Review Adidas DF24 Carbon 2016/17 - Rio Edition

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  1. sammzib

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    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. [​IMG]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:D.
     

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  2. Sven

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    Heh, interesting analogy given what happened to your last three ;)

    I kid, I kid! I've hit around with an older model of this stick and really liked it. The high price and some of the durability claims I've heard have always dissuaded me though.
     
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    i mean the recipie not the stick, but i think you knew that:D
    i'm surprised at how long mine last when i play so often and primarily on sand based, i think if it were to be used on purely water based pitches then it could easily last 18-24 months
     
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    That's a really good point, I've never played on sand based, but I could definitely see that wreaking havoc on a stick's structure.
     
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    wow, you're lucky :D
     
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    Well here in the US it's mostly that awful field-turf stuff with the rubber pellets flying everywhere, with bigger colleges having access to a water-based pitch. But most of the time it's hard to get time on the water-based unless you're an affiliate of the school, so you really have to know the right people in order to get time on good turf.
     
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    Do any of you have a cheap adidas df24 for sale or for free because I have a ritual but I really like the adidas but there to expensive
     
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    Few last season sticks here: https://kuslink.com/df24 :) (link to my shop)
     
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    Which level do you play? I had 2 of them. 2 of them broke. :D
     
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    i play county and higher level
     
  12. Busdesto

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    do you have the df24 2014/15 one
     
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    Nope, they are long gone, sorry!
     
  14. Busdesto

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    do any of you have the old old df24 not as a product but as an old stick they don't use anymore
     
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    Hockey equivalent of throwing faecal matter at a wall and hoping some sticks?
     
  16. Busdesto

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    in your guys opinion do you think the new carbon braid is better than the new df24
     
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    Different sticks for different purposes. Ones a drag bow and the other isn't. Either way I'd take the DF


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    I thought adidas were too expensive o_O
     
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    Hi,
    I was wondering if you have hit around with the compo 1. I am currently playing with the compo 1 but am looking for a little more power. I play with a 37.5 and I think it's a little too big. I was wondering if you knew how significant the weight difference is compared to a 36.5? (obviously lighter, I like a lighter stick) and if there was a significant difference in playing with the two sticks?? Thanks
     
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    It depends on the stick. We have 37.5 which are lighter than 36.5.
     

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