What we say:
First touch with this synthetic hurling stick is indistinguishable from ash. It is slightly thinner at the bas (~5/8") with no discernible difference in weight, balance, or flex. Striking is identical with a slight reverb on the follow-through. That one, incredibly minor, difference is completely overshadowed by the materials and inherent durability.
With the difficulties in procuring suitable Ash, it's good to see creative solutions like this to preserve the game. Having consistent, repeatable performance is crucial and being impervious to the elements is especially important for players in the American Southwest.
What Reynolds says:
Made in Ireland from a unique composite of materials, the Reynolds hurling stick is the culmination of years of experience, research and testing. The specific blend of materials replicates the best properties of ash, while improving strength and durability - enhancing performance.
The hurleys are manufactured to a high quality standard, each one matching the others in terms of weight, shape, balance and flex - ensuring that whichever stick you pick up you have a familiar feel and reliable, repeatable results.
The hurleys perform equally well in wet or dry, warm or cold conditions. Day in day out, no matter how you treat it the Reynolds hurley will perform exactly as you expect it to.