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  • 11th Annual MSH SummerJam

    Happy to announce that we will be hosting the 11th Annual MSH SummerJam in Chicago, IL on Saturday July 27th! We will be skating on the Blackhawks' practice ice at MB Ice Arena. Since it's a new city for us, we decided to start really early on it.  If interested in the event, please post here to express your interest.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 21

    MSH 15th Anniversary

    As we are in our 15th year of existence (3/20 being the official date), we will be using this logo to commemorate it: It will also be featured on SummerJam and Winterfest jerseys on a patch, and we'll also have a t-shirt. Absolutely crazy that we've been around so long.  Thanks goes to everyone who has helped us out along the way.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News

    Save the date

    July 27.  New city.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 8

    MSH Merchandise

    MSH has created a SquadLocker store in which we can offer merchandise.  It's good stuff and makes it easier on us to not have to hold stock on these items, as they directly ship to the person who orders it. The link is here: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/modsquadhockey If there is a particular item that you are interested in and is not listed, let us know and we can certainly add it. 100% of the money raised goes to site maintenance and upkeep, so we totally appreciate it when you buy something. Thanks for supporting MSH!  

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 18

    What would you like to see on MSH?

    Hey guys/gals -  This community is as much yours as it is mine, and so getting feedback from the community is very important to me. Now that I'm in a position to dedicate all of my resources into it, I'm open to any ideas or concerns you may have.   If it's something you would like to discuss in private, by all means, send me a PM.  I'll try to answer the questions as best as I can.

    JR Boucicaut
    JR Boucicaut
    News 39
  • True/VH pro stock skates

    Any input would be helpful, Thanks in advance. I’m looking into a pair of True skates and found a lot of pro stocks avaible. I’ve seen a lot in both D and EE width but I have also read that they will mold to any width. Any truth to this? I know they are custom fit to the customers foot but if they do in fact mold to any shape it should be little to no problems if I heat me up correct? 

    pantallica39
    pantallica39
    Ice Hockey Equipment 24

    Sparx Skate Sharpener - At home sharpener

    An interesting kickstarter for an at home skate sharpener. What do you guys think? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1223281555/sparx-skate-sharpener-pro-skate-sharpening-at-home?ref=video

    tamtamg
    tamtamg
    Ice Hockey Equipment 1066

    Customer ordering some CCM custom skates, questions on options I have never ordered?

    Have a customer who is ordering 3 pairs of full custom AS1 skates, two primary and the third as a back-up. He is wondering the difference between the following options below. Help is appreciated since he is dropping some serious cash buying himself 3 pairs of skates and doesn't want to make a mistake when selecting options.    Tongue: Pro Tongue HPE vs EVA? He is looking for a thin and light tongue with decent protection. Becuase of the requested protection he wants, I advised against the lightweight molded tongue. Is there a better option?  Liner: I have ordered all of the Clarino options before for various customers. He is wanting to know what the Air Mesh option is? Also, he noticed it says "other" as an option, which I have never noticed previously, what "other" options are there? Facing: If he orders the 1/4" advance facing, is that on both the inside and outside, or just the outside? Toe Cap: If he selects oversized, do they just source one size larger for the cap or how do they determine what size cap they provide? For example, if he wears a size 9 skate, does CCM instead use a toe cap for a 10? Again, there is an option for "other" which I have previously never seen.           

    Nicholas G
    Nicholas G
    Ice Hockey Equipment 11

    Quad 1 - Vulcan7905

    Steel - Tydan 280 Hollow - 90/75 FBV About Me - I started skating at the age of 10, played for three years and stopped at age 13. I then picked it back up again at about age 27. Of course, I can skate, But I've always have troubled trouble with crossovers. I can do them, but no confidently which is why Im hoping I can find a right peofile for then to keep me more stable.  Review - I have found my profile!! Just everything about this profile suites my play style! Sure It won't ever be all 5's, but its so close!! I can really feel my edges on this profile for some reason and hold them for a good bit. Crossovers feel fantastic as well as the starts and stops.  Mobility - 4 Stability - 4 Speed - 4 Acceleration - 3   * After testing more profiles, this could possibly change if I feel I judged it poorly. 

    Vulcan7905
    Vulcan7905
    Quadruple Radius

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    Byufiglien with an as yet-unseen rather ugly white skate.

    dsjunior1388
    dsjunior1388
    Ice Hockey Equipment 4643

    ProSharp Quad Profile Recommendation?

    I’m wondering what ProSharp quad profile would be the best starting point for myself? I’ve read a lot about the quad options and I think 0.5 would likely be the best but unfortunately it seems like the shops in the area have the 0, 1, and 2 templates but not the 0.5.  I’m 6’0”, 190 lbs, 33 years old and have been playing most of my life, typically as a winger. I’m not an amazing skater but I’m pretty decent. I just ordered some True skates and they’ll have either 272 or 280 runners depending on what “size” they make the skates as.  Thoughts on whether to start with quad 0, 1, or 2? For what it’s worth I’ve never profiled before and have always used my Bauer, Graf, or CCM steel as is from the box. 

    yychockey
    yychockey
    Ice Hockey Equipment 3
  • Quad 1 - Vulcan7905

    Steel - Tydan 280 Hollow - 90/75 FBV About Me - I started skating at the age of 10, played for three years and stopped at age 13. I then picked it back up again at about age 27. Of course, I can skate, But I've always have troubled trouble with crossovers. I can do them, but no confidently which is why Im hoping I can find a right peofile for then to keep me more stable.  Review - I have found my profile!! Just everything about this profile suites my play style! Sure It won't ever be all 5's, but its so close!! I can really feel my edges on this profile for some reason and hold them for a good bit. Crossovers feel fantastic as well as the starts and stops.  Mobility - 4 Stability - 4 Speed - 4 Acceleration - 3   * After testing more profiles, this could possibly change if I feel I judged it poorly. 

