What does the +1” mean on a leg pad? Does that just mean a 34”+1” is actually a 35” pad?
Vaughn Velocity V5 Pads
The simple answer is no. When you’re trying to determine your pad size you collect three measurements; your skate size, your ankle to knee measurement, and your thigh rise (roughly half way up your thigh). As an example, let’s say you wear a size 10.0 skate, have a 16” ankle to knee measurement and half way up your thigh is 7”. Add all of those together and you get 33”. Now plus sizing comes into play. Most pads nowadays will have +1 sizing as the standard, so you would get a 33+1 pad. That would give you the best fit (your knee lands perfect in the knee stack), but with an additional inch at the top of the pad for five hole coverage. A 34” pad would be an inch too tall at the knee stack, so it throws off the fit a little bit.
Why does my 25” Reebok stick have a taller paddle than my 26.5” Bauer stick?
The simple answer is that each company measures the paddle a different way. The method we’ve adopted to provide the consumer with a universal measurement is measuring from the handle to the point of contact with the playing surface. Some companies measure to the point where the blade starts to curve, some measure starting at the bottom of the handle, and some other variations.
The game of hockey has greatly evolved over the past 10 years and so have hockey sticks. Back in the day, choosing the right stick to you came down to which brand had your curve. These days, kick points are a big highlighting feature to consider when making a purchase so we will be discussing which type of a player should choose low-kick’s and which type of a player should choose mid-kick’s. For those who might not know yet, the kick point of a hockey stick is the location on the shaft that flexes most. Traditionally, hockey sticks had a mid kick point because the shaft had a constant stiffness rating from top to bottom (i.e. wood hockey sticks) but now with advances in composite materials, engineers can stiffen certain places on a hockey stick as well as soften certain parts of the carbon fiber to direct the stick in the desired location to flex. Mid kick hockey sticks flex near dead center between the top of the shaft and the heel of the blade where as low kick hockey sticks flex closer to the heel of the blade rather than the center point of the shaft.
Low-Kick Hockey Sticks
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Blade Quick Release Feature
Every single second is critical in a hockey game. If you’re sidelined trying to replace a skate runner, think of how many moments you miss. These are opportunities that could make you the hero, but instead you’re helpless on the bench. No longer. With the introduction of the Bauer Vapor APX 2 skates, Bauer unveiled the TUUK Lightspeed Edge Holder. The new holder upgrades the traditional Tuuk Lightspeed 2 Holders and brings the skate to a whole new level. The new blade quick release feature on the holder is one such upgrade.
Before we go any further, I need to address an alleged issue. When Bauer launched the new Vapor skate line earlier this year, rumors circled that the quick-release Edge Holders made the blades more prone to falling out. A couple of highly noticeable televised instances of the runner falling off Bauer skates at a crucial time in the Stanley playoffs sparked questions of durability. The public immediately began to claim that the quick release feature released the runner too easily. Bauer investigated and found that none of the players were using the Edge holders on their skates.
If you’re in the market for a new hockey stick, this is a great time of the year for you. In the past month or two we have seen flagship Bauer Vapor APX2′s, CCM RBZ Stage 2′s, Easton Velocity V9′s and V9E’s, Mission Stir D1′s, as well as Reebok Ribcor’s. The fine people over at Bauer and Easton were so kind to hook us up with demo sticks to try out, so we grabbed our gear and headed to the nearest sheet of ice to see what all the hype was all about. Here’s what we tested:
Bauer Vapor APX2 Hockey Stick, PM9 102 Flex
Easton Velocity V9E Hockey Stick, E36 85 Flex
- Easton Velocity V9 Hockey Stick, E36 85 Flex
CCM is getting back into the Roller Hockey world with their new CCM RBZ Roller Hockey Skate. Like the freakishly fast RBZ Ice Hockey Skate, the RBZ Roller Hockey Skate is exceptionally similar!
CCM RBZ Skate
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.
We are 50 days from the puck drop in Montreal to kick off the 2013-2014 NHL season, and either your tryouts are coming up within the next few months or the rec league starts up soon. No matter what you have to look forward to… you miss hockey (hopefully). It’s hard to go months without the greatest sport, so we’ve come up with a few things to satisfy your hockey cravings.
Ovechkin on the Links
A tape job is like a snowflake: white, boring and spends most of its time on the cold, hard ice; but no, not really. Next time you wander into a locker room, check out the tape jobs on the stick rack and you’ll notice that no two are the same. You’ll see the traditional white or black tape, maybe a twig with a colored tape job. Every once in a while you’ll see the camouflage, flag, or if you’re lucky, a superman job. Then there’s the question of cloth or friction tape. When we get down to the actual taping aspect, you’ll see heel-to-toe, toe-to-heel, strips all the way across, only half the blade taped, waxed or unwaxed, do we tape the toe? etc. You get the picture.
Different Tape Jobs
So how should you tape your stick? When it comes to the wrapping, heel-to-toe and toe-to-heel stand as the two schools of thought. The heel-to-toe job provides extra friction for puck control and grip, and on the other hand the toe-to-heel allows for the puck to slide more easily off the stick. The correct way to tape a stick is… Read more…
The Reebok RibCor hockey stick is definitely unique because it’s the first pre-loaded hockey stick ever constructed. This means that the fibers are already in tension, creating optimal energy transfer into every shot. This concept may seem a little strange and perhaps because the typical notion is that all sticks are already “pre-loaded”?
Reebok designed the RibCor sticks with a geometric mold that already places the fibers in tension, allowing players to maximize each shot. Therefore, players can quickly release a shot that is backed by some fast-action pop. The pure fiber one-piece construction eliminates any overlapping material in the lower shaft and reduces overall weight. This offers a more consistent energy transfer providing a maximum shot release. The RibCor shot technology has been used in the NHL for quite some time now, making it game proven and ready.
Back in 2011, Bauer released their new line of Vapor sticks that featured the top of the line Vapor APX stick: the successor to the ever so popular Vapor X60. This APX did quite well, especially at the professional level offering the quickest shot release out of the Nexus, Vapor and Supreme stick families. Bauer now looks to further this success with the introduction of the newest Vapor stick line that will showcase the Vapor APX 2 as the flagship model.