Sneak Preview: CCM Tacks Inline Skates

July 14th, 2014 Chris Comments off

The CCM Tacks ice hockey skates are shipping out on Friday, July 18th and the return of the legendary Tacks skates are exciting people everywhere! Well, almost everywhere… Roller hockey players have been sitting back and watching the ice players eagerly receive the return of their beloved skate line. Here is a public service announcement: ATTENTION ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS; the Tacks are coming back to you too.

CCM Tacks Inline Boot

For the most part, the CCM Tacks inline hockey skates mirror the Tacks ice skates in terms of boot construction. The CCM Tacks ice hockey skates are designed to give a player the fastest first 5 strides in hockey. Just like the ice skates, the CCM Tacks roller hockey skates feature the AttackFrame technology in the quarter package for explosive acceleration. This AttackFrame uses carbon fiber stiffeners in key areas to maximize energy transfer, resulting in explosiveness. The quarter package also has an aggressive forward pitch that comfortably places you foot on the balls of your feet, which sets you up in the fastest stance. Internally, the Tacks Skates use a Formula T6 Pro Core that creates more support, stability and stiffness for the boot. Turning the skate over, CCM puts the finishing touch on the boot with their extra stiff carbon fiber outsole.

CCM knew if you can’t be comfortable in your high-performance skate, then it might as well be the lower end… This is why they use their pro-spec Dual Zone Clarino Liner that can take a beating while also keeping your feet dry. The Clarino helps to prevent foot slippage inside the boot and it protects the heaven-like, heat-moldable foams that house your feet.

Aesthetically speaking, the CCM Tacks roller uses the same look as the ice hockey skates, with the exception of an extra protective layer on the outside of the forefoot to protect against the normal wear and tear of playing roller.

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Tech & Test Review: CCM RBZ SuperFast Sticks

July 12th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Back in 2012, CCM announced a multi-year partnership with Taylormade who is an innovative-leader in the golf industry. The original CCM RBZ Stick was the first product to be come about from this new partnership and it was immediately accepted by NHL’ers; including Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Fast-forward two years and CCM is now preparing to release their third generation RBZ stick, named the CCM RBZ SuperFast.

CCM RBZ SuperFast Stick

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What Skate Best Fits You?

July 3rd, 2014 Jake Comments off

So many skates, so many decisions. It’s understandable to be overwhelmed by how many choices you have when it comes to picking a new skate, especially when you may want to try something new but you don’t know how the fit will compare to your old skates. That’s what I’m here for. I’m going to break down the fit of each skate line from every company (with my own opinion mixed in) so you can expect what a particular skate is going to feel like when you put it on for the first time. These skate companies carry the same fit from their top-of-the-line skates all the way down to their entry level skates so everyone gets the same feeling top to bottom. While companies do have a “style-of-play” per each family, ALWAYS get the best fitting skate over the style-of-play description. You can have the best, most expensive skate on the market but if it fits improperly, it’s worthless to you!

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

IW Now Carries Stable 26 Skate Socks

July 2nd, 2014 Chris Comments off

Since I began writing blogs for IW a couple years ago, I never thought I’d see the day where I write a blog about a sock – today’s the day. I mean, what could there be to write about a piece of cloth that provides a barrier between your foot and the boot? Let’s find out. If you’ve purchased many a pair of new skates over the years, undoubtedly you’ve run into ill-fitting skates causing pain, blisters, pressure points, callouses, and Bauer bumps (aka Haglund’s Deformity to the non-hockey players). The Stable 26 skate socks are the solution.

Stable 26 is not a new name to the sporting footwear world, with experience in golf, skiing, and running. Stable 26 may be a new name to you, and a little confusing to those unfamiliar with the 26 structural support bones in the human foot. The Stable 26 skate socks provide the optimal fit, support, and protection in order to improve a player’s performance. Recently introduced to the hockey world, Ottawa Senators’ Norris Trophy winning defenseman, Erik Karlsson, hopped on board: “Fit and stability [are] so important for me. Stable 26 technology has given me the comfort in my skates to perform at the highest level.”

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Technology Breakdown of the Bauer RE-AKT 100 Helmet

June 27th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Bauer RE-AKT 100 Hockey Helmet

Just over two years ago on June 25th 2012, Bauer made serious waves throughout the hockey market when they released the Bauer RE-AKT Helmet. It was the first of its kind, strategically designed to better protect players from the lesser known and less researched rotational energy impacts. Public opinion and feedback reassured them it was a huge success, so they immediately went back to the drawing board wanting to continue elevating the level of protection Bauer helmets can offer. Fast forward 24 months and the second generation of Bauer RE-AKT Helmets are here with a big statement to make.

