Description: This is a very slight curve, the smallest offered by Mission. It is slightly open, with a round toe.
Advantages: This curve is excellent for passing. It is also good for deflections (tipping) and backhand shots due to its large flat area. The slight curve also makes it good for catching and giving passes on the backhand.
Drawbacks: This curve makes it more difficult to raise the puck from in close near the net. Most players also prefer a bigger curve than this for shooting. In addition, controlling the puck is harder with the Boyes because it really does not cup the puck at all.
Similar Curves: Easton Forsberg/Zetterberg (old Madano), Warrior Fedorov/Savard, Reebok Madano/Hamrlik, CCM Steen, Bauer PM9, TPS Tkackuk, Sherwood Bouchard (underlined curves are most similar)
Bottom Line: This is the playmakers' curve. If passing and feeding is your game, go with the PM9.
Curve: Hossa/Hull/Leopold 2
Description: This is a slight mid curve with a slightly open face.
Advantages: The Hossa is neither deep nor small, and is neither open nor closed. These moderates give you the best of both worlds, so to speak. This curve will be good for puck control, raising the puck on shots, backhands, one-timers and deflections.
Drawbacks: The moderates of this curve give you a great range of functions, but it isn't great for any specific action.
Similar Curves: Bauer P88, Warrior Vanek/Weight, RBK Datsyuk, Easton Iginla, CCM Rechi/Tavares, TPS Bergeron, Sherwood Iginla (underlined curves are most similar)
Bottom Line: This is a great curve for an all around player. It won't give you any strengths, but it won't leave one area of your game vulnerable.
Description: This is a big mid curve with a open face.
Advantages: This is the stickhandling curve. Toe drags, dekes, and straight up dangling will be easier with the Rafalski, because you can cup the puck better. The Rafalski is also great for snap shots because of the deep mid curve. The open face also makes it easier to raise the puck when you are in tight close to the net. Lastly, this curve is great for saucer passes.
Drawbacks: The deep curve and open face makes backhand passing and shooting difficult.
Similar Curves: Bauer P92, Warrior Draper, Reebok Datsyuk, CCM Lecavlier, Easton Sakic, TPS Nash, Sherwood Stastny/Crosby/P6087 (underlined curves are most similar)
Bottom Line: If stickhandling and quick snap shots are what you're looking for, this curve is for you.