2013 has seen its fair share of new and innovative hockey gloves. Companies such as Bauer, Easton, CCM and Reebok have introduced what they consider to be their premier gloves. This write-up will talk about the three different fits of gloves and the comparison between brands. Sometimes the norm is solely based off looks and brands when purchasing new gloves; however, different gloves can offer better performance. The three different fits are broken down into: Traditional, Contoured, and Tapered.
Warrior is back at it, bringing back the old school. The Remix Limited Edition gloves feature a vintage look with six classic NHL team color ways with the year they were brought into the league. They feature the Chicago Blackhawks Circa 1926, Los Angeles Kings Circa 1967, Minnesota North Stars Circa 1967, Hartford Whalers Circa 1979, Colorado Rockies Circa 1976, and the Quebec Nordiques Circa 1972. The gloves also feature the teams city and logo on the outside of the glove running down the pinky finger.
Warrior has made a new addition to their glove line for 2011, and is now offering three distinct glove fits, Contoured, Tapered, and Traditional.
The newest addition to the Warrior glove line are the contoured fit gloves. The premier glove in this line is the Warrior Luxe hockey glove. The Luxe gloves feature all of the top end features and materials from Warrior. Warrior has combined the protection material in the Projekt as well as the Franchise in the Luxe gloves. From the Franchise the Luxe has adopted the tri-lame foams that utilizes three different density foams, and from the Projekt the Luxe has adopted the bone system. Warrior’s Bone System uses a four layer construction composed of Volara foam, HD and LD foam, and molded HDPE to create an impenetrable guard against impacts. This makes the Luxe glove one of the most protective gloves on the market.
The Luxe gloves are the most form fitting gloves in the Warrior line. By reducing the negative space in the glove, it makes the glove extremely responsive. Although, at the same time the flared out cuff offers exceptional wrist mobility. Sometime tighter fitting gloves can create a little more resistance in the wrist area, this is certainly not the case with this glove.
Along with the Luxe glove Warrior is also releasing two other gloves in the contoured fit familr, the Surge glove, and Burn glove. The Surge and Burn features the same blocking pattern in the backhand and the same overall fit as the Luxe gloves.
New for 2011, Reebok is offering 2 different lines of gloves. Many of you are familiar with the KFS (KineticFit System) style glove line Reebok has featured before. This anatomical design has a low-profile fit and contours closely to the entire hand and wrist. I’m very excited for the 2nd line Reebok has released. For 2011 Reebok offers a classic 4-Roll style glove for the players seeking that traditional loose fit..
The new Reebok 9000 4-Roll was built with pro expectations in mind. This loose fitting glove is where advanced technology meets classic construction. With its open cuff design it not only looks pro but it plays the part too. – Reebok
Some Tech specs on the 9000 4 Roll:
- Tricot Outer (Fast Break-in, light, breathable)
- Soft Pro Grade Nash Palms, reinforced in key areas
- Beefy DD Foams with plastic inserts throughout hand
- Extended guard on outer hand and pinky
- Reebok Moisture Wicking Comfort Liner
- Split Fingers increase dexterity
- Open cuff maximizes mobiliy
The other gloves in the 4-Roll series are the 7000 and the 5000. Both feature the Reebok Moisture Wicking Comfort Liner and the same loose fitting design as the 9000. There’s a 4-Roll for your price range!
Reebok’s 2nd glove line, aka The KFS (KineticFit System) line showcases advanced features to maximize mobility. The unique “Interior fit glove” featured on the 9k and 11K allows for incredible wrist mobility. The 9k and 11K also includes a mobile 3-piece finger construction and a moisture wicking Reebok comfort liner. The 11K features an advanced Clarino palm, and the 9k, 7k ,and 5k include durable nash combination palms. The whole KFS line features a mobile anatomical fit, and there’s one for every budget!
Where do you get the newest Reebok gloves?
Looking for some new hockey gloves? Make sure to check out the new CCM line if you’re in the market. The new U+ glove line has some solid protection and fit features that have made it a real stand out. The pro end U+ CL is extremely comfortable out of the box, and offers advanced protection in a light design.
