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CCM RibCor 46Ks and the SB Black Upgrade @ IW

At the end of last season, my old faithful Reebok 12K skates finally bit the dust, and with Reebok no longer producing skates, I was forced to look in other directions. Although I originally wanted to go with a RibCor skate in order to keep the SkateLock™ and pump system that I love so much, I had tried on the 50Ks and was disappointed to feel that they fit differently than my old Reeboks, so I reluctantly moved on to try other models and other brands.

First, I tried CCM’s Jetspeeds which were fairly new at the time. They fit pretty well on my feet but there was one odd pressure point that definitely wasn’t going to work out. Next, I tried out the Bauer Supreme MX3s, and they were also a decently similar fit, but weren’t quite right. After a solid couple months of finding nothing that I liked perfectly, I decided to go back and try on RibCors again because hey, why not?

Naturally, I started with the 50K model, and after finding – once again – that they were not going to work, I tried on the 48Ks. Finding them to fit in much the same way, I was about ready to give up. Before I could do that however, IW began the awesome Free Steel Upgrade, so I decided to keep going and try on the 46Ks. To my near-amazement, the 46Ks were perfect. I bought them, switched out the steels to the SpeedBlade Black runners, put in some low-arch (yep, it’s easy to catch me “flat-footed”) CCM Custom Support Insoles, baked them, and got them sharpened.

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Finally, I was ready to rock and roll once again. The new season began, and I took to the ice on my fresh new skates and man, they have been awesome. As a defender, I have already taken a good deal of various shots off my feet, and although it stills hurts (as you know, a shot to the top of your foot or side of your ankle or toe will always hurt like the dickens for a few minutes), the skates hold up like champs. At first I was slightly nervous; worried that I was “settling” for a lower price-point skate and losing out on some specs (although as I’ve always known it to be true, fit is absolutely the most important aspect of finding the right skates for you) but again, these skates perform extremely well for their price-point, and I am perfectly happy with having gone for the “performance” skate tier.

SB +4.0 Holders & SB Black Steel

SB +4.0 Holders & SB Black Steel

Skating out there, I can consciously tell how much CCM’s SpeedBlade 4.0 holders are of a definite improvement over their (and Reebok’s) previous E-Pro holders. My turning radius is legitimately tighter, and I don’t have to consciously think about limiting my turns in order to keep myself from bottoming out on the holder and sliding out and into the boards like a bender. Yeah, definite improvement there. Another thing: the time between needing to sharpen my skates has been cut in half or more with the SB Black runners. At first I was skeptical that the steel could actually hold an edge that much longer than normal blades and was just stoked on their appearance, but dang, I was wrong. I am thoroughly impressed with how well they hold their edge.

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All in all, these skates are awesome, the SB Black runners add a rad touch, and at the end of the day, I got to stay in skates with the SkateLock™ and pump. I am stoked on them, and I would definitely recommend them to a friend. Go check out CCM’s RibCor skate family and IW’s sick Free Steel Upgrade now to get yours!

Tech & Test Review: CCM RibCor 40K Hockey Sticks

Ice Warehouse CCM RibCor 40K Stick

After years of Reebok and CCM running alongside each other as separate brands, Reebok products will begin transitioning to CCM Hockey. The CCM RibCor Stick Line is the first of many product lines that will resurface with the longstanding CCM logo attached to it. So for those who were Reebok-loyalists, it’s time to become a CCM-loyalist. The beauty is that your “brand” conversion will be seamless because it’s literally just a name change, plus I think you’ll be stoked with the new improvements in the newly rebranded CCM gear.

With all of that aside, let’s talk about CCM’s newest family of hockey sticks, the CCM RibCor’s. Leading the charge is the top of the line CCM RibCor 40K Hockey Stick. The main difference between the previous Reebok RibCor and the CCM 40K RibCor is in the Technora® aramid fiber reinforcement.

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Tech & Test Review: CCM RBZ SuperFast Sticks

Back in 2012, CCM announced a multi-year partnership with Taylormade who is an innovative-leader in the golf industry. The original CCM RBZ Stick was the first product to be come about from this new partnership and it was immediately accepted by NHL’ers; including Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Fast-forward two years and CCM is now preparing to release their third generation RBZ stick, named the CCM RBZ SuperFast.

CCM RBZ SuperFast

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A Quick Look at the CCM Tacks Sticks

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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Sneak Peek: CCM Tacks Ice Hockey Skates

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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Sneak Peek: CCM Resistance Hockey Helmet

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.

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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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