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CCM Tacks Stick Review

CCM Tacks Stick

One of the most exciting releases of hockey equipment this summer was the return of the Tacks line from CCM. Along with the skates, CCM also released a brand new Tacks stick. This stick would take on a mid-kick flex profile, giving CCM something for everyone throughout their stick lines.

We were fortunate enough to receive a CCM Tacks stick from the manufacturer to put through the paces and review. It’s been a great few months using it, and we’ve put together our thoughts in the full review below.

Specs: CCM Tacks, 85 flex, Nugent-Hopkins curve

Design and Construction:

CCM opted for a somewhat familiar color scheme with the Tacks stick. Unfortunately, that familiar color scheme is from the Bauer Supreme line. The differences are substantial enough, however, with the Supreme being more of a gold color with CCM Tacks having a brighter and bolder yellow which really pops against the black throughout the shaft. Overall, it features a really great look and makes the stick easily recognizable on the ice.

As I mentioned earlier, the CCM Tacks stick was designed with a mid-flex profile. It’s built with a fused construction, rather than being a true one piece, which provides great strength and stiffness in the lower hosel area. The shaft is also constructed with round corners and straight sidewalls.

The grip coating on the Tacks stick is subtle, and borderline perfect in my opinion. It’s a subtle texture which isn’t overly grippy, and helps provide a great feel.

The blade was constructed using CCM’s AttackFrame structure which features a stiff outer frame with two reinforcing bridges that run through the center, from the heel of the blade to the toe. Inside the blade CCM has used lightweight internal foams in order to decrease weight and improve puck feel.

Feel:

From the time I took the Tacks stick out of the box, I thought it had a great feel to it. It was light weight, around 430 grams, and seemed to be quite well balanced. Just holding the Tacks stick in my hands got me pretty excited to take the stick out on the ice.

Once I got on to the ice with the Tacks stick, I was amazed by the puck feel. The incredible feel that it offers is honestly one of the best features about it. My confidence during play was immediately boosted because of this. The feel overall is head and shoulders above many of the previous sticks I have used. It really is that good.

Shooting and Accuracy:

In the past few months of using the Tack stick, I have been quite impressed with its shooting ability. Compared to other mid-kick sticks on the market, I really think the Tacks has been my favorite to shoot with. Shots seemed pretty effortless, and the 85 flex shaft loaded up well on snapshots, wrist shots and slap shots.

My shots with the Tacks stick always seemed to respond exactly how I expected them to, which was a great feeling. When I really wanted to get a quick and fast shot off to hit a hole the goalie was quickly closing, I was able to produce exactly what I wanted.

The accuracy of my shots also seemed to improve with the Tacks stick. I found that after starting to use the Tacks, my goals per game average jumped a ton. In fact, I can say that in every one the games I played using the Tacks I scored at least one goal. I was really impressed with this streak and can attribute a lot of it to the accuracy and shot of this stick.

Durability:

The biggest problem I usually have with incredible performing sticks, like the Tacks, is that they never last long enough. However, through a couple months of solid usage, I’ve been pretty happy with how the Tacks has held up.

The most notable damage to the stick so far as been a cut on the face of the blade. I think it came from a skate blade during a game, but can’t be certain. I initially thought this cut was a crack in the blade, but it has not grown at all, and instead remained the same since I first noticed it.

Other than that, I have only noticed minor dings or paint chips on the stick which are pretty normal for any stick I’ve used, so it’s no surprise to see it here. The stick doesn’t seem to have lost any of its flex or pop, nor has the blade become soft. All things considered, it has been holding up quite well.

Overall Impressions: 

From my experience over the past few months, the CCM Tacks stick has been one of the best hockey sticks that I have ever used. It very well could have the best puck feel out of any stick I have used as well. I look forward to using the Tacks each and every game in order to see what else I can do with it, and the results have been pretty outstanding.

Beyond the incredible puck feel that the Tacks stick offers, shooting with the stick is awesome too. It provides a nice and easy shot, with solid accuracy on top of that.

If it’s not clear enough, I would have to say that the CCM Tacks stick is the best stick I have used so far this year. I’m unbelievably impressed with what CCM has done, and I’m really not sure they will manage to improve upon this hockey stick. If you haven’t used one of these sticks yet, it’s about time you tried one out.

Interested in purchasing the CCM Tacks stick? Head over to Ice and Inline Warehouse where you can grab one today for only $259.99!

Have you used the CCM Tacks stick? Leave a comment below with your personal review and experiences with the Tacks stick!

11 Comments

  1. Zach

    November 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I completely agree with this review. This stick is by far the best stick I have ever used. As far as mid-kick point sticks go this is the best one out there, and this is coming from someone who only uses the supreme line. I have the MX3 and thats a great stick too but this blows it out of the water.

  2. Leo

    July 19, 2015 at 5:03 am

    I got mine for €49 from budget sport

  3. Lisa

    November 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    My son just bought a CCM Tracks stick, the first time he used it, after his 5th wrist shot a piece of 1″x2″ what looks like slick black plastic, came out of the inside. We were told it was probably glue, can anyone verify this is what the object could be?

    • Matt

      November 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Do you have a picture?

    • Mike

      November 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Most likely the plug on top

    • Matt L

      November 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      I have just bought the stick and have used it through a tournament and about 6 games and 15 or so practices. How long has your son had the stick? Because this has not yet happend to me.

  4. jimothy

    December 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    What are the differences between the CCM ultra tacks and the Bauer nexus 1n in terms of puck feel, shot power and quick release

    • Matt

      December 21, 2015 at 8:46 am

      In my opinion, I think the Tacks has a more responsive blade and offers a better feel for the puck. The feel and feedback it offers has been one of my favorite things about that stick. The 1N is good too, but I like the Tacks better from that perspective. Shot power is very similar between the two and any difference was negligible there as far as I could tell. Both sticks have a mid-kick, so neither one is really optimized for the quick release of something like a Warrior Covert or Bauer 1X. With that said, both Ultra Tacks and 1N have solid releases and are more than quick enough to snipe some corners. Hope that helps!

  5. Doug

    February 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    CCM Superfast and Speedburner have brittle toes and chip very easily, have they corrected the problem on this stick?

    • Matt

      February 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Personally, I did not experience this issue with the Tacks stick.

  6. John

    December 22, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Nothing but trouble with these sticks. My son (13) has cracked the blade twice on a 4092 50 Flex – P29 in 6 months. first one they warrantied but not any more. I would like to find a better stick with similar characteristics that holds up. Any suggestions?

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