The hockey blog from Ice Warehouse features equipment sneak previews, hockey product reviews, and everything hockey gear related. IW Hockey is the best online retailer for ice and roller hockey equipment.
There’s a joke somewhere in here about reinventing the wheel, but I’ll refrain from stooping to that level. Revision hockey has been producing roller hockey wheels for over a decade now and they have been striving to perfect the wheel. Over the years we’ve seen Revision wheels make great leaps in performance and durability, and all that has led up to this point: the Flex.
The Revision Flex wheels give players the customization option to micro-tune their wheel configuration. What does that mean? It means that using one set of wheels, players can choose different wheel configurations to fit their playing style or focus on an area of their game. Revision was able to accomplish this by creating the Flex with 2 different hardness/flex profiles on each side of the wheel.
So, how does the magic happen? By the way, if you want to skip the technical nitty-gritty, head down to the implications section below.
Revision has been working with a hollow Torus for a few wheel generations now, which offers a great balance of stiffness (speed) and flex (grip). This year, with the Flex, Revision designed an asymmetrical hollow Torus and paired it with an offset Flex Ring Insert. Since the Torus is more rigid (but still flexible), the (white) side of the wheel that has the Torus exposed will be stiffer and provide a sharper edge for maximum speed. Alternatively, the ( green/yellow/orange, depending on hardness) side has a higher proportion of the Flex Ring Insert and will flex more providing greater grip.
And to wrap it all up, the Flex uses a new tough PU tire to maximize the Flex technology and also increase the durability of the wheel.
So, whether or not you read the technical specs, the Revision Flex roller hockey wheel has two distinct edges or sides: one focusing on speed and the other focusing on grip. Players can now customize their wheel configurations to suit their style of play. Check out some of the options below:
So players now easily micro-tune their game in a matter of minutes. The wheel offering includes:
Hardness (rating) – Sizing Guidelines – Sizes Available
The selection is limited to those using the 76/80mm, all 76mm, or all 80mm setup, which is the most common wheel configurations. Though, this does limit it to senior skates only. Time will tell if Revision brings this Flex technology down to the junior sizes.
True Hockey is coming back with their next generation of gloves and with it, they’re innovating where no other glove has gone before: interchangeable/replaceable palms.
The ZPalm technology will be available on the new True XC9 Pro Gloves and the True A6.0 SBP Pro Gloves. Not all palms are created equal, and True is coming out with 5 different palm options to suit your style of play.
1. Z-Stnd: Balance of feel and durability
The Z-Standard palm is designed for the all around player and gives players a great mix of durability, feel, and flexibility.
Material: Pro Grade Clarino (1mm) with Overlay (0.6mm)
2. Z-Fit: Comfort
Designed for comfort and fit, the Z-Fit palm uses a premium Torray construction with an overlay to reinforce the area without losing any feel or comfort.
Material: Torray (0.6mm) with Overlay (0.6mm)
3. Z-Power: Durability
The Z-Power palm is designed for the players that want the longest life out of their palms. It uses a thicker palm with reinforcement in key areas to make the glove as durable as possible, but still offer players solid flexibility and comfort.
Material: Clarino (1mm) with Overlay (1mm)+ Overlay in key areas (0.6mm)
4. Z-Pro: Ultimate Feel
The Z-Pro is the pro-preferred palm because it’s all about feel and performance. It’s thin design gives players’ hands amazing control of the stick.
Material: Thin Pro Grade Clarino (0.6mm)
5. Z-Grip: Control
The Z-Grip palm is designed for stick control. It’s soft feel is reinforced by a grip material so stickhandling and shooting is completely under the control of the player.
Material: AX Suede (0.75mm) with Grip Overlay (0.5mm)
So this interchangeable palm option is available on the True XC9 Pro gloves (anatomical fit) and the True A6.0 SBP gloves (traditional fit). And as always, you can find all these and anything you could ever want at Inline & Ice Warehouse.
Well, it’s 2016 and the industry has already seen some huge changes. In case you missed it, Performance Sports Group (Bauer) purchased Easton Hockey from Chartwell Investments. This was a completely separate transaction from Performance Sports Group’s purchase of Easton Baseball from BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell).
