A Quick Look at the CCM Tacks Sticks

June 23rd, 2014 Chase Comments off

While long-time hockey fans are excited to see the name “Tacks” back on hockey skates, CCM has also introduced the Tacks name into the stick market. The philosophy behind the Tacks Sticks is very similar to that of the Tacks Skates, explosive power. All models in the CCM Tacks Stick Line (which includes the Tacks, 5052, 3052 and the 1052) are constructed with a traditional mid-kick point. This specific flex profile is a pro-favorite and it’s geared for the player who aggressively leans into and loads up on big shots. Mid-kick sticks are capable of storing and releasing more energy than low-kick sticks, which is why they’re recommend for heavy shooters.

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

Exclusive: What Gear are the Stanley Cup Finalists Using?

June 6th, 2014 Chris Comments off

We’re down to the last series of the season, where the best of the best duel it out on the cold, hard ice to determine who has the honor to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. As hockey players and fans, we have the opportunity to watch the players and smile when we notice these incredible players using the same equipment as us. For others of us, it saddens us to realize the full potential of our gear and how our sticks or skates will never perform that way… Anyways, IW took a look at all of the players with ice time during game one of the Stanley Cup final. Looking at the 18 New York Rangers and the 18 Los Angeles Kings that stepped foot on the ice last Wednesday, we see some shocking and not so shocking trends in gear usage.

Bauer anyone? 42% (15 players) of the players hold Bauer Sticks, 61% (22 players) put their hands in Bauer gloves, 58% (21 players) rock the Bauer helmets, and only 86% (31 players) skate around on Bauer skates. Easton takes second in the stick category with 36% Read more…

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Sneak Peek: CCM Tacks Ice Hockey Skates

June 3rd, 2014 Chase Comments off

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.

CCM Tacks Ice Hockey Skate

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The Easton Synergy HTX Hockey Stick

June 3rd, 2014 Jake Comments off

IT’S BACK is right! The new Easton Synergy HTX made its debut in the NHL this month and it’s getting lots of love from both new and old fans. Being the first full composite stick to release into the hockey world, it has made a huge impact on how we manufacture sticks today. I can still remember my first Synergy, and it was by far the best stick I have ever used. No more clunkers or bricks, just feathers and finesse. Comparing the original Synergy to the new HTX, it’s crazy how far sticks have come. So let’s take a look at the history of Synergy and the all new HTX.

The first Synergy model was introduced in 2001 in that all too familiar silver finish. When it released, critics talked about how stupid of an idea it was to use a composite stick and at the time, most NHL players wouldn’t touch them. The first player in the NHL to use the Synergy was Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils. Now that we just got a nice whiff of nostalgia, let’s move on to one of the top sticks on the market today, the Easton Synergy HTX.

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The Bauer Vapor APX2 and X80 Limited Edition Sticks

May 31st, 2014 Chase Comments off

Bauer Vapor APX 2 LE Hockey Stick

It’s been just over 8.5 months since the Vapor APX2 Stick hit the shelves and took the hockey market by storm. Since then, the APX2 has been seen in the hands of some of the most premier talent in the NHL, with none other than Patrick Kane leading the way. But now the signature black and red Vapor color scheme will receive a limited edition facelift.

Bauer Vapor APX 2 Limited Edition Hockey Stick

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Rink Rat Identity Krysis Roller Hockey Wheels

May 23rd, 2014 Jake Comments off

Rink Rat Identity Roller Hockey WheelsRink Rat, a leading producer in roller hockey wheels, has just released their new lineup of wheels called the Rink Rat Identity. Rink Rat offers a variety of different wheels for any type of player, whether you play indoor or outdoor, professional or recreational.  Today, we are going to be taking a quick look at their flag ship model, the Identity Krysis, Rink Rat’s latest top of the line roller hockey wheel. But let’s take a closer look at the dormant triple pour wheel that Rink Rat featured awhile back.

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Sneak Peek: CCM Resistance Hockey Helmet

May 20th, 2014 Chase Comments off

CCM Resistance Hockey Helmet

While most are awaiting the return of the legendary CCM Tacks name that will be reincarnated in the form of new skate and stick lines, the CCM Resistance Helmet will be there sharing the spotlight. During these 2014 NHL Playoffs, many of the top players have been rocking the new bucket; LA King’s captain Dustin Brown, Philly’s Vinny Lecavalier and  Chicago’s Marian Hossa are just a few of the many.

CCM Resistance Hockey Helmet

Marian Hossa & Duncan Keith in the CCM Resistance Helmet

The CCM Resistance has done quite well being adopted and accepted by NHL’ers, especially since the previous Vector shell was the most popular shell in the whole league. The shell shape is an evolution of the previous Vector but it has a clean, updated and aggressive look. The ventilation has been significantly increased with the use of more ventilation ports with strategic placement. The vents on the top of the helmet show off the protective Impact Pods in the liner, giving it a distinct look that really stands out on TV after you’ve see it once.

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Top 50 Playoffs Scorers’ Sticks

May 9th, 2014 Chris Comments off

We’re a little under a month into the playoffs now and my bracket is completed busted. I hope that yours is faring better than my own. Why I ever thought that the Sharks would– Anyways, enough about how the teams are doing. Let’s move on to how the sticks are scoring. So, I took the top 50 scorers (as goal scorers, not counting points) in the playoffs thus far and took a look at their weapons of choice. This first pie graph shows the percentage of the top 50 goal scorers’ sticks by brand.

Percentage of Sticks by Brand (of the top 50 scorers)

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The Bauer Nexus 8000 Ice Hockey Skates

May 5th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Bauer Nexus 8000 SkatesBauer 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.

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Bauer Vapor APX2 Protective Gear

May 2nd, 2014 Jake Comments off

The floodgates have opened and the highly anticipated Bauer Vapor Protective Gear is now shipping out! And trust me, you won’t be disappointed. But don’t fret, because players at every level will be able to find the right gear to fit their game. So let’s take a closer look at some of the new features Bauer has integrated into the Bauer Vapor lineup.

Bauer Vapor protective equipment is probably the most popular out of the three lines Bauer offers due to the lightweight, low profile design that makes players feel like they don’t have anything on. That being said, Bauer stayed true to their design when they constructed their new protective gear. But what makes these pads stand out from the rest?

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