    Vulcan7905
    Vulcan7905
    Quadruple Radius

    Quad 0 Dave P

    Hi, we'll see how this goes, feel free to comment if I suck at reviews. My background is if it can't be measured maybe it didn't happen so subjective reviews are hard. I've been skating next to forever, mostly play pick-up games with other old guys now, 6ft about 180lbs, skates are 1x Vapors and steel is 280mm Tydan. Review is after about 10 hours ice time. Acceleration  4,..... it's easy to get up on the toe of the skate and get the first steps in quickly to get moving if you get caught standing still,                                this might be the biggest plus for this type of profile with the short radius on the front. Maneuverability  5 skating backward and about 2.5 to 3 forward....ok, what the hell does that mean?  I'm equating maneuverability with tight turning                              when both feet are on the ice ( not "running" crossovers to move laterally ) Skating forward I have a tough time in real tight turns, back half of the skate                              kinda wanted to go straight....really had to work to tighten the turn radius. It could be done but wasn't "clean"....ate the ice and scrubbed speed. Skating                               backward was great, human tether ball on a short rope great. Stability 4..............really had no issues, didn't feel like balance was off....everything seemed comfortable. Speed 3.................With out making this a long story I did do some laps with a stopwatch and compared them to the 9/50mm/10.5 triple that I now have on.                                Times were averaged over 10 passes per session on 3 different days averaged within about 1/2 second on the three days.                                 Many years back I spent a few winters on speed skates so I have  a clue about this part of the test. For top speed                                 the profile needs more toe left on it, for hockey it feels pretty good.                                This 3 rating may/likely will change as other profiles get tried. So far I'm really not liking the 9/50mm/10.5 "glide" profile and                                 I suspect I'll be happy to be done with it. Summary ................ I found it very easy to move your feet quickly, made it easy to react to direction of play. I felt it took less effort/strength when accelerating                                   and making lateral moves. Found it to be an easy profile to adapt to, pretty comfortable right out of the gate.                                   If I was going to tune it for myself I'd do a bit more blending or tighten the radius at the heel a bit to help tighten up the                                  forward turns.        

    Dave P
    Dave P
    Quadruple Radius

    9'/10' - Torikkun

    Steel - Step 220 Hollow - 3/4" Profile - 9'/10' (Test 1) About Me - I started skating about 2 years ago and started playing hockey about 1 year after that. After reading a ton of threads, everyone emphasized skating, so I wanted to make sure I could skate before I got into any hockey. Had I done things differently, I would have starting skating and doing off-ice stick work because when I started playing, my hands couldn't keep up with my feet. (They still can't hahah, but I'm slowly getting there.) Every time I play hockey with someone new, they've always commented on how good my skating looks. I've been asked multiple times if I figure skated in the past. A lot of people think I'm really fast (at my level), even though I always lose in straight races with my friends, so I think the "fast" perception comes from smooth skating. I definitely feel like technique wise, my skating is very smooth, but my greatest weakness is agility with turns/pivots and explosive power acceleration/stops. I also have a bad tendency to skate upright in the back, even with my knees bent, and this comes from scoliosis surgery I had at 13. (My posture is great though!) This causes me to be a bit more on my heels than I should. Being an engineer, I love to tinker and try out new things. When I felt I was a decent enough skater I started fiddling with hollows. This site got me interested in profiling, but I could never justify trying out a bunch of different profiles, so this project was the perfect excuse! I've had my skates profiled once when I upgraded my skates. The boots were physically the same size, but since the listed sizes were different, CCM used a smaller holder/steel. The new skate felt too rockery, so I had them profiled to a 10'. Review-  There really wasn't much difference between this profile and the control 10'. The biggest difference was the added stability and extra heel in the back. Since I my natural posture/balance point is more in the back, I felt like the extra heel interfered with my balance a bit. A lot of time the extra heel felt like it was dragging and causing the skates to feel slower. The extra heel didn't feel different with backwards skating. Stopping: The steel seems to catch more--but only along the back half of the blade versus if you were to increase the hollow and feel the extra bite right at the center/rocker. Just a small annoyance--we'll see if this changes if I play in a game where I'm not focused on skating. Power Pulls: (This is where you switch from outside to inside edge on one foot.) Initially, I had trouble doing these. After the 2nd, 3rd pass around the long side of the rink, I was able to adjust my skating and do them again. My feeling was that the rocker point was in the same spot but what made it harder was that all my weight seemed to be stuck on the back so when I initially started, I couldn't really use the edge correctly. I didn't notice this issue at all when I was purely doing just 1-foot c-cuts (inside or outside edge). To adjust, I needed to lean my weight more forward so I was more balanced on the rocker properly. Overall, didn't really like this profile. It felt like having a toe pick on my heel.  Acceleration: 2.5
    Mobility: 2.5 (-0.5 from control)
    Stability: 3.5 (+0.5 from control)
    Speed: 2.5 Profile Tested Before This: 10' (control)
    Next Profile: n/a (Additional Comment)
    I've skated one public skate on this, so I'm going to play a game tomorrow night and report back! Maybe one other public skate.

