Adidas DF24 Carbon 2016/17 - Rio Edition Stick Review Relationship to item- Personal Purchase Retailer- Gilmour Sports Price: £225 Introduction: (Previously on DF24 Carbon review) I used the DF24 Carbon for almost the entire 2014/15 season, I had one defect and one break. The first had an air bubble which appeared after only a few weeks and was replaced free of charge, the second shattered on the reverse edge and cracked on the back and front face, I didn't ask for a replacement as I had been using it from around October to February 4-5 times per week. Despite these issues I decided to buy the new look DF24 for the 2015/16 season because I loved it so much the first time round. (This time on DF24 Carbon review) This is my fourth DF24 Carbon and it is fair to say that this is now my favourite stick mould and will likely be sticking with it for the coming years. As you can see in the pictures my previous sticks did not fair too well, the first two broke and the second I just wore out, I patched both up as best i can to continue to use for drag-flicking practice. I played hockey a lot last year with usually 2 training sessions, at least 1 coaching session and at least 1, often 2 games per week- a big ask for a stick primarily used on sand-based pitches. It is safe to say that this year's DF24 Carbon had big boots to fill. Features/ selling points: Limited Edition Paint job for Rio 2016 Olympics Dual carbon rods filled with foam for shock absorption and increased power Drag-flick groove for faster ball acceleration and enhanced precision TOUCH COMPOUND supports the contact patch with hook to ball and keeps it under control for better accuracy XXXTREME24: most extreme Adidas bow available for the penalty corner specialist aiding fast and precise drag flicking Oval endcap for a more extreme bow shape adigrip: Grip tape combining traditional PU with Chamois-like touch. Reinforced main impact areas Updated material configuration FIH rule compliant 90% carbon / 5% glass fibre / 5% aramid It has a 24mm bow at 200mm How does the stick handle and feel? It takes getting used to when moving from other low bows or from a mid bow. Very nice, this is a low bow stick, its oval end cap allows for a more extreme bow while still remaining legal and I find the DF groove really does improve drag flicking. The 'touch-compound' causes the ball to stay on the end of the stick when dribbling and scooping over a defender's stick. This does however wear off after a few training sessions. 3D skills are a piece of cake thanks to the profile and thin head making it easier to get under the ball. Reverse hits are nice but beware that the thin reverse edge can cause the ball to lift. Aerials are easy as the thin head so it is easier to get under the ball, the bow also helps. Other: Between the 3 iterations of this stick Adidas has switched from calling the Bow the 3Xtreme24 in 2014/15 version to XXXtreme24 in 2015/16, it seems like Adidas has now settled on calling it the XXXtreme24 as that is what it is called on this year's model. Summary The DF24 Carbon is a great stick for a drag flicker, anyone looking to become a drag flicker, any player who likes extreme low bow sticks or someone looking for something a little bit different. The fact that the Rio edition is the same price as the normal version is a no-brianer when buying, however it lacks the same level of one of a kind-ness that the 2012 Olympic sticks Adidas made had. Conclusion All it took was a fresh coat of paint for Adidas to win me over this year as the DF24 Carbon is already perfect for me! But as I am now off to University, I will be playing even more so I will likely need to buy a second DF24 to last me to the end of the season-only time will tell! My only gripe is that to get the matching shoes you have to pay a £40 premium over the Hockey Lux shoes-which i was not prepared to do, so now my stick and shoes do not match this year round Another great offering from Adidas, they know not to fix what isn't broken - highly recommended from me.