has great puck feel, and helped me snipe one bar-down to tie our game last night. (note: but I AM 0-for-2 in rec league shootouts.) The puck came off the blade hot without feeling too trampoline-y. Very crisp.
Interestingly, their gimmick with this one is that you can “counterbalance” the stick.
Now, lets not be suckers here – that’s a total gimmick. The butt-end has little weights in the plug that look like watch batteries that come out so you can make “adjustments”. Annnd the heel has a little window portion so you can see the weights in there (but they don’t come out, soo…..?).
Take a gander at the knob:
I left them all in, because?
The stick is insanely light as is, and felt well balanced (not that that’s a thing I’ve ever thought of before), so hey, why mess with it right?
Anyway, it doesn’t take anything away from the stick, so don’t get too caught up in worrying about that. They have to come up with new selling points, and since adjustable drivers like the Taylor-Made R7 have been so successful, why not.
Ooo, here, I snapped a pic of the blade for you.
Those “weights” are permanent.
So yeah: to get past the little weighty-things, the stick is fully badass. For me, focusing on those would do the stick an injustice. I’ve only used it once, but with sticks, you pretty much know right away. I’d say it’s equal-too or better-than any stick I’ve ever used, f’reals.
Sooo, yeah…… I recommend you buy ten thousand each at full price and buy Easton t-shirts and hats and as soon as they send me skates, those too. Yay!
I mean, I’m embarrassed about the above pic, but how could I possibly not run it? Fuck. So embarrassed. Moving on.
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Hope you enjoyed the review!