And while we’re on the topic of sticks, the All-Star game brought to light two more sticks that are going to hit the market in 2016.
1. Easton Synergy GX Stick
Easton (yes, they’re still around) is launching their 10th generation of the Synergy. It’s hard to believe this is the 10th Synergy after that classic metallic grey stick that changed everything… Easton was building hype prior to the All-Star game and stated: “The time has come, keep your eyes on Drew Doughty tonight to witness the Next Generation of Power.” So we did… A closeup view of the stick showcased the name, the Synergy GX. Meanwhile the 2014 Synergy HTX sticks are now on sale here.
Drew Doughty and His New Stick During the All-Star Game
2. CCM Super Tacks Stick
CCM showcased a new stick during the All-Star game as well. This looks like the next rendition of the Tacks lineup. One of CCM Hockey’s captions was “Super Patrice.” I’ll leave it to the experts to guess the name of Super Patrice’s Tacks stick. Super Tacks, it’s the Super Tacks.
The next installment of the Bauer Supreme skates is coming this year. Following in the footsteps of the MX3 to 1S transition, the skates will follow suit sometime this year. The boys at IW have been skating with the Bauer 1S Skates for a couple months now and… well, let’s just say that we’re excited for this launch. Be on the lookout for an IW review sometime soon. Also, the MX3 skates and the rest of the current Supreme line is on sale.
Bauer’s Supreme 1S Stick Banner – With Bauer 1S Skates Subtly in the Picture.
5. CCM RibCor White 50K Skates
While the CCM RibCor 50K Skates launched back in 2015, the ever popular LE skates that leaked around that launched are finally coming to retail. The 50K pump skates LE white edition will be coming your way this year and to hold you over until then, here’s a picture of Desharnais’ 50Ks.
The White CCM 50K Skates.
Obviously, the 50Ks are going to feature standard CCM holders, not the E-Pros pictured here. All in all, these are some good looking skates…
6. Warrior Covert QRL Gloves
Warrior posted this as I was writing this blog, so it was meant to be. The Warrior Covert Sticks aren’t the only Covert line getting an upgrade this year. These are the Warrior Covert QRL gloves that are set to launch in 2016. IW’s Chase got to check these out and try them on, and had nothing but high praise for ’em.
Introducing the Warrior Covert QRL Hockey Gloves
7. CCM Super Tacks Skates
We’ll have a blog up online soon about the coming Super Tacks skates. This full one-piece composite boot is amazing. We’ve been skating in these for a few months now and they are incredible with their amazing response and stiffness. The outsole is simply an extension of the rest of the boot which decreases weight and increases the response.
This isn’t the only notable gear launching in 2016, but that’s all we’ll post for now. These will all be available at the best online hockey retailer, Inline & Ice Warehouse. There’s no contest. Give us a call if you have any issues with any coupons or anything on our site; we know our stuff!
As 2016 winds down, next year’s gear is starting to make its way into the NHL. The big three we see using the new Bauer Supreme 1S stick right now includes Ovechkin, Eichel and Galchenyuk. While Eichel and Galchenyuk aren’t doing too hot right now; Ovi’s been plugging along with 25 points in 26 games, ranking 7th in goals, 1st in shots and 6th in +/-. So enough about stats, let’s get into the nitty gritty!
For the first time in over 5 years, the Supreme Stick Line is getting a significant flex profile change. Bauer is ditching the gold standard Amplified Mid Kick Point that debuted on the TotalONE and is upgrading the Supreme 1S to the MPK or Maximum Power Kick flex profile. MPK was made possible thanks to a new set of tooling Bauer designed specifically for this Supreme Line. The new line of Supreme sticks (1S, S190, S180, S170 & S160) will have a hosel that tapers noticeably more than the MX3, but it won’t taper nearly as aggressively as the 1X. Within the hosel, the shaft walls are thicker and utilize stiffer, high modulus carbon fiber too. All of this was done to strategically stiffen the lower portion of the shaft to force the kick point even higher than before. To ensure this high-powered MPK flex profile can be easily loaded, the Supreme 1S’s handle was softened. So what’s the end result? Well the Supreme 1S can store 14% more energy and return 20% more energy during the shooting process. The inequality in these numbers show you not only an improvement in power but in efficiency too. Now you can load 14% more energy into it but you’re getting 20% more energy returned. Sounds like a good deal to me. Furthermore, this is a change you notice your first time out with it. It feels like the kick point is so high that it hinges just below your top hand and straight releases like a cannon. When you’re setting up for a big clapper or a one-timer, slide that lower hand down and you can bomb away. While I’ve been using the 1S for awhile now, we’re going to hold off for awhile before we do a review blog so we can get a real good feel for the stick.
