The TRUE Catalyst 9X SR Hockey Stick is True’s lightest senior stick to date. Taking some components from the Project X stick while adding some new blade technologies, the Catalyst 9X is 40 grams lighter than the XC9 senior stick. True has also worked to improve durability at the same time which is a key focus for the Catalyst series sticks.
Stick Flex Profile
The Catalyst 9X senior stick features a mid-zone flex that loads easily and a stiff taper zone to maximize shooting and passing accuracy.
The True Catalyst 9X is constructed with Precision Laminate Design (PLD) which debuted on the Project X stick. PLD is the optimization of fiber angles to provide stiffness and impact strength with each layer of material. In technical terms – there are fewer 0-degree plies used and more off-axis plies (15-45 degrees) to achieve stiffness while adding impact strength. In plain English – PLD allows weight reduction without a loss in impact strength.
True’s Axenic Technology returns. This seamless compression-molded shaft construction process gives an incredible feel for the puck which you notice instantly when stickhandling.
Blade Construction & Stiffness
In order to achieve their goal of balancing improved feel with reduced weight, True removed the XCORE insert previously found in the XC9 stick and replaced the blade’s core with their new BAT Technology. BAT builds off of True’s BRT+ Technology but uses Aramid fiber (better known as Kevlar) instead of carbon. Aramid is lighter and dampens vibrations more efficiently than carbon for a better puck feel.
PASS is a new foam core technology that looks and performs exactly like a foam core but has a much higher strength property. Boasting a 50% higher compression strength for repeated impacts and 25% higher shear strength to resist foam breakdown over time.
The 9X blade comes with a matte finish similar to what has been featured on previous True sticks.
The Catalyst stick line moves away from True’s traditional blue graphics in exchange for the use of bright yellow accents. This is a bold new graphic direction for the brand and now clearly separates it from their AX series.
The Catalyst 9X senior stick features a soft gloss grip shaft.
Blade Patterns, Flex & Stick Length
Flexes - 65, 75, 85, 95
Blade patterns - TC2, TC2.5, TC4, MC, HCS
Stick length - 60”