    Torikkun
    Torikkun
    Dual Radius 1

    10' - Torikkun

    Steel - Step 220 Hollow - 3/4" Profile - 10' (control)  About Me - I started skating about 2 years ago and started playing hockey about 1 year after that. After reading a ton of threads, everyone emphasized skating, so I wanted to make sure I could skate before I got into any hockey. Had I done things differently, I would have starting skating and doing off-ice stick work because when I started playing, my hands couldn't keep up with my feet. (They still can't hahah, but I'm slowly getting there.) Every time I play hockey with someone new, they've always commented on how good my skating looks. I've been asked multiple times if I figure skated in the past. A lot of people think I'm really fast (at my level), even though I always lose in straight races with my friends, so I think the "fast" perception comes from smooth skating. I definitely feel like technique wise, my skating is very smooth, but my greatest weakness is agility with turns/pivots and explosive power acceleration/stops. I also have a bad tendency to skate upright in the back, even with my knees bent, and this comes from scoliosis surgery I had at 13. (My posture is great though!) This causes me to be a bit more on my heels than I should. Being an engineer, I love to tinker and try out new things. When I felt I was a decent enough skater I started fiddling with hollows. This site got me interested in profiling, but I could never justify trying out a bunch of different profiles, so this project was the perfect excuse! I've had my skates profiled once when I upgraded my skates. The boots were physically the same size, but since the listed sizes were different, CCM used a smaller holder/steel. The new skate felt too rockery, so I had them profiled to a 10'. Review - Since this is the control, there's not much to say. The most I noticed switching from the old 9' to 10' was that I had relatively more stability, but the steel felt "slower". When I would try to accelerate and glide, the extra steel would seem to drag. My ideal profile would have the stability of the 10' but the agility of the original steel. Other things such as edges and crossovers didn't really feel any different.  I do recently feel though I wish I could get more agility but have a small area near the rocker "flattened" since pivoting on it feels a bit unstable. Based on this, here are my ratings: Acceleration: 2.5
    Mobility: 3
    Stability: 3
    Speed: 2.5 Profile Tested Before This: (none)
    Next Profile: 9'/10'

    Torikkun
    Torikkun
    Single Radius

    9'/50mm/10.5' - Marka

    Howdy, Had a chance this morning to stay on the ice after a game and test another profile...  Thanks to JR and ProSharp for the ability to give these things a go and see what I notice for myself! About me: I'm a relatively new hockey player, but a relatively old person. 🙂 I started skating and playing hockey in 2015/2016 at age 46.  Prior to that, I'd played a tiny bit of hockey with other neighborhood kids a couple winters on a pond in Maine, when I was growing up.  When I started a couple years ago, I could sorta hockey stop on one side and kinda do forward crossovers.  Today my skating has greatly improved and I can perform any normal "hockey skating maneuver", but nobody will mistake me for Connor McDavid or even just anyone that played hockey seriously as a kid.  I currently play in "D" leagues in the Pittsburgh, PA area, which are one step up from full beginner leagues. I use size 7.5D Easton Mako M8 skates, with regular 263mm Step Steel.  I use a 5/8" Fire 'radius' and sharpen my own skates with my Sparx.  This set was initially sharpened by JR at 1/2" ROH when it was profiled, then I ran 6 passes with a 5/8" Fire ring at home. 9' / 50mm / 10.5'  Please see my other reviews for context!  All of my comments and ratings are in relation to other profiles I've tried.  A Zuperior profile with a little added forward pitch was my baseline, which I rated at all 3's for each category. This morning, after a game in which I tried the Quad 1 profile out I had a chance to stay on the ice and give the 50 flat a try... I assume that it gets this name by having a 9' profile on the front of the blade, a flat section 50mm long, then a 10.5' profile on the back of the blade.  @JR Boucicaut, please let me know if that's not correct! After trying  a Quad 0 and Quad 1 without being able to notice much of any difference as compared to the Zuperior S that's my baseline, I was expecting basically the same result with this profile... I.e. that if someone switched my runners without my knowledge, I likely wouldn't be able to tell that it'd been done. Interestingly, while the feel difference was still fairly subtle, I _DID_ notice an immediate difference with the 50 Flat.  For lack of a better description, it felt like I was a little more stable when my weight was centered over the middle of the blade.  That did not translate into issues with tight turns...  Agility felt pretty much exactly as it had before.  It just felt like I had a bit more fore/aft stability and it also felt like I had a touch more edge grip. Here's some totally subjective numbers to try and say the same thing... Acceleration: 3.5
    Mobility: 3
    Stability: 4
    Speed: 3 I bumped acceleration a slight bit over my baseline Zuperior S profile just because it felt like maybe I was getting a tiny bit more push from the toe flick during the skating stride. Now, these were still minor differences... If I hadn't known that I changed runner profiles I'm not sure that I wouldn't have put the difference down to just changing ice conditions or the skates being freshly sharpened.  But this was a back to back comparison between the Quad 1 with both profiles on freshly sharpened runners. I liked the difference!  It was subtle, but that little extra bit of stability / perhaps edge grip made me a bit more confident in my skating.  It also didn't seem to affect tight turns / agility in any meaningful way. I'll have a chance to play a couple more games this week, and will be sticking with this profile.  If my impressions change at all, I'll post a follow up. Mark

