Who Owns Quick Release? Covert QRL or Vapor 1X?

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by: @WarriorStickGuy

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Well, it’s July!  Now begins a month where the words “Quick Release” will be repeatedly blasted in your social media feeds.  Well, if you follow Warrior and Bauer Hockey it will.  But the question remains, who really owns Quick Release?

I (and we at Warrior) like to think that we do.  The Covert QR line of product launched in September of 2014.  We set out to simplify the way we market, design and promote product by concentrating on the benefit of the product to the player. Not some technical mumbo-jumbo that sounds good at a meeting inside our conference room.  Players don’t understand what Dagger Taper (an aggressive lower hosel taper) means, but they sure do enjoy ripping a shot so quick that a goalie didn’t even see it.  So Quick Release (QR) was born.

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Covert QRL Files: 003 – Stick Graphics Are a Balance of Art & Science

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J.S. Dorval – Warrior Design Team

 

You have to know its Warrior even without the logo.”

That’s only part of designing a new stick graphic, but it’s a very important part of a larger formula. Coming up with the graphic for each new stick comes with a set of challenges that is unique to hockey sticks. People don’t tend to think of a stick as a difficult canvas to work on, but you have to remember that it has four sides not just two. That detail alone presents it’s own set of challenges.

For the Covert QRL graphic we began a completely new process for designing stick graphics. Previously we had worked in conjunction with an outside designer, not anymore. This time, the graphic would be constructed totally in-house.

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Covert QRL Files: 002 – You Can’t Have a One Shot Stick

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Isaac Garcia – Senior Designer, Hockey Sticks

 

At some point, you have to draw the line and go with it.”

Every stick design comes to a point where you have to just say, “yes,” this is it for this year and you draw the line on development. The reason is because development and design of new sticks is a constant process for Warrior. I don’t sit down at my computer after our latest stick has released and start over for the next stick. It’s a continuous flow of ideas, designs, technology, etc. until you reach a deadline for production.

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One Practice and I Switched

By Ryan Massa – Pro Goalie, Guest Contributor

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ORLANDO, FL – FEBRUARY 12: Goaltender Ryan Massa #31 of the Orlando Solar Bears prepares for the game against the Atlanta Gladiators on February 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

After wearing custom chest and arms from other vendors throughout my playing career, the Warrior G2 Pro Chest and Arm is by far one of the most comfortable and efficient pieces of equipment I have worn. The 2015-16 season was my first season as a pro and I spent it within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The majority of my playing time was with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL. My equipment manager (Orlando) had a demo of the G2 Pro chest pad in the room one day and he asked me to try it. When I first looked at it I was reluctant to try it. It looked like a rebound kicking machine with all of the hard material around the arms and elbow hinge. However, I switched to the G2 Pro immediately after just one practice.

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Covert QRL Files: 001 – NHL Players Always Want More

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 18:  Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks shoots on goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 18, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Jared Quartuccio – Custom Services Manager, Sticks

 

They’re perfect, I’m in.”

Those are the words that I strive for every time I meet with a player. Most guys in the NHL are incredibly in-tune with their sticks and getting them to accept a new technology isn’t always a guarantee.

Sometimes it takes weeks or months of testing and retesting before a player finally gives me the green light. With this new stick (Covert QRL), it’s been different. We (Warrior) had guys putting samples in-play, in games… that usually never happens.

If there’s one thing that’s consistent among all the Pros I work with, it’s that they’re always looking for a quicker release. They’re not really asking for lighter sticks anymore because we’re at a good weight now, but they always want to be quicker getting the puck to the net.

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