The Warrior V1 Pro+ plus goal stick came out 2 months ago. I was planning on trying to save as much cash as possible, but all the hype online made me want to splurge, get one and find out for myself why it’s so good and people want it.
So, the V1 Pro+ is a composite stick. 2ndlightest stick on the market behind the Bauer 2sPro. It has a grip on the shoulder of the paddle like many of its competitors and claims to be great for puck handling.
Simple put I don’t think the build of the stick worked for me. I’m starting to realize that I have a unique style of puck handling, stick handling, passing and shooting for a goaltender. I need a lot of flex in the paddle and shaft to get that “grenade launcher” effect on my passes and shots. The flexibility also gives me the “recoil” I want when I’m puck handling so I can smoothen out my touches when moving the puck from the location I stop it, to a passing/shooting position, then actually executing the pass or shot. It does a decent job of it, but I didn’t feel 100% in control of my passes and shots the same way I do with my TRUE A6.0 or Bauer 2sPro.
Deflecting pucks was good because the paddle having no flex enables me to place the pucks coming off my stick where I want them and almost exactly where I want them. Paddle down and stick play around the net I felt was fine. However, I wish there was a different curve option for full right goaltenders because I love my Bauer P31 curve and I felt the stock V1 Pro+ curve wasn’t the same
To date I used the stick 10 times. Never had any issues with durability. Warrior does have the 30 days warranty, but I didn’t manage to break it during that time, so I wasn’t able to use the warranty
I don’t have any major problems with the stick but when Warrior is charging $350 Canadian for the V1 Pro+, then it needs to be on par or better than the 2sPro ($350) and TRUE A6.0 HT ($300) to justify the price. Overall, it didn’t come close. After thinking about it a bit after my review, if Warrior charged 200-225 then I wouldn’t be total upset with my purchase but at $350 retail I don’t think its anywhere near worth that price and with that said, I would not recommend the V1 Pro+. I wanted to like it, especially since I’m already heading to toe warrior, but It just didn’t work for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKU2h6uZoqg&t=257s