    marka
    marka
    Triple Radius 3

    Zuperior S - gevorkya

    Profile 2 Steel - StepSteel Black 272 Hollow - 1/2" About Me - I started skating when I was about 18.  Skating turned into pick up hockey then on to beer league and has been that for over 20 years.  Started out on cheap skates, no profiling, just was glad they were mine and not rentals.  Went thru 2-3 upgrades still without knowing what profiling even meant.  Skating was improving, as one would hope.  Finally got a set of higher end skates that felt most comfortable so far, still with out of box steel and normal sharpening.  Shortly after happen to stumble into a skate shop that had a pro who kinda explained profiling and possibly gave me his sales pitch.  Decided to go ahead and give profiling a shot, he took down my height, weight, etc. and profiled my couple of month old skates.  The difference was super noticeable, I felt completely different on the ice and couldn't believe the difference or how and why it took for me so long to figure out profiling existed and what it could do for one.  About a year after that I came across t-blades, the reviews and opinions seemed positive, so I had the same pro switch me over to t-blades, which apparently had a very similar profile already on them out of the box with the option of the blade I was picking out.  Well all that was another phase of my skating life and learning about skates/steel.  December of 2014 I went back to normal holders/steel when I got new skates yet again.  Had the same guy profile them, still not knowing exactly what kind of profile he was 'putting' on them.  I also started coaching and started to focus and learn extra about all facets of hockey including skate sharpening and what profiling exactly is.  About a year ago I bought my current pair of skates and this time asked what profile is being put on it, which, from what I was told is single 9' radius and what is now my control set.  An engineer in me usually analyses everything that I do, so it's same with skating, I always try to understand how exactly the steel makes contact with the ice, how the depth of the edge cuts into the ice and all the other aspects that contribute to someone staying upright or actually being on the ice.  Although I can't consistently put all of it together and be perfect, I consider myself a pretty good skater that can tell the difference between having an edge or not and beyond.  When I found out about all the different profiles and started researching what they are all about, I reached out ProSharp and was referred to JR, which thankfully brings me here to this project.  Can not wait to try out all the different profiles! Review - This is my first profile done by JR - going from Single 9' radius.  Took me a couple of skates to be able to fully analyze the profile and I'm actually glad I did skate a couple of times instead of writing a review right away.  Noticed that there really are 3 different zones, don't ask how, but it showed a ton during transitions and basically going from inside to outside edge and from outside to inside.  The issue that I mentioned in my review of my control set practically disappeared, I didn't catch my heel a single time when I transitioned from forward to backward skating.  I didn't notice anything decrease in any of the 4 categories, everything stayed the same or got better.  Front third seemed to give me more acceleration, didn't time it by any means, but felt that I was tad bit faster off the line.  Middle felt similar to what I had with single profile, but I think that's normal.  Back third I believe is where I gained the most, considering I wasn't catching some spot that would cause issues in the past.  Can't wait to try the Quad! Acceleration - 3 may be even 3.5 - This area noticeably increased Mobility - 2.5 may be more towards 3 - if part of this category is responsible for the issue i've been having, then definitely went up to 3 Stability - 3.5 - felt very stable, although Stability and Mobility are sort of opposite, but my heel issue going away feels like increase in both areas Speed - 3 - stayed the same Next profile will be Quad 0

    gevorkya
    gevorkya
    Triple Radius
  • YouTube / ModSquadHockey

  • CCM Jetspeed FT1

    Back after another full season in the FT1 skates. In a nutshell, these things have been warriors! Other than the cosmetic damage I reported previously, the skate integrity has been nothing short of stellar; believe it or not I am still on the original laces (which I also love by the way). I am extremely impressed with this skate and I don't regret transitioning from the Vapor series. If you are a Bauer Vapor player and are looking for a bit more of a heel lock and less volume in the toe, I highly suggest you trying out the FT1. The performance and durability have been exceptional and other than a few gripes about aesthetics, weight, and the lacking quick change holder, this skate has been a huge win! My overall score of an 8.5 still holds true! Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the fit, performance, transition, etc. Hope this helps!

    Dangles83
    Dangles83
    MSH Long-Term Reviews

    Reebok 11KP Pro Stock

    Background: Been playing ice hockey for over a year 6+ times a week. Playing in equivalent of C League with some high level pickup games thrown in. I'm a size 15in gloves, weigh 205lbs at 6ft tall. I play center so I take a lot of hacks on my gloves so gloves are an important part of my game. This is also my first review on any equipment that is hockey related, but I've used a lot in my short time playing. This will be a 6 month review. Fit:  I'm a tapered/anatomical fit guy and these are the best fitting gloves I own. The minute I slid my hand in I knew they were going to be my favorite gloves and they've proven time and time again to exactly that. The pro palm material is a step up in feel from retail options that I have used and I never want to go back. The flex cuff is far and away the best feature of this glove as it's very comfortable and allows for great mobility when stickhandling. Everything feels very snug and comfortable. If there is any knock at all, it's that there is no flexthumb but as this is a somewhat recent addition to most gloves, I won't deduct anything from my rating for it and I haven't noticed a difference in my game using gloves that have it vs those that don't. 10/10 Protection:  Protection is stellar. Pro Stock padding allows me to have confidence in faceoffs knowing that when someone inevitably hacks my hand I'm gonna be ok. I've batted down shots with these and haven't felt a thing. The flex cuff does wonders to protect your wrists from slashing and provides ample coverage to that area. I've beaten these gloves to death over the last 6 months and they refuse to let me down. 10/10 Weight:  They're light by my standard, but certainly not the lightest on the market or the lightest that I've used. The palm material is a bit on the heavier side, but allows for great feel at the expense of more moisture and heat. However, I can't say I notice it that much so it doesn't bother me in particular. If you're looking for a light glove, newer options will provide that a lot better than this. 7/10 Durability:  These things are a beast for durability considering the propalm. I use lizardskins and grip tape on my sticks. I'm slowly changing out to all grip tape over trainer's tape on all my sticks as lizardskins wear off. No major issues with durability on these gloves. The exterior looks fantastic, and pretty standard wear on the the palm, but still a long way to go before I get any holes showing. 10/10 Intangibles: You don't notice they're there. They mold to the hand and feel apart of you. They give me the confidence to play my best game without needing to readjust. 10/10 Conclusion:  The overall fit of these is FANTASTIC. My favorite gloves by far and I wish they still made the exact glove with a flex thumb. I also own Warrior QRLs and I still find these to be the superior glove. The flex cuff feels a lot better. I'll continue using these and will probably try to grab the CCM equivalent when I see another sale drop for them. I highly recommend these to anyone who enjoy a contoured fit. 47/50

