I bought this stick to get me through until I could save the money to buy a higher end model. I used it twice and a large crack developed on the lower part of the shaft, near where the blade was fused. The fiberglass was pulling apart. The stick broke and I warranty'd it and got the same model replacement, unfortunately, after using it once, in a pick up skate, the same crack developed in the same area of the shaft. To qualify though, I was using a 90 flex, and I'm usually in the 100-102 range with Bauers and Eastons, so it may have been operator error on my part. But 90 was the heaviest flex I could find in this stick at my store.