Accufli AirTek A100
Blade Hardness: NB – Normal blade
Floorball Guru Rating: 4 out of 5
This month we were able to review the Accufli AirTek A100 stick. Accufli is a somewhat new player in the Floorball market in North America. Accufli has a few style of sticks and the A100 lands in the middle of the spectrum coming in at around $45.00. This stick is priced and designed for the entry level market including beginners, and school groups. The stick comes with a dual grip that has some padding and tactile grip. The blade is precurved for left or right handed players.
The graphics on the stick standout. I personally like that they offer the stick in a variety of bright colors and overall they did a nice job accomplishing that. As with most floorball sticks, I’ve found the manufacture does a superb job wrapping the grip with plastic so you spend 5 min just getting it out of the wrapper. The grip has some padding to it and the grip has a somewhat soft feel.
The flex of the shaft is set to 26, which means that there is less flex (the higher the number the more flexible it is). I had to put my weight into a little bit to get it to flex, but you can feel the rigidity transfer to the ball accordingly. When shooting, I felt the flex of the shaft did a nice job holding up to my 6ft 230lbs. frame. You could feel the quality in the shaft and the performance during play. The shaft was by far my favorite part of this stick and that alone is worth the price.
The stick is also paired with a pre curved A-1 blade. On the spectrum of blade hardness, the Force blade felt soft to me. During shots I could feel it bend a lot and noticed a drop in power as a result. However, it’s a great blade for accepting hard passes and make quick passes. Think of it this way, the softer the blade the easier it is to control the ball, but it makes it harder to shoot. Conversely, if you have a hard blade you have less control of the ball, but it’s easier to shoot. Most players will fall in the soft to medium spectrum as a general rule. In many ways it’s a preference for each player. I found the blade comfortable while stick handling and during wrist shoots. If your style of play is more passing this is really a good set up for you.
At under $45 the Accufli AirTek A100 is a low cost option for kids, or adult wanting to test the waters of Floorball before investing in a higher performance stick. Stick prices can range from $35-250 so it’s important to find what feature fit your playing style before you invest in a higher performing stick. Overall the A100 is a good starting point for adults and kids that won’t break the bank. If anything it’s worth a look when looking to buy your first stick.