    Mister_NoDangles
    Mister_NoDangles
    Gloves

    CCM Super Tacks Elbow Pads

    Height - 6'1" Weight - 200 lbs Elbow Pad Size tested - Large (these were purchased w my own cash, were not provided by CCM or MSH)   Level of play: Rec Hockey Div. "B" and Pick UP (2-3 times a week)   Location: Canada (Sask.)   Fit & Mobility -I have been wearing a set of Warrior AX1 elbows since their debut. They are a fantastic elbow pad, but are on their last legs w multiple repairs to them. I have also tried to replace them soooo many times! Ive tried the Easton Pro 10, RBZ 150, RBZ, QLT's, CCM Ultra Tacks & even a few pairs of some Pro Stock RBK and Jofa's. The fit has always brought me back to the AX1's..... until now. CCM got it right w these. The Ultra tacks elbow donut thingy was a bit deeper and pinched my elbow weird. It's tough to explain. They've shallowed the donut in this version and it doesn't bother me at all. Th length of these are just a few mm shorter than the AX1's but provide adequate protection in my opinion. This is a 2 piece elbow pad and I can still full extend my arm w them on. The straps are the perfect length, and the middle strap provides awesome comfort. For size reference, I wore a Medium in the AX1's, Medium in the Pro Stock RBK and Jofa's, but Large in everything else retail I mentioned above. These are also a Large and fit perfectly.  I honestly have nothing to complain about in this dept. 10/10    Protection - As I eluded to above, these are a perfect length (for me). I wear a size 14" 6052V2 gloves and they just touch the bottom of the elbow pads. I don't like my elbows to go inside the glove a whole bunch, I find it super uncomfortable and theres a huge lack of mobility. The forearm slash guard is hard and they even have some D30 foam tossed in there too. I wish the D30 foam part wasn't exposed as much though, as it seems like the "netting" its in will eventually tear and rip. Time will tell. So far protection has been adequate, so no complaints here. 9/10   Weight - Coming from my old AX1's, these are very light. I should actually weigh them, but I can tell from jus holding and wearing them, they are lighter. The moisture wicking materials will also help them not retain water and will be lighter during game play as well. I probably skate 1mph faster as a result too ;). These are a more bulky pad vs the FT1, so I don't expect them to be feather weight, I wanted protection to the max. 10/10   Durability -I haven't spent enough time to comment on the durability just yet, but the only thing I can see wearing out is the netting around the D30 foam on the forearm slash guard. Stitching seems to be quality, forearm step is nylon not elastic & the bicep guard was lengthened vs the Ultra Tacks, giving you more options for fit. Ill come back and score these after some more use.    Conclusion - As I mentioned above, I have been trying to replace my current set of pads for years. Im happy I found these and CCM got so many things right w them. Small thing is the colours used, Im ready for a new colour scheme away from the white/blk/yellow, but thats a small preference that doesn't really matter, as you don't see them under your jersey anyways. These are getting close to a perfect score from me, but Ill come back to update that after more use and can comment on the durability of them. 

    enis750
    enis750
    Shoulder/Elbow/Shin Pads

    Bauer Re-Akt 200

    About me: Age 55. Experience: One and a half years.  Level: muppet.  I started out with the Bauer 4500 helmet and face cage. It does the job, but you feel every bang on the head due to the firm foams used. I decided to upgrade the helmet after I collided with a huge player going at full speed who wasn’t looking where he was going. I was nowhere near the puck, so there was no excuse, but there was a loud bang as our helmets collided, I went flying, he remained upright, and I had a headache for several days afterwards , which is not good.  The Bauer Reakt 200 is a top end helmet, and well reviewed by Virginia Tech. I know the VT reviews are controversial, but a good review can’t be a bad thing. So I ordered a large to try, and bought it as it fitted well. The first time I wore it on ice I had mild pain either side of my head, which I figured out was due to the cage being too narrow, despite being a large. A few minutes manually widening the cage sorted out the discomfort.  This helmet is much more comfortable than the 4500, and after suffering a collision with the boards and a whack on the head from a stick I can say that it provides noticeably more protection than the 4500. Obviously if my head hits something hard, and decelerates rapidly, the helmet will not protect my brain from the deceleration, but the soft foams do without any doubt dissipate the impact much better, and hence the helmet should reduce brain damage to some degree.  The helmet is expensive compared to others, but given that brain damage is a serious risk, I don’t mind paying more for a better level of protection.  Added 1 January 2019: Last night I took a slap shot to the head while wearing this helmet. The puck hit the plastic shell above the forehead. It wasn't the most powerful of shots, thank goodness, but the helmet did its job: I didn't feel a thing, nothing and I haven't felt anything since either, so hopefully there was no zero injury. When it impacted, I had the feeling that the foams and suspended lining inside the shell were deforming and absorbing the shock of the impact. I'm sure my old 4500 would not have dealt so well with that shot. So, a big thumbs for the new helmet. 

