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Revision Roller Hockey Pants

December 7th, 2010 Cory No comments

Good news for Revision Nation players out there… Revision will soon be offering a roller hockey pant! Another new year and another solid new product from Revision.  Check out this video for a sneak peak and review of the pant.

The pant is estimated to be available in January at inlinewarehouse.com and it will be competitively priced around $60.  The official name of the pant has yet to be determined, but with last year’s introduction of the Revision Viceroy stick with pattern names like Cheese and Sauce, the pant name should be a good one.  Can’t wait to hear it.

Easton EQ50 Hockey Stick

August 23rd, 2010 Cory No comments

Easton, the leader in composite hockey sticks, is once again taking composite sticks to the next level.  Building off Easton’s popular SE16 stick Easton will introduce the customizable EQ50 composite stick.

Easton EQ50 Hockey Stick

Easton’s SE16 stick offered the player one of the softest touches in the game with its Focus Weight Technology™.  A process that places weight in key areas in the blade and the shaft to improve the balance and feel.  Easton has built on this technology in the EQ50 stick.  The EQ50 will feature a fine-tuned, exposed weight system in the heel of the blade.  Redistributing the weight in the blade to the heel dampens the blade in the key impact section, allowing the player to cradle passes easier improving puck control.

Easton's Focus Weight Blade Technology

To offset this redistributed weight in the blade, Easton precisely adds weight to the end of the shaft.  Weight at the end of the shaft counter balances the blade for optimal swing weight.  This Focus Weight Technology™ delivers a truly balanced feeling stick with enhanced puck control.  And it gets even better.  The Easton EQ50 stick allows the player to customize the balance of the stick, by adding/subtracting removable weights in the end plug.  By adding/subtracting one or more of the 5g metal discs the player can fine-tune the balance of the stick to meet their preference.  As a guide Easton provides a chart on the stick to calculate the recommend number of disc based on the length of the stick.

Easton Focus Weight Shaft Technology

The rest of the Easton EQ50 stick is constructed of the highest level of materials and specs that Easton is know for.  Like Compression molding for a precise, consistent feel, Kevlar® wrapping for added durability, and Multi-Rib™ blade construction that ensures a stiff, accurate blade.

The Easton EQ50 hockey stick will be available for pre-sale at IceWarehouse.com and InlineWarehouse.com early September.

Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

2010 Limited Edition Bauer Supreme ONE100 Skates

August 16th, 2010 Cory No comments

Coming this October Bauer will be releasing limited edition (LE) models of the Supreme ONE100 and ONE60 ice skates.  The LE Supreme skates will feature a cool black on black look, complete with custom Black Tuuk holders.  The Supreme ONE 100 LE skate will also feature a retro tan colored Clarino liner.  All other specs on both models will be identical to the current models.

Bauer Supreme ONE100 LE Ice Skate

The Bauer Supreme LE ice skates will be available for pre-order at IceWarehouse.com early September.

Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

2011 Mission Axiom Roller Hockey Skates

July 26th, 2010 Cory No comments

Mission Hockey, the top selling manufacturer of roller hockey skates is about to launch its new 2011 line, the Axiom.   Since 1996 when Mission first launched the Proto series skates as the first true roller hockey specific skates, Mission has continued to build faster, lighter and more comfortable pure roller hockey skates.  And the new Axiom skate line carries on that tradition with a bold new look.

Mission Axiom T9 Roller Hockey Skate

Taking a look at the premier Axiom Skate, the Mission Axiom T9, will offer all the performance and comfort an advanced player will ever need.  For performance the T9 features Mission patented Hi-Lo wheel set-up, a combination of 76mm and 80mm wheels that excel in the corners and on the breakaway.  Mounted on the lightest frame available, the Mission Hi-Lo Magnesium.  Combined with the new Mission Swiss Limited Edition bearings and Rink Rat’s new Hornet Split wheels, this is sure to be one of the fastest set-ups out on the rink.  To control all this speed Mission has upgraded their Texallium outsole to offer a solid, durable platform.

Going inside the boot to take a look at the comfort, Mission has upgraded the liner to a new “Mission Haze” liner that offers great moisture wicking and a cool look.  The liner’s quick drying properties are accelerated by Mission’s new vented, felt tongue.  To increase the air -flow it has a nice 2-piece, contouring felt tongue that has holes through it.  As well, Mission has improved the overall fit of the skate with new, suppler ankle foam pads and slightly wider toe box.

Overall, the new 2011 Mission Axiom skate line will offer suppler liners and a wider, more accommodating toe box.  And of course a new look with very detailed, tattoo-like graphics.  Staying true to roller hockey, the Axiom skate line will offer great ventilation, durable extruded frames and side abrasion guards.

The 2011 Mission Axiom T9 roller skate will be available for pre-sale at InlineWarehouse.com mid August.

Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

New Tour Thor ZX9 Roller Hockey Skates

June 4th, 2010 Cory No comments

Tour will be launching two new high-end roller hockey skate models this summer, the Thor EX1 and Thor ZX9.  Both skates are based off the popular Tour Code Tabu skate.  According to Chad Seibel, Director of Hockey at Tour, Tour has made slight, but impactful changes to the internal structure of the boot.  Tour fine-tuned the layering and stitching of the quarter panels in order to enhance their ability to wrap and contour the foot, all while decreasing the weight of the skate.

The top-end model, the Thor EX1 skate, will come with the new Labeda Addiction Micro Hub wheels, making it one of the lightest roller hockey skates available.  The Tour Thor EX1 skate will retail for around $550.

The Thor ZX-9 roller hockey skate will come with the new Labeda Dynasty III Micro Hub wheels and retail for around $450.

A full review of both skates will be posted on InlineWarehouse.com come late June, 2010.

Tour Thor ZX9 Roller Hockey Skate

Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

Easton Stealth S19 Z-Shock Helmet

March 19th, 2010 Cory No comments
Easton S19 Z-Shock Helmet

Easton S19 Z-Shock Helmet

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. And since the components of the S19 helmet are laminated together acting as one solid, stiffer 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 a 5-10% 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 mid-May. The first delivery will consist of black, white, navy, royal and red color ways, with 9 more colors to be released in July. The helmet will only be available in a helmet only version and the MSRP will be $169.99.

2010 Easton Synergy S19 Z-Shock Hockey Helmet

December 28th, 2009 Cory No comments

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.

2010 Bauer Supreme TotalOne Ice Hockey Skates

December 24th, 2009 Cory No comments

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.

Bauer Supreme TotalOne Skate

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.

Bauer Supreme TotalOne Tongue Inserts

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.

Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews