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Bauer Vapor 1X 2016 Stick Review
Being able to innovate on an already successful platform is no easy task, even for the likes of Bauer. Yet, they have managed to improve upon the likes of their Vapor lineup from the 1X to the new 1X 2.0. The improvements made to the stick should help increase the lifespan of the stick while providing some additional power and accuracy to your shots. Bauer has managed to take the high points of their 1X and improved upon its weaker ones to create the 1X 2.0. Let’s take a closer look at the differences. 
Bauer Vapor 1X 2016 Stick Review

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Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Being able to innovate on an already successful stick is no easy task. Yet, there are some nice improvements to the new Vapor 1X for 2016. Bauer has managed to maintain the strong characteristics of the original 1X and improved upon its weak points to create the 2016 version of the 1X. These improvements should help increase the lifespan of the stick while providing some additional power and accuracy to your shots. Let’s take a closer look at the differences:

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Improved QRT

Starting with the biggest improvement to the new Vapor 1X, the Quick Release Technology or QRT for short, has been upgraded to increase power and durability. QRT is Bauer’s aggressive taper design that provides optimal load and recoil energy at the lower part of the shaft. This allows players to get their shots off with power, accuracy and last but not least – speed.

With it’s super low taper, this new version of the 1X also has a slightly softer flex at the kick point for an even faster release. This new Vapor 1X gets the puck off your stick faster than ever before and with even better accuracy making it perfect for those quick motion snap or slap shots.

Bauer has also improved the composite layering at the kick point for additional durability. You should be able to get more pop and life out of the new 1X than the original version.

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Familiar Features

Aero-Sense II Blade Core

Bauer sticks have always had great feeling blades. A new dual density foam core construction that Bauer is calling Aero-Sense 2 gives the blade it’s light and crisp feel. This combination foam is lightweight, improving the overall balance of the stick.

The puck sticks to the blade mind-blowingly well when stickhandling and effectively reduces puck bounce on hard passes. One of our testers couldn’t explain it but swears the puck just sticks to the blade like a magnet. The blade also retains strong torsional stability for that quick release that previous Vapor sticks have been known for.

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Monocomp

This is Bauer’s single molding process designed to remove excess material like overlapping layers, resin and foam waste. In summary – improving the balance of the stick and reducing the overall weight.

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Micro Feel II Shaft Dimensions

Subtly rounded corners and double concave shaft walls. Gives a nice tapered feel for players that don’t want a traditional square box shaped shaft.

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Lightweight Silver TeXtreme

A new silver TeXtreme is featured exclusively on the Vapor 1X. Exclusive to Bauer in hockey, TeXtreme is an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber that is 20% lighter than conventional carbon.

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Pure Shot

The Bauer Vapor 1X features their Pure Shot blade profile. This improved connection point between the blade and the hosel of the shaft reduces blade twist during shooting to increase accuracy and control.

Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0 Sticks

Graphics

The new 1X features an updated look on the shaft of the stick, yet still includes that iconic grey and red colour scheme. It stands out from the original 1X, while having its own unique style. The blade of the stick is matte with a textured pattern for added grip.

Conclusion

The new Bauer 1X is a nice upgrade without any big surprises, improving upon an already excellent stick. With a softer vertical flex at the kick point, you’ll be able to load with better efficiency and release the puck quicker than before. The strengthened kick point also improves the durability so you’ll have that long-lasting pop. We think the Vapor faithful will be impressed.

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