I must admit, I didn’t expect it to go this way.
Before I bought this mallet pole I had heard how Northern Standard, while light as a feather, was prone to bending beyond the traditional bang-it-against-the-bars repair.
I am particularly…active…with my mallets, and I was suspecting perhaps only 3 games before I noodled my golden shaft of justice.
Well, it’s been much more than 3 games now, and she’s still workin.
Don’t misunderstand me: the Northern Standard Mallet Shaft definately is getting dings and bends in it. Much more than my Fixcraft LT. I have found cause to straigten it a bit between games (much as we all have with the dollar ski pole finds at Salvo or Goodwill).
So I bought this mallet for 15 Canadian bucks with 10 American bucks shipping (I’ll do the math for you: it equals bacon with maple syrup on top). If it only lasted one day, it wouldn’t be worth it at all – unless maybe I bought a 3 pack and went to a tourney with them.
But it lasted more than a day, making the expense’s value grow like a little moose in the hinderland.
So now I’ve used it for at least a month, with 8-10 days worth of pickup matches. It’s got dings, dents, and a gentle sloping power curve to it, but it’s still fully functional and SO FREAKING LIGHT.
So what’s the summary here? To make it brief: the Northern Standard Mallet is a good choice if you’re not an axe wielding psycho on the court – it won’t last as a Fixcraft XT or LT, and maybe a little bit less than a thrift shop ski pole find – BUT you’re getting a mallet shaft that weighs as much as a slice of bread in your hand.