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.
So what’s new for Hockey Wrap Around in 2015? Three new products: the Wrap Around 2.0 (also available in junior sizes), the Wrap Around PRO, and the Wrap Around Trainer. Let’s check out the three models.
IW just received the the Wrap Around Hockey Stick Protector! You can find it online here.
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?
On Thursday, December 19th, Bauer held a press conference in Chicago with a revolutionary announcement. Instead of traveling to Chicago (which would have been awesome) IW watched the webcast from the comfort of sunny San Luis Obispo, CA. This blog will give you a quick rundown of the game changing technology.
Named after the Norse god of war and the Russian word for the number one, the Bauer OD1N lineup strives to elevate an athlete’s full potential while improving its level of protection. The lineup presents gear that is both incredibly lightweight, and tunable to each individual athlete’s fits and preferences. Bauer’s testing crew consists of the cream of the NHL crop: Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, Claude Giroux, and Alex Ovechkin. Let’s take a look at the new equipment.
The new Bauer OD1N hockey skates shed 0.5 lbs from previous skates. While this may not seem like a large decrease, it actually is and makes a huge difference in gameplay. When you remove 226 grams at a time where top-of-the-line skates only weigh 800-1000 grams, we’re talking about a monumental difference. This translates into 1000 less pounds lifted over the course of a normal hockey game. Imagine how fresh your legs would feel going into OT!
Bauer OD1n Skates
Coming to Bauer products in 2014 is a new technology called 37.5™ by Cocona. This new feature will be in select Training Apparel, Team Apparel, Base Layer and Protective Equipment models. 37.5™ dries base layer and protective equipment liners faster and more effectively than the competition, allowing players to put more energy into their game instead of expending energy to keep their body cool.
Blade Quick Release Feature
Every single second is critical in a hockey game. If you’re sidelined trying to replace a skate runner, think of how many moments you miss. These are opportunities that could make you the hero, but instead you’re helpless on the bench. No longer. With the introduction of the Bauer Vapor APX 2 skates, Bauer unveiled the TUUK Lightspeed Edge Holder. The new holder upgrades the traditional Tuuk Lightspeed 2 Holders and brings the skate to a whole new level. The new blade quick release feature on the holder is one such upgrade.
Before we go any further, I need to address an alleged issue. When Bauer launched the new Vapor skate line earlier this year, rumors circled that the quick-release Edge Holders made the blades more prone to falling out. A couple of highly noticeable televised instances of the runner falling off Bauer skates at a crucial time in the Stanley playoffs sparked questions of durability. The public immediately began to claim that the quick release feature released the runner too easily. Bauer investigated and found that none of the players were using the Edge holders on their skates.
West Coast v. East Coast or Roller Rink v. Ice Rink, any type of hockey player is able to experience Bauer’s quality performance. For 2013, Bauer redefines their roller hockey skates and adjusts the fit of their roller hockey pants.
Bauer Roller Hockey Skate – APX2R
The new APX2R roller hockey skate combines lightweight agility and superb grip! The quarter package is the same as the Vapor APX2 ice hockey skate, but Bauer maximize performance with the introduction of the new HI-LO Kryptonium Vanguard chassis, which rests on two 76mm and 80mm new Revision Variant Plus wheels. The chassis are precisely engineered to reduce overall weight and enhance a player’s acceleration. Revision’s Variant Plus wheels offer a blend of colors, which is sure to stand out and provide substantial grasp on the rink. Furthermore, the HI-LO Swiss LE 608 bearings will be equipped for endless wheel rotation and immense speed. Additionally, the Bauer Roller Hockey Skate line will consist of the X90R, X70R, X60R, X50R, and X40R. Therefore, hockey players can compete at any level and excel to improve their game!