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The CCM Extreme Flex 4 has moved away from the foam core construction of the Extreme Flex 3 stick, and features a lightweight composite construction that maintains the feel of a foamcore.
The Sigmatex ST shaft borrows from CCM’s player sticks and provides an extremely lightweight weave that provides exceptional shaft resilience. The new reinforced, rounded shape has also increased impact resistance.
The Innegra fiber construction in combination with the Zeroflux technology provides a lightweight feel like you would expect from a composite stick, but with enough vibration dampening and softness that is reminiscent of a foam core.
The dampening of the Zeroflux technology gives the Eflex 4 great shooting control compared to a blade that is too lively. The composite construction of the blade still maintains a more consistent rebound however.
The stick will be available stock in white base with one colour accent available. Stock red and grey accents are available. The Eflex 4 is available for custom order where both a dark base and many other accent colours are available.
The stick features Stiktak at the top of the paddle that features a raised grip for good security during the play that doesn’t sacrifice pokecheck ability.
Blade Patterns, Paddle Lengths, Stick Lengths, Weight, Level of Play
Both the Crawford and Price curves will be available in 25”, 26”, and 27” paddle. Coming in at 686 grams in a 26”-Price curve, the Extreme Flex 4 stick will be perfect for those Elite level goalies that are looking for both weight and feel in their stick.
|Shaft Construction||Sigmaxtex ST Shaft|
|Paddle Construction||Innegra Fiber|
|Blade Construction||Innegra Fiber|
|Other Features||Zeroflux Technology|
|Customizable||Yes (Minimum 1 stick)|
Unlike other pieces of gear, Goalie Sticks are sized mostly to the goaltender’s preference and playing style rather than their height. The most important measurement, when purchasing a new goal stick, is the paddle height (the wide portion of the stick), which is usually taken from the heel of the stick to the shaft/paddle interface. The reason for the paddle height’s significance is because it sets up the goaltender’s depth in the ready stance and (if properly sized) positions the blocker in an optimal position.
Sizing Your Goalie Stick
To start analyzing the size of your goalie stick, put on your goalie skates to get an accurate height of where you will be in your stance. If you’re looking to be even more accurate, strap on your goalie pads and blocker as well. Once that is done, get comfortable in your natural stance (the one you’d be in during a majority of gameplay) and look for the following:
1. The entire blade of the stick is flush with the ground while being 1’ - 2’ in front of your feet
2. After getting your stick into the flush position, check that the inside edge of the blocker hand sits on the outside edge of the goal pad (this is while holding just above the paddle).
Goalie Stick Sizing Considerations
Goalie Stick sizing can be very subjective compared to other pieces of equipment. The reason for this is the ambiguity of each goaltenders ‘natural stance’, especially with younger goaltenders. It is rather common for children to use taller sticks in comparison to their height, as their stance depth isn’t usually as aggressive as a seasoned goalie.
The shaft length of a goalie stick is usually best left at its stock length, as it serves to counteract the weight of the blade and ideally place the center of gravity at the top of the paddle. The one exception to this rule is for advanced puck handlers, cutting the shaft will allow more power transfer when shooting as a result of being able to keep the blade flush to the ice while near the goaltender’s feet.