“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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 big feature that Reebok is trying to push on the 11k pads are the new ZigTech liners. What exactly is ZigTech? ZigTech 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 shoulders, elbows, and shins all include JDP Caps. This famous cap design is a big reason Reebok designed protective products are #1 in the NHL.
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.
I’m finally getting the chance to write about the brand new Bauer Supreme protective line available at IceWarehouse.com. 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Bone Crushing Hits-11k helmet is designed to withstand direct high impacts. Meets CSA and ASTM standards
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.
Anchoring- The new vertically adjustable Microdial II locks the helmet in place at the base of the head. The 360° circumferenceadjustment is also one of a kind, giving the helmet a truly customized fit.
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.
Weight- At just over 500 grams the 11k helmet is the lightest fully adjustable helmet on the market.
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 IceWarehouse.com
Since Cascade has teamed up with Mark Messier and created the Messier Project, the Cascade M11 hockey helmet has taken off. The core focus of the Messier Project has been to teach and increase awareness about concussions in hockey. The following is a check list for concussion symptoms to help players and teams determine when an injured player should return to play.
Cascade uses what they call the Seven Technology for the bulk of the M11 hockey helmet’s protection. You can see below the the basic design of the Seven Technology. The clusters below are placed throughout the M11 helmet with softer comfort foams covering them.
The major benefit of Seven Technology is after an impact it almost instantly regenerates to the original position. Therefore, on multiple impacts it offers additional protection than foams that take longer to regenerate to the original position. Cascade supplied the following stats on multiple impacts on the Seven Technology versus more traditional foams.
Cascade has slowing been growing in popularity. Cascade does not contract players to wear their product in the NHL but for the last couple years more and more have been popping up in NHL locker rooms across the league. According to Cascade they currently have 12 NHL pros using the M11, 19 College University teams, 30 Junior teams, 100 prep-high school teams, 250 youth teams, and 400+ M11 teams.
Part of Cascades success on getting teams to adopt the M11 helmet is first the protection offered, as well as their great custom and team program. Ice Warehouse has a easy to use custom builder imbedded on the site that allows players to choose the colors they want on their M11 helmet.
Good news for Revision Nation players out there… Revision will soon be offering a roller hockey pant! Another new year and another solid new product from Revision. Check out this video for a sneak peak and review of the pant.
The pant is estimated to be available in January at inlinewarehouse.com and it will be competitively priced around $60. The official name of the pant has yet to be determined, but with last year’s introduction of the Revision Viceroy stick with pattern names like Cheese and Sauce, the pant name should be a good one. Can’t wait to hear it.
In regards to hockey equipement a lot of what gear is the best always comes down to personal preference. All the major manufacturers are doing a great job at offering the different level price point pads, and making good equipment. However, especially on youtube many people ask for our opinion on what equipment is better (side note: we definitely appreciate all of the input and contributions on our youtube, facebook, and message board…if you contribute, thank you, and keep it up).
So based on this, I plan to post some blogs based strictly on personal opinion and let you guys know what equipment I or whoever is posting is excited about.
Starting it off, let’s talk about shoulder pads. I have been really impressed with the progression of shoulder pads. There are several companies that are doing excellent job on offering great protection without limiting mobility. Mobility has always been a key issue for me when selecting shoulder pads. This is probably the biggest selling point for me, and the first thing I look at. So there is no surprise that the pads I have selected are all pads that offer great mobility and still an advanced level of protection.
Easton earlier this year came out with the S19 shoulder pads. The S19 have a very lightweight feel that does not feel binding at all. I particularly like the three panel design with the perforated thin outer panels. Easton has also given the S19 shoulder pads a good size cut out between the arm and sternum. This allows for improved mobility especially crossing your arms across your body which happens often when stick handling.
Next up is the Warrior Projekt Shoulder pads. Warrior introduced the Projekt line a little while ago and I have been impressed by this line. I think it was a great contribution to the Warrior protective line. The Projekt has focused on the use of Zote foam to make the pads very light, and the Projekt Shoulder pads has done just that. The Zote foam works great for hockey equipment becuase it is light absorbs a ton of energy and in my opinion best of all it is not rigid. Warrior has used almost a mesh like vest with their top of the line liner on the inside as the base of this pad with the protective pieces attached. This base has given the pad a light airy feel. I also really like it when shoulder pads feature segmented bicep guards. This pad like all of the other pads I have chosen have segmented biceps, which allows for better arm movement and does not compromise protection.
Finally, maybe my number one pick is the Bauer Vapor X60 shoulder pad. In my opinion there is a huge jump from the X40 to the X60 shoulder pad. The X60 offers exceptional mobility but definitely offers an advanced to pro level protection. It has a significant size and pad coverage leading one to think it will feel bulky or heavy. Although, once you put it on you almost feel foolish for expecting that of this pad. Bauer has used several segmented panels that are allowed to over lap and move past each other ensuring great mobility and protection. A couple of the unique design features are the elastic lacing system inside the pad to determine how tight the chest panels are. This allows one to make the pad a little looser yet having the side fastened, which I prefer. Another unique feature is the design of the shoulder cap and clavicle. Similar to the bicep guard they are designed to allow them to overlap allowing for arm movement without pushing the clavicle guard into your neck.
So there it is. I hope if you were looking on an opinion on shoulder pads you have what you need. Be sure to check out the rest of the shoulder pads on IceWarehouse.com. There are plenty more excellent pads that did not make the list today, but might make yours.