Ahhhh new year, new hockey sticks! This time we’re talking about the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite – Bauer’s latest and greatest hockey stick that they’ve released to the public.
Bauer alternates between Supreme and Vapor lineups every year and this time, it’s Vapor’s time to shine.
I’m going to fully in depth on the benefits, downfalls and everything you need to know about this stick in this review.
Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Hockey Stick Review
The first thing to note in the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite is that it’s an elite level of hockey stick.
Starting with the Bauer Hyperlite specs…
- Weight: 865 Grams
- Length: 60 Inches
- Kick point: Low
- Warranty: 30 Days
- Family: Vapor
- Flex: 70, 77, 87, 102
- Blade Pattern: P28, P88, P92, P92M
As you can see, the Hyperlite is a light hockey stick. It only weighs 865 Grams, which puts it near the top of lightest hockey sticks on the market.
Length-wise it’s a standard 60 inches. If you’re going to cut it, understand that it will become more stiff after it’s cut. If you want a longer stick, you can always put a stick plug in it, or order custom from Bauer.
- Crisp shots
- Lightweight feel
- Stiff blade for better stick handling
- Fast release
- Price tag
- Not as powerful as some hockey sticks
This is the type of stick that benefits forwards more-so than it would benefit defenseman. The reason is because it’s very low-kick point stick. What this means is that it really whips the puck off the blade faster with less buildup.
Thus dramatically increasing the time that it takes for you to take a wrist or snap shot. This is ideal when you’re always playing in front of the net and don’t have a lot of time to shoot the puck, like a defenseman might have. Or at least a touch more time…
Part of the reason that it’s so good at releasing the puck so quickly is the XE taper near the bottom of the shaft. Bauer took this design from the Flylite version a couple years and ago. It’s a bit thinner and has rounded edges to reduce the weight which improves release speed. Without compromising durability of course…
As you know, hockey sticks are becoming more and more advanced. It seems as though there is no way one could actually improve what has been done, but it has.
The Bauer Vapor Hyperlite features asymmetrical TeXtreme shaft technology. Truthfully, it sounds like a really fancy name for composite fiber…
Apparently this is what allows the energy to flow through the stick when you go to shoot and pass with it. It kind of sounds like hocus-pocus I know, but it’s legit.
The DuraFlex resin in the shaft is what makes the stick a bit stronger than the Flylite that Bauer released previously.
The new HyperCore blade has also improved the release speed by 20% according to Bauer. I’m not sure who’s testing those numbers, but I like it!
Lastly, the Hyperlite stick also feature Advanced Carbon Layering throughout the blade and shaft. This is the component that helps keep the stick’s weight down and ensuring durability.
This is a highly technologically advanced hockey stick. All these fancy words make it sound like a transformer, but it’s just a stick. A fast releasing, durable and lightweight stick at that.
Who Is This Stick For?
The Bauer Vapor Hyperlite hockey stick is for anyone that wants to have an elite twig. Which is about everyone.
In actuality, you probably don’t need this stick if you are playing hockey once a week at the local arena. There are a lot of budget hockey sticks out there… this isn’t one of them.
This is generally for hockey players that are on the ice a lot, 4-6 times a week.
However if you want a nice stick, of course get it!
Position-wise I would recommend the Hyperlite to forwards. As I said earlier, it has fast releases, but it loses power because of that. If you are defenseman, I would recommend getting a CCM Super Tacks AS3 Pro. It’s got a higher kick point and is a bit more powerful.
Definitely more suitable for d-men.
I’m not here to convince you of anything. Truth be-told, it doesn’t affect me in any way.
Why You Should Get It
That being said, I do think that you might benefit from the Vapor Hyperlite.
One, it’s more durable than before. The Flylite definitely had some problems with breaking, Bauer has improved that. Which is massive because CCM has always been top dog when it comes to hockey sticks, mainly because they were more durable.
Two, it’s super lightweight. No question about it, dragging a chunk of timber around for a couple hours isn’t very fun. That’s what you get in a budget stick, that’s not what this is. It is a top of the line stick that feels like it.
Three, it’s performance outmatches most other sticks on the market. You get a super fast release and a smooth puck feel. Which is exactly what you should be looking for in a high end hockey stick.
Why You Shouldn’t Get It
The price tag is steep. You cannot deny that. If you can’t afford it, don’t get it.
If you’re a defenseman. You probably don’t need to get this hockey stick. There are better options for you that have more power and are better for slap shots.
That just about wraps up my review about the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite hockey stick. Personally I think that if you play hockey a lot and can afford it, it’s worth it. If you don’t and you can’t, stay away from it.
That being said, thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed…