I bought this stick for my son because of the shorter lenght and lighter flex. Most other Brands we have to cut down and they become way too stiff. He loved this stick for 28 days then it snapped in half in practice on a shot. It broke about 18" above the blade. Hopfully Miken stands by their products.
We have an Accuflex that he's had for over a year and had great luck with it. He's played a season of travel hockey and several tournaments with it and it is still fine but getting a little short for him. We'll be using that stick until I find out what Miken is going to do about the Z9 but I am plenty leary of spending the money on another Z9 that is for sure.