For those of you that have been looking for a replacement for your ST, the MAKO M5 II should fit the bill. Easton's original focus for this stick was to create a high performance stick that also had great strength. They delivered with a MAKO M5 II stick that is responsive, accurate and considerably lighter than its original MAKO M5 predecessor.
Strength in the shaft can be attributed to the thicker walled graphite construction. The geometry for the intermediate size has square corners with slightly concave walls. This shaft geometry is very popular among Easton's pro players, and it allows you to get a nice secure grip of your stick. In addition to the control you get from this geometry, Easton has added a nice texture to the shaft. The MAKO M5 II is available in a nice matte finish or with the Grip finish.
A look at the transition from shaft to blade shows us a very gradual taper which ultimately leads to the low kick point.
Since blade durability and responsiveness were a main area of focus for Easton, they drew on the re-engineering of the RSII blade and essentially use that construction on this MAKO M5 II stick. It's also the same blade construction used on the MAKO II stick. It uses a multi-rib construction through its micro-bladder process. Basically, this means that there are 3 structural ribs that run the length of the blade with a combination of a bladder and 4 foam core inserts between the ribs. This provides a more durable core to wall bond as well as dampening for a great feel. The MAKO M5 II blade uses a braided fiber wrap, however, they've added more of it for additional reinforcement and further strengthening of the blade.
If you are looking for a high performance stick that combines responsiveness, accuracy and strength, the MAKO M5 II could be the one for you.
Easton's high performance, one-piece composite hockey sticks and shafts are covered by a 30-day, limited warranty against manufacturer defect only.This is a one-time replacement. The warranty covers damage/premature breakage caused by a manufacturing defect only, and is extended with the understanding that hockey is a contact sport which causes stick
breakage. Replacement Blades are not covered under this warranty. Easton Sports will replace any defective high performance hockey stick/shaft for a period of 30 days from the date of purchase, under the conditions listed below:
- The stick is accompanied by the original receipt (proof of purchase) WITH MATCHING UPC STICKER AND THE WARRANTY FORM.
- The stick broke during normal use as a result of a manufacturing defect and EXCLUDES abuse.
- The shaft was used with the correct size blade.
- The one-piece stick was not exposed to an open flame or any heat source.
- The stick was not a factory second, blem, or purchased used.
- Product was purchased from an authorized Easton dealer (warranty does not apply to third-party auction sites such as eBay).
Warranty coverage will be determined exclusively by Easton Sports. Professional, Collegiate, and CHL teams are excluded from this warranty.
Please see http://eastonhockey.com/support/warranty/hockey-us-warranty/ for complete warranty criteria.