    Leif
    Leif
    Helmets

    Warrior Alpha QX

    Background:  I play all positions (D and F) depending on what's needed, but my overall game is about speed.  I'm not often going to put a puck through a defenders' triangle but I'm going to wheel around guys and weave through them.  My legs create space.  In terms of shooting I mostly use snapshots and wrist shots.  I'm about 5'8" and 165.  My sticks have consistently been cut to between my lips when standing in socks.   Previous Sticks: Warrior QRE Warrior QRL Warrior HD1 True A6.0 SBP CCM Super Tacks Easton CX Easton V9E Easton V9 Stick Specs: 75 Flex Grip P28 Preface:  It's possible you've read my other stick review about the Warrior QR Edge stick, but if not I'll start this by saying that I'm a loyal Warrior hockey stick patron.  Please keep that in mind when reading through my review as I want to be forward that I do really like Warrior sticks.  I will certainly try to keep things as impartial as possible, but my bias might sneak through every once in a while.  The stick line I've been consistently using for the last few years has been the Warrior Covert line.  I've used a Widow for a very short time, the DT1, the QRL.  That said, every once in a while I've tried out some mid/high kick sticks as well as I've had some good experiences with the way they shoot and overall solid feeling (Bauer Total One, 1st Gen CCM tacks stick, Easton Synergy HTX before the blade fell apart, Warrior HD1) Blade:  I think that this blade has some really great characteristics;  To me it feels like it's livelier in terms of it's pop and spring, but manages to have a bit of a dampened feel to it.  Where I feel that if you were to fire a puck at a Covert blade it might go pinging off, the blade on the QX might be able to absorb a bit of that energy and hold onto the puck.  The interesting part is that it uses the same HardcoreX foam as the QRL (The QRE uses a SoftcoreX foam).  It might just be my perception, but I could also see the responsiveness of the low kick taper contributing to the lively feeling of the blade.  A mid kick, with all of it's characteristics about maximum energy loading through the middle of the shaft, could work the same way while receiving energy from the alternative end, the blade.  Not sure if my hypothesis is even close to having an effect, but it's just my gears working.  The blade has some great stiffness to it, it certainly feels like it holds up during loading and allows your blade to stay true.  For me, the slightly dampened feeling (again, this is how I felt the blade to be) contributed to some lost handles while weaving through the neutral zone.  I'd overskate or just lose feeling for where the puck was on my blade.  If I had committed myself to getting used to the feeling of this stick I'm sure that it would be fine, but I was certainly fighting it for the 3 months I was exclusively using this stick.  The stick felt more natural towards the end of my usage with it, but after going back to a Covert I had the same sloppy stickhandling when going back to the QX.   Stickhandling/Receiving Passes:  As explained above, I had some trouble at first getting used to this blade.  I do, however, think that this blade will suit a lot of people.  It's stiff, true, and overall helps contribute to positive characteristics of this stick.  Receiving passes is relatively easy with this blade.  I didn't have to cradle the puck as much as I would have to with a Covert stick.  Actually, the puck feel and pass reception remind me a lot of the Easton V9.  It had a soft feel, but certainly not a Bauer (non vapor) soft feel.  In terms of overall stick feel while stick handling I think it felt solid in my hands.  I know the Saber Taper is supposed to act as not a pure mid kick, or a pure low kick, but somewhere in between the two where you get more power and stability through the taper.  I think you can feel this while stick handling.  I've heard the criticism that certain low kick sticks feel frail in the hands.  The combination of thin, responsive taper and lively blade may create the "wet noodle" effect where the stick is almost flexing while stick handling or receiving a pass.  There's a certain consistency that I associate with more solid feeling sticks.  You know what your'e going to get out of them, you how that stick is going to feel when you get a pass, you know when you lean on it in around the boards that it's not going to fold, or brace, or react in any unexpected way.  I think, if I were to characterize the feel while stickhandling I'd describe it as consistent, and I mean that in the most positive way.   Shaft/Flex:  Warrior describes the shaft dimensions of this stick as concave sidewalls with rounded corners.  I've heard the term "dogbone" thrown around as well and I find that to be pretty accurate.  The corners round out but the middle of the shaft(front and back) sinks in, giving you a comfortable, almost ergonomic feeling in your hands.  It's not quite like a vapor shaft dimension where it's rounded and, to me, feels a bit smaller in your hands, but I could see how someone could make a comparison.  Moving down the shaft you'll find the Saber taper which, to my understanding, is not as low as a Dagger taper, but still should provide a quick release while allowing for increased power and stability when compared to the former.  From my stick experience, this reminded me of the Easton V9.  From what I remember the stick was called a mid-low kick where it was not going to be as low as a V9E, but it was not a true mid kick either.  