My first observation was the Mako 2 is much lighter than the Mako. The blade is also much thinner and reminds me of a s19, only with the black sandpaper texture. Catching passes is easy and so is blasting a snapper top shelf. The graphics are cool but have no effect on performance, and like any other stick will begin to chip off after a few games. My only complaint would be the half inch smaller size of the stick length. Why make one years 60in and the next 59.5? Sure I'm nit picking but there is no reason to do that and adding a end plug throws off stick balance in my opinion. I wont say this is better than Bauer or Warrior or CCM because I never use those companies and have used Easton for 15 years. Plus those debates are pointless. What I will say is even at the ridiculous pricetag this stick is worth it. The first Mako did the job but the 2 is much lighter and has a better puck feel when moving in traffic. The black coloring on the blade looks better than last years all white which would chip away after 5 games anyways. I use the Modano, Zetty, Cammalleri curve and my only suggestion to players would be stay away from the Iginla pattern. The blade is too short and has a smaller sweet spot. Its also not as accurate with the saucer pass. From what I hear the new e28 pattern is a good choice for players who like a bit more curve compared to the less deep Modano. I skate ice and roller and this gets the job done on either rink. Bravo Easton, but please, no more increasing the price.