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Fischer CT 850 Stick Review
- Updated: November 3, 2016
Our friends at Fischer hockey has provided us their latest stick for us to review. We’ve reviewed several sticks from them in the past and they continue to improve on their design, construction and use of the latest technology year after year. The CT850 stick is the top of this latest line that features 10 composite sticks. Six are available worldwide (including the CT850) while two are available exclusively to Europe and North America, respectively. Continue reading for more information about the CT850 stick.
- Fischer CT850 Stick
- 60″ Length
- 425 grams
- 85 Flex
- R92 (Landeskog) Pattern
- Modification: Cut down 1″
- Aircraft Carbon/Prime Tex carbon shaft construction
- Cap Tech Shaft Wrapping
- Dual Foam Core Blade
- Variable Kick Point
- Responsive Hosel Tech
- Tacky grip coating
Design and Construction:
When it came to sticks, I wasn’t a big fan of orange. Then I reviewed this stick and I like the look of orange on a hockey stick. The shaft is black with gray trim and white writing. The FISCHER and the CT850 word-marks are in orange. The shade of orange reminds me of the type of orange you see on hunting apparel. I also like that the triangle Fischer logo is on the blade, but you can only see it if you don’t tape your stick all the way to the heel. Here are some other features the stick has that most other sticks don’t:
- The Cap Tech technology is a thin layer of foil wrapped around the shaft. This is to increase durability when taking impact hits such as slashes.
- The Prime Tex type of carbon used on this stick gives increased energy transfer – leading to more powerful shots.
- RHT (Responsive Hosel Tech) is a wider taper transfer from the shaft to the blade for stronger torsional stiffness, increased accuracy and response.
- In terms of weight, the CT850 weighs in at 425 grams. This is the lightest stick in the Fisher lineup.
Using this stick strictly for inline hockey, I’ve put this stick through a rigorous test while playing. Some of the things I value the most is the feel and response when passing and receiving the puck. I spend most of my time on the rink playing defense, so having confidence in a stick’s response when giving and receiving passes is essential. Almost as important as how the stick feels when shooting the puck. I like that the stick is light enough that it doesn’t feel like I’m skating around with a sledgehammer but it has some wight behind it that I don’t need to look down at the puck to see where it is on the blade while giving a pass to a forward going across the middle.
I liked that it held it’s on while taking slashes and hits from battling for the puck in the corner and blocking shots. The Cap Tech layer has proven to me that this works to minimize the damage done to a stick when it takes various amounts of dings and slashes.
When it comes to shooting the puck, the CT 850 has a really good release. When shooting the puck either on an empty net in practice or in warm-ups, I always try to play three-bar to work on my release and accuracy. I’m a right-handed shooter and I feel that with the Landeskog blade I had the best accuracy while shooting at the crossbar when taking wrist shots from the slot. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to shoot the puck high, especially when shooting the puck while streaking down the rink.
When taking slap shots from the point, I was able to keep the trajectory of the puck down to allow to teammates to tip the puck or take advantage of rebounds. This stick hasn’t scored a goal for me in the league I play in this season, but I have recorded many assists due to my teammates scoring goals from deflections and rebounds.
The only negative thing I have to say about this stick is the stick vibration that occurred when I took one-timers approximately 50% of the time.
The CT850 stick is leaps and bounds over the SX3 stick I reviewed from Fisher a couple years ago. I love how light it feels in my hand while playing. If you are a player who is hard on their sticks due to giving and taking slashes or the like, this stick is for you. This stick is manufactured in Ukraine and I feel that the European-made sticks I’ve used over the years have better quality and durability over sticks made elsewhere around the world. If I were to make any changes to this stick, I wouldn’t have made any modifications. Sometimes I feel it’s an inch too short and other times I feel it’s the proper length.
You can check out Fisher Hockey for more information on this stick and other Fischer products.