It would allow you to load in to your stick but could still provide a quick, responsive release.  Really, that's what attracted me to give this stick a try as I had fond memories of my V9. Shooting:  While I think we all understand that puck feel and stick handling are a huge part of judging a stick, I think the "sexy" characteristics are in how the stick is going to shoot.  Goals and scoring are marketable.  Unless your Dan Girardi or Kris Russell I doubt any kid imagined blocking a shot in game 7 of the SCF to win.  I'd like to start by saying that I think that this stick, in my hands, did what it advertised.  It felt as though it loaded well, and gave me a bit more stability while loading all of that energy into the shaft/blade.  It felt like I could still get a shot off quickly when I needed to.  It felt like I could count on this stick to hold up while digging around the boards to retrieve a puck.  I say all of this while saying it does not necessarily suit my game.  I found that the stick really shined when I had time to get my hands and body over the puck and lean into a snapshot.  Unfortunately, that doesn't often happen for me and most of the time, it felt like I was using the stick to 80% of it's potential.  I don't want this to come off as, "unless you have time to dust the puck off you'll never shoot well with this stick".  In fact, I'd like to dispel that right now.  I just felt like it didn't work out for me.  I think a lot of it comes down to my shooting mechanics and the types of situations I find myself in during games.  If i was a "heavy" shooter looking for a more responsive stick I think I'd really enjoy this.  If I felt like I could "overload" a low kick or dagger taper, I'd probably like the shooting characteristics of this stick.  I am, however, neither of these things so it always felt like I was using a butcher knife to peel a carrot;  It'll get the job done but in my hands, it's the wrong tool.   Weight/Balance: The QX is listed around 410g.  I've said before that most top end sticks hover around the same place and I put a bit more stock into the balance of a stick contributing to how/why certain sticks will feel lighter in your hands than others at the same weight.  I like blade light sticks as I think it contributes to my perceived and preferred "crisp and responsive" blade feel.  The QX feels balanced in my hands but I don't quite think it felt as good in my hands as the QRL.  Again, that's my preference and the QX is a light stick with a good balance to it.  From my experience I think that Warrior hockey does a great job of making their sticks light enough, while giving the right balance to make sure that they don't feel too blade or handle heavy.  I know some defensive guys who really like having some weight (perceived weight through actual grams or balance) behind their sticks/blades for poke checking.  Same applies to heavy shooters as Force = mass x acceleration (please, physicists don't kill me over that, it makes sense in my head haha)  I think I'll bring it back to the idea that the QX just feels solid in your hands.  The weight and the way it's distributed adds to the "story" of this stick line.  I think for players who like having a stick that just feels consistent, the weight and balance of this stick help contribute to that.  I think if the weight was distributed differently it might feel like you can't depend on the stick to perform during heavy actions, ie battling in front of the net, digging for rebounds, battling for pucks in along the boards, taking faceoffs, or lifting sticks (or getting your stick lifted or slashed).   Durability:  I have never had an issue with Warrior sticks in terms of their durability.  That being said, it's possible I'm just lucky.  I'm not particularly hard on my sticks in terms of leaning heavily in to them, or digging around in the corners, or jousting with players in front of the net.  I've found the QX blade held up nicely; the blade kept its' stiffness, responsiveness, and didn't split anywhere.  The shaft, and importantly the taper, have held up well only showing cosmetic blemishes.  It hasn't "whipped out", and the stick shows no signs of failure any time soon.  Intangibles:  N/A today. Conclusion:  I'll focus more on the story the Warrior Alpha QX is trying to tell and whether or not I feel that the stick lives up to it.  To me, the Alpha line is meant for someone who wants a stick that can be a bit of a workhorse but has some finesse as well.  It can handle being heavily leaned in to but can also be responsive enough to beat a goalie who gets a clean look at your shot.  It can battle behind the net but also score the game winner.  I'm waxing poetic but if the Covert is the sniper, then the Alpha is your captain.  It has a specific profile, but it's an all around stick that does a lot of things well.  I think it loads well without sacrificing quickness.  It is, and will stay consistent in it's feel.  This stick wasn't the right tool in my hands, but  I think that there's a large portion of people out there who will benefit from the characteristics of this stick.  If i'm scoring this stick, for me it's 7 only because it just never felt right.  I was fighting the stick.  For reference, the QRL is a 10, the A6.0 SBP would be a 7, the HD1 would be an 8 (I preferred the blade feel of this stick), the V9E would be a 9, the Super  Tacks would be a 6.  I want to be very clear though, these numbers have nothing to do with performance, it has to do with my performance with the stick and it's match to me...NONE of these are bad sticks(in my opinion), they just don't fit me.  

