Easton has done it again producing yet another top of the line stick. The Easton ST stick recently arrived here at IW, many have already been shipped out to some lucky saps.
The ST stick is the power stick in the Easton line. This workhorse has been given thicker shaft walls for increase strength and power. The ST stick uses a compression molding process delivering a smooth consistent flex, which offers exceptional power. This is the same molding process Easton has been using for a little while on their advanced level sticks.
Similar to the other top sticks from Easton, the ST features a Kevlar wrap. I really like seeing the Kevlar wraps on sticks. It offers some additional protection by adding that layer of woven textile around the outside of the stick. Being that it is a woven material it also helps reduce vibrations in the stick giving it a great solid feel.
The “call-out” new feature on the ST stick is the Shox™ technology. This is a Resin Transfer process in the blade. This process results in some unique blade characteristics. As a result of this process the ST stick offers a solid blade feel, and giving you a little help in corralling hard passes. It has a denser feel, making a little more of a “thud” sound. It doesn’t do all the work in receiving passes but has a nice feel.
As far as graphics goes I’d say it is probably the best looking stick in the Easton line. The ST stick comes with a sweet matte gray finish. The grip version has almost a transparent dark orange top layer. Both version you can somewhat see the combination of Kevlar and carbon beneath.
All and all the ST stick is great addition to the Easton stick line. Once again Easton has continued to innovate and progress the hockey stick market.
The Next Big Thing… The Easton Stealth S19 Z-SHOCK helmet. Easton is gearing up to revolutionize the helmet market just as they did the stick market with the introduction of a one-piece composite stick back in 1999. The Stealth S19 Z-SHOCK is a one-piece composite helmet. That’s right! The S19 laminates EPP foam and the plastic polycarbonate shell as one unit. This construction delivers new higher levels of protection at nearly HALF the weight of current hockey helmets.
The increase in protection and reduction in weight is achieved from the one-piece design which allows Easton to replace air gaps created by layers of plastic found in traditional two-piece helmets with protective EPP foam. Since they can fill these gaps with protective foam they can actually use a thinner layer of the foam throughout the helmet to achieve the required protection level. And since the components of the S19 helmet are laminated together acting as one solid state, this design allows the helmet to absorb impacts better increasing the level of protection beyond two-piece helmets.
Since the S19 helmet is a one-piece design a performance fit is achieved through 5 different shell sizes, oversized comfort pads and a micro adjustable back strap.
The S19 helmet definitely passes the mirror test with at minimum a 20% reduction in the overall outer dimensions when compared to other popular high-end helmets on the market today. It delivers that sought after slim, non-bubble head look that has made Bauer 4000 and CCM 652 styled helmets so popular for years yet in a more protective and lighter helmet. That’s why NHL players are referring to it as the Next Big Thing. And I would have to agree.
Easton is planning on showcasing S19 in the upcoming 2010 Olympics and delivering it to InlineWarehouse.com and IceWarehouse.com in April. The first delivery will consist of black, white, navy and red color ways, with 10 more colors to be released in June. The helmet will only be available in a helmet only version and the MSRP will be $169.99. Easton will sell separately a Stealth S19 wire cage that will pair up nicely with the helmet. The S19 cage will offer rectangular shaped bars throughout the mask for enhanced vision and a dual density, moisture wicking chin cup.
Bauer recently showed us the 2010 Supreme TotalOne ice skate. And as the name states this skate offers the total package: A customizable fit and flex with lightweight, performance improving technology.
The uppers of the TotalOne skate offer Bauer’s ALIVE composite material. As seen on the current ONE95 skate, ALIVE uppers are completely thermoformable, allowing the TotalOne to offer a true custom 360-degree fit. Fitted with the right size, the ALIVE uppers will form ideally around a medium to wide foot providing a custom fit that will reduce negative space in the boot, improving the player’s fit and ultimately performance on the ice.
The TotalOne will also allow the player to customize the flex of the boot. Bauer’s new Reflex tongue is a thin, molded foam tongue with a white felt backing that has a pocket on the face to insert a stiffener. The skate will come with 3 different insert sets, to allow the player to choose the correct stiffener to meet their skating and comfort needs. The stiffeners are made out of Bauer’s ALIVE material which will allow the tongue to act like a springboard: As the player flexes forward, the skate responds and lets the player spring back.
The Supreme TotalOne skate will also sport Bauer’s new Tuuk LS Fusion Runner. The Fusion runner will feature high grade Aluminum on the top section of the runner and Stainless steel on the bottom. Replacing part of the stainless steel runner with lighter weight Aluminum reduces the overall weight of the runner when compared to anything else on the ice by 27%. And yes, Bauer will sell the LS Fusion runners separately so players can upgrade their current Bauer skates that have the Tuuk Lightspeed holders. The LS Fusion will be available in May, but this weight saving technology will come with a lofty MSRP of $199.99/set.
Out of all the hockey companies, Bauer is known for spending the most money in R&D and it really shows in the TotalOne skate. However, I think my favorite feature of the TotalOne is probably the most low tech, inexpensive piece on the boot. Bauer has wrapped the top edges of the boot with a soft leather-like material. This alleviates abrasion high on the ankle during the break-in process of the boot. A feature once only available on custom pro boots is now part of the TotalOne’s custom fit package.
The Bauer Supreme TotalOne skate is expected to be available in limited quantities April. You may pre-order a pair at IceWarehouse.com. The TotalOne will sell for $799.99.