2017 Salming Campus XPLODE 30
Blade: Xplode Endurance
Blade Hardness: Medium
*Recommended for technical player
Floorball Guru Rating: 4 out of 5
On the court this month we’re testing the Salming Campus XPLODE 30 stick. For those familiar with Hockey, the Salming Company is the product of Swedish NHL Hall of Famer Borje Salming. The Campus XPLODE is an entry level stick retailing around $49.99 USD. 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 cross between red and pink, and the graphics are simple but 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 30, which for me is preferable to a 32 flex. With a bit more stiffness it felt more comfortable in my hands. When shooting you want to let the stick do the work for you. I tend to flex the stick a lot while shooting and it noticeably retained power in my shots as opposed to other 32 Flex sticks I’ve tried. 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.
One aspect I really liked was the blade. 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 enjoyed using this stick. It didn’t feel like an entry level stick. To me it felt closer to an intermediate level stick, but on the lower end. It provides a number of performance features that will help newer to intermediate players advance their skills, while helping to improve a better feel for the ball. The only drawback I would mention is that it’s a hard (versus soft) stick and blade combination. A harder set up makes accepting passes and controlling the ball a bit more of a challenge, but gives you more power on your shots. If that’s more of your style this is a good stick to look at. If you’ve been playing with a 32 flex stick you’ll quickly notice the performance between the two. Overall this is a great stick for the price, performance and will help direct you on the features that will enhance your game as your progresses.
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