Easton Synergy EQ50 Hockey Stick: Initial Impressions

Easton Hockey recently sent over a new Easton Synergy EQ50 hockey stick for us to review. Before we put it through the grind of a few battles on the rink, I wanted to give you an overview of the stick itself.

Easton Synergy EQ50 - Weights
Easton Synergy EQ50 - Weights

Right out of the box, the Easton Synergy EQ50 feels light, but it’s definitely not the lightest Synergy ever made. This is due to some of the new technology found in the EQ50. As we explored in our original EQ50 post, the stick contains Easton’s Focus Weight Technology, which you can actually see in the heel of the blade. The weights are designed to keep the puck on your blade, and to assist in catching passes. If you take off the end plug, you’ll also notice that the plug itself carries an additional four weights, each at five grams. You can add or remove weights as desired, thus changing the balance point of the stick. This can become especially useful if you cut down your stick.

In quickly messing around with some of the weights, you can find a feel that is right for you. To give you some personal examples, the stick seemed a bit too heavy for me with all four weights inside. I prefer a real lightweight stick, so I took all four weights out. This provides a desired weight, but makes the stick feel quite blade heavy. For those who can get past that, this might be the best way to go. I then tested it out with only one weight in. It was  much improved, but still a bit too blade heavy. I tossed a second weight in there and it felt great. Keep in mind this is with a full-length 61-inch stick, and with only two weights in the plug I’ve cut total weight down to 483 grams.

Easton Synergy EQ50 - Taylor Hall Curve
Easton Synergy EQ50 - Taylor Hall Curve

The design of the stick looks real slick. The grip version has a dark red paint job, which looks real great. The red then blends to black in through the taper and down into the blade. On the clear version, you’ll be getting a nice dark grey and black stick, which also looks real nice. Both sticks will feature the traditional white Easton lettering throughout the shaft.

The Synergy EQ50 blade feels pretty rigid, and should provide good durability. We’ll be using one of Easton’s new patterns, the Taylor Hall. The Hall pattern features a mid-curve, with a slightly open face. Additionally, the toe of the blade will be a round one, and the lie will be 5.5. Besides the Hall pattern, Easton has several other classics and certainly one that will suite your needs. We’re looking at a 100 flex on our shaft as well, so it feels pretty stiff from the get go, but I’m approximately six feet tall, 190 pounds, and really appreciate the stiffness a 100 flex provides. As we put the EQ50 through the paces, we’ll see if there are any drastic changes in the rigidity of the blade, or shaft flex.

If you have any questions for us regarding the Easton Synergy EQ50, please feel free to ask. We’re going to beat this thing up a little bit and let you all know how it performs on the rink. Look for our full review on the Easton Synergy EQ50 in the coming weeks.

If the initial impression was enough to convince you to grab one, head over to Ice Warehouse for the guaranteed lowest price. The original EQ50 stick will run you $209.99, and you can get the EQ50 Grip stick for the same price.

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