The Goalie Stick market has been one of the most disrupted in recent years. Just 5 years ago, foam core sticks were some of the best goalie sticks on the market. In 2020, the goalie stick market is dominated by Warrior, Bauer, and CCM.
Here are the best goalie sticks that money can buy in 2020.
- Warrior Ritual V1 Pro +
- Bauer 2S Pro
- Warrior Ritual V1
- Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
- CCM E Flex 4
- True AX9
- Warrior Ritual CR1
- Sher Wood Rekker M90
Honestly, there are realistically two brands you should look at when considering the goalie stick you should buy. Those would be Warrior and Bauer. More specifically, the Warrior Ritual V1 Pro+ (or, the V1) and the Bauer 2S. We’ll get into the details shortly.
These are the Best Goalie Sticks on the market today
We intentionally listed a handful of sticks here. If you decide that you absolutely cannot have the Bauer or the Warrior, I would maybe take a look at CCM as a close 3rd. Honestly, the CR1 by Warrior, even though it’s dated, is competitive with the E Flex 4. Let’s get into our top high end goalie sticks on the market.
Warrior Ritual V1 Pro +
Warrior is coming out with a new stick and when we have a chance to test it personally, we’ll decide whether or not we’re going to recommend it. Based on their track record since coming out with the Warrior CR1, we’re going to list it as one of our favorite twigs.
The V1 Pro + and the Ritual V1 are pretty similar, but you’re going to pay more for the V1 Pro +. Warrior has a great return policy, and the V1 Pro + is the most durable goalie stick on the market, so it’s well worth the investment.
- The Warrior Ritual V1 Pro + is the most durable goalie stick
- Balanced incredibly well, even over the CR1
- Customize them however you want on Goalie Monkey
- Still doesn’t shoot as well as the Bauer 2S Pro
Bauer 2S Pro
Bauer’s going to be coming out with an updated stick shortly, so, if you’re all about having the newest gear on the market, I’d advise waiting.
With that being said, the Bauer 2S is one of the best goalie sticks for shooting that has ever been made. This is because of the extremely thin profile of the blade. The Bauer 2S shoots better than Warrior sticks, plain and simple.
Bauer 2S Pro goalie stick vs. Warrior Ritual V1 Pro +
There are two major differences between the 2S Pro and the V1 Pro +. The 2S Pro shoots better than the V1 Pro +. On the flip side, the V1 Pro + is more durable and handles vibration extremely well. That’s why the V1 Pro + is the best bang for your buck.
However, it’s ranked as our second best goalie stick because of durability. It’s not as durable as the Warrior sticks. In fact, we started testing the 2S stick at the same time as the Ritual V1 and the V1 outlasted the 2S.
Bottom line, every goalie stick is going to burn out eventually. I am more than comfortable recommending the 2S twig to any goalie, anywhere. It’s a phenomenal stick, but a spendy one. If you can’t take this risk, I seriously recommend going with a CR1, a V1, or a Bauer 2S (not the pro version).
- Hands down the best shooting goalie stick available
- Durability is a concern
- Light weight sacrifices vibration
Warrior Ritual V1
The Ritual V1 would be a step down from the V1 Pro + and I’m very comfortable recommending this twig to anybody. For the price, the Ritual V1 is one of the best all around goalie sticks available to buy.
While Warrior continues to develop the technology on their lineup of sticks, the CR1 all the way to the V1 Pro + are excellent options for youth goalies up to NHLers.
- Best all around goalie stick
- Great vibration handling
- Shoots well, not as well as the 2S Pro
- Slightly dated, considering Warrior is launching a new stick soon
Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
CCM E Flex 4
Warrior Ritual CR1
Sher Wood Rekker M90
Those are the only goalie sticks we recommend for this year.
Here’s the deal when we’re recommending goalie gear.
Honestly, we could take money from brands to only recommend their gear. While that would be great, our only mission is to bring value to you, the goalie (or parent). It makes zero sense for us to have our opinions influenced by a brand paying us.
Does that mean we won’t work with brands? Absolutely not. In fact, we’ve worked with Bauer goalie for several years. Go look at the gear we recommend. Bauer has the best mask (our opinion) right now, but they don’t have the best stick, or the best pads, or chest protector. We’re not swayed by outside influence.