The U+ CL aka “Crazy Light” glove is an overall tapered design. The fingers and backhand fit snugly to the hand, and the cuff is short and slightly flared. This allows for awesome control with excelled wrist mobility. The inside liner is a red micro comfort material that’s is comfy and moisture wicking. The palm used is a very high end Clarino to give a player an awesome stick feel that’s built to last. Right out of the box the CL is a perfect fit on your hand. This fit is brought to you by CCM’s FluidFit technology. FluidFit is a combination of features like the tapered fingers, stabilizing pad, and open cuff, working together to lock the hand in from game 1.
Looking at he backhand and side protection, you can tell the U+ CL has you covered. CCM designed the foam padding to offer maximum protection with a light weight construction players love. The newest hybrid foam technology from CCM makes this possible. CCM utilizes a EPP foam/ open cell foam combination to offer the lightest and highest impact protection. By only using 2 dense foams unlike the other gloves, the CL fits closer to the hand, making your control that much better. CCM calls this their Active Response Design.
The rest of the U+ glove line features the same overall design as the CL, with great features at every price point. The U+ 12 has triple decker foam protection, along with a Rima II/ Ivory Nash palm combination. The U+08 is light weight, and is the first model in the U+ line to offer the CCM red comfort liner. The U+ 06 is a solid entry model with a nash palm and triple decker foams.
Looking for a more classic style glove? Check out the CCM 4Roll.
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.
The Bauer Supreme One80 LE gloves are available in white/black, white/navy (shown above), and white/red.
The Bauer Vapor X40 LE gloves are also available in white/red (shown above), white/black, and white/navy.
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
Bauer has introduced there new X60 glove. Images of the X60 have been floating around for a little while, but I was finally able to get my hands actually on a pair to do a quick review.
The Bauer X60 glove is the top of line glove under the Vapor name. Bauer has focused on making the Vapor line the tapered glove line. It is more form fitting than a traditional glove but not as tight as the Supreme line. I think this glove feels slightly snugger than last years XXXX glove. Although, it does a nice job at opening up in the cuff, so wrist mobility should be no problem.
Bauer has used a very unique palm construction. They are using a lycra base layer that offers a great flexible feel, that requires hardly any break-in. Bauer has also added a composite pad in the lower palm portion. This offers great durability in the high wear area but also absorbs vibrations to get you a solid grip.
Warrior Hockey Product Manager Keith Perera came by IW the other day to talk about the new Warrior hockey gloves. They have basically developed three great glove lines all with a slightly different fit, helping to appeal to different players. Personally, the Franchise and other gloves in the four roll based line are my favorite.
Check out the video below for some back ground information on all the Warrior gloves, and a little help deciding what Warrior glove is going to be best for you.
Warrior is getting ready to unleash the new and improved Franchise glove to world. The Franchise glove has always had a strong following since its MIA birth, but this year they have taken it one step further.
The new Franchise gloves has some great new features that have me seriously considering hanging up last years for the new model. Starting on the exterior Warrior has used a combination of materials rather than just the carbon print PU. The Franchise now features a fair amount of the TufTex nylon material. This is a great material, exceptionally durable, lightweight, and does not hold water, so you don’t need to worry about it gaining weight during the game. Warrior Franchise also has some high-grade synthetic leather and some of the carbon print synthetics down the middle of the glove.
Warrior mentioned that many of their NHL players were requesting more wrist mobility out of their personal versions of the Franchise gloves. So they decided to give the retail glove a flared-out cuff for increased wrist mobility. This is most noticeable on the inner wrist side, and makes a huge impact. It definitely offers more wrist mobility compared to last years Franchise. Warrior also decide to increase the cuff roll a little bit making it look like it has a shorter cuff, however, the cuff is not actually smaller it just looks and feels like it. You get the same protection but now with increased wrist mobility.
Personally, I think an entire TufTek exterior would be unbelievably sweet, so Warrior does make this glove completely customizable. So for those that are willing to make the additional investment, IW can set you up with a customized Franchise, from exterior, protection, colors, numbers, and so forth.