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Back in Black.. Black Biscuit that is!

You might not believe what your seeing, but yes, the Phoenix has risen from the ashes! Black Biscuit is back!  Younger players may not be familiar with this brand, but roller players from the turn of the century will recall Black Biscuit as a favorite for roller pants.
Black Biscuit’s popularity rose in the 90’s as the roller hockey community embraced the high-quality hockey pants they produced. The pants were constructed with sleek graphics and high-performance features, but most noticeably outlasted many other pant brands at the time. (you can still see original Black Biscuit pants being used today). After the owners took a hiatus in the early 2000’s to pursue new interests, they’re back in 2015 to introduce the 3100 Playa Pant. Microsoft Word - Document3

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Mission Axiom T.10 Revolt Skate Review

Are you looking for a skate with some limited style that’s “Clean and Mean”? If you are, the NEW Mission Axiom T.10 Revolt might be the one for you. For fall 2011, will offer this Limited Edition roller model, built off the success of the Black T9. Some slight changes were made to materials, but the main changes are cosmetic for the T10.

The first thing that popped out on the T10 when I scoped it was the large sublimated “Revolt” tag written in cursive. Definitely adds some unique style to the quarter that Mission is known for. You can also find the Revolt tag on the top of the tongue, so defenders will recognize the beast that’s coming at them. Rainbow chrome is also featured on the tongue, in a similar way to the T9. This rainbow chrome is also used on areas of the quarter where the T9 doesn’t.

The Mission Axiom T.10 Revolt- Available for pre-order at on 8/1/11.

The liner of the T10 is the same brushed nylon with indy foam as seen on the T9, but with a limited edition Revolt pattern of course. The yellow laces on the T.10 have metal tips and a mission lace tag. Even Ovechkin would be jealous! Mission slapped on a limited white Magnesium frame, and  limited yellow RinkRat Hornet wheels to the bottom of the Revolt. Now it looks like white lightning when you skate!

Mission T.10 Revolt skates at Narch Finals 2011

Besides the limited white, yellow, and chrome color combo, Mission also revamped the tongue. Roller hockey skates are known to get hotter than ice hockey skates during play. Mission recognized this, and made the T.10 tongue extra ventilated. On the outside layer, Mission has a mesh cover directly over the Vex Foam lace bite protection. The Vex foam is not only protective, it’s perforated for breathability! It’s also segmented in 2 pieces so the tongue wraps around your leg better. The inside of the felt tongue has many holes as well, so you’re getting unobstructed airflow to your leg. The air travels through the outer mesh, through the perforated VexFoam, and then through the holes in the felt. Clean, Mean, and of course cool.

Pick up the Mission T.10 Revolts at for $649.99.

Pre order begins on 8/1.

Bauer APXR Roller Hockey Skate Review

Bauer will continue to offer inline skates for the upcoming season, and their top end Vapor APXR doesn’t disappoint. Bauer inline skates have been getting better year after year and they have a great line up for Fall 2011. Keeping with the roller hockey tradition, the APXR skate definitely has some flash. Bright orange accents can be found on the boot, chassis, wheels and laces. What’s the hype all about? The APXR has some of the most advanced materials and construction ever used on a roller hockey skate. Here’s a break down of the APXR:

The APXR Boot:

When I grabbed the APX I almost hit myself in the face because it’s so light. The  The APX has an almost identical build as the APX ice boot, and the 3D Alive Composite allows the skate to be light and very stiff. This makes the APXR a deadly combination for increased responsiveness and performance. The X-Rib in the heel area provides structural support and stability for the foot. This support translates to faster acceleration and tighter turns. Bauer slapped an aluminized glass composite outsole onto the bottom of the boot which is also super light and rigid.

With such a stiff skate, extra details to comfort are necessary. The APXR features a Hydra Max 2 liner. This 2 piece liner is one part moisture wicking and one part abrasion-resistant. When combined together, the 2 parts add up to one superior liner that keeps you dry and locks your heel in tight. The Form Fit 2 Tongue is a thick felt tongue with lace bite channel and HD metatarsal guard.

