The Bauer Vapor Flylite is one of Bauer’s most exciting retail stick releases in recent memory. The latest Vapor release combines technology from the limited edition Vapor ADV launch with technology that was previously patented by Easton. With Bauer purchasing Easton, they’ve now put the Bauer twist on the exclusive Easton technology. The Flylite is in the upper echelon of true low kick point sticks at only 390 grams and one of the fastest releases in hockey.
The 20 Flex youth Flylite is built on a junior frame - so at 46” you still get all the high performance features built in.
The Vapor Flylite is loaded with new features. The most significant is the advanced carbon layering that is used throughout the shaft and blade. The 1X Lite had advanced carbon layering in the blade to reduce weight, and in the Flylite we see that technology from butt end, down the shaft, through the hosel, and into the blade.
Advanced Carbon Layering
This was a first tested during the super exclusive Vapor ADV launch, now we see that technology in a full launch at retail. The ACL technology utilizes thinner, stronger carbon fiber layering that brings the weight overall stick down without sacrificing durability. At 274 grams the Flylite feels incredibly well balanced and ultra lightweight.
The XE Taper is another huge new feature. You’ll notice that the taper is much thinner and has rounded edges along the top and bottom of the shaft. This elliptical geometry has been adopted from Easton technology. We knew this would happen eventually and the future is now.
The XE Taper serves a few different purposes. First, the thinner profile requires less material to construct which reduces weight. Second, the stiff lower hosel prevents torsional flex when shooting to keep the blade face square to target. A secondary benefit from this design is that there is no need to add additional carbon layering in the lower hosel to achieve this. The geometry alone is enough to secure the shaft.
Softened Sweet Spot
The middle portion of the taper is slightly softer than previous Vapor models which amplifies the incredible load and release system. The recoil is terrific and this is the fastest release we’ve seen in a Vapor stick.
Another tweak to the stick is the asymmetrical texturing along the shaft of the stick. Bauer moved from square to rectangular shaped TeXtreme to improve energy transfer when shooting.
Improved Blade Durability
Lastly, Bauer has taken a big step to improve the durability of the blade by increasing the blade thickness. The same core and construction have been used, but the weight reduction throughout the rest of the stick allowed Bauer to beef up the blade without changing the way the blade performs or feels.
Stick Flex Profile
True low kick point profile with XE Taper technology for quicker loading and enhanced recoil.
Bauer’s pro level monocomp shaft construction technology. True one-piece construction and feel. Advanced carbon layering throughout.
Advanced carbon layering throughout. Aero-Sense 2 blade core. PureShot extra stiff blade profile. Thicker construction for improved durability.
The entire Vapor line went for big bold graphics this season. Familiar Vapor red and silver two one colour scheme with a colour pop of highlights throughout that call out the multitude of technologies built into the stick.
At the Flylite price point - the P92M pattern option is available. The ‘M’ notation indicates max blade height for the P92 pattern. This is the maximum blade height allowed from heel to toe - ultimately creating more surface area for the player to make plays on the ice.
20 Flex (P92), L/R - 46”