by DT – Warrior Marketing
In our last post we formally introduced you to the new Alpha QX stick (check it out here). We wanted to unveil our newest line of sticks in an easy to digest manner and get the word out that Alpha is an entirely new technology group for Warrior. With this post, we’re going to go down the rabbit hole a little more and explore the new feature and attributes of the Alpha QX.
Let’s take the red pill, shall we…
Quick Strike! Yeah, but what does that mean?
Quick Strike is the sum of all parts for the Alpha QX sticks. It’s the end result of the total package in these sticks. The low kick point gives the QX it’s quick load-up and controlled release. Torsional stiffness? That means the bottom of the stick remains more stable through the shot (especially heavy snap shots and slap shots) and won’t fly open and cause off target shots. And the responsive blade means the puck fires towards your target upon release!
There’s that “torsionally stiff” phrase again. As we said above, that means the stick doesn’t open up as you’re releasing your shots. Well, Sabre Taper is the reason for that. You’ll notice that Sabre Taper is a different shape than our Dagger Taper technology on the Covert sticks. It’s a little wider and not as aggressive of a taper down through the hosel as Dagger Taper…that’s by design. By keeping the Sabre Taper a bit beefier, and gradually tapering the shaft from mid-shaft to blade, it allows the Alpha QX to flex easily and release quickly. Sabre Taper also maintains stability through the blade for more on-target shots.
True 1 Phantom Feel. Phantom what?
A lot of people that have already had the chance to pick up and use the Alpha QX (mainly our Warrior VIPs) have commented about how light the QX feels. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s about the same weight as the Covert QRL! Yes, the QRL and Alpha are very light sticks (roughly 410 grams, Senior, W88, 85 flex). The reason the Alpha QX may feel a bit lighter is due to the improved balance. The QX is constructed with our all new True1 Phantom Feel process that makes the stick lighter in the bottom half without compromising durability. In fact, we improved impact strength to the lower half of the stick and blade.
Introduced on the Covert QRL line last year, Minimus Carbon is a stronger, stiffer and lighter weave of carbon fiber. The flatter weave improves strength and stiffness without adding unnecessary weight.
Ergo Shaft Shape.
The new shaft shape of the Alpha QX follows the natural shape of your closed hand(s). We refer to it as a “dogbone” shape as it resembles Fido’s favorite snacks, slightly bowed in on the sides and slightly bulged out along the top and bottom. A simple change that provides better comfort and a secure grip.
Protex Performance Grip.
When you pick up the Alpha QX you’ll notice that the four corners of the shaft aren’t smooth. The corners are textured just enough to let you know that you’re holding a hockey stick. The texture offers an added layer of grip during play and enhances that stick feel we all love. Our soft grip finish is tacky enough to keep the stick in your gloves without feeling like you’ve bathed your stick in glue.
The finished product. Alpha QX.
So there you have it! All the features of the new Alpha QX stick and what they’ll mean to you when you put the stick in your hands!