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Sneak Peek: Revision Variant Plus Roller Hockey Wheels

October 30th, 2012 Charan Comments off

A couple of the guys from the IW crew went to the Let’s Play Hockey convention a couple weeks ago to check out some new equipment and the Revision Variant Plus roller hockey wheels caught their eye.  So let’s take a sneak peek!

Revision has made some great improvements based around the original Variants making the Variant Plus wheel a top performer out on the rink.  Revision used a new and improved urethane on the outside of the wheel making them the fastest wheel on the market without sacrificing any durability.  At the Narch Pro Skills Competition, the fastest skater and runner-up were both flying around on the Revision Variant Plus wheels.  The Variant Plus went forward with the Torus Technology providing you with both maximum grip and speed with the different layers of urethane.  Revision improved the Torus Technology by designing a new and cleaner shape giving you more of a maintained roll and wheel flex control with your stops and cuts.  The inner Torus ring is made out of a higher rebound material than the original Variant wheels giving you even quicker starts, stops, and  turns.

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2013 Bauer Gear Preview: APX2 Skate and IMS Helmets

October 24th, 2012 Chase Comments off

A couple of weeks ago, the IW Crew got the chance to venture out to Palm Springs for the much anticipated unveiling of the new gear that will be released in 2013 at Bauer World. Bauer World is a week long event that gathers the world’s biggest Bauer retailers so that we can get to see and use never seen Bauer gear before it hits the shelves next year. It was also a great learning experience being able to personally interact with the very insightful product managers, picking their brains about the most specific details possible. The most exciting part of the trip was testing out the 2013 products, seeing and feeling the how the new technologies can enhance your performance.

The headlining product for next year is the Bauer Vapor APX2 skate. With an all-new Tuuk Lightspeed Edge holder with a quick “trigger” release and a brand new lacing system, expect this skate to make some noise in the industry. The Tuuk Lightspeed Edge holder is going to add versatility and reassurance to players everywhere with this quick release option. By compressing the trigger and using a wedging tool to pop out the end of the runner, it takes no time at all to do a swap especially compared to the traditional way that can take a player completely out of their game. This quick-release mechanism gives a player peace of mind knowing that if a runner breaks in a game that they won’t miss a shift. The Lightspeed Edge Holder gives the player an option to carry runners sharpened for different ice hardness too, elevating the level of preparedness just that much more. The holder is overall 3mm taller to provide a sharper and tighter turn by preventing the player from “bottoming out” when the boot meets the ice. While 3mm does not sound like much, after skating Easton RS’ and Bauer Supreme ONE100 LE skates a few days prior, the APX2 skate felt like it was the most aggressive skate of the bunch. Extremely tight turns were possible without much effort and leaning cross-overs felt much more gravitationally-assisted than usual. With the gain in distance you can lean one side or the other, it does take a little more distance to recover to a neutral stance but I definitely believe the positive outweighs the negative. The injected stability lacing system is an all new one-piece design that helps to maximize energy return and stability. Unlike the traditional design, this one-piece construction reduces the amount of energy lost providing more power through each and every stride. The one-piece eyelet system is built out of the same material found in the Tuuk holder making it much more durable and stronger than a single-eyelet system.

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Alkali RPD

September 26th, 2012 Chris Comments off

Alkali plans to start October off strong with the launch of the RPD line early in the month. We were able to take a close look at the new gear as well as play with some of it, so here’s the inside scoop on the RPD stick and skates in the lineup.

Let’s start with the skates this year: the top of the line CA9 RPD. While it shares similar features to the 2011 CA9 skate, Alkali made some impressive technological improvements. The main focus of the improvement are the carbon fiber fully reinforced heel & tendon pieces.

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A Visit to Easton Headquarters

September 12th, 2012 Chase Comments off

Hey what’s up guys, this is your newest web editor at Inline and Ice Warehouse Chase. I took a trip to Easton Headquarters last Friday to get an inside look at the RS II stick line. Upon arriving, I got to see first hand that the Easton staff literally eat, sleep and breathe hockey; I was honestly a little jealous but I can’t complain one bit working here at IW. Product Manager Mike Mountain ran me through the ins-n-outs of the RS II stick line, dissecting each and every piece of their design. His expertise and comprehensive knowledge made for a far more than an eye-opening experience.

