With the release of the CCM JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick coming on July 26th, CCM aimed to include a few key improvements for this iteration over its’ predecessor. The JetSpeed line was initially designed to give players the optimum balance between a quick shot release and power, and this new generation is no different! Thanks to CCM, I was able to use the JetSpeed FT2 on the ice to take a look at the upgrades.
Shaft Construction & Dimensions
The JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick features a new shaft design, now using an R-Shaped design that features rounded corners and slightly concave sidewalls! Additionally, the structure of the shaft has been upgraded, as well, now going with a material by the name of Sigmatex ST within the shaft. Utilizing a high-performance spread tow fabric that features a new weaving process, the JetSpeed FT2 excels in strength and resilience, all while weighing in at 10 grams less than its’ predecessor.
Upon holding the stick for the first time, I immediately took a liking to the new R-Shaped shaft design. Thanks to the concave sidewalls, the JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick fit more comfortably in my hands compared to a stick with a round shaft shape. This feel was heightened when I had the puck on my stick during stickhandling and shooting, as it felt more controlled. As for the enhanced durability, thanks to the Sigmatex ST material, I play hockey an average of two to three times a week at a decently high level and have not noticed a single noteworthy issue within the build of the stick!
The JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick features the popular JetSpeed kick point, known as the hybrid kick point. With a stiff flex zone right at the CCM logo, in between two soft flex zones, a hinge-like effect is created. This gives players that power they are looking for in their shots, while also being able to provide lightning quick release times. For testing, the JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick that I used was a left-handed, 75 flex, with a P29 curve. As a defenseman in my league games, it performed superbly. A majority of my shots as a defenseman are heavy wrists shots from the blue line, and with the JetSpeed FT2 I felt like it had great pop, giving my shots a significant amount of power. This also applies to slapshots- lower your bottom hand, wind up, and let shots fly with great power. Getting up close to the net, the JetSpeed FT2 stood out in this aspect, as well. Thanks to the hinge-like effect the hybrid flex provides, getting the puck on net quickly in close areas, whether it was a rebound or pass, was no challenge for the JetSpeed FT2. Overall, the stick felt very responsive and dynamic during shooting.
The JF-80 Hockey Blade featured on the JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick is now the flagship design within the JetSpeed line, and for good reason. This blade used a propriety damped core to enhance puck feel and control. On the durability aspect, the JF-80 has a reinforced toe and heel, keeping the blade at optimum performance for longer. While not much of a puck carrying defenseman, I did thoroughly enjoy the times when I did have the puck on my blade. I did not feel as if the blade was too stiff, which provided me with great control while receiving harder passes and immediately firing them on net. It was not too soft either, which enabled the puck to really fly off the blade.
After a solid number of hours of on-ice usage with the JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick, I have yet to find an area in which it does not excel. Built for the speed of today’s game, it can be a great option for a quick, shifty forward who loves to stickhandle and make plays in tight spaces. Contrarily, it is also a very viable option for defensemen taking heavy slapshots and wristshots. The versatile JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick allows you to be a threat from anywhere in the offensive zone thanks to its perfect balance of shot power and release times! You can check it out on our website here where it is available now for preorder, and officially hits our MonkeySports shelves on July 26th. Until then, be on the lookout for our on-ice video coming next week!