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2011 Bauer Limited Edition Hockey Gear

June 3rd, 2011 Tyson No comments

Bauer has expanded their Limited Edition gear for 2011. Bauer has done LE sticks before, but now they have expanded it to the LE X40 gloves, LE one80 gloves, LE one80 pants, and of course the LE totalone stick. All of the LE products feature the same great features as the standard version but with a new unique look.

Bauer Supreme one80 LE hockey gloves

The Bauer Supreme One80 LE gloves are available in white/black, white/navy (shown above), and white/red.

Bauer Vapor X40 LE hockey gloves

The Bauer Vapor X40 LE gloves are also available in white/red (shown above), white/black, and white/navy.

Bauer Supreme One80 LE ice hockey pants

The Bauer one80 LE ice pants come in black with the red/white/black stripe) shown above, and in the black/white/silver stripe.

All available now at IceWarehouse.com

Reebok 11K Protective Review 2011

May 31st, 2011 Matt Ward No comments

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 IceWarehouse.com or InlineWarehouse.com today!

Bauer Supreme TotalOne Protective Hockey Gear Review

May 24th, 2011 Matt Ward No comments

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 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 IceWarehouse.com today!

Reebok 11k Hockey Helmet

May 2nd, 2011 Matt Ward No comments

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 IceWarehouse.com

Cascade M11 Hockey Helmet

February 11th, 2011 Tyson No comments

Cascade M11 Hockey Helmet

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.

Cascade Seven Technology

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 Seven Technology versus Traditional EPP foam

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.

Custom Cascade M11 Hockey Helmet Builder

Revision Roller Hockey Pants

December 7th, 2010 Cory No comments

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.

Hockey shoulder pads…What’s hot…

June 16th, 2010 Tyson No comments

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.

Easton Stealth S19 Shoulder pads

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.

Warrior Projekt Shoulder Pads

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.

Bauer Vapor X60 Shoulder Pads

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.

Bauer 9900 Hockey Helmet

March 26th, 2010 Tyson No comments
Bauer 9900 Helmet

Bauer 9900 Helmet

Bauer has released their latest and greatest hockey helmet the Bauer 9900 helmet. Bauer has taken the design of the 9500 and brought it to the next level. Although, the shell remains the same Bauer has re-worked the inside offering a great new fit. The 9900 offers a deeper fit than the previous 9500 helmet.

Bauer has also introduced a new type of material they are calling PORON® XRD foam which is used at two spots on each side of the head in the high-impact area. This material is extremely light, breathable, and flexible making it perfect for hockey. According to Bauer the PORON® foam dissipates more than 90% of force on impacts.  This material is used along with FXPP foam, and slow memory comfort foam. The FXPP foam dissipates 20% less energy than standard EPP foams. The slow memory foam offer a great comfortable fit. Basically they have your comfort and protection covered with the combination of these high-end foams.

Easton Stealth S19 Z-Shock Helmet

March 19th, 2010 Cory No comments
Easton S19 Z-Shock Helmet

Easton S19 Z-Shock Helmet

The Next Big Thing… The Easton Stealth S19 Z-SHOCK helmet. Easton is gearing up to revolutionize the helmet market just as they did the stick market with the introduction of a one-piece composite stick back in 1999. The Stealth S19 Z-SHOCK is a one-piece composite helmet. That’s right! The S19 laminates EPP foam and the plastic polycarbonate shell as one unit. This construction delivers new higher levels of protection at nearly HALF the weight of current hockey helmets.

The increase in protection and reduction in weight is achieved from the one-piece design which allows Easton to replace air gaps created by layers of plastic found in traditional two-piece helmets with protective EPP foam. And since the components of the S19 helmet are laminated together acting as one solid, stiffer state, this design allows the helmet to absorb impacts better increasing the level of protection beyond two-piece helmets.

Since the S19 helmet is a one-piece design a performance fit is achieved through 5 different shell sizes, oversized comfort pads and a micro adjustable back strap.

The S19 helmet definitely passes the mirror test with a 5-10% reduction in the overall outer dimensions when compared to other popular high-end helmets on the market today. It delivers that sought after slim, non-bubble head look that has made Bauer 4000 and CCM 652 styled helmets so popular for years yet in a more protective and lighter helmet. That’s why NHL players are referring to it as the Next Big Thing. And I would have to agree.

Easton is planning on showcasing S19 in the upcoming 2010 Olympics and delivering it to InlineWarehouse.com and IceWarehouse.com in mid-May. The first delivery will consist of black, white, navy, royal and red color ways, with 9 more colors to be released in July. The helmet will only be available in a helmet only version and the MSRP will be $169.99.

2010 Easton Synergy S19 Z-Shock Hockey Helmet

December 28th, 2009 Cory No comments

The Next Big Thing…  The Easton Stealth S19 Z-SHOCK helmet.  Easton is gearing up to revolutionize the helmet market just as they did the stick market with the introduction of a one-piece composite stick back in 1999.  The Stealth S19 Z-SHOCK  is a one-piece composite helmet.  That’s right!  The S19 laminates EPP foam and the plastic polycarbonate shell as one unit.  This construction delivers new higher levels of protection at nearly HALF the weight of current hockey helmets.

The increase in protection and reduction in weight is achieved from the one-piece design which allows Easton to replace air gaps created by layers of plastic found in traditional two-piece helmets with protective EPP foam.  Since they can fill these gaps with protective foam they can actually use a thinner layer of the foam throughout the helmet to achieve the required protection level.   And since the components of the S19 helmet are laminated together acting as one solid state, this design allows the helmet to absorb impacts better increasing the level of protection beyond two-piece helmets.

Since the S19 helmet is a one-piece design a performance fit is achieved through 5 different shell sizes, oversized comfort pads and a micro adjustable back strap.

The S19 helmet definitely passes the mirror test with at minimum a 20% reduction in the overall outer dimensions when compared to other popular high-end helmets on the market today.  It delivers that sought after slim, non-bubble head look that has made Bauer 4000 and CCM 652 styled helmets so popular for years yet in a more protective and lighter helmet.  That’s why NHL players are referring to it as the Next Big Thing.  And I would have to agree.

Easton is planning on showcasing S19 in the upcoming 2010 Olympics and delivering it to InlineWarehouse.com and IceWarehouse.com in April.  The first delivery will consist of black, white, navy and red color ways, with 10 more colors to be released in June.   The helmet will only be available in a helmet only version and the MSRP will be $169.99.  Easton will sell separately a Stealth S19 wire cage that will pair up nicely with the helmet.  The S19 cage will offer rectangular shaped bars throughout the mask for enhanced vision and a dual density, moisture wicking chin cup.