Enter the Bauer RE-AKT 100 Hockey Helmet. It features an updated Suspend-Tech 2 System, an improved VTX Foam base liner, Seven+ Technology in the rear (from Cascade helmets) and a new Moisture-Management System that helps to keep sweat out of a player’s eyes. All in all, it’s quite a big design renovation on the previously most protective helmet Bauer had in their line-up.

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Insight Into the CCM RBZ Protective Gear

June 24th, 2014 Jake Comments off

For all of you CCM Crazy Light fanatics, CCM has done you one better and finally came out with their newest RBZ protective line. While they do have many similarities between the past and present lines, there are some key new features that really make the RBZ’s stand out and I’m sure you guys are interested in what they have to offer. All of their gear will include top to bottom pricing with the 90, 110, 130, 150 (SR. only) and the RBZ.

CCM’s product development team knew the strengths and weaknesses of their past gear releases so they needed to figure out what they can do to improve and be a competitive force in the hockey gear market. Looking at last year’s U+ lineup, there were definitely some things that could be improved on. They wanted to keep the same overall theme:  gear for the crafty and agile player who needs to cut as much weight as possible. CCM kept their iconic Crazy Light U Foam on the flagship RBZ for shins, shoulders, elbows and ice pants, which shares the same properties as high-density foams that provide professional level protection. What separates it from the rest? It weighs a fraction of other foams, and on your protective gear, the foams make up most of the weight; by CCM’s studies, about 4 pounds of weight to be exact.

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A Quick Look at the CCM Tacks Sticks

June 23rd, 2014 Chase Comments off

While long-time hockey fans are excited to see the name “Tacks” back on hockey skates, CCM has also introduced the Tacks name into the stick market. The philosophy behind the Tacks Sticks is very similar to that of the Tacks Skates, explosive power. All models in the CCM Tacks Stick Line (which includes the Tacks, 5052, 3052 and the 1052) are constructed with a traditional mid-kick point. This specific flex profile is a pro-favorite and it’s geared for the player who aggressively leans into and loads up on big shots. Mid-kick sticks are capable of storing and releasing more energy than low-kick sticks, which is why they’re recommend for heavy shooters.

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Exclusive: What Gear are the Stanley Cup Finalists Using?

June 6th, 2014 Chris Comments off

We’re down to the last series of the season, where the best of the best duel it out on the cold, hard ice to determine who has the honor to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. As hockey players and fans, we have the opportunity to watch the players and smile when we notice these incredible players using the same equipment as us. For others of us, it saddens us to realize the full potential of our gear and how our sticks or skates will never perform that way… Anyways, IW took a look at all of the players with ice time during game one of the Stanley Cup final. Looking at the 18 New York Rangers and the 18 Los Angeles Kings that stepped foot on the ice last Wednesday, we see some shocking and not so shocking trends in gear usage.

Bauer anyone? 42% (15 players) of the players hold Bauer Sticks, 61% (22 players) put their hands in Bauer gloves, 58% (21 players) rock the Bauer helmets, and only 86% (31 players) skate around on Bauer skates. Easton takes second in the stick category with 36% Read more…

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Sneak Peek: CCM Tacks Ice Hockey Skates

June 3rd, 2014 Chase Comments off

Back like they never left, CCM will be reintroducing the Tacks Skates this summer. With a name this legendary, CCM made it a point to dot their i’s and cross their t’s in the performance and the looks categories.

Attack Frame™ Quarter Package

The majority of performance a hockey skate provides comes from the quality of the quarter package. CCM’s goal was to design a skate with the most explosive acceleration in hockey, which directly translated into the most explosive first 5 strides on the market. CCM uses their all-new Attack Frame™ Quarter with a new T6 Pro Core. The Attack Frame™ is constructed of a lightweight, stiff carbon twill which is strategically positioned for precise, explosive acceleration. The T6 Pro internal core gives the Attack Frame™ the pro-level support pro-level players need, plus it heat molds extremely well to the foot for a true customized fit.

CCM Tacks Ice Hockey Skate

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The Easton Synergy HTX Hockey Stick

June 3rd, 2014 Jake Comments off

IT’S BACK is right! The new Easton Synergy HTX made its debut in the NHL this month and it’s getting lots of love from both new and old fans. Being the first full composite stick to release into the hockey world, it has made a huge impact on how we manufacture sticks today. I can still remember my first Synergy, and it was by far the best stick I have ever used. No more clunkers or bricks, just feathers and finesse. Comparing the original Synergy to the new HTX, it’s crazy how far sticks have come. So let’s take a look at the history of Synergy and the all new HTX.

The first Synergy model was introduced in 2001 in that all too familiar silver finish. When it released, critics talked about how stupid of an idea it was to use a composite stick and at the time, most NHL players wouldn’t touch them. The first player in the NHL to use the Synergy was Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils. Now that we just got a nice whiff of nostalgia, let’s move on to one of the top sticks on the market today, the Easton Synergy HTX.

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