Paired with our post giving the overview of the full Kookaburra hockey stick range 2015 review, to review each Kookaburra stick you must understand the abbreviated technology terminology used by the brand.
Kookaburra love making and advancing hockey stick technology, good on them. We are just here to help you understand all the acronyms used to help you review the best Kookaburra hockey sticks.
There are two sections to this post, the technology and the head shapes which vary right across the Kookaburra hockey stick range in 2015.
First up, the technology:
4-Core – First brand we have come across to have this technology. Inside the Kookaburra hockeysticks with 4-Core technology you will find a cavity separated by 3 carbon rods. Reducing shaft flex this technology gives maximum stiffness and power.
3-Core – Kookaburra have created a triple-chamber construction in some hockey sticks. Generating unprecedented power, precision and playability, Tri-Core sees our range of Team sticks take it to the next level
DUAL Core – Kookaburra sticks with DUAL core have good rigidity. There is a carbon spine through the centre of the stick keeping it stiffer than others. This means it has less flex when hitting the ball generating more power.
Fabricated Carbon (FC) – Tightly weaved cross linked carbon fibres maximise surface area, reducing reducing the use of epoxy resin to create exceptional shaft strength and playable power. Basically there is higher density of carbon fibre.
Skill Zone – Concave shaping to the playing side of the head holds the ball in a slight groove when dribbling. Great for control, can take some adjustment to get your hits perfect. It’s very subtle though and worth adjusting hits to get the additional benefit.
Precision Channels (PC2) – A ‘behind the scenes’ technology, PC2 is an engineering process which installs two slight ridges in to the shaft and head of the stick that increase surface area. More surface area requires more material and more material adds overall power.
KVR – Almost exactly the same principle as PC2 above, however KVR is one ridge instead of two so gives some of the additional stiffness but slightly less and therefore gives a little more softness.
Precision Edge (PE) – This is a cool feature, the reverse edge of Kookaburra sticks with PE are slightly flattened increasing the surface area that impacts with the ball on the reverse edge.
EVA – Another technology to improve reverse edge passing, Kookaburra sticks with EVA have EVA foam running through the outer chamber. EVA is super strong, light and flexible reinforcing this edge improving hits on the reverse.
KCF – Texture on the face of the head which helps grip the ball. This is noticeably more in the 2015 Kookaburra sticks. As well as improving dribbling it also slightly cushions the ball when receiving.
CVT – Extra shock absorbing inserts in the handle of the stick. These protect you a little from mis-hits in the frost of a winter morning.
SFR – Soft Feel Resin is used to fill the core of these Kookaburra hockey sticks. Not unique to this brand resin is used to fill hollows inside the stick, Kookaburra claim SFR is better than others, hard to tell really.
If reading isn’t your thing, Kookaburra have some lovely pictures of all this technology and how it is laid out in the sticks on their website page.
Last but far from least you should understand the Kookaburra head shapes available.
Kookaburra Maxi – Is a traditional Maxi shape head, like that found on almost all hockey sticks now. The Kookaburra Maxi is a great shape with a quick open gap between the toe and shaft to get the ball under control.
Kookaburra Euro Maxi – The euro maxi is slightly thinner and more rounded across the heel. Being thinner you get a feeling you can slice under the ball a little better and is not clunky.
You can compare Kookaburra technology to adidas technology on our dedicated page. And if you ended up here first, don’t forget to get over and read our post on how to choose the best Kookaburra hockey stick in the 2015/16 season range.