Here we are going to do a walk-through of the new Bauer Nexus 3N hockey stick. Starting off with shaft dimensions, it has round corners and straight sidewalls, essentially a hybrid between the Vapor and the Supreme so it is very comfortable in the hands and offers some great control.
Bauer Nexus 3N Stick Review
For the construction and materials, this utilizes their high-performance molding process so technically it’s a two-piece but an advanced way of co-molding the shaft and the blade together to give you that one-piece benefit without the additional cost.
This is the same thing that can be said with the uni-directional carbon fiber that we see throughout the shaft. This high-performance material doesn’t have that cool checkered look but it’s still going to be there to perform as well as offer some good durability.
On to the back at the kick point; this is where we see some ADV inspire technology in the ER spine. This is a five-sided shaft construction that does a kind of taper starting from the top handle. Into the blade, it gets a little more aggressive and this does a handful of really key things for you as a player.
First and foremost, it does a great job of reducing weight because it requires fewer materials, while that spine is strategically placed on the back to help maintain the same level of stiffness that you need for that hybrid kick point but also maintaining that high level of strength.
Now, as far as playability goes, this is going to offer a slightly quicker release than what we’ve seen in Nexus hockey sticks in years past. It’s going to be easier to load and another really cool thing that you’ll notice the first time you pick it up is that it’s a little comfier in the hands because it is ergonomic with that spine on the back that fits right into the natural shape of the hand. It’s really cool to see them bringing that ADV technology and making this 3N stick probably the best-performing ice hockey stick at this price point as well.
Into the blade, we have their max balance inner core with aero foam a really nice design because we have a stringer or a support bridge that runs from the heel all the way through the toe and that’s surrounded by the aero foam so it has a really nice balance of pop as well as dampness and feel. Again, in between vapor and supreme, that is kind of at the extremities there so it’s going to give you great responsiveness but also make it really nice and easy to catch passes.
Meanwhile, we do have a 15k carbon fiber and a tactile surface on the front as well as the back. That 15k is a very high-performance fiber, and we really like how they use it down in the bottom portion because this helps to remove weight from the bottom of the stick by pushing that balance point up so it makes it feel even lighter than it actually is.
Conclusion: Bauer Nexus 3N hockey stick
The Bauer Nexus 3N hockey stick weighs about 435 grams in this 85-flex senior adult version. Incredible value stick, considering this costs about half as much as the Nexus GEO or most of the other top-of-line sticks. It has a great balance point in the hands and high-quality materials from top to bottom so an absolutely stellar job was done by the Bauer crew on this Nexus 3.