2016 Salming Campus XPLODE 30
Blade: Xplode Endurance
Blade Hardness: Medium
*Recommended for technical player
Floorball Guru Rating: 3 out of 5
On the court this month we’re testing the Salming Campus XPLODE 32 stick. The stick comes with a singular tactile grip; while the blade is pre-curved for left or right handed players. The color of the stick is a primarily purple with white and orange accents, and the graphics stand out.
My first impression of the XPLODE is positive. It’s lightweight but sturdy in my hands, and at the same time responsive. The stick has a flex rating of 32 flex, which is too soft for me. I tend to flex the stick a lot while shooting and it noticeably reduced power in my shots as opposed to other 32 Flex sticks I’ve tried. Shooting may have dropped a bit, however, dribbling and passing were consistent. Again, the softer flex felt like I lost a bit of speed, so it took some tinkering to find the right balance. Right out of the packaging I was off and running. I tested a 96cm stick, which is boarder line small for me, but it’s more of a preference really.
The Campus Xplode shaft was nicely paired with the Xplode blade. At first glance, the blade looks a bit different from the heel construction to the curvature of the blade. Salming describes the blade as having a, “DuoCavity, comprising of two horizontal cavities across the entire blade in combination with an 8mm vertical cavity. This cross section provides excellent control of the ball, while the front section has a Toe Drag design.” In action, the blade is very responsive and fun to play with. As a blade goes this would be worth the purchase all on its own. This stiffness of the blade is a medium, but closer to hard versus soft. The stiffer blade helps hold the shape during flex and retain power when shooting. I really liked this performance I saw from this combination and I felt that it responded to my movements. The blade is hollow in the heel, which makes for an interesting design and look, but I found that it to be a very stable platform. On the opposite end of the blade the toe has a cavity built in which is a nice feature to have for all-around dribbling.
I have mixed feelings with this stick. It’s priced at an intermediate level around $90, but the shaft didn’t feel like an intermediate level stick. While the flex was soft for me, the overall selling point to this stick is the blade. Without the blade, I wouldn’t have liked this stick very much. However, given that information the main function of the set-up is geared towards more technical and passing minded players. For a beginner, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start. I do feel that it’s priced too high and for the money I think you could find a better fit elsewhere.