Since I first started playing the great game of hockey, I have always used an Easton shaft or stick.  From the Ultra Lite Shaft, the Z-Bubble shaft, the first generation Synergy one-piece, the first generation Stealth one-piece, the S19 one-piece to today’s Mako one-piece; Easton has been held by my gloves for the 10+ years I’ve been playing. Read more…

U Foam: It’s Crazy Light, It Protects, and It Stays Crazy Light

May 15th, 2012 Charan Comments off

U Foam is a proprietary blend blend of materials formed using a unique process, enabling the designers at CCM Hockey to build a product that remains lightweight but performs at the highest level.  U Foam is used on all of the Crazy Light protective gear.

The U Foam features game changing technologies and a new construction that no longer necessitates traditional plastic inserts and caps.  The U Foam actually absorbs impacts better than the traditional foams with plastic inserts.  This is going to make the pads much lighter and give you a greater range of motion.  If you were to put on the Crazy Light shoulder pads,Crazy Light elbow pads, Crazy Light pants, and Crazy Light shin guards you would reduce the weight of your gear by approximately 4 pounds!

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Shockbox: Smart Sensors. Smart Sport.

May 11th, 2012 Chris Comments off

Designed by Impakt Protective, the Shockbox takes on one of the most challenging aspects of the game today: concussions. The question is, “as a trainer, coach or parent – how do you know when a player has suffered a concussion?” The Shockbox is the answer.

The Shockbox fits onto the top of the helmet through high bonding adhesive tape. Following impact, Shockbox Sensor measures the force of the impact and sends the data immediately via Bluetooth to a connected smartphone. The software then displays a visual analysis of the impact including the probability that an injury occurred. From this data, trainers, coaches and parents can accurately judge the severity of a hit and if necessary, adhere to concussion protocols.

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Bauer Re-Akt Helmet Review

January 21st, 2012 Casey Comments off

“Every action has a Re-Aktion” is Bauer’s new motto for their new helmet for 2012, the Re-Akt. No numbers in it’s name for this guy because this one is all about advancing protection in the helmet game. Bauer took a look at every possible angle for protection with this one and developed a new helmet that aims to tackle one overlooked issue, as well as others, when it comes to head injuries, rotational force.

Lets take a look at some of the key features of the new Re-Akt helmet:

Suspend-Tech Liner

The new liner is a true, free-floating, suspension liner that uses Bauer’s already proven PORON XRD Technology which will offer enhanced protection and maximum comfort. The new liner is shown in the highlighted area in the picture below.

Suspend-Tech Liner (highlighted in yellow/black)

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Easton E700 Helmet Review

December 7th, 2011 Casey Comments off

Easton has done it again with the E700 helmet. Continuing from last year with the best selling S19 Z Shock helmet, the E700 takes the one-piece helmet design to a new level. Easton dove into the project head first with its partner companies Bell and Giro, to bring you on of the lightest most advanced helmets to date.

Drawing on the innovations and expertise of the Easton-Bell Sports Helmet Technology Center, where Riddell football helmets, Giro snow and cycling helmets, Bell cycling and motorsports helmets and Easton lacrosse and baseball helmets are made, the E700 is their latest creation. Easton-Bell Sports makes over 11 million helmets a year so they must be doing something right.

Easton E700 Matte Black

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Alkali Hockey 2011

November 15th, 2011 Casey Comments off

New for the 2011/2012 hockey season is Alkali Hockey, a roller specific brand, aim specifically at designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling roller hockey targeted products. For their debut line up of gear they are focusing on the essentials including skates, sticks, roller hockey pants, gloves, girdles, padded vests, and bags. And from the look of things we reviewed, Alkali Hockey went all out in making sure every level of hockey player was getting a great product.

Cofounded by roller hockey legend Joe Cook and designer Justin Hoffman in early 2011, together they bring over 20+ years of roller hockey industry knowledge to the table. Using what they call “Lithium Science” in the design and construction of all their products, they aim to bring the most advanced materials and construction techniques to maximum the energy yield by each and every player.

Skates

The biggest release from Alkali Hockey this year will undoubtably be their skate line. Alkali started from the ground up when developing their skates, to come come up with a truly unique and sleek design. Their top of the line performer is the CA9 skate, which is one of the meanest looking skates we’ve seen in awhile.

Alkali CA9 skate

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Easton EQ Protective Review 2011

June 8th, 2011 Matt Ward No comments

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 IceWarehouse.com or InlineWarehouse.com today!