I bought this stick to replace a 14k model that had broken from a slash. I got the 16k and was extremely happy with it initially. I could definitely feel a difference from the 14k model and loved the stick. After just a couple of games it started getting really beat up. I think I have only had it now for about 10 - 12 games and the toe is cracked and the heel is crumbling. At this point I do not think I can use it anymore as I can feel the toe bending and starting to peel every time I put any pressure on it. Not sure how the toe cracked, I just noticed it before a game when I was re-taping my stick. I am also unsure of how the heel is cracking up. I do not abuse my sticks, but I do make the occasional stick tap on the ice calling for the puck. This should not cause the stick to start falling apart however. My 14k stick seemed to be much more durable, it only broke from what I would consider to be a good reason. Maybe I just got a bad stick, I don't know, but check out the pics for reference.