I loved the stick at first. Great feel and very light weight and maneuverable. This was my first composite and I was surprised how much difference the lighter weight allowed me to whip around the stick in play.
However, after only five games, it was toast. Do not hit the edge of the paddle on anything otherwise it will crack and then weaken through the rest of the paddle and become soft. I tried to return it to Total Hockey and they told me I had to send it back to Sher-Wood. Luckily, all I had to do was take some photos of the stick and send them with the serial number and they sent a new one out to me in less than a week.Didn't even have to send the broken one back. Sher-Wood was awesome from that perspective.
With the new stick, II was extra careful with it the second time. Well, as careful as you can be with a stick playing goalie. This time it lasted about 32 days (about 12 sessions of open hockey). Just 2 days after the 30 day warranty expired and now I am with two broken sticks. Same thing. took a nick on the edge of the paddle and it buckled through the paddle after another game of shooting pucks out of the zone.
I had been playing with Sher-Wood foam core sticks for several years and they would last me at least a year (I play 3 times a week, year round). Never broke one in the paddle before.The foam cores are tough. They would break on me where the shaft connects to the paddle, but only after a ton of abuse. I am going back to foam cores.