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  1. 9 points
  2. 4 points
    I find it interesting that Razor puts the steel on the wrong side holder to hide the fact that two Bauer endorsees are using Step.
  3. 3 points
    I like it as a sweatshirt/sweater for a fan to wear. That’s actually what I thought it was at first. Not so much as a jersey but will reserve judgement till I see the full package
  4. 3 points
    He's right about just slapping it on; it will overpitch the steel. What has to be done is to trick the machine by marking a new line 20 mm from the original . Then putting the steel in normally (but not clamping), but moving the sled manually to meet the new line, then clamping it there.
  5. 3 points
    I'm just going to go ahead and assume that this is a shot at me, because I'm the only person who has posted in this thread that everyone knows what I've done and where I've been, because I've been transparent since 2004. I have absolutely nothing to "gain or perks to be had." I'm merely stating the facts that are out there. To recap - Bauer had a patent. They felt a brand, STEP, was in violation of said patent. They decided to bring a lawsuit forward, and they reached a settlement. And I know it sucks for STEP, and I know it sucks for Canadian dealers, even the ones who sold across the border. But that's how it goes.
  6. 3 points
    It isn’t. If the interface that locks the blade in is patented, Bauer has the right to control that. If a car part attaches via a standard interface, it is not controlled by the OEM. A business can use its IP however it wants, that’s the point. It can keep it for itself, license it, sell it, etc. Without IP you lessen the incentive for innovation in many cases.
  7. 3 points
    If a P90T is in fact a Benn clone, then it is not a P30. The P30 is a P88 with a kinked toe being the only change to the curve (the rocker is different). The face of the blade is closed until you get to the toe, and the curve is a true mid. Bauer's Benn was more of a P92 variant, with a heel-ish twist and straighter blade of a P92 until you got to the toe where it had a sharp curve and kink to it like the P28. The Benn had a higher lie than the P30, again closer to the P92 but not quite that high. The toe was roughly the same shape and not as tapered as the P28, closer to, you guessed it, a P92 with a more square top but rounded bottom. Compared to the pic of that pro stock P90T, the Benn was more open throughout the blade and had a rounder toe. That P90T does look very much like a P30, the difference being the toe isn't quite as kinked at the bottom. I'm hoping they bring it to retail, as it really seems to be a full size blade version of Bauer's P14. I do not have them both in hand, but did compare them side by side at my LHS with the new Bauer Pro Custom samples.
  8. 3 points
    they are on that way for a reason. HECC and CSA both test them like this. if you lower the cage and the clip snaps your liable for all the damages. Such as happened in BC a few years back. player lowered the clips checked from behind cage came off and crushed his orbital bones. left with severe brain damage. The player was suspended for a year for the cross check the player hit has been in care since the hit. I have said this before dont alter the construction find a cage and helmet combo that work. I'm sure there is one out there.
  9. 2 points
    Yeah I would agree. Yeah I'll do that tonight after work.
  10. 2 points
    I heard that a few NHL equipment managers have seen the new Bauer steel and commented "It’s nowhere close to being as good as STEP." I guess we will see how things play out.
  11. 2 points
    It is if it's just kydex sheet and double sided tape.
  12. 2 points
    My guess is, Step had the biggest impact on Bauer's business. Which is why, even though they played by the rules, Bauer went after them first. From day one, I always thought Bauer made a giant mistake by not licensing the Edge runner tech. The money in licensing fees would have been equal to, if not more than what Bauer would make selling their own steel. Far less headache too.
  13. 2 points
    Last pic. Looks like formed carbon shot blockers?
  14. 2 points
    Montreal Canadiens team equipment sale. 9 to 3 PM at the Bell Centre.
  15. 2 points
    it wasn't intended for anyone specifically, but the waters do and can get muddy. Everyone has brand preferences or a strong brand following or loyalties. But for some to say some eqm's won't care or players don't know is absurd. I agree with protecting intellectual property. I can only assume there will be some blow back from eqm's to bauer. Bauer and Step's steel quality isn't the same, maybe time will tell if it changes. Surprised licensing agreement wasn't attainable
  16. 2 points
    Ya. you made so much and got soooooooo much free stuff. Hows that new Maclaren. ik on my 3rd now that I have my 7000 sqft mansion. it's a pro shop and skate sharpening. Nobody is getting rich here but Bauer.
  17. 2 points
    At the end of the day the choice is yours, but when ever I hear someone talk about skates, and they say they have their heart set on skate X, it always rings alarm bells in my head. Form my experience, it tends to not end well. Because it means someone is looking for all the reasons to buy skate X and are looking for all the reasons to not buy skate Y and are not giving the pros and cons enough of an equal measure. I'm not saying this is the case with you, because I honestly do not know, but I'm just saying be careful of getting blinded by the glitter of the new and shiny. With that said, you can adjust the way your laces are done up to help with the stiffness of a boot, and IMHO, that is a smaller adjustment to make than trying to make a skate that's too big work. My right foot is a quarter size larger than my left, and it's quite annoying. I couldn't imagine the challenges of trying to deal with an even bigger difference in foot size.
  18. 2 points
    You haven't been in an NHL dressing room before have you? I was in Toronto's yesterday and both the Bauer and CCM guy were there. He is not happy about it at all. Another guy in a Canadian city is livid. He has 4 guys that came to him already and told him to buy every pair available. They don't want Bauer steel as it is. If you think NHL players dont think about edge retention your crazy.