The blade remains unchanged for now, which is built off of the PowerSense 2 core with Sense Layer technology. For those who are unfamiliar with this, the foam core is constructed using two different densities of foam. The Supreme Line will continue to utilize the most dampened foams from Bauer because it helps to create longer puck contact time. The strategy of using soft foams in their “power” stick is to keep the puck in contact with the blade as long as possible, loading as much energy into the stick as they can. The more energy you can load, the more power your shot will have. In comparison, the Vapor 1X uses a stiffer and more lively foam package. These stiffer foams provide players with a bit more quick pop which ties in with the Quick Release Taper for the quickest shot release from Bauer to date. During the shooting process with the Vapor 1X though, there is much less puck contact time than the 1S which is why the 1S can shoot harder but not as quickly. Lastly is the Sense Layer, which is an aerospace grade material that is directly integrated into the outer layer of carbon, greatly increasing durability by preventing chips and cracks from forming that eventually lead to breakage.
So as always, make sure you check back soon to IceWarehouse.com to see the full line (1S, S190, S180, S170 & S160 sticks), including the best in-depth video reviews as well as a long-term review on the Bauer Supreme 1S stick.
Well, John Scott may very well be headed to the all-star game this year. Around 4 PM on December 1st, John Scott was sitting pretty at 56th overall in all-star voting. Now… well… here’s a picture of how things are going for him now (December 2nd, 12 PM).
It will be interesting to see if the NHL will intervene. Though, I know quite a few people who will tune into the all-star game knowing that the 6’8″ giant will be hustling from goal line to goal line, in an attempt to keep up with the NHL’s best players in the new 3-on-3 format. Let’s not forgot that John Scott is coming off of his breakout season in which he more than doubled his career goal totals and scoring with an impressive 15% shot percentage.
As enforcers play a lesser role in today’s NHL, you see former goons turning into elite snipers which is what we have to look forward to in the 2016 NHL All-Star game.
John Scott - Defying All Odds - YouTube
So NHL.com, this is what happens when you don’t screen eligible players and give all the power to the people. It’s their fault that we’re here examining what hockey gear John Scott is using.
From the flare of the cuff, it looks like a custom glove with the fully padded backhand for blocking shots and people. The CCM Tacks line has a tapered fit, which makes the cuff easier to slide the hands out of, for a quick bout of fisticuffs with the opponent.
‘Tis the season of sales and Inline & Ice Warehouse is making it easy on you. Instead of waiting until Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best sale on hockey gear, we are running it now. The CYBER25 coupon code saves you 25% on your hockey equipment order* from today through Cyber Monday (12/1). If you have any issues placing your order online, give us a call and we can help you out. Seriously, call us at 800-366-3070.
The Black Friday hockey sale will still use the CYBER25 coupon for 25% off.
For ideas on what to use the 25% coupon for, check out our gift guide below.
*CYBER25 cannot be used online on products subject to manufacturer imposed advertising restrictions, which includes select items from Bauer, Easton, CCM and Warrior. Excludes prior purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offers discounts, or promotions.
The season of sales is here. And well, it’s been here for the last two weeks too. Black Friday has turned into Black November and IW’s 20% off sale started October 30th (25% off through December 2nd). Although a lot of our equipment is restricted from online discounts, we recommend that you call in to see what is discountable. Anyways, the point of Black November is so that the holiday shoppers can get a jump start on their gift purchasing. We also have the IW official gift guide available.
