If you’ve been following NARCh this year, especially on the west coast, then doubtless you have come across Konixx in some capacity. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to hear, Konixx is a roller hockey wheel company who made their official debut at NARCh Winternationals in early 2016.
What is Konixx?
So to answer the questions of Cotton Eye Joe, they come from years of roller hockey experience and they set out to make the best wheel possible at an affordable price. They were fed up top the line wheels costing players an arm and a leg, and they did something about it. Throughout the production and testing , the founders refused to compromise and strove for perfection. After a long R&D process on and off the rink, Konixx was confident that they found the formula for their wheel, the Pure.
In terms of appearance, the Pure roller hockey wheels may not be your cup of tea. Whether you think the pearly goodness is the incredible or you think that it’s flat-out boring, there’s a reason for the clean look. Purity. The simplicity of the design and the absence of colors or decorations was to keep the wheel pure; without any additives or chemicals to affect the wheel composition and in turn, performance.
There’s a joke somewhere in here about reinventing the wheel, but I’ll refrain from stooping to that level. Revision hockey has been producing roller hockey wheels for over a decade now and they have been striving to perfect the wheel. Over the years we’ve seen Revision wheels make great leaps in performance and durability, and all that has led up to this point: the Flex.
The Revision Flex wheels give players the customization option to micro-tune their wheel configuration. What does that mean? It means that using one set of wheels, players can choose different wheel configurations to fit their playing style or focus on an area of their game. Revision was able to accomplish this by creating the Flex with 2 different hardness/flex profiles on each side of the wheel. Continue reading →
Well, it’s 2016 and the industry has already seen some huge changes. In case you missed it, Performance Sports Group (Bauer) purchased Easton Hockey from Chartwell Investments. This was a completely separate transaction from Performance Sports Group’s purchase of Easton Baseball from BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell).
And while we’re on the topic of sticks, the All-Star game brought to light two more sticks that are going to hit the market in 2016.
1. Easton Synergy GX Stick
Easton (yes, they’re still around) is launching their 10th generation of the Synergy. It’s hard to believe this is the 10th Synergy after that classic metallic grey stick that changed everything… Easton was building hype prior to the All-Star game and stated: “The time has come, keep your eyes on Drew Doughty tonight to witness the Next Generation of Power.” So we did… A closeup view of the stick showcased the name, the Synergy GX. Meanwhile the 2014 Synergy HTX sticks are now on sale here. Continue reading →
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.
Last year, the Hockey Wrap Around let you take your indoor composite stick outdoors without the fear of de-lamination or breaking down your blade. No more ABS blades. No more using broken down composite sticks. No longer picking up a stick that feels completely different than your normal stick. For those of you who didn’t hear about the Wrap Around last year, it used a strong, yet malleable metal with “teeth” to wrap around the bottom and toe of your stick. This protection allowed players to take their composite sticks to the streets, cement courts, or (mostly) wherever you wanted to take it. This had limitations though, the metal was unable to withstand the impact and force of slapshots and game play. So this year, Hockey Wrap Around came back with 3 new Wrap Arounds catered to meet the needs of your outdoor play.
The Wrap Around PRO with the new CCM RBZ Speedburner stick.
It’s about time that someone invented and mass produced something like this. Concrete of all kinds are known for eating composite sticks alive. All hockey players can now take to the streets with their good sticks without fear of delaminating, cracking, or otherwise breaking the blade. Outdoor training is a great tool for improvement; but using a heavy shaft with an ABS blade just is not the same. The Wrap Around protects the blade from the (reasonable & expected) dangers of the outside world. With a strong metal alloy construction, it covers the heel of the blade all the way to the top of the toe.
Since I began writing blogs for IW a couple years ago, I never thought I’d see the day where I write a blog about a sock – today’s the day. I mean, what could there be to write about a piece of cloth that provides a barrier between your foot and the boot? Let’s find out. If you’ve purchased many a pair of new skates over the years, undoubtedly you’ve run into ill-fitting skates causing pain, blisters, pressure points, callouses, and Bauer bumps (aka Haglund’s Deformity to the non-hockey players). The Stable 26 skate socks are the solution.
Stable 26 is not a new name to the sporting footwear world, with experience in golf, skiing, and running. Stable 26 may be a new name to you, and a little confusing to those unfamiliar with the 26 structural support bones in the human foot. The Stable 26 skate socks provide the optimal fit, support, and protection in order to improve a player’s performance. Recently introduced to the hockey world, Ottawa Senators’ Norris Trophy winning defenseman, Erik Karlsson, hopped on board: “Fit and stability [are] so important for me. Stable 26 technology has given me the comfort in my skates to perform at the highest level.”
Rink Rat, a leading producer in roller hockey wheels, has just released their new lineup of wheels called the Rink Rat Identity. Rink Rat offers a variety of different wheels for any type of player, whether you play indoor or outdoor, professional or recreational. Today, we are going to be taking a quick look at their flag ship model, the Identity Krysis, Rink Rat’s latest top of the line roller hockey wheel. But let’s take a closer look at the dormant triple pour wheel that Rink Rat featured awhile back.
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.
The floodgates have opened and the highly anticipated Bauer Vapor Protective Gear is now shipping out! And trust me, you won’t be disappointed. But don’t fret, because players at every level will be able to find the right gear to fit their game. So let’s take a closer look at some of the new features Bauer has integrated into the Bauer Vapor lineup.
Bauer Vapor protective equipment is probably the most popular out of the three lines Bauer offers due to the lightweight, low profile design that makes players feel like they don’t have anything on. That being said, Bauer stayed true to their design when they constructed their new protective gear. But what makes these pads stand out from the rest?