For 2011 CCM has divided their “crazy” stick line to 2 completely different models. I’m sure many of you were familiar with the Crazy Light stick. Due to popular demand CCM has brought this model back, as well as introduce the Crazy Strong Stick. The Crazy Strong has more husky structure, built with grinders in mind. If you’re not looking for the lightest stick, but a stick with solid performance and great durability, the Crazy Strong may be for you.
The main reason the U+ CS stick is “Strong” is because of its unique carbon fiber construction. CCM added extra layers of impact resistant carbon fibers to the entire CS shaft. These fibers offer solid performance while adding impact resistance. The CS weighs about 448 grams, which is only 31 grams heavier than the Crazy Light.
The blade on the U+ Crazy Strong Stick offers accuracy and a large sweet spot. The blade features a dual-bridge construction to enhance the sweet spot from the heel to the toe. The CS blade core includes dual density foams for an amazing puck feel.
The other models in the “Crazy” stick line are the Crazy Light, and the limited edition Crazy Ovie. The Crazy light is the lightest stick on the market at about 417 grams. It features the same dual bridge blade construction as the Crazy Strong.
Are you looking for hockey pads with some extra protection, a better fit, and just more Beef? Then look no further than the EQ protective line from Easton. If you’re laying in the hospital or you’re at home covered in ice packs from last nights game, it’s time to make the switch. The EQ50 line is perfect for the player in a physical league or a grinder who likes to throw their body around. This new line features some of the most advanced protective materials and construction available today.
The biggest addition to the new Easton protective line is the Hex-Foam. Hex-Foam takes the place of standard molded foams on the EQ50 line. With the Hex-Foam mold your pad is lighter, more breathable, and disperses impacts more efficiently. You can find HEX-FOAM in key areas like the kneecap of the EQ50 shin guard, the bicep guard on the EQ50 elbow pad, and the shoulder caps of the EQ50 shoulder pad.
As well as Hex-Foam protection, you kind find dense PE inserts in key areas of the pads. The clavicle, sternum, and spine sections of the EQ50 shoulder feature these thick molded inserts. Thick molded plastic inserts can also be found in the EQ50 elbow pad’s forearm and the EQ50 shin guard’s calf wrap. Combine these inserts with the Hex-Foam and you have quite the suit of armor.
Easton wanted to focus the EQ line on the physical type player, but they didn’t want to sacrifice mobility and comfort. Easton’s InMotion design on each EQ50 pad works individually to offer the highest level of mobility and comfort. InMotion fit can be highlited by features like an adjustable bicep guard and griptec print on the EQ50 elbow, the contoured shell shape and griptec print on the EQ50 shin guard, and the segmented panels and adjustable bicep guards on the EQ50 shoulder. Other EQ50 comfort features include Bio Dri moisture wicking liners and neoprene comfort straps.
The EQ line offers a great protective pad for every price range. Besides using Hex Foam, the EQ30 series shins, elbows, and shoulders feature very similar protection to the EQ50 pads. InMotion fit features can also be found on the EQ30 pads including griptec prints and comfort straps. The EQ20 series showcase entry models that pack some punch. Not many pads at the EQ20 price level offer as protection and value. The EQ20 shoulder is segmented and includes an adjustable belly pad. The EQ20 elbows and shins showcase large molded plastic inserts and easy strapping systems.
Bauer has expanded their Limited Edition gear for 2011. Bauer has done LE sticks before, but now they have expanded it to the LE X40 gloves, LE one80 gloves, LE one80 pants, and of course the LE totalone stick. All of the LE products feature the same great features as the standard version but with a new unique look.
The Easton Synergy EQ skate line features a completely different construction and fit compared to the Easton Stealth skate line. The EQ skate line has put the main focus on fit and performance. The EQ50 ice hockey skates feature a hybrid design to combine highly moldable materials in the bulk of the quarter for exceptional mold-ability with key embedded composite zones to offer great response and stability.
Easton first came up with the overall philosophy and design of the EQ50 skate in the EQ5, although the skate did not quite match up to Easton’s standards so they went back to the drawing board and re-designed the skate which turned into the EQ50. Some of the key improvements from the EQ5 to the EQ50 include:
Drastically improved fit especially in the heel pocket
Improved materials in the quarter panel (now using Fusion Foam 2.0) offers improved mold-ability
Extended flex tendon embedded zone improves overall stability
Added embedded zone in the heel cup or heel anchor to ensure all the energy is transfer down into the runner, along with longer lasting performance
Finally of course a much better overall look
The EQ50 features four key composite embedded zones including, the side-wing, heel anchor, flex tendon and outsole. The side-wing and full composite outsole allow you to really load up the skate and get a great response and power from each stride. The embedded zones in the flex tendon and heel anchor offer great stability. The added embedded zone in the heel also helps prevent a pre-mature breakdown of the heel anchor.
Now on the other side of the story is fit. The Easton Synergy line is designed to be a very accommodating boot and to be able to be molded to fit a variety of feet. Which is great news for anyone that has wanted to get into a pair of Easton’s but just could seem to fit into the Stealth line.
Personally, I have a narrower foot and because of that never really fit well into the Stealth skates. I had a chance to get these on and right out of the box the fit felt great. Still a little wide for me in the forefoot but great in the heel. This was especially nice to see since the EQ5 had a really big heel pocket that I was unsure if it would be able to prevent heel lift for me. Upon baking the skates the fit got even better, I could really feel them tighten up and hung around the foot. After I baked the skates I was surprised that it seemed as if they narrowed up even in the forefoot.