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Bauer will continue to offer inline skates for the upcoming season, and their top end Vapor APXR doesn’t disappoint. Bauer inline skates have been getting better year after year and they have a great line up for Fall 2011. Keeping with the roller hockey tradition, the APXR skate definitely has some flash. Bright orange accents can be found on the boot, chassis, wheels and laces. What’s the hype all about? The APXR has some of the most advanced materials and construction ever used on a roller hockey skate. Here’s a break down of the APXR:
The APXR Boot:
When I grabbed the APX I almost hit myself in the face because it’s so light. The The APX has an almost identical build as the APX ice boot, and the 3D Alive Composite allows the skate to be light and very stiff. This makes the APXR a deadly combination for increased responsiveness and performance. The X-Rib in the heel area provides structural support and stability for the foot. This support translates to faster acceleration and tighter turns. Bauer slapped an aluminized glass composite outsole onto the bottom of the boot which is also super light and rigid.
With such a stiff skate, extra details to comfort are necessary. The APXR features a Hydra Max 2 liner. This 2 piece liner is one part moisture wicking and one part abrasion-resistant. When combined together, the 2 parts add up to one superior liner that keeps you dry and locks your heel in tight. The Form Fit 2 Tongue is a thick felt tongue with lace bite channel and HD metatarsal guard.
The Magnesium Hi-Lo Vanguard Chassis:
Ultra light and rigid
2-76mm (front) 2-80mm wheels (back)
Hi-Lo wheel set up
Ideal combination of speed and control
2-piece square axle
Labeda Addiction Wheels:
Labeda’s most advanced wheel to date. The Labeda Addicition wheel offers a new concept in wheel making. The Addiction wheel is an indoor wheel designed for tile surfaces (ie Sport Court), but it has an outer urethane hardness between 83-86A! That’s right, an indoor wheel with an outer hardness harder than most outdoor wheels. So you know the durability and the speed is going to be incredible with these wheels and they should be at this price. The question is though, how’s the grip? Well, that’s where Labeda’s top secret urethane combinations and inner core design take over and deliver unbelieved grip. These Addiction hockey wheels grip better than some of the softest wheels on the market! The Labeda Addiction wheel offers unsurpassed, all-around speed and grip.
The Easton Synergy EQ skate line features a completely different construction and fit compared to the Easton Stealth skate line. The EQ skate line has put the main focus on fit and performance. The EQ50 ice hockey skates feature a hybrid design to combine highly moldable materials in the bulk of the quarter for exceptional mold-ability with key embedded composite zones to offer great response and stability.
Easton first came up with the overall philosophy and design of the EQ50 skate in the EQ5, although the skate did not quite match up to Easton’s standards so they went back to the drawing board and re-designed the skate which turned into the EQ50. Some of the key improvements from the EQ5 to the EQ50 include:
Drastically improved fit especially in the heel pocket
Improved materials in the quarter panel (now using Fusion Foam 2.0) offers improved mold-ability
Extended flex tendon embedded zone improves overall stability
Added embedded zone in the heel cup or heel anchor to ensure all the energy is transfer down into the runner, along with longer lasting performance
Finally of course a much better overall look
Easton EQ50 skates offer the perfect balance between explosive carbon composite and highly moldable fusion foam 2.0
The EQ50 features four key composite embedded zones including, the side-wing, heel anchor, flex tendon and outsole. The side-wing and full composite outsole allow you to really load up the skate and get a great response and power from each stride. The embedded zones in the flex tendon and heel anchor offer great stability. The added embedded zone in the heel also helps prevent a pre-mature breakdown of the heel anchor.
Carbon composite tendon guard and heel anchor offers a stable & response feel
Now on the other side of the story is fit. The Easton Synergy line is designed to be a very accommodating boot and to be able to be molded to fit a variety of feet. Which is great news for anyone that has wanted to get into a pair of Easton’s but just could seem to fit into the Stealth line.
cut away look at the materials used in the quarter panel
Personally, I have a narrower foot and because of that never really fit well into the Stealth skates. I had a chance to get these on and right out of the box the fit felt great. Still a little wide for me in the forefoot but great in the heel. This was especially nice to see since the EQ5 had a really big heel pocket that I was unsure if it would be able to prevent heel lift for me. Upon baking the skates the fit got even better, I could really feel them tighten up and hung around the foot. After I baked the skates I was surprised that it seemed as if they narrowed up even in the forefoot.
