Easton Stealth RS Review
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EASTON STEALTH RS
Behind the Scenes
In the 2011 playoffs, Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri skated onto the ice holding a stick that no one had ever seen before. It was almost entirely jet black with a hint of yellow. Easton’s new logo could be seen on the shaft. This was the newest stick that Easton had developed; the Stealth RS.
The Stealth RS is the best stick on the market today. Fans got a chance to view the stick for the first time when Cammalleri used it in his first game. Cammalleri was the one that pushed for the stick to be ready in time for the playoffs.
The thing was, the stick had been in the works for eight years prior. Cammalleri said that they finally perfected the look of the stick and ever since he saw the black and yellow rendering he wanted to use it. And so should everybody. This stick is worth its weight in gold.
Like every stick, there are certain models to choose from. There are two flexes to choose from, 85 having more bend and 100 being a little stiffer. Easton came out with a few new blade types this year, which now includes Jarome Iginla, Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Taylor Hall and Cammalleri. All of them are different in their own way, but in this review, Cammalleri’s curve was used with an 85 flex. Being that everyone is different, certain flexes and curves will feel better to some than to others. Luckily enough for me, I have used countless Easton sticks and have never had a curve like Cammalleri’s. It is more of a heel curve than my old Iginla and Joe Sakic/Hall ones. This allowed me to get the puck up higher than I ever have been able to. Below is more information (click to enlarge).
Technology Behind the Stealth RS
- Wrapped in Kevlar: adds durability and therefore less breaks. Less broken sticks per year means more money saved!
- Compression Molded: using thinner layers of material, more layers can be used to provide an unmatched responsiveness and allows the right type of flex for a longer time. The stick does not wear down.
- High end carbon fibre for extremely light feel. The RS is only 455 grams, a whole 25 grams lighter than the Easton S19.
The first thing I noticed about the shaft is there is an Elliptical Profile (TORX Technology), which basically means that it is rounded where the shaft meets the heel of the blade. This allows for more torsional strength, resulting in better feel and shot accuracy. It also tapers correctly so that there is a quicker shot release and controlled puck reaction.
The stick does not have the sticky grip that is usually on sticks these days, which I find is better anyway, because sliding your glove down quickly will not limit your actions, especially in tight to the net. The grip that is has, however, is not overwhelming. It also has rounded corners with a type of pattern that allows you to feel them, which makes the stick feel like a true extension of your arms. This stick felt absolutely perfect in my gloves.
The blade has a honeycomb material that is weaved in a way that has a solid core throughout, and makes for a longer puck time on the blade during a shot or pass.
All technology aside, the stick feels great. Here’s a clip of me using the RS, showing the stick's lightness and general look. Take note that I don't have a great shot, but it feels like the puck is being shot out of a cannon when I unload a shot.
The RS felt like it had no weight to it. I could move the stick around very easily with both hands, or handling the puck with only one hand. It also felt very sturdy despite its low weight, which would make you think that it would break easier, but the extra layers of composite clearly get the job done. The honey comb blade was very strong and doesn't bend like cheaper sticks, which makes the stick's effectiveness on shots increase. While shooting, this was the first time I felt very confident in my shot. I could feel the bend in the stick and the spring-board flex effect when the puck exploded off the blade. The RS is the best stick I have ever used.
The RS goes for around $299 maximum. Online you can find it for $249. It seems like a steep price, but you get what you pay for. Before I had sticks like the RS, I had sticks that were from Canadian Tire, or wood sticks, or just plain cheap ones. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but if you want a stick that is going to last and give you the best possible advantage, you have to go with the Stealth RS.
At the end of this review, I can only say that the Stealth RS is no joke. It is the best stick on the market. It is worth the price and it is worth the time. If you want a stick that will last and help you outperform the opposition, go with the Easton Stealth RS
Easton Stealth RS: Lights Out
Special Thanks To:
Jack Follman (Easton Hockey) for providing the stick and putting up with my countless emails.
George Prax for allowing me the opportunity to do this review.
Jeremy Quaglia for putting together the video of the RS
Randy Busch and Jeremy Quaglia for filming the video (on ice and off ice, respectively)
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