TheGoalNet Posted July 18, 2017 Share Posted July 18, 2017 True 6.0sbp Initial Impressions There’s a pretty cool back story to my interest in True. Since I was a kid, hockey and golf have been my sports. I don’t know much about the current state of baseball gloves, but I’d argue hockey and golf got the biggest benefits from the materials revolution. Composite sticks, engineered steel iron shafts, composite skate boots, and graphite driver shafts to name a few. At the heart of both of these transformations is True Temper. Although the True name is “new” to hockey, True Temper has been designing sticks for other people for a long time. We were fortunate enough to receive a True 6.0sbp for testing purposes. This article will outline my initial impressions and I’ll follow up with a long term review at a later date. Out of the box, I was impressed with the weight and balance. I will try as much as possible to focus this article on comparing this stick to other traditionally shaped composite sticks. I believe that to be the best apples to apples comparison. With other sticks that have a traditional shape, I find they feel bottom heavy, unbalanced, or just plain awkward. This dates back to the TPS responses and includes the Premier Plus. In contrast, The True feels like the lightest foam core stick you’ve ever held and I mean that in a positive way. I think that will turn a lot of people on and convert some holdouts to the composite sticks. I also love the graphics on this stick and noticed that that the second I pulled it out of the box. The matte color scheme with carbon fiber accents is sick. I personally hate the paddle graphics that lots of companies incorporate into their sticks. Now onto the important stuff, how does it perform? Using something from the Supreme for about 3 years, I was curious how I would find life back with a traditional paddle. I’m happy to report there were no major issues or complaints in that department. The stick feels very light during use, which is most important to me. I find a composite stick makes my blocker way faster and feel more natural during the save. The True 6.0 accomplishes this standard I set for any composite. I value the lightweight during a save over the improved shooting capabilities. The rebounds are also very predictable with the traditional paddle geometry. No weird deflections or pizza rebounds. I also have not felt any awkward vibrations or reverberation pains during use. This is something I will monitor long term because I haven’t taken any monster clappers to weird parts of the stick… yet. If you’ve seen any of my recent posts, you know that I seem to get tattooed in the face lately. Things I initially don’t like? There’s two. One of the them falls into the personal preference category and the other I question the design. The design aspect I question is the grip coating on the shaft. Current commonplace on composite goalie sticks is to have a grip where your hand is and no coating on the rest of the shaft. True did the opposite. They have no coating where your hand goes and grip coating on the rest of the shaft. I would have preferred the current standard from other OEMs, no coating, or a consistent coating everywhere. The option they elected just seems odd to me. I get the rational might have been a tape grip where they have no coating, but why not put the coating there and let the goalie cover it up if they choose to? I also find that the shaft coating catches at times when I go for poke check or to quickly slide my hand up to play the puck. The other concern with this stick for me is the stiffness profile. That is an issue of preference and nothing I fault True for. I am sure that some people like that about the stick or the sturdy feel it creates, but it’s not something I like to date. The paddle height and curve are perfect, but I find the flex is too stiff for my tastes. The one upside is that I can make bullet on ice passes with it, but putting high clearing attempts off the glass is not as easy as I’ve become used to. To summarize my initial impressions, I think this should be in consideration for the best traditionally shaped composite stick on the market. It will be a great option for a lot of people, especially people who don’t like the Supremes’ paddle geometry. Like with most every product, it’s not without a few items I don’t personally like or that might not have been a perfect design. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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