The COLT 3 hockey stick review
The Story Behind the COLT 3 Hockey Stick
Like us, the people behind Colt Hockey are hockey players, athletes, and individuals who live and breathe hockey. They are entrepreneurs who are intrinsically connected to the sports community.
Based in Toronto, Canada, COLT Hockey was founded in the fall of 2013, motivated by the realization that high-performance hockey sticks lacked what both recreational and elite players alike were seeking. They were on that very same, seemingly constant search—the search for a hockey stick that could withstand the tough nature of the game.
They took their search to the field of aerospace technology (where the notion of composite use in sporting goods was first formulated), and it soon became evident that a new material was available— one that had just begun to turn the aerospace industry on its head. The result: a stick that lasts longer and can stand up to the punishing game of hockey, without compromising the elite feel and handling that today’s hockey players have grown accustomed to.
It’s All About the Nanomaterials
Colt Hockey then teamed up with Integran Technologies, the engineering firm behind Nanovate™ Technology, the driving force behind the COLT 3 hockey stick. They shared the vision of developing the highest quality of sporting goods equipment available, and their first-generation hockey stick was developed due to a never-before-seen outpouring of support from the global hockey community.
An extremely thin layer (less than a coat of paint) of their patented Nanovate NiCo technology is bonded to the composite material of the COLT 3 hockey stick, to increase performance and create a protective coating that guards from micro fractures and stick breaks, while enabling stick responsiveness to perform longer at a higher level.
The weight of the COLT 3 has been reduced by more than 15% compared to its previous version—without compromising strength or material integrity. And like its predecessors, the stick can withstand 3 times more impact force than current elite composite hockey sticks on the market. Those qualities are what gives the COLT 3 hockey stick its release quickness and shot power.
So what does this all mean to the recreational hockey player? We put the stick to the test in our COLT 3 hockey stick review.
Aside from its beautiful design, the first noticeable feature when you pick up the stick is that it is virtually weightless. Coming from a Bauer Supreme 180, this twig feels as light as a feather in your hands. It is very well balanced, meaning it doesn’t have that particular heaviness towards the blade that you find with some composite sticks. Our COLT 3 hockey stick review found that it also offers a great grip on the top half of the shaft: The tackiness of the grip—what they refer to as the Soft-Touch finish—is on par with or better than many of the composites on the market today.
One particularly intriguing feature is its modern kick point. (“Kick point” or “flex profile” refers to the spot in a hockey stick that flexes when the stick is compressed for a shot. The purpose of the kick point is to provide a consistent flex or the same shot every time. This also adds performance for a certain type of shot depending on which kick point you have.) The variable kick point, in which the key point of the flex depends on the shooter’s hand position, may be a fantastic idea in theory; however, we found the performance to be as expected—the bottom “indestructible” half of the stick did not seem to flex much while the top area of the shaft did well to exhibit the qualities of the modern kick point. It certainly takes some getting used to, but overall the flex rating seemed to be pretty accurate at the 75 flex we tested.
The COLT 3 performed very well, with a noticeably harder slapshot. We would attribute this to two factors:
1 – The state-of-the-art technology
2– The psychological edge; the confidence that this stick won’t break from a slapshot (especially one with amateur form!). Again, in all honesty, the modern kick point used in this twig requires getting accustomed to, particularly with the stiff lower half. To us that’s the only drawback.
One of our COLT 3 hockey stick reviewers found himself keeping his hands closer together when attempting a slapshot (think Jagr, Hossa, Daniel Alfredsson, and other European greats). This technique actually helped improve his aim, so thanks to the COLT 3 for that!
The Bottom Line
At $309 Canadian dollars (about $235 USD), the COLT 3 isn’t cheap. While it is not ‘unbreakable,’ this Canadian-made twig will give you the peace of mind that it can stand up to the punishment of those rough corner plays and scuffles in front of the net. So if you’re one of those who worry about the goons who hack away at their opponent’s stick, you’ll definitely get a kick out of seeing their stick shatter as a result, in front of your eyes.