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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 47

    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 4

    MSH SummerJam registration now open!

    If you are wanting to attend SummerJam, please request access to the area: You will pay the entry fee upon approval.  Do note that we expect a lot of requests.  

    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
  • New Kids Skates: Buying for performance over model/name (Bauer s25 jr.)

    Long time reader first time poster. I am a researcher/analysis kinda guy --- I am a systems thinker... so sometimes I OVER THINK, but in reality I enjoy the cerebral exercise of decision making and trying to make a good decision when purchasing things ... sooooo .... Did I make the right a good and well reasoned/researched decision on the skate I purchased for my 8u Mite --- (it's easy to sit and dispense advice to parents on the team and to folks on the internet but when it's your kid, how the doubt and over-thinking flood in!) New Skate: Bauer Supreme s25 Junior (sz 1) -- [**Would you make any modifications? (New tongue? Replace cheap etc...)] My planned upgrades: Superfeet Insert (the stock Bauer one is ... a piece of cloth?) Profile the blades ... not a direct mod per se, but when compared to a 2S with some yahoo on the grind wheel... 🙂 Might throw them in an old skate convection oven after the first couple of skates just after a skate to keep them breaking in quickly. Could be convinced: New Tongue --- honestly I dont think this adds to the performance much ... so probably not since this one isnt HORRIBLE unless lace bite pops up. New Runners --- This is addressed in my concern. Since the holder is not an edge, doing this would be ... EXPENSIVE, and might blow the S25 experiment out of the water.  Skater profile: 7yo, 45lbs, above average skater, has most of his edges, constantly moving -- lots of starts and stops. Previous skate: Bauer Supreme 140 Why the s25: Went with the s25 after reading lots of posts here and my personal philosophy of skating for kids. The purchase was about finding a skate he said felt good, that the fitter and myself agreed fit well, and that was a good skate for a kid, i.e. somewhat flexible and lower volume padding. Had him try everything and even the s27 seemed way to stiff for him. I believe that many kids are pushed into skates that are WAY too stiff for them and that the flagship models in the lines (e.g. the Bauer 2s) are just too bulky for kids --- this is a minor point compared to the flex. I do have a little bit of "dad remorse" because as I am buying these entry level skates BECAUSE I believe I am smarter than the sales folks and the skate company ... I see tons of other parents not blinking and buying their 7yos s29s, 2Ss, [insert top model line skates here]. So while I trust my instinct ... I still have a few doubts. Ultimately, I didn't want him to go from a SQUISHY 140, to a super stiff s29 or even s27. I also won't belabor this but, I don't think kids under about 100lbs and 11/12 years should ever be in a flagship model.  Note on the tongue: I am actually surprised at the construction. Foam is thick, 30z, two piece, and has a metatarsal pad and lace bite feature.  My biggest doubts/concerns are:  The runners that come in an entry level skate are... well ... a concern. This kid likes his skates as sharp as possible. I could probably do them every 2 skates and he'd love it. He is fairly careful but he chewed up his last blades on the 140. Luckily I don't have to pay for EVERY sharpen as I can do them at the rink with his coach. To me, I would want a better steel to keep an edge better (not necessarily longer, although those are essentially the same thing) ... perform a bit better (HE IS 7 ... so there is a limited return here). The issue is there is no cheap or easy way to alleviate this problem so I dont think fixing this is WORTH it in any sense of the word.  While he said he liked this skate feel the best of anything he tried on ... he liked the s27 second. The 27 was quite a bit stiffer but probably is a better constructed boot overall... so should I have sacrificed a bit of flex for cushioning/interior, a better tongue, and the LS Edge holder with quick release and answer both these concerns?  A final note: MY KID is 7. Seven. He is still afraid of the basement. So I know that this detailed of a post is CRAZY TOWN, but it's fun for me, and my wife is sick of me gaming this out with her because HE IS 7 🙂 So I know that this is overkill decision making for a 7 year old ... but again this is for SCIENCE and so I can tell the rest of the parents on my team who will come to me asking if they should drop $179 - $399 on skates.  So let's have it ... indulge me with your skate knowledge geekiness and love of this sort of mental exercise. [NB: I do have a thought at the end of all of this, which is sort of my punch line, but I want to see where folks come in on this.]    