  19. 2 points
    Yes, but it's in reverse to the player lines. Supreme goalie skates fit like Vapor player skates - less volume, less foot wrap, less width, tapered boot. Vapor goalie skates (because they're built off the Reactor line, not the Vapor player line) fit like Supreme player skates - wider, more volume, more foot wrap, more room in the ankle, more anatomical boot. The stiffness of the boot is a product of the quarter package composition, both lines will have the same stiffness when using the same quarter material. Unlike player skates, the pitch is the same on both models. One key difference is that the Supreme goalie skate has an asymmetrical ankle, where the outside of the ankle is lower than the inside. Vapor goalie skates have a symmetrical ankle, both sides are the same height. Other than that, the features are the same across the product levels.
  20. 2 points
    Why would most pros care (or even know) what kind of steel they're using? They have EQMs to care for them. Things like durability and edge retention matter to guys like us that want to have sharp skates without having to pay for sharpenings or steel more often. They matter to an EQM who has to sharpen and maintain dozens of pairs of skates/runners in a short period of time. As long as the skates are sharp and cut to give the characteristics the player likes, pros don't give one second's thought to what brand of steel is on the skate. Bauer isn't going to alienate any pros by doing this. They may piss off a few EQMs who have to cut skates more often, but that's not likely to affect thier usage amongst players in the league.
  21. 2 points
    I said that in my initial post. Old school guys perhaps remember the Oakley/Jofa Image lawsuit...it worked out for both parties in the end. It is still comical to read the posts on here and other outlets about this. It's not that serious. Remember a week ago when there was an article in The Athletic and people were shocked that most pro players didn't know anything about profiles? Now do you think they're in tune with their steel options? Once again, the EQM is the key to all of this. If an EQM is using STEP, it's because he likes their product, not because a NHL player demanded it. There isn't going to be a mass boycott of Bauer products in NHL rooms due to this. Nailed it. Bauer knew what they were doing when they patented the top geometry of the holder. You may not like it, but it is certainly within their right to do so.
  22. 2 points
    They’re already in figure. They already tried a holder. But once again - most people don’t swap holders.
  23. 2 points
    My nephew is 10 years old and skates on a 3/4 FIRE ring without any issues so I dont think it has to do with weight specifically. Many of the players on his team also skate on 3/4" ROH and flatter as well. I think it has a lot to do with the profile of the blade and what hollow you are accustomed to. Many kids now learn to skate on an 11/12/13' or longer profile and a much more shallow ROH which allowed them to develop advanced edge control at a very young age before moving them to a more aggressive combination radius and as such, as they advanced they went with an even more flat ROH. On the other hand, all of the adults prefer 1/2-5/8" because they like the control it provides. They dislike that a flat hollow doesnt let them feel like they are entirely in control. Factually, the edges are still there, regardless of depth, it just requires you to force the engagement of the edges to bite into the ice. If you aren't accustomed to this and don't allow time to adjust it can give the feeling of being "out of control." I am not saying one is better than another, we all skate differently, have different body mechanics, different body types, skill levels, and tons of other variables. I think people should use what's best for them. However, the only way to progress and get more speed with less effort is to be lighter, more powerful, alter your profile, and go with a flatter hollow. You cannot cheat science and sports like hockey have the same limitations as drag racing, for example. https://www.pcs.cnu.edu/~David.Gore/Capstone/files/MercerD.pdf https://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/science/23SharpW.html https://blogs.sparxhockey.com/hollow-shape-and-depth https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/50eb/c950bb2c53e7c8b05b8491bfc2fa15cc4bf6.pdf
  24. 2 points
    I don't care how tall they are. How do they tie their skates???
  25. 1 point
    Some recent stills of Kuch's (same star) new boots. The more I see them, the more they look like the outsole really has crept up onto the quarters, cupping the midfoot and heel. My thought is, this is Bauer's initial response to the VH/True and CCM monocoque boots. They look like Bauer's interpretation of the Mako is finally here. Even some of the lines of the Mako are still there: of course there's the newer, sleeker toe cap that's already known from the Vapor lineup, but the wrap on Kuch's boots is reminiscent of the Makos (though with more negative space involved in this instance) as is the thick seam where the exposed composite met the plastic wrapping the Makos. In this case it looks like an inversion of its predecessor: instead of the shell of the boot going from exposed to covered as it did on the Mako, the shell of this stealthpreme still appears to be a "two-piece" boot construction with the composite quarters married to the outsole so that the prominent seam marks the end of the outsole's incursion up the rearward sides of the boot. This makes sense. If it's a viable design, it could allow Bauer to reap similar perceived benefits of the monocoque construction ("perceived" because there are plenty of both yay and naysayers) while minimizing the degree to which they have to alter their construction methods. It can't really be a question of developing their own monocoque boot from scratch, since they own the IP for the Mako. This looks to be Bauer staying true to their ways, which still has them in a fairly comfortable lead in market share if I'm not mistaken, while attempting to fend off competition that has eaten somewhat into that market share of late. My experience in a monocoque boot (MLX) has made me think the real performance trick has to do with its minimizing torsion which I can easily picture being exaggerated between the various parts that make up the traditional hockey boot twisting independently, as they are subjected to opposing forces in acceleration maneuvers and therefore pull away from each other somewhat. A monocoque boot would unify that system into one part that still probably twists, but as one thing rather than several, which makes for a more much more immediate response. I have no experimental or theoretical physical model showing that this is indeed what happens, it's just what it feels like going from other boots to MLX, and how I picture that feeling when I draw it in my head. There's probably a deal more redundant material in that heel/quarter/outsole sandwich than there would be on Bauer's skates with traditional outsoles which run roughly parallel to the ground (we're a long way removed from OD1N's "LET'S DELETE THE OUTSOLE!!!"), but if this can mimic that reduced interstitial torsion of a monocoque OPB it could be well worth it.