With the release of the Bauer MX3 Skates earlier this year, it was quite easy to connect the dots and assume the release of the MX3 sticks was not far behind. Fast forward a few months, the MX3 Ice Hockey Skates are still one of the hottest set of wheels on the market and now the Bauer Supreme MX3 Sticks are looking to do the same thing in their category.
Today, we’ll be thoroughly breaking down the new and the old technology these flagship MX3 Sticks have in them. Then we’ll finish with my own closing thoughts on how it felt to shoot the MX3 alongside a handful of the best sticks currently on the market (not to mention a few that aren’t even out yet either, but we’ll keep that between us!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been just over 8.5 months since the Vapor APX2 Stick hit the shelves and took the hockey market by storm. Since then, the APX2 has been seen in the hands of some of the most premier talent in the NHL, with none other than Patrick Kane leading the way. But now the signature black and red Vapor color scheme will receive a limited edition facelift.
While most are awaiting the return of the legendary CCM Tacks name that will be reincarnated in the form of new skate and stick lines, the CCM Resistance Helmet will be there sharing the spotlight. During these 2014 NHL Playoffs, many of the top players have been rocking the new bucket; LA King’s captain Dustin Brown, Philly’s Vinny Lecavalier and Chicago’s Marian Hossa are just a few of the many.
Marian Hossa & Duncan Keith in the CCM Resistance Helmet
The CCM Resistance has done quite well being adopted and accepted by NHL’ers, especially since the previous Vector shell was the most popular shell in the whole league. The shell shape is an evolution of the previous Vector but it has a clean, updated and aggressive look. The ventilation has been significantly increased with the use of more ventilation ports with strategic placement. The vents on the top of the helmet show off the protective Impact Pods in the liner, giving it a distinct look that really stands out on TV after you’ve see it once.
Bauer designed the Nexus Ice Hockey Skate Line to fulfill their 3-Family Fit Story. Vapor Skates feature a narrow, tapered fit while the Supreme Skates boast an anatomically-correct standard fit; Bauer only needed to add a wider-fitting family to cover all the different fit bases. Bauer didn’t just want to bring in a wide-fitting skate line though, they also wanted to create a family of ice hockey skates that links past tradition with modern innovation. Thus, the Nexus Skates all feature a classic, reserved look that any hockey purist can appreciate.
The Pre-Sale is over! The 2014 Bauer Supreme Hockey Skates are now heading out of The Warehouse and into the hands of eager hockey players everywhere. Just like every other Bauer Skate Line, this new family of Supremes includes models that are designed for the new-to-hockey beginner and all the way up to the professional-level player.
The Easton Mako II Ice Hockey Skates are back in black and are poised for another great run. This second generation Mako skate utilizes the same base design concept as the Mako I to maximize a player’s speed and efficiency, known as “The Art of Speed”, but also features a handful of key upgrades. The most significant improvement is in the composite bootform which can be visually seen in the dark carbon weave of the heel. Because of this, the Mako II offers more responsiveness, higher durability and a better overall finish than the first generation. The tongue and ankle padding have also been redesigned; providing a player with a more refined fit with enhanced.