    KosstleHockey
    KosstleHockey
    Ice Hockey Equipment 2

    Tendinitis help?

    Howdy, So after playing hockey basically 4 or 5 times a week for 3 years starting at age 46, about 2 or 3 months ago I tweaked my right (top hand) wrist.  I noticed it when I was reaching out to put a stick on a puck to deflect a shot, but I'm not convinced that it wasn't building before that, that just hurt enough for me to pay attention to it.

    I tried playing through it, but after a couple games I gave up on that, and took a week off.  That helped a little, but the same pain was right back when I started playing again.  Took a little longer break, maybe 2 weeks, then tried again, this time in playoffs.  By the end of the 4 games of playoffs, the pain was back full strength.  Its enough that I think about the pain, vs. playing and am somewhat wincing as I'm reaching out to do anything with my stick on a puck.

    Had an xray done during the 2nd break btw.  No fracture, diagnosis of tendinitis.  Dr. Lady says that I need to not play, could be a month or 6 months.  Obviously that's not really ok, but after the 2nd attempt I give that a go, plus see a hockey buddy who's a physical therapist.

    Did the PT thing for about 4 weeks.  Pain gone, able to do exercises, etc.  Started shooting pucks in the garage last week and that went ok.  Able to take 50 or so wrist shots without any serious pain, but could certainly feel the wrist working.

    Tonight, played a laid back game on a team my wife and I are on.  The pain is back by the 3rd period, similar to the same way it was after the 2nd break.  Not "this is clearly broken" or like a 10 level or anything, but certainly at the "that hurts a bit now, is getting worse, and if I keep going its going to be back to as bad as it was".

    So, with that long introduction... WTF am I supposed to do with this?  Anyone worked through wrist tendinitis and have success?  I'm reading about voodoo bands, recommended by a guy at the rink, but I have no idea if that's something that would actually help.  As far as I can tell, the PT stuff hasn't actually helped beyond just giving the wrist a rest for a month.

    This sucks.

    edit:  I've tried taping with KT tape.  Maybe helps a tiny bit but ??  I've also tried wearing a compression strap, but that hasn't help much either.

    Mark

    marka
    marka
    General Hockey Discussions 18

    Easton Makos converted pics?

    Looking to see if anyone has some pictures of easton mako/ mako II/ M8 etc converted to roller. I found some pics on the conversion thread page but was looking to see if anyone has put Hi-Lo kryptonium chassis or something similar on. Played ice for a while and switching to roller and would like to keep the same boot. Thanks. 

    Spizark
    Spizark
    Roller Hockey Equipment 4

    2018-2019 Gear Sightings

    Well with free agency just days away I think this can be started... 2S Pro at Flyers camp https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dgz5v_uWsAg_WLY.jpg   https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgzktYgX0AA6V-T.jpg:large  

    nutters
    nutters
    Ice Hockey Equipment 431

    Skating lessons from a figure skater

    I’ve been learning to play for 18 months, and regularly learning to skate for two years, though I had very basic skating skills before. I skate at least six hours a week. I can do forwards cross rolls, hockey stops, left and right, forwards and backwards, one foot outside edge hockey stops, left and right, crossovers, left and right, forwards and backwards, backwards one foot stops, left and right, and tight turns, left and right. I’m currently learning a forwards one foot slalom. Someone suggested I take lessons from a figure skating coach to improve my edge control. We don’t have any hockey skating coaches here. Would this be a good idea, or not? I’m 55 and very fit if that makes any difference. 

    Leif
    Leif
    General Hockey Discussions 13

    Does tape protect your blade?

    Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but I am wondering how you guys feel about tape protecting your blade. I usually tape a full sock to protect the blade but lately I am liking just taping the middle of the blade. Do you think I will see an increase in life shortening damage to my blade?

    ParabolicActivity
    ParabolicActivity
    Ice Hockey Equipment 14
  • Best quad profile+FBV for speed?