CCM has re-amped and redesigned the U+ skates for the up coming season. Just in time for the holidays CCM will be releasing the new CCM U+ CL ice hockey skates. One of the changes CCM has implemented is the fit of the U+ Crazy Light skates. CCM has increased the overall step in comfort of the skates by adding foams in the ankle and heel for a tighter heel pocket. Along with giving the forefoot a more relaxed fit. CCM has also added some embossments in the quarter panels to help enhance the step in comfort. Before the higher level CCM skates were know for being very straight and vertical in the quarters, so these changes should really help improve that initial step-in comfort.
CCM has continued to use the U foam through out the quarter package, and added U foam in a couple of new places on the skate to give an improved 360 degree fit. CCM has added the U foam in the tongue along with in the footbed, allowing for more custom molding in those areas.
This year CCM is also introducing the exhaust system made up by the tongue, footbed and outsole to function together as one ”moisture exhaust system”. This system will help keep the foot and boot dryer, improving the fit and keeping the skate light even late in the 3rd period.
CCM is also manufacturing the U+ CL skates in Canada, which should help ensure some great quality. All and all looks like CCM has made some nice improvements to taking the U+ skates to the next level.
Coming this October Bauer will be releasing limited edition (LE) models of the Supreme ONE100 and ONE60 ice skates. The LE Supreme skates will feature a cool black on black look, complete with custom Black Tuuk holders. The Supreme ONE 100 LE skate will also feature a retro tan colored Clarino liner. All other specs on both models will be identical to the current models.
Mission Hockey, the top selling manufacturer of roller hockey skates is about to launch its new 2011 line, the Axiom. Since 1996 when Mission first launched the Proto series skates as the first true roller hockey specific skates, Mission has continued to build faster, lighter and more comfortable pure roller hockey skates. And the new Axiom skate line carries on that tradition with a bold new look.
Mission Axiom T9 Roller Hockey Skate
Taking a look at the premier Axiom Skate, the Mission Axiom T9, will offer all the performance and comfort an advanced player will ever need. For performance the T9 features Mission patented Hi-Lo wheel set-up, a combination of 76mm and 80mm wheels that excel in the corners and on the breakaway. Mounted on the lightest frame available, the Mission Hi-Lo Magnesium. Combined with the new Mission Swiss Limited Edition bearings and Rink Rat’s new Hornet Split wheels, this is sure to be one of the fastest set-ups out on the rink. To control all this speed Mission has upgraded their Texallium outsole to offer a solid, durable platform.
Going inside the boot to take a look at the comfort, Mission has upgraded the liner to a new “Mission Haze” liner that offers great moisture wicking and a cool look. The liner’s quick drying properties are accelerated by Mission’s new vented, felt tongue. To increase the air -flow it has a nice 2-piece, contouring felt tongue that has holes through it. As well, Mission has improved the overall fit of the skate with new, suppler ankle foam pads and slightly wider toe box.
Overall, the new 2011 Mission Axiom skate line will offer suppler liners and a wider, more accommodating toe box. And of course a new look with very detailed, tattoo-like graphics. Staying true to roller hockey, the Axiom skate line will offer great ventilation, durable extruded frames and side abrasion guards.
The 2011 Mission Axiom T9 roller skate will be available for pre-sale at InlineWarehouse.com mid August.
Tour will be launching two new high-end roller hockey skate models this summer, the Thor EX1 and Thor ZX9. Both skates are based off the popular Tour Code Tabu skate. According to Chad Seibel, Director of Hockey at Tour, Tour has made slight, but impactful changes to the internal structure of the boot. Tour fine-tuned the layering and stitching of the quarter panels in order to enhance their ability to wrap and contour the foot, all while decreasing the weight of the skate.
