Y1 (Young Ones) LB90 2017/18 Review
  • Brand:
    Y1
    Model:
    LB 90
    Year:
    2017/18
    Bow Type:
    Low bow (200mm)
    Composition:
    90% Carbon 10% Aramid/Fibreglass
    Y1 (Young Ones) LB90 2017/18 Review

    Relationship to item- Personal Purchase using sponsor discount (Opinions are my own)

    Retailer- Y1 Hockey Website

    RRP: £235

    Introduction:

    I took a big leap when buying this stick as it was the first stick I have ever bought without trying one prior to purchase and it was worth it. Prior to this stick I had used 3 consecutive Adidas DF24s and then a GR AJ7 Probow, somehow Y1 have managed to make something with a huge amount of power and still maintain a great feel that lower carbon sticks like my AJ7 have.

    Features/ selling points (from Y1 website):

    A redesigned and slightly thinned head profile allowing you to get under the ball more easily. It has the Y1 'dynamic bow' for the perfect slingshot action when drag flicking which makes it the obvious choice for drag flickers and aerial specialists.
    • Premium Japanese Carbon

    • ‘Shaved’ head design for ease of 3D skills on the move and reverse lifting.

    • Y1 ‘Recurved toe’ design for easy picking on the reverse and 3D skills.

    • Y1 'Dynamic bow' specifically designed for drag flickers.

    • Bristled High control area on head (HCA).

    • 90% Premium Japanese Carbon / 10% Aramid/Fibreglass

    So what do I think of my first stick without a groove or concave face for 4 years?

    Hitting / Slapping?

    As I have alluded to, hitting provides all the power you could ask for while maintaining an impressive amount of feel. Obviously as with any low bow, technique must be adjusted if coming from a mid bow to keep the ball flat

    Aerials and Skills?

    Aerials and 3D skills are effortless thanks to the low bow, thin head, thin hook and the great feel. No trouble lifting the ball and performing drags.

    Drag Flicking?

    Not had much chance to practice drag flicking yet as we’re between seasons, but so far its really good.

    Conclusion

    It looks fantastic and plays brilliantly for such a high carbon stick! I also don't miss the concave face of the DF24 or rail on the AJ7, not having the ball bounce of in odd directions when not trapped perfectly is nice.

    Although I may be sponsored by Y1, I would still highly recommend this stick if I wasn’t. I may also be biased as it bagged me two goals in its first outing! :D Also scored a fair few yesterday at a camp in front of Phil Roper and Tom Carson :eek:

    (I know I have mentioned the feel a lot, but it’s seriously impressive:eek:)
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Tags: Y1, LB90, Young Ones
  1. Harry Saunders
    What level do you play at to be sponserd by y1 ?
    1. sammzib
      it depends, there's different levels of sponsorship, if you want to apply, go here: https://y1hockey1.typeform.com/to/ZwtSkK
      sammzib, Aug 10, 2017
  2. Washcaps
    Could tell me what grip you have on the stick? What is the name of the brand?
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    1. sammzib
      its a Shammy Shack white chamois with my initials and shirt number embroidered on it http://grip.shammyshack.com/White%20Chamois%20Grip
      sammzib, Jul 30, 2017
    2. Washcaps
      It's looks great!
      Washcaps, Jul 30, 2017
    3. sammzib
      yeah, little pricey though
      sammzib, Jul 30, 2017
  3. dave454
    Looks great! What would you say the weight is comparable to? I've heard they're pretty similar to the Rituals (i.e. very, very light) which has always put me off.
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    1. sammzib
      It feels a bit heavier than my Rio DF24 carbon, 2016/17 Ritual Revolution and GR AJ7 and feels about the same as my JDH APX 795 XLB
      sammzib, Jul 27, 2017
  4. LeT7
    As an owner of the LBX version, I highly endorse this review - It is an awesome stick.... and I am in no way sponsored either. All my own hard earned credit card borrowing...lol!
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  5. RussellButt
    But have they fixed the fragility issue from last season? Guess only time will tell... I hope so. They sure look the business.
    1. sammzib
      no idea, this is my first Y1 stick
      sammzib, Jul 26, 2017
    2. LeT7
      Apparently - Yes . They switched manufacturers. Somehow despite my experience last year with the LB Braid breakage, I was encouraged by their open honesty ref to last year issues when I contacted them regarding the 2017-18 range and and picked up the LBX from The Hockey Centre. (Woking, UK) . NB it is bloody awesome.
      LeT7, Jul 26, 2017