The Magnesium Hi-Lo Vanguard Chassis:

  • Magnesium Alloy

    • Ultra light and rigid

  • 2-76mm (front) 2-80mm wheels (back)

    • Hi-Lo wheel set up

    • Ideal combination of speed and control

  • 2-piece square axle

Labeda Addiction Wheels:

Labeda’s most advanced wheel to date. The Labeda Addicition wheel offers a new concept in wheel making.  The Addiction wheel is an indoor wheel designed for tile surfaces (ie Sport Court), but it has an outer urethane hardness between 83-86A! That’s right, an indoor wheel with an outer hardness harder than most outdoor wheels.  So you know the durability and the speed is going to be incredible with these wheels and they should be at this price.  The question is though, how’s the grip?  Well, that’s where Labeda’s top secret urethane combinations and inner core design take over and deliver unbelieved grip.  These Addiction hockey wheels grip better than some of the softest wheels on the market!  The Labeda Addiction wheel offers unsurpassed, all-around speed and grip.

Where do you get the newest Bauer Skates? of course!

Reebok Hockey Gloves 2011

The Reebok 9000 4-Roll. Classic Fit, Advanced Performance.

New for 2011, Reebok is offering 2 different lines of gloves. Many of you are familiar with the KFS (KineticFit System) style glove line Reebok has featured before. This anatomical design has a low-profile fit and contours closely to the entire hand and wrist. I’m very excited for the 2nd line Reebok has released. For 2011 Reebok offers a classic 4-Roll style glove for the players seeking that traditional loose fit..

The new Reebok 9000 4-Roll was built with pro expectations in mind. This loose fitting glove is where advanced technology meets classic construction. With its open cuff design it not only looks pro but it plays the part too. Reebok

Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks – Rockin’ some Reebok 4-Rolls

Some Tech specs on the 9000 4 Roll:

  • Tricot Outer (Fast Break-in, light, breathable)
  • Soft Pro Grade Nash Palms, reinforced in key areas
  • Beefy DD Foams with plastic inserts throughout hand
  • Extended guard on outer hand and pinky
  • Reebok Moisture Wicking Comfort Liner
  • Split Fingers increase dexterity
  • Open cuff maximizes mobiliy

The other gloves in the 4-Roll series are the 7000 and the 5000. Both feature the Reebok Moisture Wicking Comfort Liner and the same loose fitting design as the 9000. There’s a 4-Roll for your price range!

The Reebok 11K KFS Glove. Low profile, contoured protection.

Reebok’s 2nd glove line, aka The KFS (KineticFit System) line showcases advanced features to maximize mobility. The unique “Interior fit glove” featured on the 9k and 11K allows for incredible wrist mobility. The 9k and 11K also includes a mobile 3-piece finger construction and a moisture wicking Reebok comfort liner. The 11K features an advanced Clarino palm, and the 9k, 7k ,and 5k include durable nash combination palms. The whole KFS line features a mobile anatomical fit, and there’s one for every budget!

Where do you get the newest Reebok gloves? and of course!

CCM Hockey Gloves 2011

Looking for some new hockey gloves? Make sure to check out the new CCM line if you’re in the market. The new U+ glove line has some solid protection and fit features that have made it a real stand out.  The pro end U+ CL is extremely comfortable out of the box, and offers advanced protection in a light design.

CCM U+CL glove.

The U+ CL aka “Crazy Light” glove is an overall tapered design. The fingers and backhand fit snugly to the hand, and the cuff is short and slightly flared. This allows for awesome control with excelled wrist mobility. The inside liner is a red micro comfort material that’s is comfy and moisture wicking.  The palm used is a very high end Clarino to give a player an awesome stick feel that’s built to last. Right out of the box the CL is a perfect fit on your hand. This fit is brought to you by  CCM’s FluidFit technology. FluidFit  is a combination of features like the tapered fingers, stabilizing pad, and open cuff, working together to lock the hand in from game 1.

Looking at he backhand and side protection, you can tell the U+ CL has you covered. CCM designed the foam padding to offer maximum protection with a light weight construction players love. The newest hybrid foam technology from CCM makes this possible. CCM utilizes a EPP foam/ open cell foam combination to offer the lightest and highest impact protection. By only using 2 dense foams unlike the other gloves, the CL fits closer to the hand, making your control that much better. CCM calls this their Active Response Design.

Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning- Lightin’ lamps with the U+CL glove

The rest of the U+ glove line features the same overall design as the CL, with great features at every price point. The U+ 12 has  triple decker foam protection, along with a Rima II/ Ivory Nash palm combination. The U+08 is light weight, and is the first model in the U+ line to offer the CCM red comfort liner. The U+ 06 is a solid entry model with a nash palm and triple decker foams.

CCM Pro 4Roll

Looking for a more classic style glove? Check out the CCM 4Roll.

You can get the newest CCM gloves at and

CCM U+ Crazy Strong and CCM U+ Crazy Light Sticks

CCM U+ Crazy Light (CL) stick

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.

CCM U+ Crazy Strong (CS) stick

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.

The U+ CL matted version is covered in a less pronounced sandpaper texture compared to previous Crazy Light models. The Crazy Ovie features the exact same construction as the Crazy Light Grip stick but is equipped with Ovechkin’s unique toe curve.

You can get your Crazy light, Crazy Strong, or Crazy Ovie sticks at or today!

Easton EQ Protective Review 2011

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.

EQ50 Shoulder Pads- Feature HexFoam in the Caps, pe inserts in clavicle, spine, and sternum areas. Multi panel design with 2-piece adjustable bicep guards.

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.

Easton EQ50 shin Guards- Hex Foam located in the knee area. Pe inserts in calf wrap, and showcasing a comfortable 2-strap system. Top strap includes a comfort neoprene pad, and the large lower elastic strap locks any size leg in place.

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 EQ50 Elbow Pad- Featuring HexFoam bicep protection, molded inserts in forearm and bicep, and a comfortable, arm locking strap system.

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.

Derek Roy of the Buffalo Sabres- Rockin' EQ50 gear

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.

You can get all your EQ protective gear at or today!

Reebok 11K Protective Review 2011

The new Reebok protective line has been heavily anticipated, and finally has arrived at IW. Looking at the entire line, (elbows, shins, shoulders) Reebok has included solid features at every price-point. As many of you may know,  a large majority of NHL players wear Reebok designed protective gear (Jofa). With the introduction of the pro-level 11k protective gear, I don’t think that statistic will change anytime soon.

The 11k Shoulder Pad is segmented at the torso and spine. For additional flexibility, Reebok added hinges at the clavicle and shoulder blade. These features ensure the pad moves "with you."

The big feature that Reebok is trying to push on the 11k pads are the new ZigTech liners. What exactly is ZigTechZigTech fabric is constructed with key Celliant fibers which have been clinically proven to enhance oxygen levels by an average of 7%. This increased oxygen circulation allows you to work harder, better, faster, and stronger, all game long.

Besides the ZigTech liners, the 11k line also showcases great protection and easy strapping. The 11k elbow features a comfortable neoprene “locksleeve”  and “lockstrap” to keep the arm in place. The 11k shin also includes a “lockstrap”, but also a large neoprene “quickstrap” system that’s easy and effective. The 11k shoulderselbows, and shins all include JDP Caps. This famous cap design is a big reason Reebok designed protective products are #1 in the NHL.

The Reebok 11k shin guard includes a H-Cell II Foam Liner. This advanced foam reinforcement has been proven not to "bottom-out" like other liners. The 11k shin strap system is made up of a neoprene "quickstrap" and "lockstrap" to help prevent hyper-extension.

Like the 11k products, the rest of the Reebok protective line for 2011 includes the JDP cap construction. This means you’re getting a pro designed cap at every price level. That’s something any player can appreciate. The 9k shins, elbows, and shoulders all feature advanced protection in a slightly lighter, more streamline design compared to the 11k. The 7k series is a great price point option. The 7k line provides solid protection, and showcases advanced strapping systems on the shins and elbows. The 5k series is great for an intermediate player seeking good protection from their shin guards, elbow pads, and shoulder pads, but needs a step up from beginner features. The 3k pads are  solid entry models from Reebok that are lightweight, but still offer the player the protection they need.