    What's the best profile and sharpening for maximum speed (without losing much turning ability)?

    snipecity81
    snipecity81
    Technical Info and General Questions 2

    12' -McJesus

    12' -Hollow: 7/8” -About Me:  I’ve played hockey for 20 years and coached for 10 years.  I used to consider myself a powerful skater, but recently started to work on my smoothness due to getting older/weaker/tired ☹.  With that, I feel like I can offer some good points to consider depending on what type of skater you are.  If you are a powerful, choppy, hardworking player, then you’ll most like profiles that cater and supports those characteristics.  If you are a smooth, tension free, and efficient skater, then I would think you would prefer a certain set of profiles.  Picture yourself in a game chasing down a puck.  Do you grit your teeth and bear down, tighten up, get set, and PUSH off as hard as possible?  Or do you stay loose, stay relaxed, and use the whole blade to get going?  Do you push in linear 45-degree strides, or do you land on a edge and let the skate collapse out?  I wouldn’t advocate either being a power skater or efficient skater.  But I think your style is really going to dictate your preference.  Mobility, Stability, Speed, and Acceleration are going to be perceived differently IMO depending on your style.  My ratings will be based on my personal preferences and effort to be smoother.  I’ll note in my reviews how I think the profiles would feel to different types of skaters. -Mobility:  3 -Stability:  3 -Speed:  3 -Acceleration:  3 -Review:  This was the first profile I tested.  I don’t think anything really stood out to me too much.  Mobility wise I could turn while having pressure on the heel or toe.  I felt very comfortable accelerating out of 10-2 position or on an outside edge.  I didn’t feel the toe catching or slipping on crossovers.  Top end speed was decent, but I wasn’t any faster.  Stability wise when skating or even along the boards, you just had to widen your base and stay moving.  I didn’t feel like I would get bumped or knocked off the puck etc.  This isn’t to crazy from a stock profile a pair of skates.  I think I would prefer maybe an 11’ to this in many ways. Profiles tested: none Profiles to test: 14’ Quad 2 10-20’ Zuperior M

    McJesus
    McJesus
    Single Radius 1

    14' -McJesus

    -Hollow: 7/8” -About Me: I’ve played hockey for 20+ years and coached for 10 years.  I used to consider myself a powerful skater, but recently started to work on my smoothness due to getting older/weaker/tired ☹.  With that, I feel like I can offer some good points to consider depending on what type of skater you are.  If you are a powerful, choppy, hardworking player, then you’ll most like profiles that cater and supports those characteristics.  If you are a smooth, tension free, and efficient skater, then I would think you would prefer a certain set of profiles.  Picture yourself in a game chasing down a puck.  Do you grit your teeth and bear down, tighten up, get set, and PUSH off as hard as possible?  Or do you stay loose, stay relaxed, and use the whole blade to get going?  Do you push in linear 45-degree strides, or do you land on a edge and let the skate collapse out?  I wouldn’t advocate either being a power skater or efficient skater.  But I think your style is really going to dictate your preference.  Mobility, Stability, Speed, and Acceleration are going to be perceived differently IMO depending on your style.  My ratings will be based on my personal preferences and effort to be smoother.  I’ll note in my reviews how I think the profiles would feel to different types of skaters. -Mobility:  1 -Stability:  1 -Speed:  2 -Acceleration:  2 -Review:  This profile felt awful.  I skated on it for an hour and hated every minute of it.  My feet were throbbing from trying to manipulate the blade.  I couldn’t get wide, anytime I tried to turn I just felt the blade pulling me in the same direction.  I was so limited in whatever arc my skate was going.  I couldn’t tilt it over and change the path of the skate enough.  Acceleration was hampered by having to push out with a skate that felt like it didn’t want to come off the ice.  I didn’t feel stable, because I felt like my feet were stuck in cement and my posture was not adjusting to it.  Obviously, never felt like I was going fast.  I don’t understand how anyone can skate in a longer profile.  I guess the glide felt ok, but my calves and core were so beat up just trying to keep my upper body and lower body in sync.  Stops and starts:  it’s faster to just hit the boards, get up, and then get going again in that direction.  If you’re a power skater you may have better luck, but I just felt stuck -Profiles tested: 12’ -Profiles to test: Quad 2 Zuperior M 10-20’  

