Warrior Hockey built their Covert QRE 10 upon the foundations laid by the stick’s successful predecessors, adorning it with new-and-improved features. The newer Covert QRE 10 stick represents an elite-level category of products, bearing the title of Warrior’s most technologically advanced stick up to date.
Although Warrior released this stick for the year 2020, it still remains one of the best hockey sticks on the market.In this review, we’re taking a closer look at the Warrior Covert QRE 10, its new construction, original taper, and ultra-low kick point. We’ll also discuss materials, advantages,and drawbacks, as well as the stick’s performance on the ice. So, let’s get to it
The Covert QRE 10 is a composite, one-piece hockey stick that’ available for Youths, Junior, Intermediate, and Seniors categories. As such, it features a variety of lengths and flexes that accommodate players of different heights, weights, and playstyle.
- Weight: 401 grams (Senior)
- Available lengths (in): 42, 47, 48, 51, 57, 60, 63
- Flex-profile: low-kick
- Available flexes: 20, 30,35, 40, 50, 55, 63, 65, 70, 75, 85, 100
As we said before, the Covert QRE 10 is built upon its predecessors’ successful design, with a few additions of its own. The entirety of the Covert line is best known for its lively puck feel and extra shot pop, which remains the case with the new stick. However, with the blade’s new core and improved construction materials,energy transfer, feel, and pop are all dramatically improved.
Starting from the top, the shaft features rounded corners and straight walls arranged in a rectangular profile. It’s constructed using a Minimus Carbon 1500D material, which is a significant upgrade over the 1200D we’ve seen on previous iterations of the stick.
The Minimus Carbon 1500D is a dynamic unidirectional material designed to increase the elasticity, durability, responsiveness, and feel of the stick. It’s shaped into a shaft using a Shadow Feel construction design which provides incredible feel transfer and weight reduction for better control and stickhandling.
The stick’s shape changes in the mid-section, thanks to the Taper Edge design, which uses an asymmetrical hexagonal geometry for better energy transfer. This unique taper geometry allows more effective energy investment into your shots, enhancing power, accuracy, and release speed. Its amplification of flex energy, transfer, and release into the puck is so sound that they justify the stick’s weight.
Before we move on to the blade segment, it’s worth noting that the shaft features a Slide Grip. Slide Grip allows you to place textured zones where you need them the most for better grip and control. That also means that you can remove textures from where they’re not required, making it easy to slide your hands across the stick.
The blade of the Warrior Covert QRE 10 also got a facelift and now uses a proprietary Fuel core+polymer core. It’s a lightweight material that helps reduce the overall weight of the blade, and subsequently the stick’s, without compromising the feel and energy transfer. In fact, it enhances the feel of the puck and the puck’s control.
This new and improved core is wrapped with Warrior’s 25K Enigma Carbon weaves, with at texturized surface for better puck grip. The material also provides additional feel enhancements, which pairs well with its structural design, resulting in better control capabilities.
The Fuel core+ reduces any change of blade’s internal damage, while 25K Enigma features additional reinforcements on the blade’s contact surface. It reduces the overall wear and tear on the blade, increasing its durability and feel without sacrificing the iconic “pop” the Covert line is known for.
Warrior offers 11 distinctive blade patterns on their North American website. All blade patterns are available in the Senior categories, with some limitations for Intermediates and Juniors. The Youths category is the most limiting in terms of blade patterns, as Warrior offers only one pattern for this category of players
The Covert QRE 10 can be characterized as an Elite-level performer on the ice, just as Warrior designed it to be. Shadow Feel structural design paired with Minimus Carbon 1500D provides a better feel and energy transfer, which holds true. Thanks to the material’s relatively low weight, and steel-like durability, the QRE 10 sits nicely in the palms.
However, the MC1500D material isn’t the only star of the show. The stick’s enhanced energy transfer and responsiveness play well with the tacky slide grip, allowing you to feel your hands’ position on the stick. This is fantastic, as you’ll be able to position your hands optimally without losing sight of the puck.
When it comes to shots, it’s easy to understand why players love Edge Taper–its unique geometry significantly enhances the stick’s low kick point. It improves energy transfer into the blade and allows faster release without sacrificing power. Additionally, its structural shape prevents the blade and shaft from twisting during loading, which results in better accuracy during shots.
Thanks to the redesigned blade,you’ll always know precisely where your puck sits at. The Fuel core+foam core is super responsive and feel-oriented, providing you with more control. 25K Enigma Carbon is also a great addition to the blade, and you’ll be surprised at how much punishment the blade can take.
Overall, the QRE 10 brings some significant upgrades that allow the stick to weigh less but endure more. It’s great if you’re looking for a quick-release stick with sniper-like accuracy
- 25K Enigma Carbon nano-weave
- Exceptional feel and control
- Superior durability
- One gram shy of sub-400-grams
If you’re looking for an elite-level stick whose price sits well within reasonable limits, The Warrior Covert QRE 10 might be the right choice. Its exceptional performance on ice will provide you with the ability to take shots with lightning speed and sniper-like accuracy. So, if you’re looking for a hockey stick that will provide your game with a competitive edge – look no further!