Reebok pro Dion Phaneuf- Toronto Maple Leafs

You can pick up all you Reebok protective gear at or today!

Bauer Supreme TotalOne Protective Hockey Gear Review

I’m finally getting the chance to write about the brand new Bauer Supreme protective line available at Let me tell you, Bauer didn’t disappoint this year.  I was very impressed with the TotalOne pads especially. The TotalOne shin guards, elbow pads, and shoulders all have pro level protection in a sleek design that is very mobile.

The TotalOne shoulder is not only one of the most protective shoulder pads on the market, it's one of the lightest and most mobile. Segmented and perforated "Free Flex" chest panels make this possible.

The TotalOne line features brand new F-One shell technology as well as improved MAX-SORB foam. F-One is a process where high density foam is fused between 2 layers of molded plastic. This process of fusing the shell offers 25% better energy absorption and 15% weight reduction compared to traditional plastic caps and shells. F-One is found on the TotalOne shoulder caps, TotalOne elbow forearm area, and TotalOne shin shells.

The TotalOne shin features a removable thigh guard, F-One shell, MAX-SORB knee foam, Thermo Max+ lining and Anchor Strap.

2nd Generation MAX-SORB foam can also be found throughout the TotalOne protective gear line. MAX-SORB is a combination of gel and foam offering great energy dispersion. 2nd generation MAX-SORB now includes exclusive Poron Foam. This new deadly combination of gel and foam can deflect 30% more energy than traditional Foams. The new MAX-SORB can be found in the TotalOne sternum area, the TotalOne knee cap, and the TotalOne elbow cap.

The Total One elbow pad features a Vent Armor floating bicep, F-One shell in the forearm, Anchor strap, and MAX-SORB foam in the elbow cap.

The F-One and 2nd generation MAX-SORB foams are exclusives on the TotalOne line. The rest of the Supreme protective line features the same overall design as the TotalOne, as well as similar features. Such features like the Anchor strap, are included on the One80 and One60 shins, as well as One80 and One60 elbows. The Anchor strap locks the leg or arm in place with unmatched comfort and fit compared to traditional straps. You can also find the Thermo-Max liner on the One80 and One60. This moisture wicking liner keeps you cool and dry, and is a high end feature for the ONE80 and ONE60 price levels.

You can pick up all your Bauer Supreme gear at today!

Reebok 11k Hockey Helmet

Reebok 11K Hockey Helmet

In today’s hockey helmet market every player and parent wants to get the safest hockey helmet possible. Today, harder hits call for better concussion protection. Reebok’s new Safety Revolution program commits itself to improving player safety today and in the future.

a look inside the Reebok 11K hockey helmet

Reebok’s Hockey Safety Council includes a certified Brain Surgeon, and the 11k helmet is a true testament to the Councils research. The Safety Council guides the way for developers to make the safest gear possible.  The 11 key helmet features a specific 5-point safety system. Here’s a look into the 5 key safety components.

  1. Bone Crushing Hits-11k helmet is designed to withstand direct high impacts. Meets CSA and ASTM standards
  2. Repeated Hits- 90% of hits in a game are low impact. When repeated over time, low impact hits can be as dangerous as high impact hits. The 11k features a softer EPP and a unique hinge construction to better protect against low impact hits.
  3. Anchoring- The new vertically adjustable Microdial II locks the helmet in place at the base of the head. The 360° circumference adjustment is also one of a kind, giving the helmet a truly customized fit.
  4. Fit Adjustment- Best Fitting helmet= The safest helmet. The length adjusting fitclips now fit a wider range of people.  The 11k cage is the only cage on the market that is adjustable, allowing for customized protection.
  5. Weight- At just over 500 grams the 11k helmet is the lightest fully adjustable helmet on the market.
Reebok 11K Hockey Helmet

a look at the 11K 360 degree Micro Dial II

Reebok isn’t a bunch of Doctors and Engineers that decide what gear players’ want. Hockey Players actually tell Reebok what they’d like to see in their gear. This Pro feedback drives research to provide the highest performing equipment. The Reebok 11K Hockey helmet is available now for pre-sale from