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.
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.
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 would feel going into OT!