Y1 (Young Ones) LB90 2017/18 Review
Relationship to item- Personal Purchase using sponsor discount (Opinions are my own)
Retailer- Y1 Hockey Website
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.
Not had much chance to practice drag flicking yet as we’re between seasons, but so far its really good.
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! Also scored a fair few yesterday at a camp in front of Phil Roper and Tom Carson
(I know I have mentioned the feel a lot, but it’s seriously impressive)
- LB 90
- Bow Type:
- Low bow (200mm)
- 90% Carbon 10% Aramid/Fibreglass