The top-end model, the Thor EX1 skate, will come with the new Labeda Addiction Micro Hub wheels, making it one of the lightest roller hockey skates available. The Tour Thor EX1 skate will retail for around $550.
Reebok has just came out with their new top of the line skate, the Reebok 11K ice hockey skate. Many have probably seen glimpses of the 11k on the likes of Datsyuk, and Crosby.
Reebok has made several changes to the 2010 11K, however the overall design has stayed very similar to the previous years 9K skate. Reebok has introduced a new quarter panel material for the 11K skate called Pro Armour IV. This is a combination of materials designed to offer a lightweight, durable, abrasion resistant outer, and great responsive flex. I weighed the 11K, here at our warehouse at 856 grams for one 9D skate. Definitely one of the lighter skates on the market, weighing in pretty close to last years 9K.
Reebok has also redesigned The Pump™ on this years skate line. The Pump™ still features the same performance but now with a sleeker look. The actual pump and release do not stick out as much and are easier to access. Reebok has continued to use the Lace Lock feature to add to the customized fit.
The 11K skate also features a new hybrid tongue. This is a combination of foam and traditional white felt. The hybrid tongue offers a great pre-molded fit, along with a lace bite guard that allows for forward flex. Reebok has also given the 11K ice skate a new liner using a combination of Clarino and Nash leather, offering moisture wicking and a locked in feel. The Nash leather is down the back of the skate, helping increase durability as well.
The 11K skate is not as stiff as some of the competitors top of the line skates, but it offers a nice wrap around the ankle, and the combination of the lace lock and Pump you can lock it down pretty good. According to Reebok the skate will also be available in a new width. It will be a D in the forefoot and narrow in the heel, offering a different fit. Having a slightly narrow foot I’m interested in checking out this new size.
Bauer recently showed us the 2010 Supreme TotalOne ice skate. And as the name states this skate offers the total package: A customizable fit and flex with lightweight, performance improving technology.
Bauer Supreme TotalOne Skate
The uppers of the TotalOne skate offer Bauer’s ALIVE composite material. As seen on the current ONE95 skate, ALIVE uppers are completely thermoformable, allowing the TotalOne to offer a true custom 360-degree fit. Fitted with the right size, the ALIVE uppers will form ideally around a medium to wide foot providing a custom fit that will reduce negative space in the boot, improving the player’s fit and ultimately performance on the ice.
Bauer Supreme TotalOne Tongue Inserts
The TotalOne will also allow the player to customize the flex of the boot. Bauer’s new Reflex tongue is a thin, molded foam tongue with a white felt backing that has a pocket on the face to insert a stiffener. The skate will come with 3 different insert sets, to allow the player to choose the correct stiffener to meet their skating and comfort needs. The stiffeners are made out of Bauer’s ALIVE material which will allow the tongue to act like a springboard: As the player flexes forward, the skate responds and lets the player spring back.
The Supreme TotalOne skate will also sport Bauer’s new Tuuk LS Fusion Runner. The Fusion runner will feature high grade Aluminum on the top section of the runner and Stainless steel on the bottom. Replacing part of the stainless steel runner with lighter weight Aluminum reduces the overall weight of the runner when compared to anything else on the ice by 27%. And yes, Bauer will sell the LS Fusion runners separately so players can upgrade their current Bauer skates that have the Tuuk Lightspeed holders. The LS Fusion will be available in May, but this weight saving technology will come with a lofty MSRP of $199.99/set.
Out of all the hockey companies, Bauer is known for spending the most money in R&D and it really shows in the TotalOne skate. However, I think my favorite feature of the TotalOne is probably the most low tech, inexpensive piece on the boot. Bauer has wrapped the top edges of the boot with a soft leather-like material. This alleviates abrasion high on the ankle during the break-in process of the boot. A feature once only available on custom pro boots is now part of the TotalOne’s custom fit package.
The Bauer Supreme TotalOne skate is expected to be available in limited quantities April. You may pre-order a pair at IceWarehouse.com. The TotalOne will sell for $799.99.