Bauer has introduced there new X60 glove. Images of the X60 have been floating around for a little while, but I was finally able to get my hands actually on a pair to do a quick review.
The Bauer X60 glove is the top of line glove under the Vapor name. Bauer has focused on making the Vapor line the tapered glove line. It is more form fitting than a traditional glove but not as tight as the Supreme line. I think this glove feels slightly snugger than last years XXXX glove. Although, it does a nice job at opening up in the cuff, so wrist mobility should be no problem.
Bauer has used a very unique palm construction. They are using a lycra base layer that offers a great flexible feel, that requires hardly any break-in. Bauer has also added a composite pad in the lower palm portion. This offers great durability in the high wear area but also absorbs vibrations to get you a solid grip.
Warrior Hockey Product Manager Keith Perera came by IW the other day to talk about the new Warrior hockey gloves. They have basically developed three great glove lines all with a slightly different fit, helping to appeal to different players. Personally, the Franchise and other gloves in the four roll based line are my favorite.
Check out the video below for some back ground information on all the Warrior gloves, and a little help deciding what Warrior glove is going to be best for you.
Warrior is getting ready to unleash the new and improved Franchise glove to world. The Franchise glove has always had a strong following since its MIA birth, but this year they have taken it one step further.
The new Franchise gloves has some great new features that have me seriously considering hanging up last years for the new model. Starting on the exterior Warrior has used a combination of materials rather than just the carbon print PU. The Franchise now features a fair amount of the TufTex nylon material. This is a great material, exceptionally durable, lightweight, and does not hold water, so you don’t need to worry about it gaining weight during the game. Warrior Franchise also has some high-grade synthetic leather and some of the carbon print synthetics down the middle of the glove.
Warrior mentioned that many of their NHL players were requesting more wrist mobility out of their personal versions of the Franchise gloves. So they decided to give the retail glove a flared-out cuff for increased wrist mobility. This is most noticeable on the inner wrist side, and makes a huge impact. It definitely offers more wrist mobility compared to last years Franchise. Warrior also decide to increase the cuff roll a little bit making it look like it has a shorter cuff, however, the cuff is not actually smaller it just looks and feels like it. You get the same protection but now with increased wrist mobility.
Personally, I think an entire TufTek exterior would be unbelievably sweet, so Warrior does make this glove completely customizable. So for those that are willing to make the additional investment, IW can set you up with a customized Franchise, from exterior, protection, colors, numbers, and so forth.