2017 Fatpipe Z-Tricks Stick
Blade: Hole Blade
Blade Hardness: Medium
*Recommended for technical player
Floorball Guru Rating: 4 out of 5
On the court, this month we’re testing the Fatpipe Z-Tricks Stick. The Z stands for zorro, which uses a blade that allows the player to control the ball in a lacrosse motion. This set up from Fatpipe Floorball is only available through Floorball Planet. While the Z-Trick stick allows players to perform various zorro moves, this set up can be used during competition. For those unaware Floorball rules limit the amount of hook for competition. In this configuration players can still shoot, pass, and zorro. This stick currently retails for $74.99 USD. The stick comes with a singular tactile grip; while the blade is pre-curved with a custom pocket in the toe. The color of the stick is either black/green, or white/green.
I was really interested to test this stick out. I’ve used some zoro blades in the past when playing, and I’ve seen any number of zorro videos on youtube. My first impression of the Z-Trick is positive. While using a zorro blade isn’t my preferred choice I did like the feel of the blade. The toe pocket helps to lift the ball during zorro moves, and when trying to control the ball from the ground. The stick has a flex rating of 27, which is quite stiff and steps up the overall performance of the stick. With a stiffer flex you really have to put some energy into getting the blade to flex properly during shooting. However, because of the stiffer flex it allowed more overall control for dribbling, and passing movements. I tested a 96cm stick, which is boarder line small for me, but it’s more of a preference really.
I had fun with this stick. The features of the shaft show that it’s not an entry level stick. While the stick comes with a zorro blade it can be easily replaced with a different blade that could be more suited to a player’s game style. I liked the hole blade and found that lifting the ball came relatively easy. One thing I would remind people about it is that the act of zorro take time and practice. While the blade helps most of the work is down through the hands and learning the proper technique. I found that I lost a bit of control when shooting, and my ability to accurately pass took some getting used to. I’m not much of a zorro player, and while it was fun to play around with this style of blade doesn’t suit my style. However, I think the value in this set up comes from the quality of the shaft. If you’re looking to maximize your value I’d choose a better shaft with a zorro blade, and then find the right match blade to alternate as needed. Overall this is a good set up for the value.