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Forums > Beginner Staff Moves > Choosing a Staff:Matrix Staff, Fibre3 or HoP Contact Staff

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A Dude
Location: Central Jersey
Member Since: 18th Jun 2009
Total posts: 12
Posted:I'm going to buy a new staff. I'm trying to decide between:

The Matrix Contact Staff by threeworlds.com

The HoP Contact Staff

or the Fibre3


I am looking for a extremely heavy staff. I've used them before and they feel like they stick to my body like glue. Anyone who owns or has used any of these staffs, please tell me about your experiences with them. If anyone feels like checking out the specs for these and telling a first time buyer what a good choice is, that would also be appreciated.


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:I've used a Fibre3 - it is heavy - over time I've come to favoured padded grip over silicone though

The other 2 both look decent though

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Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:The fibre3 staffs are brilliant, not used the others.

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Fate Keeps Telling Me To Stop

Member Since: 24th Sep 2009
Total posts: 270
Posted:I can't say anything but good things about my Trick Concepts contacts staff. I've never tried a better staff and I don't even like any of their other gear.


Elusive and Bearded
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Member Since: 2nd May 2007
Total posts: 3597
Posted:I've only ever made my own but that fibre3 looks bad ass and might be my next one.


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Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...
Member Since: 27th Apr 2005
Total posts: 8735
Posted:fibre 3 is heavy and hard to spin fast and if you're not smooth then the small amount of flex you get that prevents fixed bends occurring can cause it to bounce a little.

Also if you do spiral burnoffs or leave the silicon grip out in the sun it can come away from the staff leaviing the grip so it twists onthe staff causing hopping with steves (this is from about 3 years of using one) however they are so easy to do contact with. The longer length you get the more "flex" they have. I found 1.55m to be the best balance, down at 1.40m the flex is almost gone.

I did notice the matrix staffs are REALLY long, the smallest standard one is the same length as the longest fibre 3 contact. this probably explains why they called it a matrix staff, the length would make stuff on the shoulders and matrix's a lot easier (horizontal plane stuff) however looks like it would make stuff in the vertical plane harder as the ends would get very close to the ground, not ideal for behind the back entries.

I've never used a Hop contact staff so couldn't comment but the design looks pretty standard and sturdy. although with aluminium try not to drop on anything hard and protect it from getting bent as once bent roll moves become tricky.

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Location: sur
Member Since: 15th Apr 2007
Total posts: 382
Posted:after hsving tried one last summer,the only staff I want is a Gora. they're close in weight to a Trick Concepts staff, but sexier somehow with those flower ends. Apparently they're also the same staff that Linda Farkas uses.

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Rchi Flows
Universal Head
Location: Georgia
Member Since: 18th Sep 2012
Total posts: 2
Posted:I've only used the HOP contact staff, and I love it. I love the grip over any staff I've used. I have yet to have an issue with any bending, and I drop it all the time on concrete, stone etc. Hope this helps!