2014 is finally here and everyone is still talking about the epic OD1N project that showed how hungry Bauer is to lead the industry in innovative hockey gear technology. Leading up to their experimental OD1N project, Bauer hosted an event called Bauer World where attendees are shown the new 2014 retail hockey equipment lines by the corresponding product designers and developers to help fully explain the new technology. This year’s Bauer World was the biggest to date, unveiling for the first time a wide variety of advanced and technical hockey gear that will leave everyone from the gear junkies to the hockey purists asking for more.
On Thursday, December 19th, Bauer held a press conference in Chicago with a revolutionary announcement. Instead of traveling to Chicago (which would have been awesome) IW watched the webcast from the comfort of sunny San Luis Obispo, CA. This blog will give you a quick rundown of the game changing technology.
Named after the Norse god of war and the Russian word for the number one, the Bauer OD1N lineup strives to elevate an athlete’s full potential while improving its level of protection. The lineup presents gear that is both incredibly lightweight, and tunable to each individual athlete’s fits and preferences. Bauer’s testing crew consists of the cream of the NHL crop: Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, Claude Giroux, and Alex Ovechkin. Let’s take a look at the new equipment.
The new Bauer OD1N hockey skates shed 0.5 lbs from previous skates. While this may not seem like a large decrease, it actually is and makes a huge difference in gameplay. When you remove 226 grams at a time where top-of-the-line skates only weigh 800-1000 grams, we’re talking about a monumental difference. This translates into 1000 less pounds lifted over the course of a normal hockey game. Imagine how fresh your legs will feel going into OT!
The RBZ Roller Skate feature the same Speed Core Composite quarter package for maximum stiffness, comfort, and fit. This fully heat moldable quarter package helps provide exceptional support and reaction speed through turns. Additionally, the toecap utilizes two vented holes that allow adequate airflow for player’s feet. This helps keeps hockey players cool while reducing moisture build-up in the skate.
CCM RBZ Skate
July 2013 will not only consist of fire works in the sky but also rockets strapped to your feet, because CCM will be revealing one of their most cutting-edge skates yet, the RBZ ice hockey skate! Now, if you’re the type of player that seeks advantageous technology, CCM definitely designed this skate to have a distinct look that sets it apart from others on the market by utilizing preferred high-end materials that make it very lightweight and rigid.
Composite Quarter Package
CCM is featuring their premier New Action Form Speed core composite quarter package, which provides pro level stiffness and impressive foot support. This technological feature maximizes foot reaction speed and allows players to explode through their turns.
It’s that time of the year around the Warehouse where sneak peeks are coming out left and right. Well here is the exclusive sneak peak at the 2013 Tour Fish BoneLite Pro skate. This bad boy is going to be headlining the 2013 Tour Skate line with the BoneLite 750 and Bonelite 725 following suit with somewhat similar designs like the BoneLite Pro.
The Fish BoneLite Pro skates are going to come in two color schemes. The first one is dark themed; black quarter package and black Labeda Eviction frames with bright green accents. The second color scheme looks like it will be a “limited edition” colorway; whited-out quarter package and whited-out Labeda Eviction frames with bright green accents as well. Sitting inside of the Eviction frames regardless of color, there is four Labeda Addiction wheels with new Bevo Gold 9 bearings. The all-white look seems as if Mission might have rubbed off on them, nonetheless it’s an aggressive clean look. Using history as a reference, the intricacies of the stitching on the quarter packages raises some questions about durability but only time will tell.
Back in November 2011, Easton made a huge stride in game-changing engineering for their skate department with the purchase of MLX Skate Technology. The MLX skates have been around for a while now, and we’ve seen many pro’s use their innovative design that targets the optimum skating stride. MLX founder Dave Cruikshank with his 16 years of speed-skating experience and research was brought on board with Easton as the Chief of Speed in the newly created Easton Speed Institute. The Speed Institute was designed to develop a new approach on making skates that optimize speed and to create the ideal “skater’s skate” like never before. In 2013, we’ll be seeing the first-born baby of the Easton Speed Institute, it’s name, the Easton Mako skate. It’s purpose, to provide a player with the optimal skating stride utilizing strategies seen in speed-skating for over two decades.
A lot of roller hockey skates these days are mimicking ice hockey style boots and Mission decided that it was time to take a stand! Using roller hockey specific technology, Mission created the Inhaler series to cater specifically to the needs of the roller hockey player.
Mission continues their tradition of a nearly whited out top of the line skate with the Inhaler AC1. These skates turn heads with a flashy white/grey boot design and white/black/blue chassis accented by baby blue/white Rink Rat Split wheels. All of the new features and technology make the AC1 the lightest skate that Mission has to offer.
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.
The Bauer X7.0 LE Skates will have the exact same design and features as the standard Bauer 7.0 ice skate. Which is basically the same skate as the Bauer Vapor X60 skate. Due to the huge success of the X60 ice skates Bauer wanted to ensure they had a skate in their line for those players that fell in love with the X60 and just want to replace that skates. So they kept the exact same design and applied the updated X-rib construction to basically offer the same skate again for the 2011/2012 season. The Vapor X 7.0 skate features the ultra light weight tech mesh quarter material, and dense durable liner featured on the X60 skate.
The Bauer Vapor X 7.0 ice skate will be available for pre-sale 9/06/2011 at IceWarehouse.com.
(p.s. spoiler alert the X 7.0 LE ice skate will match the Bauer Supreme TotalOne LE 2 stick perfectly!)
Are you looking for a skate with some limited style that’s “Clean and Mean”? If you are, the NEW Mission Axiom T.10 Revolt might be the one for you. For fall 2011, InlineWarehouse.com will offer this Limited Edition roller model, built off the success of the Black T9. Some slight changes were made to materials, but the main changes are cosmetic for the T10.
The first thing that popped out on the T10 when I scoped it was the large sublimated “Revolt” tag written in cursive. Definitely adds some unique style to the quarter that Mission is known for. You can also find the Revolt tag on the top of the tongue, so defenders will recognize the beast that’s coming at them. Rainbow chrome is also featured on the tongue, in a similar way to the T9. This rainbow chrome is also used on areas of the quarter where the T9 doesn’t.
The liner of the T10 is the same brushed nylon with indy foam as seen on the T9, but with a limited edition Revolt pattern of course. The yellow laces on the T.10 have metal tips and a mission lace tag. Even Ovechkin would be jealous! Mission slapped on a limited white Magnesium frame, and limited yellow RinkRat Hornet wheels to the bottom of the Revolt. Now it looks like white lightning when you skate!
Besides the limited white, yellow, and chrome color combo, Mission also revamped the tongue. Roller hockey skates are known to get hotter than ice hockey skates during play. Mission recognized this, and made the T.10 tongue extra ventilated. On the outside layer, Mission has a mesh cover directly over the Vex Foam lace bite protection. The Vex foam is not only protective, it’s perforated for breathability! It’s also segmented in 2 pieces so the tongue wraps around your leg better. The inside of the felt tongue has many holes as well, so you’re getting unobstructed airflow to your leg. The air travels through the outer mesh, through the perforated VexFoam, and then through the holes in the felt. Clean, Mean, and of course cool.
Pick up the Mission T.10 Revolts at InlineWarehouse.com for $649.99.
Pre order begins on 8/1.