Recently I picked myself up a pair of the Nexus 8000′s. Excited for my newly discovered perfect fit in the Bauer line. Over the past 20 years of skating I’ve used many brands, fits and profiles. None have come as close to anything I’ve experienced with this skate.
First I’ll give you a little background into my experience with Bauer skates. Having the Vapor and Supreme dynasties dominating market I constantly would try on each new release in hopes of getting that perfect fit that so many players got. However being in this industry for so long and to be quite honest being extremely picky, as a lot of us gear hounds can be, neither line was ever quite right. Having a rather narrow heel, average width forefoot and average arch; I would find myself squeezing into narrow profile skates in order to avoid heel slip. Heel slip was ALWAYS my problem. Then I finally learned that a great way to prevent heel slip is to get the boot as short as possible. In order to achieve this I decided to find a wider forefoot skate and go 1/2 size shorter. Tested with great results in my Mission AC3′s.
Then comes the newly designed, narrow heel area, medium-wide across the top of the foot and a medium-wide toe box Nexus line! What’s known as a “traditional” fit felt like a gift from the hockey gods! Now with the added room in the forefoot I was able to go even shorter that I normally did, I ended up 1 full size smaller than my previous skates. All to get into the tightest fitting, but still comfortable skate.
The CCM Tacks ice hockey skates are shipping out on Friday, July 18th and the return of the legendary Tacks skates are exciting people everywhere! Well, almost everywhere… Roller hockey players have been sitting back and watching the ice players eagerly receive the return of their beloved skate line. Here is a public service announcement: ATTENTION ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS; the Tacks are coming back to you too.
CCM Tacks Inline Boot
For the most part, the CCM Tacks inline hockey skates mirror the Tacks ice skates in terms of boot construction. The CCM Tacks ice hockey skates are designed to give a player the fastest first 5 strides in hockey. Just like the ice skates, the CCM Tacks roller hockey skates feature the AttackFrame technology in the quarter package for explosive acceleration. This AttackFrame uses carbon fiber stiffeners in key areas to maximize energy transfer, resulting in explosiveness. The quarter package also has an aggressive forward pitch that comfortably places you foot on the balls of your feet, which sets you up in the fastest stance. Internally, the Tacks Skates use a Formula T6 Pro Core that creates more support, stability and stiffness for the boot. Turning the skate over, CCM puts the finishing touch on the boot with their extra stiff carbon fiber outsole.
CCM knew if you can’t be comfortable in your high-performance skate, then it might as well be the lower end… This is why they use their pro-spec Dual Zone Clarino Liner that can take a beating while also keeping your feet dry. The Clarino helps to prevent foot slippage inside the boot and it protects the heaven-like, heat-moldable foams that house your feet.
Aesthetically speaking, the CCM Tacks roller uses the same look as the ice hockey skates, with the exception of an extra protective layer on the outside of the forefoot to protect against the normal wear and tear of playing roller.
So many skates, so many decisions. It’s understandable to be overwhelmed by how many choices you have when it comes to picking a new skate, especially when you may want to try something new but you don’t know how the fit will compare to your old skates. That’s what I’m here for. I’m going to break down the fit of each skate line from every company (with my own opinion mixed in) so you can expect what a particular skate is going to feel like when you put it on for the first time. These skate companies carry the same fit from their top-of-the-line skates all the way down to their entry level skates so everyone gets the same feeling top to bottom. While companies do have a “style-of-play” per each family, ALWAYS get the best fitting skate over the style-of-play description. You can have the best, most expensive skate on the market but if it fits improperly, it’s worthless to you!
Back like they never left, CCM will be reintroducing the Tacks Skates this summer. With a name this legendary, CCM made it a point to dot their i’s and cross their t’s in the performance and the looks categories.
Attack Frame™ Quarter Package
The majority of performance a hockey skate provides comes from the quality of the quarter package. CCM’s goal was to design a skate with the most explosive acceleration in hockey, which directly translated into the most explosive first 5 strides on the market. CCM uses their all-new Attack Frame™ Quarter with a new T6 Pro Core. The Attack Frame™ is constructed of a lightweight, stiff carbon twill which is strategically positioned for precise, explosive acceleration. The T6 Pro internal core gives the Attack Frame™ the pro-level support pro-level players need, plus it heat molds extremely well to the foot for a true customized fit.
Bauer designed the Nexus Ice Hockey Skate Line to fulfill their 3-Family Fit Story. Vapor Skates feature a narrow, tapered fit while the Supreme Skates boast an anatomically-correct standard fit; Bauer only needed to add a wider-fitting family to cover all the different fit bases. Bauer didn’t just want to bring in a wide-fitting skate line though, they also wanted to create a family of ice hockey skates that links past tradition with modern innovation. Thus, the Nexus Skates all feature a classic, reserved look that any hockey purist can appreciate.
The Pre-Sale is over! The 2014 Bauer Supreme Hockey Skates are now heading out of The Warehouse and into the hands of eager hockey players everywhere. Just like every other Bauer Skate Line, this new family of Supremes includes models that are designed for the new-to-hockey beginner and all the way up to the professional-level player.
The Easton Mako II Ice Hockey Skates are back in black and are poised for another great run. This second generation Mako skate utilizes the same base design concept as the Mako I to maximize a player’s speed and efficiency, known as “The Art of Speed”, but also features a handful of key upgrades. The most significant improvement is in the composite bootform which can be visually seen in the dark carbon weave of the heel. Because of this, the Mako II offers more responsiveness, higher durability and a better overall finish than the first generation. The tongue and ankle padding have also been redesigned; providing a player with a more refined fit with enhanced.
Tomorrow (March 28), Ice Warehouse will ship out the next generation of Reebok skates: the Reebok RibCor Pump™ Ice Hockey Skates. As the predecessor to the 2013 top-of-the-line Reebok 20K, the Reebok RibCor will headline the new Reebok Pump™ line, followed by the Reebok 30k skates and the 28k skates.
Reebok RibCor Pump
Let’s take a quick look at the new Reebok RibCor. The first thing that you will notice with the new skate is the new blacked-out look. Traditionally, the Reebok skate line has been known for its green pump with the light grey Reebok logo along the side of the skate, not to mention “traditional” colored steel.
The new CCM Tacks have been released to the public eye. 10 years they have been dormant, but now, they’re here and CCM is looking to take the skate world by storm. These come from arguably the most iconic ice hockey skate lineage in the history of the sport, spanning all the way back to the 1950′s. If you’re looking for an original and traditional hockey skate, then this is definitely it. But enough of me blabbing about them, here’s the video CCM released earlier today:
Alkali, who just recently made their debut into the roller hockey world, is taking it by storm with their new products that are built specifically for what roller hockey players want. Last year, they released the Alkali CA9 RPD roller hockey skate, which ended up being one of the most popular skates on the market. Now, Alkali teamed up with Labeda and constructed the Alkali RPD Max, which has some great technologies that we’re going to take a quick look at.
- Alkali RPD Max Roller Hockey Skate
Starting off with the construction of the boot, Alkali created the Hyper Light Quarter Package, which is made from high quality EPP Foam and gives the boot great rigidity for maximum energy transfer while keeping the skate super light. Comfort is huge when purchasing high quality skates, so Alkali widened to forefoot by 2mm, giving the player the best fit. The Pro 9mm While Felt Tongue is very flexible so you can give it some flop or slip it underneath your shin. Either way, it is perforated so you get good airflow. Another cool feature we see is the liner has anti-slip properties integrated into it, so while being hydrophobic, your foot stays dry and doesn’t move around, giving you a great fit. The high density metatarsal guard protects the top of your foot from pucks.