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.
Alkali CA9 skate
This Fall Bauer will be releasing the Bauer Vapor X 7.0 LE Hockey skate…which in my humble opinion will be nastiest looking skate on the marketing this holiday season.
Bauer Vapor X7.0 LE Ice Hockey Skate
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 Mission Axiom T.10 Revolt- Available for pre-order at InlineWarehouse.com on 8/1/11.
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!
Mission T.10 Revolt skates at Narch Finals 2011
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.
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:
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.
Where do you get the newest Bauer Skates?
InlineWarehouse.com of course!
Easton EQ50 Ice Hockey Skate
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.
Trying on the EQ50 skates for the first time
The Easton EQ50 ice hockey skates are available now along with the rest of the Easton EQ line now at IceWarehouse.com
CCM U+ CL Ice Hockey Skate
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.
Bauer Supreme ONE100 LE Ice Skate
The Bauer Supreme LE ice skates will be available for pre-order at IceWarehouse.com early September.
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.