Bauer was kind enough to send Hockey World Blog three sticks for review, one of which being the Bauer Supreme Total ONE NXG. After recently reviewing the Warrior Covert DT1, which I find to be an excellent stick, my bar was set rather high. Here is my review.
Specs: Bauer Supreme Total ONE NXG, Zetterberg curve, 87 Flex
Appearance and Design: Heading Bauer’s Supreme line, the Bauer Supreme Total ONE NXG sports a black with white and yellow accent color combination. The black base stick reads BAUER at both the top and the bottom of the stick. Identically, TOTAL ONE NXG is also displayed at both ends of the stick as well. Nothing much to it, but nor does it need to be. The simple yet attractive design can easily be identified as Bauer, and on that note, they’ve done their job.
The Supreme Total ONE NXG uses an amplified mid-kick combined with a .520 power taper. The technology combined aims at providing maximum energy output by utilizing a stiffer lower shaft with a more flexible, softer middle. The stick is geared for getting your weight on the bottom part of the shaft, loading the flex, and launching “explosive one-tmers” and bombing the “heavy slapshot”.
Balance & Feel: At 402 grams, the NXG is the lightest of the top-end sticks. The shaft has square corners with raised tactile ridges for better feel and improved grip. The Total ONE NXG utilizes Bauer’s Monocomp Technology; “a single molding process” that removes “excess materials like overlapping layers, resin and foam waste, the balance of the stick is improved and overall weight is reduce.” To further reduce the weight of the stick, Bauer also uses TeXtreme Technology, an ultra lightweight and strong carbon fiber that is 20% lighter than conventional carbon.
Shooting and Accuracy: The Supreme Power Shaft is a double concave taper that, in conjunction with the mid-kick, minimizes shaft deflection for improved energy optimization. In layman’s terms, as the shaft bends for the shot, the shaft itself does not twist, allowing for the blade to be aligned for accuracy.
The blade has an expanded throat that increases rigidity. Made of a Dual-Density Blade Core, the aramid-reinforced (strong synthetic fibers) Power Core 3 enhances feel and increases, yet again, torsional stiffness to minimize blade deflection while shooting for increased accuracy.
Overall Impressions: There is a reason Bauer is considered the leading manufacturer of hockey sticks. The Bauer Supreme Total ONE NXG is, with all of its technology, an elite hockey stick. The lightest stick out there among its competition, yet the mid-kick still provides the stiffness to withstand the heaviest of loading. And there, is, where I ran into problems.
Let me preface this with a few words; you want to buy this stick. Yes, you most definitely want to buy this stick. The one catch, clause, footnote; you need to know your playing capability. A mid-kick point is something you need to get used to, something you need to learn and perfect. That Stamkos like perfection, however, is not easily obtainable without the proper flex. At 87 flex, I’m still having trouble with the kick point and loading my stick. Would I go to a lower flex? Most likely not. My point, is for those who typically choose the stiffest of flexes, may wish to dial it down a notch. The NXG provides a very stiff flex, more so than what the flex says.
The feel of the stick is amazing, both passing and shooting for both forehand and backhand. From the first time I picked it up I immediately felt like I’ve been using it forever. My stick-handling has improved, my passes are spot on and my shooting is extremely accurate.
My only complaint is the 60″ length of the stick. At 5′ 11″, the stick is a half-an-inch to an inch shorter than what I’m used to. For anyone over 6′ 0″, I can only imagine the displeasure they may have if they prefer longer sticks. Still, I have become accustomed to the length, and, while playing forward, I have definitely noticed its benefits in the tight spaces.
The Bauer Supreme Total ONE NXG will set you back a bit at $259.99. The price however, for the lightest stick out there and excellent technology, is well worth the price tag. With no durability issues in sight, it is a stick you invest in to help you become a better player.
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