    djsalerno
    djsalerno
    OPS

    Warrior QR Edge stick

    Background: I play all positions depending on what's needed (F and D), but I'd certainly say my game is about speed, and shooting pucks from the tops of the circles and in.  Almost exclusively snapshots and wrist shots, but there are some half clappers stuck in there from one timers.  I'm about 5'8" and 165lbs.  My sticks have consistently been cut to between my lips while standing in socks.   Previous sticks: (recent) Warrior QRL (Really Like) Warrior Alpha QX Warrior HD1 True A6.0 SBP  CCM Super Tacks (Did not like) Easton CX (Did not like) Easton V9E (Really Liked) Easton V9 Stick Specs: 75 Flex Grip P28 Preface: For a lot of this review I'll be directly comparing the QRE(dge) to the QRL and the QX as they're the sticks I've been using most recently, and there's a  commonality and continuity between the lines and manufacturer.  I've consistently been playing with some form of Warrior Covert family stick for the last few years, dating back to the DT1 and even trying a Widow for a very short time.  Disclaimer: I did receive this stick after winning a code from MSH on an IG contest to be part of the VIP program.   So thank you to MSH and Warrior for the chance to try this stick out.   Blade(Crisp/Lively): This is what I love about Warrior Covert style sticks and has kept me in the brand consistently.  To me, the blades feel crisp and lively.  Switching between the QRL and the QRE it feels as if the QRE is slightly dampened comparatively to the QRL, but it still sits in the livelier end of the spectrum.  To me, the QX felt/feels the most dampened in the brand.  For a bit more reference,  I really enjoyed the blade feel of the Easton V9E and the old Bauer X:60s when they were the top of the line with the aerofoam blades but without the sense layer that they added on the APX.  I enjoy this style of blade for stick handling, puck reception, and passing/shooting.  Crisp is the word I use the most when describing these style of blades.  In terms of durability I've never had any issue with any of my warrior sticks through history.  I'm also not doing a lot of stick work or digging hard into corders. Stickhandling/Receiving Passes: Again, the word I use the describe the Covert style blades is crisp.  Specifically, with the QRE, I didn't feel like there was a huge learning curve coming from the QRL, even though I did feel it was a bit more dampened.  This is where I'm sure some folks loving the blade on something like a Bauer Supreme will probably be discouraged from trying a QRE.  The blade is lively, but I'm very used to it.  In terms of stickhandling it feels like there's a direct line from my hands down to the blade.  I'm guessing it's a combination of the True1 construction, Carbon fiber/molding processes and efficiencies, and the blade materials.  In terms of receiving passes the blade has a bit of jump, but most folks will be able to adjust.  It's not a blade that you can have someone rocket a puck to you and have it stick to your blade without having a bit of cradle to it.  If you know what kind of blade feel you like then I'd certainly say this is a livelier one, and it comes through in the stick handling and puck receiving.  From my experience, I wouldn't think that there would be any surprises coming in to the QRE if you have experience in a livelier, crisp blade.   Shaft/Flex(Easy Loading): The shaft has rounded corners with straight sidewalls and is consistent from what I felt in the QRL.  I could see someone feeling like it's a "boxier" feel, especially compared to the QX that has a "dog bone" shaped shaft.  To me, it feels very comfortable in my hands and has some slight tactile/raised grip on the upper portion of the shaft.  Moving lower down the shaft is where the standout feature is.  The Edge taper is aesthetically different from any other taper on the market today.  To me, it reminds me a bit of the Easton elliptical tapers of old.  It has a bit of a diamond shape where it's a thin taper, but the sides (east to west) are wider.  From my understanding this adds to the stability and power of the taper, but still allows you to quickly load and release with ease for a quick and accurate shot.  I have always been in a 75 flex stick, and to me the QRE feels a bit whippier than the QRL does.  I noticed it when really leaning in to a snapshot where it felt like there was a bit more loading happening before the release of the puck.  I wouldn't say it's a bad thing, it's just a bit different and took me some getting used to.  I'm not going to go out and say it's "the best of both worlds" but it's pretty good, and it's definitely as advertised.  There feels like a perceived whip to the stick, possibly through the easier loading, and the stability really does help keep the blade closed more during the stick deformation when loading.   Shooting(Easy Loading, Quick Release;Bread and Butter): Another reason why I've stayed in Covert sticks for so long are the shooting characteristics of the stick.  To me, this stick matches my game.  It amplifies what I already do since it's suited to me.  I'm never going to be a big shooter, really leaning in to my shots.  I'm a smaller player that uses speed and a quick(ish, heh) release to beat goaltenders.  The QR Edge still lives and breathes by it's shooting characteristics.  Now, with the Edge taper, expect a stick that loads easily, and releases quickly while keeping the strength and accuracy.  Pucks feel clean, crisp, and lively coming off the blade.  On a good shot, you'll feel all the technologies working in unison.  I'm not going to say this stick is going to make you shoot like Laine, but, if it matches your game it will help amplify, or reinforce your abilities.  Weight/Balance(Light): I remember listening to the Warrior Hockey podcast where they talked about sticks having a threshold in terms of their weight and how light they are.  it got me thinking a bit about balance, distribution, and what feels comfortable.  The QR Edge feels light, but more importantly it feels good in my hands.  I'll be honest that I've never been a blade heavy fan.  To me, that always made it feel "clunky" and added to the "dampened" feel of blades.  I suppose what I'm saying is that at a certain point, all high end sticks will be around the same weight.  At that point, it comes down to the balance of the stick and what you prefer.  Me; I prefer a lighter feeling blade, so I'd rather have the weight closer to the top of the stick.  For some people, they might not like that.  In my opinion the QR Edge feels light, and balanced towards the top.  Someone else could pick the stick up and say they feel the balance is neutral, or it's more towards the taper.  This is one of those categories where you 100% should feel the stick and judge for yourself.   Durability(10): I've been using this stick, exclusively, for about 3 months.  Every few sessions I'll mix my QRLs back in just to compare.  I have never had issues with Warrior sticks and their durability and this is no exception.  The blade has held up, and so has the taper.  I'm not heavy on my sticks at all so if they did start to break down I'd be quite disappointed.  There's some cosmetic chips here and there, but it's not like the graphics, or grip coating, are falling or flaking off.  If there was ever an aspect that I might be hard on my sticks it's blocking/deflecting shots.  In that regard I'm very happy with the internals of the blade.  Like the QRL, the blade has kept it's stiffness, it's shape, and it's pop.  I see zero signs that it's going to start to get soft on me  (knock on wood).   Intangibles: I hated the graphics at first, but when I actually got the stick in front of me I thought the colors were fantastic.  It's clearly got a lineage and a history.  To me, you can see the orange and blue and know it's a Warrior.  You know it's a Covert.  It reminds me of old Dolomite sticks.  The asymmetrical graphics are certainly interesting.  I don't know why but I prefer having the larger Warrior logo up by my hands and the Covert logo at the bottom.  I'm a righty so I get the Warrior Logo at the bottom and the Covert up by my hands.  Really though, should I care? Conclusion(10): Warrior hockey has won me over the last few years with their Covert line.  If you've made it through this review I'm sure you're seeing that I'm quite fond of these sticks, so please, take my review with a grain of salt and search for things that I've said that can be a bit more concrete.  I think this stick has a livelier feeling blade.  This stick loads very easily, but also has a lot of stability through it's taper.  It's a quick release style stick.  It's light, and regardless of your preference for weight distribution, has a nice balance to it.  If these things speak to you then I'd recommend trying a friend's QRE out, or go to a store and pick one up and see how it feels in your hands.  If you like it after that, and you think this stick suits your game, then I'd have a hard time telling you not to invest in one as it will respond positively.  Conversely, if you've made it through the review, and you feel that there are characteristics of this stick that do not suit your game you might be shoving a square peg in a round hole.  Like any other stick, if you're fighting it and wanting it to be something it's not, you'll surely be disappointed.  

    djsalerno
    djsalerno
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