For those early birds trying to find the inexpensive worm, we’ve made up a quick gift idea list of items that ARE discountable online and would make the perfect present for the hockey player on your holiday list (or even something that you want to pick up for yourself, we don’t judge). Just make sure that you use the BNOV20 (CYBER25 through December 2nd) coupon code at checkout.
We know a lot of other gift lists out there are probably going to be recommending their top of the line hockey equipment, but let’s be realistic. We’ve made a list of stocking stuffers (or mostly that size) that can be perfect for any hockey player, whether or not you know their stick specs or foot shape.
These regulation-size pucks slide on carpet like a dream. A lot of foam pucks can catch on the carpet and end up rolling instead of sliding. The Slick Shinny puck stays flat on the carpet for an awesome indoor or knee hockey puck.
For the high-tech hockey players, the PowerShot Sensor 2 helps you track your shots and use that data to improve your shooting technique. It uses bluetooth to connect to a smartphone for real time data or it saves the data for download after the game.
Socks may seem unimportant but they are under appreciated. The Bauer 900 socks feature 37.5® technology which uses your body heat to evaporate any moisture and give you the advantage. Its also lightweight, durable and awesome.
The Green Biscuit pucks are excellent training tools as they remain flat even on rough concrete. This allows you to nail down your stickhandling and passing even when when you’re not on the rink. Plus, NHL teams!
Hockey gear smells; it’s just a fact. But… Oh my goodness. This stuff is powerful and it gets the job done. On the days that I have used the vanilla spray, I have been reported to smell like a cupcake on the rink. In addition to the vanilla, IW also carries cinnamon, citrus zest, fresh mint, and watermelon. On top of that, the Oxypow spray is 100% environmentally friendly and prolongs the life of your hockey equipment.
2015 is quickly winding down and throughout the year we’ve had a plethora of great low kick sticks released. For those who may not know exactly what a low kick point is in a hockey stick, head over to Low vs Mid Kick Point Blog that explains which style of player should use a low or mid kick point. The goal for today though, is to briefly review the key features, technologies and benefits that each of these low kick sticks offer so that you can pick the stick that best suits your preferences and style of play. At the bottom of the blog, make sure you vote on your favorite low kick hockey stick of 2015!
Pop Matrix Technology – CCM did away with the previous ribbed shaft technology and opted for deeply concave sidewalls in the lower portion of the shaft. This new geometry not only delivers an even quicker and more explosive release compared to the 40K, but it actually enhances durability because the shaft corners protect the performance fibers that sit inside of the cavity.
Ascent Blade – Unlike the 40K that had a pingy and lively puck feel, the Reckoner and it’s new blade construction offers a much more dampened feel in the heel, which makes it even better to dangle and to receive passes with. So if you’re a fan of a soft, dampened puck feel, this is right up your alley. As you go from the heel to the toe, the blade gets stiffer. This “progressive flex profile” in the blade enhances accuracy and precision by keeping the blade face square to the target during the shooting process.
Technora Aramid Fiber – To better protect the stick from hacks and slashes, CCM reinforced the lower portion of the stick with aerospace-grade fibers that significantly increase durability and longevity.
Weight – 414 grams (Senior)
Puck Feel – Dampened
Graphene – Sherwood went big this year by utilizing the strongest nano-material ever used in a composite hockey stick, called Graphene. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and reinforces the lower 1/3rd of the stick, providing unparalleled strength and durability in the most common area of breakage.
EKore Technology – Completely unique to the Rekker EK60 and the True Touch T120 is the handmade construction process that takes 8 times longer than the mechanized process. With much more attention to detail, Sherwood is able to eliminate excess material and deformities to such a degree that this EK60 and its T120 mid kick counterpart are the only two sticks on the market that weigh under 400 grams. Besides weight, the elimination of deformities results in a much more consistent overall design to even further improve responsiveness, balance and general construction quality.
VRF.2 Blade – Carried over from the EK15 is the VRF.2 blade core. It features a carbon fiber stringer that runs heel to toe, providing top-notch rigidity and stiffness. It has a lively foam package as well, so players who like a stiff, lively puck feel will certainly enjoy the VRF.2 core.