    McJesus
    McJesus
    Single Radius 2

    9.5' | 50mm | 10.5' (aka Hudson V) - stick9

    Steel: STEP Edge 246mm Hollow: ¾ ROH About me:  Skating in general has never really been an issue. I’ve always been able to get to where I need to be. I started skating a young and grew up on a lake, so plenty of ice time in the winter. There are some aspects of my skating that could be better. I have had issues with decreased agility and lack of overall stability in the past. Normally I rotate two sets of steel. The first set is stock Bauer LS4 profiled to a Quad 0 by Shayne from Pro Sharp, the second is stock STEP Edge. When I started this program I purchased a set of Tydan from the pro shop here at MSH. The stock STEP profile is my control set. Review: I had two different profiles come back at the same time, a Quad 1 and the 9.5/50mm/10.5, which I am reviewing here. Having spent a good deal of time on a Quad 0 I was really interested in trying the Quad 1 so that’s what I went with first. I was pretty much set with the Quad 1 but in fairness to the program I felt I needed to give the 9.5/50mm/10.5 a shot. Mobility on the quads is pretty much effortless. The Glide 50 required a bit more effort but an improvement over the stock 10’ profile on my control set. Getting up off the line was fairly easy. The Hudson V performed well in tight spaces. Tight turns and quick changes in direction were good. The big win was in the speed and stability. I felt as though I got more glide with this profile, which in turn led to an increase in overall top speed. When it comes to stability. I think I prefer this over any profile I have use to date. The Hudson V is like a Quad 1 and a Zuperior S had a child. The mobility and acceleration of the quad with the speed and stability of the Zup S. The trouble now is, which one. I am conflicted. Both the 9.5/50mm/10.5 and Quad 1 work really well for me. I’ll probably spend more time on these before making a final call. One thing to note here. With this profile (9.5/50mm/10.5) I feel like I could go with a deeper hollow. I don’t feel like I had the same amount of bite as I did with other profiles.   Mobility: 3.5 Stability: 4.5 Speed: 4 Acceleration: 4   Final Ranking (First to worst) 1) Quad 1 / Hudson V 2) See above-mentioned 3) Quad 0 4) Stock 10' 5) 9'/10'

    stick9
    stick9
    Triple Radius 2

    Is it Profile or change in tuuk size ?

    I was using a quad 2 on 280mm tuuk. I felt like I had too much toe on ice and couldn’t get my forward lean. Further review showed a poor blend on the toe. I went to a smoother blend and more material off toe with a quad 1 reproduce. This felt much much better. I recently was able to get prostock 8 3/4 skates which fit my foot like a glove compared to my size 9 ft1s. Problem is they had a 272mm tuuk. So again I got a quad 1. I skated on them tonight and toe picked at least 5 times. Felt almost too far forward. There is also a sharp point on the toe that is catching. Curious if I cross grind and blend that out if that will fix problem or is just me not being used to the shorter steel causing me to fall forward and toe pick?   

    njobgen77
    njobgen77
    Technical Info and General Questions

    Quad 0 - stick9

    Steel: STEP ST 246mm Hollow: ¾ ROH About me:  Skating in general has never really been an issue. I’ve always been able to get to where I need to be. I started skating a young and grew up on a lake, so plenty of ice time in the winter. There are some aspects of my skating that could be better. I have had issues with decreased agility and lack of overall stability in the past. Normally I rotate two sets of steel. The first set is stock Bauer LS4 profiled to a Quad 0 by Shayne from Pro Sharp, the second is stock STEP Edge. When I started this program I purchased a set of Tydan from the pro shop here at MSH. The stock STEP profile is my control set. Review: I’ve spent more time on this profile than any other, except maybe my control set. I’ve been using the Quad 0 since before this project began. I had been on my new skates for about six months. Coming from a larger skate with a bigger holder, I missed some that extra steel on the ice. Dropping down in size had a positive impact on mobility and acceleration but the shorter steel lacked the overall speed and stability I got with the longer steel. I ended up talking with JR about possible profiles. He put me in tough with Shayne from ProSharp (we live in the same town). When I tried the quad 0, every aspect felt better. Getting in and out of turns was easier, front to back transitions were easier, I felt more agile in tight spaces and overall straight line speed was increased. I demo’d some other profiles that day. Everything felt better than a stock profile yet nothing felt quite as good as the quad 0. The quad 0 is like a catch all. It does a lot of things really well and seems to appeal to a lot of different players. Mobility: 4 Stability: 3 Speed: 3 Acceleration: 4 Other profiles on deck: 9 | 50mm | 10.5

