The New Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2 Stick: An In-Depth Gear Review
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Written by: Mike Ball
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Hello, hockey enthusiasts! Today, we're diving into an in-depth gear review of the new and reimagined Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2, a stick that promises to take your game to a whole new level of speed and precision. For those in the pursuit of a HYPER-quick gameplay, this might just be the stick you’ve been waiting for.
With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design, the Hyperlite 2 has generated quite the buzz among players looking to gain a competitive edge on the ice. In this comprehensive review, we'll dissect every aspect of this stick, from its advanced ACL 2.0 technology to the revolutionary Hypercore 2 blade construction.
We will be exploring the features that set the Hyperlite 2 Stick apart from the rest.
Tipping the scales at a mere 360 grams, the Hyperlite 2 Stick is now the lightest Vapor stick to date. The weight reduction of 25 grams from the previous Hyperlite model is noticeable right from the moment you pick it up. This significant decrease in weight is a tangible shift in the way the stick feels in your hands.
But it’s not just about being lighter; it's about how this stick enables faster shots and quick, precise plays on the ice. The modern game is getting faster— so when you're out there, every fraction of a second matters and can be the difference between victory and defeat. The reduced weight means you can unleash your shots with even more velocity and catch opponents and goaltenders off guard with every move. It allows for rapid changes in direction and lightning-quick releases.
The Vapor line is Bauer's low kick point family, meaning the stick flexes lower on the shaft, near the hosel.
The low kick point design is particularly advantageous for players who rely on quick-release shots, such as wrist shots and snap shots. It allows them to get the puck off their blade with minimal windup, catching goaltenders off guard and increasing their own chances of scoring goals.
Additionally, the low kick point enhances the stick's responsiveness in situations where a quick shot is crucial, such as during a fast break or when a player needs to make a play in tight quarters. This responsiveness empowers players to execute plays with precision and speed in a pinch.
A primary contributor to the weight reduction and increased performance is the use of ACL 2.0 Technology. The Advanced Carbon Layering technique is finely tuned to shed unnecessary weight without sacrificing any durability. The engineering process optimizes the arrangement of carbon layers, resulting in a stick that's not only lighter but also incredibly resilient; this makes for a lighter stick that can provide the strength required to face any puck battle head-on and with confidence.
This innovative carbon construction also heightens the stick's responsiveness, and thus performance on the ice.
This technology means you can confidently face any on-ice battle directly, knowing that your stick is up to the challenge.
The blade serves as the focal point of innovation for this stick. The HYP2RCORE blade introduces a revolutionary carbon bridge construction for greater performance than ever before. This intricate design enhances stiffness significantly, working with the ACL 2.0 tech to amplify the stick's recoil.
The result is greater performance in the area that Vapor already excels in having remarkably snappier, rocket-like puck releases that leave opponents and goaltenders scrambling to react.
The upgrade is a notable upgrade you'll feel on the shot, offering a new level of quickness and responsiveness to your game.
Incorporated into the design is Bauer's XE Taper, a hallmark feature we've come to appreciate in previous high-end Bauer low kick hockey sticks.
With the XE Taper, you can expect a faster and more consistent release with every shot. It's that split-second advantage that can be the difference between a goal and a save. It's able to achieve this through strategically redistributing weight along the shaft; this unique tapering process enhances performance by optimizing the stick’s stability, thus creating a faster, more reliable release with every shot. The taper synergizes well with the HYP2RCORE blade, elevating the stick's performance for a greater advantage on the ice.
I had the opportunity to take the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2 Stick to the rink, and the experience surpassed all expectations. The immediate lightness of the stick was apparent and the control it provided was exceptional.
Shots were lightning-quick off the blade with a level of precision that I hadn't experienced before. The enhanced responsiveness from the new and updated tech they've added is a noticeable upgrade on every shot. Every pass and shot just felt more natural, like an extension of my hands, which is exactly what you want in a hockey stick.
The Bauer Vapor Hyperlite 2 Stick is a true game-changer for players seeking to elevate their performance on the ice.
The incorporation of ACL 2.0 Technology demonstrates Bauer's commitment to constantly improving their tech, and the strategic carbon layering not only sheds unnecessary weight but also ensures unmatched durability.
We're quite enjoying the HYP2RCORE blade as well. Its carbon bridge construction enhances stiffness, resulting in that explosive puck release you want from a low kick stick.
Overall, we're very excited to see this stick hit the ice this season.