Tinkering with a beloved design is a potentially dangerous affair. Make too many changes and you might alienate some of your customers… Make too few and it may seem like a cash grab. With the Bauer Supreme 1S goalie skates, every change that Bauer has made is an improvement upon the already excellent Supreme line.
The most obvious difference between last year’s NXG and the 1S is the removal of the VERTEX 2.0 cowling in favor of the VERTEXX EDGE holder. While useful in the past, the cowling is an outdated feature for today’s goaltender. The only part of the skate that really needs reinforcement is the toe, and thankfully the 1S fully accommodates that need in the beefed up toe cap. The removal of the cowling serves many purposes, not the least of which is giving an increased attack angle. The VERTEXX EDGE holder sits 5mm higher than the NXG’s 2.0, which when combined with the removal of the protruding aspect of the cowling, gives a 10% sharper attack angle. The NXG already had the best attack angle on the market, so a 10% increase pushes the envelope even further. With this increased attack angle goalies get stronger lateral pushes and a faster recovery from their butterfly slides, giving a dramatic improvement in performance.