Winnwell GX8 Hockey Stick Review

Recently I was browsing the stick selection at Source for Sports and I noticed a cool looking stick. I picked it up and immediately noticed how nice it felt, and how light it was. I checked the price tag and was fully expecting to see a $175, to my surprise it was only $99! I compared this to EVERY other stick at this price and none of them compared. I thought this would be a great hockey stick to review for the fans of How To Hockey because I know a lot of you are looking for a high-end stick, without the high price.


I figured since the first thing you notice about a stick is the way it looks, the first thing I will cover in this review is the look of the stick. I’m not one to care about looks, if it’s a good stick I will buy it, although it never hurts to have a cool looking stick, and I think the GX8 is pretty nifty looking. It’s not too flashy like a lot of the sticks, it kind of has a “stealth” look going on, which I dig. You get cool chrome lettering over a big-weave graphite design. Take a look at the video for a close-up look.

They re-did the graphics on the sticks for 2011 so you might see something a bit flashier in the stores. You can see the pictures on the Winnwell site by visiting the Winnwell GX8 page.

Feel of the Stick – Grip and Weightwinnwell GX8 review

When I picked the stick up I immediately liked the feel of it. I’m not a fan of the rubber-like feel that a lot of sticks come with. The GX8 had a cool matte finish, there is still some grip but it doesn’t have that clingy feeling.

The stick only weighs 480 grams, which is much lighter than any other hockey stick under $100

Construction of the stick

The stick is 100% graphite which allows them to keep it under 500 grams. The cheaper sticks on the market usually use a mix of graphite and fiberglass, which makes them heavier, but a bit more durable.

Flexes and Curves

The sticks come in stiff, and regular and whip, although in the store I only saw whip flex in intermediate. For the curves they have  two patterns (161-Nash–more subtle Sakic, 119-Sakic).

Taking the Winnwell GX8 to the rink

Ken and I tested the stick out at the rink. I had the regular flex with the 119 curve and Ken got the stiff flex with the 119 curve (see the video for more). We have been using the stick for the past few months now. The first thing I noticed was how light it was, which makes me feel a bit quicker while stickhandling. I liked the curve, but it took me a few shots before I got used to it as it was a bit different from my last one. You can see us messing around with the stick in the video below

Overall Thoughts

Penalty Box

I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like about the stick. Ken always uses a fairly flat curve pattern so he mentioned it would be nice to have more pattern options.


  • Great overall feel
  • Nice and light, 480 grams – super light for it’s price
  • Affordable price
  • Looks cool (in my opinion)
  • Quick release

Winnwell GX8 Video Review

Where to buy the Winnwell GX8

You can get the GX8 and other Winnwell sticks at Canadian Tire and some Source For Sports stores in Canada. You can also check their store locator for other locations in the US and Canada

  1. Reply Tony January 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I just picked up this stick today because it felt good,very light and the price seemed reasonable.I hit the internet to get some reviews and wala you guys poped up. 🙂
    I glad you guys like the stick,makes me feel better about my decision.
    Thx for you awesome work………

  2. Reply Easton Stealth RS Hockey Stick Review October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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  3. Reply Joseph August 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    In the August 19 to 25th flyer at Canadian Tire, the WinnWell pro 480 100% graphite stick is on sale for $59.99.

  4. Reply Gary March 2, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I just picked up the Pro480 from Canadian Tire for $99 bucks. Played one game with it so far, super light stick but I’m still getting used to the light weight. Definitely a bang for the buck, but I did notice the blade already got chipped. 🙁

    BTW, amazing videos man. Keep them coming! 🙂

  5. Reply Urfa February 25, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    which one of the bauer line sticks would this one compare to? and which one would be cheaper(affordable)

  6. Reply Gordon W. February 18, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Oh man! I’ve been waiting for a review on the 480 gram sticks from Winnwell. I’m aware of the Pro 480 stick at Canadian Tire but I’m sure this would be the same or similar.
    Thanks for the review and the other videos you guys do are great.
    Keep it up guys!

    • Reply Jeremy March 11, 2011 at 1:40 am

      Yes the Pro 480 is apparently the same stick, just with a different wrap for the CT stores.

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