Weight – 385 grams (Senior)
Puck Feel – Lively
QRT Taper – This has been the most significant change in the Vapor Stick Line since Intelli-Sense Technology first debuted in the legendary X:60. The new QRT geometry allows the 1X to load 20% faster and to recoil 28% faster than the APX2.
Aero-Sense II Blade Core – To better help the 1X stick to load and release quicker, Bauer used a much stiffer and livelier blade construction this go around. They were also able to remove weight from the blade as a whole by directly integrating the “Sense Layer” into the carbon fiber rather than externally wrapping it like the APX2’s blade. This “Sense Layer” does a great job of protecting the edges of the blade from chips and cracks when you’re digging in the corners or taking faceoffs.
TeXtreme, Monocomp & eLASTech Technologies – This has been Bauer’s standard for their top of the line sticks but it’s always worth mentioning. The Monocomp true one-piece construction is one of the best on the market. It provides players with extremely consistent shaft walls, it helps to minimize excess material and delivers excellent responsiveness. This also works hand in hand with eLASTech Resin Matrix that reinforces the TeXtreme Carbon Fiber with nano-tubes that help prevent cracks from forming and/or spreading. eLASTech also helps to keep the stick feeling newer, longer.
Weight – 402 grams (Senior)
Puck Feel – Lively
Elliptical Taper – Now, this has been in Easton’s arsenal since 2008 but I think it doesn’t get talked about enough. Easton’s unique taper shapes provides players with excellent puck feel, an ultra low kick point that delivers a lightning quick shot release but it also prevents twisting and torquing during the shooting process. Blade’s tend to open up when you make good contact with the puck but the elliptical shape combats this extremely well.
ExoRim Blade – This is one of the biggest changes coming from the Velocity V9E. Easton constructed the blade with a stiff, rigid outer frame and a support stringer through the center. The outer frame gave Easton blades a big boost in strength, longevity and durability that they had been lacking a bit the last few years. The foam package also offers a much more dampened puck feel than previous Easton sticks.
HyperLite Construction & XTX Resin – This year, Easton switched up their construction process and materials. The XTX Extra Tough Resin Matrix is essentially stronger and better reinforced epoxy, which helps to keep that “fresh pop feel” for a long time. HyperLite Construction removes excess material and limits deformities in the epoxy and carbon. This minimizes weight, improves consistency, enhances responsiveness and offers a well balanced feel in the hands.
Weight – 438 grams (Senior)
Puck Feel – Dampened
Dagger T2 Taper – Warrior took their already proven taper to the next level. Working closely with a leading university, they fine tuned and tinkered with the construction to achieve their quickest shot release to date. The Dagger T2 aggressively tapers on all 4 sides of the shaft, which results in an ultra low kick point that prevents twisting and torquing very well, similar to the ellipitcal taper on the CX. Warrior has facts to back up their “quickest release” statements too, the QR1’s 76mS (milliseconds) “moment of release” is down from 81mS in the DT1LT and 82mS in the DT1.
Corner Impact Reinforcement – Who cares about performance if the stick isn’t going to last? This is why the QR1 utilizes internally reinforced corners offers 2 times higher impact strength than before, without adding weight. CCM uses a similar concept on their Ultra Tacks stick, called SpeedBumper Technology, but I can attest to how big of a difference this makes. The majority of times sticks break, the crack starts or completely fails at the corner. Warrior directly attacked this weakness.
Etched 7-Microns Carbon & Precision Loop – Here we have some fancy names but it really comes down to lightweight, strong carbon fiber and how it’s put together during the construction process. The carbon fiber Warrior used is permently bonded together, which offers better strength per square inch than previous models, and it is then laser-cut in layers then precisely wrapped. This one-two punch helped bring the weight down significantly and it offers premium responsiveness.
As per usual, Bauer is back with their limited edition colorways in the Vapor Hockey Stick and Skate Lines.
