New for the 2019/2020 season is True Hockey’s XC5 ACF Junior Hockey Stick. True looked to build upon their previous XC5 model by vastly improving the blade and the shaft construction making it one of the best options for casual players. In addition to these upgrades, the key characteristics remain the same; unmatched Accuracy, unparalleled Control, and ultimate Feel.
The colorway of the 2019 XC5 ACF Hockey Stick is a familiar one, True’s blue and silver colors. The True logo is located at the top third of the shaft in a black font encapsulated by a stylish blue and silver colorway. Moving down to the middle of the shaft we see a predominantly white and black color scheme, followed up by a white colorway with the bold, black True logo overtop, at the bottom third of the shaft.
For the construction of the new True XC5 ACF Hockey Stick, True utilized their Axenic technology. This is a build process that created a true one-piece hockey stick resulting in superior control and feel of the puck. This construction process goes hand in hand with their SmartPly Technology. This technology is a laminate design that is used with up to 25 inner layers of unidirectional carbon fiber; the way the fibers are angled, and the order of those angles are what control torsional stiffness and protect from impact damage while maximizing performance and durability. This entire package results in a stick that is low weight (395 grams), well-balanced, and features high-end impact strength.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade for the latest version of the XC5 ACF Hockey Stick comes within the blade by introducing their improved XCORE Gen 2 blade! The compressible urethane insert within this iteration has been repositioned and redesigned creating a sweet spot that is 3 times larger than its predecessor. This translates into increased absorption, improving puck control when stick handling and receiving passes. This larger sweet spot also helps with puck spin and trajectory resulting in unmatched shooting accuracy.