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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.


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.


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!

IWin Membership – How to Save (at least) 10% on Every Order

Everybody likes to save money. Coupon codes and sales are not always around to help out your wallet, but the IWin membership is. The IWin program is simple:

  1. You purchase an IW brand shirt, hat or accessory.
  2. You will save 10% on that order* and EVERY order after that.
  3. The discount will automatically apply to your future orders.

Support IW and IW supports you. You may think, it can’t really be that easy. It is. You can also use the IWin discount on our affiliate sites: Inline Warehouse (Fitness), Inline Warehouse (Aggressive), Derby Warehouse, and Inline Warehouse (Hockey). Here are a lot of frequently asked questions about the IW membership.

Does the IWin membership expire?

No. Never. It will be around as long as we are.

How will I get my discount? / What if the discount does not show up in my cart?

Once you purchase the initial IWin product, you are forever marked as an IWin member in the IW system. The discount will take place on our end; so while you won’t see the discount in your shopping cart, you will see it in your confirmation email. If you have any questions or problems with the discount, please give us a call immediately at (800)366-3070.

What if there is another sale that offers a bigger discount?

IWin members automatically receive the biggest discount we offer. If there is a 20% off sale, members will automatically receive 20% off without any coupons or even knowledge that there is a sale.

Will I be disqualified from free shipping if the new amount drops below the required total amount?

Nope: IW uses the original, pre-discount price when considering free shipping.

Is there anything that the discount cannot cover?

Unfortunately, yes. The discount cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards, IWin gear, tape, clearance items (ending in $.97) or *Manufacturer (MAP)  Restricted products. For questions about the MAP policy or restrictions, please call us (800)366-3070.

What is IWin gear?

It is a collection of IW clothing, hats, and accessories ranging from $10-$30. We have IW shirts, polos, hats, beanies, tape, pucks, and even skate blade covers. For a complete list, click here.

IW is happy to help you out with all your hockey needs, so please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions, comments, or concerns. Call us at (800)366-3070, email info@icewarehouse.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.

Shockbox: Smart Sensors. Smart Sport.

Designed by Impakt Protective, the Shockbox takes on one of the most challenging aspects of the game today: concussions. The question is, “as a trainer, coach or parent – how do you know when a player has suffered a concussion?” The Shockbox is the answer.

The Shockbox fits onto the top of the helmet through high bonding adhesive tape. Following impact, Shockbox Sensor measures the force of the impact and sends the data immediately via Bluetooth to a connected smartphone. The software then displays a visual analysis of the impact including the probability that an injury occurred. From this data, trainers, coaches and parents can accurately judge the severity of a hit and if necessary, adhere to concussion protocols.

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Warrior Goalie Gear

I got a chance to talk with Warrior’s Hockey Product Manager, Keith Perera, about Warrior’s first line of goalie gear. They will be coming out with two product lines called the Messiah and the Swagger. Warrior has put a lot of effort into their goalie line knowing that they really have one shot to prove to goalies that they belong in the market.

Although Warrior is new to the goalie market, they have a lot of expertise in the field. Their design team has past experience with other elite goalie companies including Eagle and Vaughn, and they have had many elite level goalies testing their products to give feedback. Warrior is ready to be a contender in the goalie market.

The Messiah line, which is Warrior’s pro level line will be available through IW by request only, but IW will be carrying the Swagger line.

Swagger Leg Pads

The Swagger leg pads have an inner foam core that uses Zotefoam™ components, which is going to provide a lot of protection that will not compress over time. To provide a high level of durability Warrior has used some sublimated Tuff Tech material. In addition to the durability, the Tuff Tech material doesn’t retain water which helps maintain a super lightweight feel. On the back side of the pad, Warrior has used a Nash leather in the leg channel to help with durability as well as provide a comfortable fit. On the inner side of the pad, Warrior has used a strip of HD foam which allows the pad to lay flush on the rink as well as hold its shape over time. With all the technology that has gone into this pad, it is perfect for a butterfly style goalie because the pad uses the players body weight to keep the pad from rotating when on the rink. These pads have an estimated retail price of $649.99

Swagger Catch Glove

The Swagger catch glove will provide an elite level of protection with a quick break-in design, which means the glove is game-ready right out the package. The glove uses a Clarino synthetic leather liner to provide a comfortable fit as well as an Antimicrobial V-Tek™ liner to wick away moisture. The Swagger catch glove offers a large thumb box with an adjustable strap to allow  for a more customizable fit and full thumb protection. The Swagger catcher uses multi-flex backhand protection to provide full coverage of the hand. The estimated retail price of the Swagger catch glove is $199.99.

Swagger Blocker

The Swagger blocker uses a flared design at the top and bottom of the blocker to allow for easier rebound control and an improved paddle-down position. This blocker offers an adjustable side board for maximum surface coverage while still staying within sizing regulations. Warrior uses a backhand saddle design on this blocker to reduce rotation on the hand and provide optimum positioning. The Swagger blocker uses a 3-D mesh in the fingers for breathability as well as an antimicrobial V-Tek™ liner to help wick away moisture. The palm of the Swagger blocker features a padded Smart Palm which dampens vibration impact as well allow for a firm grip of the stick. This blocker’s estimated retail price is $149.99.

The Swagger goal pants use molded Zotefoam™ which allows for less foam to be used because the Zotefoam™ is so durable and strong. This smaller amount of foam allows for the pants to be more form fitting which makes the pants feel very lightweight. The Swagger goal pants use a high-strength poly-weave material in the high impact areas for added durability. Warrior has used the same antimicrobial V-Teck™ liner as the catch glove and blocker which wicks moisture away from the body. These pants use a stretchable mesh in the inner leg as well as the back side for added flexibility. The Swagger goal pants use a 420-denier nylon shell to provide a high level of durability. The Swagger goal pants have an estimated retail price of $139.99.

After seeing all of Warrior’s advancements in the player market, it is great to see them jumping into the goalie market. Look for the Warrior goalie line here at Inline Warehouse and Ice Warehouse.

New Easton Synergy ST stick


Easton ST stick


Easton has done it again producing yet another top of the line stick.  The Easton ST stick recently arrived here at IW, many have already been shipped out to some lucky saps.

The ST stick is the power stick in the Easton line.  This workhorse has been given thicker shaft walls for increase strength and power.  The ST stick uses a compression molding process delivering a smooth consistent flex, which offers exceptional power.  This is the same molding process Easton has been using for a little while on their advanced level sticks.

Similar to the other top sticks from Easton, the ST features a Kevlar wrap.  I really like seeing the Kevlar wraps on sticks.  It offers some additional protection by adding that layer of woven textile around the outside of the stick.  Being that it is a woven material it also helps reduce vibrations in the stick giving it a great solid feel.

The “call-out” new feature on the ST stick is the Shox™ technology.  This is a Resin Transfer process in the blade.  This process results in some unique blade characteristics.  As a result of this process the ST stick offers a solid blade feel, and giving you a little help in corralling hard passes.  It has a denser feel, making a little more of a “thud” sound.  It doesn’t do all the work in receiving passes but has a nice feel.

As far as graphics goes I’d say it is probably the best looking stick in the Easton line.  The ST stick comes with a sweet matte gray finish.  The grip version has almost a transparent dark orange top layer.  Both version you can somewhat see the combination of Kevlar and carbon beneath.

All and all the ST stick is great addition to the Easton stick line.  Once again Easton has continued to innovate and progress the hockey stick market.