Top-tier hockey sticks don’t necessarily have to be pricey, and Sher-Wood’s Rekker line is the perfect example of that. The Rekker M90 was released into the market in 2019, quickly exploding among players looking for a stick with an accessible price tag. It was Sher-Woods revolutionary approach to the manufacturing process that took M90 to its well-deserved heights.
The Rekker line of sticks features four distinctive models, though we’ll only review the M90 model in this article. So, if you’re looking for a great-performing stick that won’t break the bank, Rekker M90 is a good choice. Our report will give you all the necessary information you need to make the purchase.
Rekker line is the latest addition to Sher-Wood’s arsenal, built with low-kick points on all models, prioritizing quick release over shot power. Of course, the M90 is an OPS stick available for Youths, Juniors, Intermediates, and Seniors, with appropriate lengths and flexes. It measures 40” to 60” across all models, though we’re focusing on the Senior-category model for this review.
- Weight: 380 grams (Senior)
- Available lengths (in): 40, 44, 48, 52, 57, 60
- Flex-profile: low-kick
- Available flexes: 20, 25, 35, 45, 55, 75, 85, 95
The specifications listed above correspond to different categories of the Rekker M90 hockey stick. The stated weight corresponds to the 60” 85 flex Senior-category stick.
The Rekker line of sticks is built with quick release in mind, and the “speed-over-power” attitude is present on the Rekker M90. This is achieved through the stick’s low-kick flex profile coupled with high-end technologies and an innovative approach to material design. Let’s see what makes this stick roar.
Sher-Wood intended to build the M90 as lightweight as possible without sacrificing other essential aspects in the stick’s performance. And they used the Blackline XXV carbon fibbers to achieve lower-weight without forsaking durability. The fibers in question are lighter and thinner, allowing the manufacturer to reduce the stick’s weight, preserving its durability significantly.
The fibers are woven using Sher-Wood’s proprietary FlyLite II carbon weaving technology, which balances out the stick’s low weight with durability. In layman’s terms, it allows the stick to remain lightweight while maintaining high levels of durability.
The fibers are bound together using ResInjextion resin system technology, creating a uniform material structure throughout the shaft. Lightweight and durable don’t often go hand in hand, which certainly isn’t the case with Rekker M90. So, the manufacturer added an ounce of prevention in the form of graphene to further enhance high-impact areas.
Of course, the graphene reinforcements are present on the super-aggressive DropKick taper and a low-kick flex profile. While the taper provides efficient loading and quick shot release, this graphene content ensures that it won’t break in chances of sudden impact. The taper works beautifully and does a fantastic job of loading shots without twisting, which provides good energy efficiency and supreme accuracy.
Sher-Wood used VRF.4 blade for M90, which is a significantly improved VRF.3 design featuring an improved vibration-reducing core. The blade is also made of Blackline XXV carbon fiber material but uses a thinner profile than its predecessor. This change in profile thickness permitted significant weight reductions without sacrificing the puck’s feel or diminishing the stick’s overall responsiveness.
Of course, the blade’s entirety is graphene reinforced, which adds to its durability, capable of withstanding countless hours on ice. Sher-Wood offers up to six blade profiles for the Senior-category sticks, with some limitations towards other categories.
The Rekker M90 performs as you would expect from a stick at this price point. Its low weight, enhanced feel, and responsiveness warrant elite-level performance. However, despite its elite-level performance, you can’t really expect Rekker M90 to perform as well as CCM’s or Bauer’s sticks of the same level.
With that said, the reduced weight comes at a cost, usually in the form of reduced durability or power. In case the curious case of Rekker M90, the reduction comes at the expense of power, aiming the stick at players who prefer stickhandling or quick release. Of course, the stick does offer some power, but as we said, it can’t compare to the power levels outputted by more elite-oriented sticks.
Still, the Rekker M90 is an exceptional performer when you factor in the price bracket. Its low overall weight makes M90 one of the lightest sticks on the current market. The shaft has slightly rounded edges, and straight sidewalls site nicely in the palms of your hands and feels exceptionally well-balanced.
Its quick-release nature is paired with an aggressive Dropkick taper, which fits well with players who deliberately put themselves in tight situations. It also works wonders for defensemen who like to get the puck of their blade as soon as possible.
When it comes to feel, the dampening core used in the VFR.4 blade provides what players characterized as “tons of feel.” This can prove an advantage when you’re receiving passes or stickhandling for shorter periods. Regardless of the situation, the enhanced feel this puck provides will allow you to always be aware of the puck’s position on your blade.
Additionally, the stick’s blade makes a distinctive “pop” during shots, which is incredibly satisfying to hear. The pop is so gratifying that it may even drive you towards a more aggressive playstyle. Overall, it’s a pretty solid performer in the lower end of the elite-level spectrum.
- It weighs only 380 grams
- Great for quick-release shots
- Enhanced feel and control
- Good-quality materials
- Lacks power
The Sher-Wood Rekker M90 is a hockey stick with an elite-level performance at a fraction of competitive models’ price. Its lightweight, responsive, has an excellent feel and offers fantastic overall performance. Albeit it lacks power, it certainly won’t burn a hole through your pocket.
With that said, it’s still considered as one of the best hockey sticks of 2019, 2020, and possibly even 2021 in the budget-friendly segment. Unless you’re playing at the national-league level, Sher-Wood Rekker M90 is one of the best and budget-friendly options out there.