By far the most expansive with 22 different sticks available, and impressive in terms of range of features, there is a lot to review about the Grays range of hockey sticks for children in 2017 to 2018 season.
I recently bought my daughter a GR4000 Grays junior stick and was seriously impressed. Then when putting together this 2017 review of the whole Grays range I was surprised (in a good way) with the depth of specification options available for kids from Grays hockey.
This is a serious hockey stick brand with a real commitment to the game, and, looking at this review of the 2017 Grays Junior hockey sticks you should see what I mean!
Where is the best place to start with the Grays junior hockey stick review?
This was the question I had to ask myself when sitting down to write the overview review of this years amazing range of kids hockey sticks from Grays.
It seemed sensible to start with what the different model groups are in the entire Grays junior stick range. This simplifies the review in to 3 main groups of Grays kids sticks.
Grays GR range of Junior hockey sticks
Top of the shop if you like are the Grays GR model kids hockey sticks. The GR range is taken from the adult models, which use a fancy carbon rich resin to hold the various core materials of the hockey stick together.
It’s fantastic to review this level of hockey stick manufacturing technology is available in sticks aimed at children.
Admittedly the Grays GR Junior hockey sticks are only available from length 33inches up (just one of the range is that small) and most of these kids sticks start from 34 inches. This means they are only really going to suit kids of 12+ years old.
However, this gives them the chance to get used to the weight and power generated by carbon sticks, as well as introducing them to the vibrations caused.
Here’s the key specs and where we have them, reviews, of the GR kids hockey stick range from Grays:
Grays GR7000 Junior hockey stick review – 90% Carbon, 10% Aramid, Low bow at 200mm up from heel, Micro head shape.
Grays GR5000 Junior hockey stick review – 70% Carbon, 20% fibreglass, 10% aramid, Mid-bow at 300mm up from heel, Micro head shape
Grays GR4000 Junior hockey stick review – 50% Carbon, 40% fibreglass, 10% aramid, Mid-bow at 300mm up from heel, Micro head shape
Grays GX range of Junior hockey sticks
Grays GX model hockey sticks are the standard across adults and juniors. These model sticks have been available for a few seasons now (although the 2017 range has updates on previous years) and are very reliable for quality.
Only some of this Grays GX range of kids hockey sticks are available for small kids, some of the GX-CE models and the GX2000 are available in 28-32inch models. More choice for older children with good options for material compositions.
The only slightly disappointing thing to review about the Grays GX Junior hockey stick range is despite the number of sticks there’s only a couple of choices of shaft shape. Not a massive big deal for young kids and just means the older children need to move up to the GR sticks.
Grays GX3500 Junior hockey stick review – 25% Carbon, 75% fibreglass, Mid bow at 300mm up from heel
Grays GX3000 Junior hockey stick review – 20% Carbon, 80% fibreglass, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel
Grays GX2500 Junior hockey stick review – 15% Carbon, 85% fibreglass, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel
Grays GX2000 Junior hockey stick review – 100% fibreglass, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel
Grays GX-CE Junior hockey stick review – 100% fibreglass, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel – The GX-CE is available in a number of different designs but are all the same specification (Sunset, Summit, Bahama, Nevada, Patrol and Prowl)
Grays Wooden kids hockey sticks
For the small kids or those starting out, Grays have a small choice of wooden sticks for children. With size options as small as 24 inches, these are a great choice for kids to get started with hockey.
Grays ALPHA Junior hockey stick review – 100% wood, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel
Grays Rogue Junior hockey stick review – 100% wood, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel
Grays Revo Junior hockey stick review – 100% wood, Ultrabow 22mm at 300mm up from heel
What’s the best shaft shape from Grays hockey for children in 2017?
Possibly the best thing about the Grays Junior hockey stick range in 2017 is the choice of shaft shapes. As you progress through hockey your skills will start to favour having a bend in the shaft of the stick.
There are 3 different shaft shape choices for the Grays Kids hockey sticks of 2017.
Grays Ultrabow shape sticks for children feature a subtle 22mm curve in the shaft at 300mm up from the heel. This shape will suit most kids, in particular younger children and are available through all the sizes.
Grays Mid-bow shape sticks for kids have the same bow position of 300mm up from the heel as the Ultrabow, however these are slightly more curved with a 24.75mm bow. Really good shape for kids progressing their experience with more adult style play.
Grays Probow shape is only available on the top end GR Junior hockey stick. This is low bow and will suit older children to challenge their skills of 3D dribbling and flicking.
All in all
Grays are a great international hockey stick brand and their commitment to offering a big range for kids is impressive. I’d say the best full range available in 2017.
I think children will need to have a little experience to want or need a Grays hockey stick but starting to get in to sticks with a bow and carbon content is essential for progression of skills in hockey.