Welcome to the first multi hockey stick review on reviewhockeysticks.com. After nosing around the 1st team I had the pleasure of hitting about with a Grays GX8000 Dynabow for a while and having been fortunate enough to play with the other shapes from Grays hockey I though I could write about all the range in one easy to read review.
All the main features and specification are the same across the GX8000 range, just the shaft shape, design and head vary.
So what’s good to review about the Grays GX8000 hockey stick range in general? What’s not good, as soon as I picked up the stick I got that fantastic Grays feeling of solidness! A little bit weighty but that’s why so many people enjoy Grays hockey sticks.
Near the top of the Grays collection the GX8000 has a high carbon content at 90% with the nice extra composite materials like the AR Zone on the heel to stop it wearing and the PP Enhanced reverse edge.
Because of the shape if this stick it’s really the first time I got to appreciate the power from the reverse edge of the GX8000 due the PP Enhanced reinforcement. The ball really pops off with great power and this must be one of the things I’ve failed to review about Grays sticks in the past.
Power isn’t just coming on the reverse though. The GX8000 features the upgrade carbon material that Grays call Tri-Tec. It’s hard to review as Tri-Tec is part of the GX8000’s manufacturing process and not visible to the eye, however it did strike the ball lovely and feels very sturdy.
All GX8000 sticks have the abrasive layer on the face of the head to help stop the ball and keep it under control when dribbling.
Also common across the range in 2015 is the re-introduction of the round handle. Lot’s of people gave a bad review of the shaped handle and Grays have kindly taken heed.
So what is different about the GX 8000? There are 4 different versions of the GX 8000 to review
Lowest bend hockey stick in the GX8000 range, the Jumbow is a great shaft shape. With a 24.75 curve that’s main axis is just 200mm up from the heel it is very low. However the Jumbow shaft is curations all the way from the top to the bottom making for a great feel.
Also unique to the GX8000 Jumbow is the Hook head shape which curves round back toward the shaft more than Maxi or Micro to give a much wider area to trap and hit the ball.
Grays Dynabow shaft shape has a curve of 24.75mm higher up the hockey stick at 250mm. This is still plenty low enough for 3D skills and powerful push passes and shots, however is more manoverable under pressure for those who rely on dribbling skills.
More traditional head shape for the GX8000 Dynabow is the Maxi head. Grays Maxi head is nice a chunky and still very controllable giving a great balance of hitting area, power and control.
Grays GX8000 Midbow review
Now the midbow GX8000 is more my thing. The higher position of the 24.75mm curve right up at 300mm the shaft feels bent with a nice long straighter lower section ideal of slap hits and making tackles.
Not just about passing, the combination of the long high bow and superb Grays Micro head shape gives tremendous control of the ball. The Micro head is longer and thinner helping get under the ball for little 3D stuff and making a more powerful sweet-spot for strong hits.
Grays GX8000 SCOOP XTRA Dynabow review
Ok so the GX8000 Scoop is a different kind of baby. Seeing is believing and if you even consider buy this hockey stick, I would suggest you get hold of one first. Yes the nut’s and bolts are the same as the GX8000 but the face of the head is magic.
Honestly I’ve not played with a GX8000 version, though I have had a go with other models with the Grays Quadrex blade and it’s amazing, very different. All I will say is you need a good reason to use one in play.
Other than the face the rest of the review of the Grays GX 8000 Scoop XTRA is the same as the Dynabow above.
Overtime my colleagues and I will break these out in to individual reviews, for now we hope this overview review of the Grays GX8000 range helps you buy the GX8000 hockey stick of your dreams!