Bauer Vapor 1X Limited Edition Stick
Starting us off with sticks, the 1X LE stick features a quite unique 3-zone graphics package that stays true to the Vapor Family. The upper portion of the shaft features a bright splash of red while the silver TeXtreme Carbon Fiber adds some serious pop. The dark lower portion makes up the third color zone and utilizes a traditional black TeXtreme Carbon Fiber through the blade. Specs wise, the Limited Edition 1X has everything the original has; including a low kick point, the new QRT Taper that releases quicker than any Bauer stick to date, the new Aero-Sense II Blade, true one-piece Monocomp Technology and eLASTech Resin.
Bauer Vapor X700 Limited Edition Stick
Everyone has their own personal preference but I have to say this is one of my favorite limited edition graphics packages I’ve seen since the blacked out APX Limited Edition stick. It has a dark metallic base with the basketweave carbon fiber adding high-quality, subtle pop. The Vapor logos fade from red to black, tying together the signature Vapor look. Just like the 1X LE, the X700 LE comes will all of the features as the original; including a low kick point, the new QRT Taper that offers one of the quickest shot releases in the game, a dual-density blade core and a 3K carbon fiber weave wrap.
Bauer Vapor 1X Limited Edition Skate
So I don’t even have to tell you how sick these are, it’s pretty darn obvious. It looks like Patty Kane is already rocking these will white laces, which I would probably do too. Kane also has black Step Steel with the LS2 holders which looks really, really good. Besides the murdered out quarter package with red accents, Bauer used a black felt tongue instead of a traditional white felt to black it out even more. Just like all Limited Edition Skates, these 1X LE’s feature all of the same specs as the standard 1X skate.
Bauer Vapor X500 Limited Edition Skate
These bad boys are great for the player who doesn’t want to take out a loan to get a limited edition Vapor skate. The X500 LE also comes with a black felt tongue, a murdered out quarter package with red accents and red laces. The other cool thing about this skate is that the red outsole adds some pop to the lower portion of the boot because you can see a red stripe when you look at it from the side. As always, X500 Limited Edition skate has all of the same specs and features as the original X500.
Here it is – the third installment of the RibCor series. The original Reebok RibCor and the CCM RibCor 40K both utilized a unique construction that holds the fibers in tension, meaning that they are pre-loaded and able to get quick shots off faster than other sticks.
I’ve used the CCM RibCor 40K (seen below) for quite some time and it has been a personal favorite because of how easy it is to get a strong shot off with very little effort. So when we got our hands on the latest CCM RibCor, I was eager to try it out.
CCM accomplished a few things with the new construction of the unique taper. First, here’s a picture of the new taper:
There it is! Instead of multiple ribs, the new CCM RibCor Reckoner features a single concave rib where the ribs would lay in previous RibCor models. This is the new PopMatrix Technology. The change in design maximizes performance in the carbon fibers and allows players to get even a quicker shot off. Like the previous design, the PopMatrix technology keeps the fibers constantly in tension for efficient loading and a quick release.
Another upgrade that comes with PopMatrix technology is an increase in durability. Logically, with the concave design on both sides of the taper there is less carbon fiber exposed, which translates into less exposed surface area for the carbon fiber to chip when hit with slashes and pucks. Moreover, the CCM RibCor Reckoner features protective carbon fibers on the outer layer of the concave rib.
As for the rest of the shaft, the Reckoner features the same Technora Aramid fiber construction as the 40K. This carbon fiber reinforcement serves to provide durability to the stick without sacrificing its lightweight performance.
The new blade on the RibCor Reckoner is called the Ascent Blade. This new blade is lighter and optimized in its stiffness profile to create a blade that is softer in the heel and increases to be extra stiff in the toe. Because of this new stiffness profile, the blade provides great feel and a quick release.
As I mentioned before, I am a huge fan of the CCM RibCor 40K so I had high expectations for the Reckoner. The very first shot I took with the Reckoner felt a little off. The puck released off my stick sooner than I intended and thus the puck did not have the power nor the accuracy I wanted. Quicker release: check.
So it didn’t quite have the same release as the 40K, but that much was to be expected. After a bit, I was able to adjust to the quicker release. Overall, the feel of the stick was great and provided great feedback while stickhandling.
All in all, the Reckoner gives a very quick release that is great when adjusted to. Any other questions? Leave a comment below or hit us up on any of our social media sites.