    stick9
    stick9
    Quadruple Radius
  • YouTube / ModSquadHockey

  • CCM Jetspeed

    These are 2015 CCM Jetspeeds in size junior 5.5 EE (whose current equivalent are size senior 6.0 EE JetSpeed FT1). My previous skates were Bauer Supreme 6000 in 6.0 D that I bought back in 2010. Before that, I had Micron Mega 10/90 in 6.0 D that I bought back in 1992...  Ray Bourque was the face of Micron skates in ads back then.   Fit --- 10/10 --- I baked these at home once and it took awhile for them to break in. I played in a league where we had one game a week so it took about three months before they felt good. The right foot felt fine but the left foot didn't feel good until three months later. I guess my left foot is a bit wider. Compared to the Bauer's, these felt great, especially when skating backwards; they didn't hurt my heel. They came with the CCM custom insoles which I put in. Now, I can wear these for a long time without any pain.
    Blade/Holder --- 10/10 --- The came with the polished SpeedBlades on 4.0 holders. I got the custom sharpened with 8' radius and 1/2" ROH at noicingsports. I came from using Step steel blades on my Bauer's. These had less steel at the toe and heel out of the box compared to the Bauer blades. I don't get any issues while skating in these. I used blue Loctite threadlocker on the nuts after I put the blades back on.
      Weight/Protection --- 10/10 --- These skates are the lightest I have ever skated in. Compared to the Bauer's, these are exponentially lighter. The old Bauer's had leather in the inside ankle area. These skates have all man-made materials, no real leather anywhere.   Durability --- 9.5/10 --- I have only worn these through one whole (beer league) season as I have been sidelined with injuries. 
    Intangibles  As short as I've skated in these skates, one of the skate laces have been wearing down but I don't see any sharp edges near the eyelet that it goes through on the left skate, but the right skate lace is not worn down at all. Maybe there's something I don't see. The ankle padding is great and tongue padding is great. No pain with the laces tightened down. I like the top edge padding on the boot. I don't have to wear long socks anymore. With the Bauer's that had a leather top edge, it would wear into my skin. These are so light, I have no idea how the can make a more lighter skate boot unless they make the toe box out of carbon fiber.
    Conclusion 49.5/50 Not sure if I'll ever switch back to Bauer skates.  

    caveman27
    caveman27
    Ice Hockey Skates/Holders

    Warrior Covert QREdge - bwhockey17

    Hey guys, Figured it's been a while (almost a year!) and that would be enough time for me to close out this review.  First off I want to to extend a sincere thank you to JR and MSH for giving me the opportunity to participate in this! It was an awesome experience and I'm definitely hoping to participate again next time out. Throughout this entire process, the MSH community, JR, and Warrior have been excellent to work with, and I can't put into words how awesome the entire experience was.  Onto the main part of this - the stick. It's still going strong after 11 months. The paint is chipped in a few areas, but cosmetically, it's definitely held up a lot better than previous sticks I had owned. Performance wise, it still has a ton of whip and pop. Warrior really has an excellent twig on their hands with the QR Edge. I highly recommend picking this up if you have the budget for it, and even better if you can get it on sale. The kickpoint, balance, feel, durability, and sleek exterior have all combined to make this my go-to stick whenever I play.  Final Overall Grade: 10/10

    bwhockey17
    bwhockey17
    MSH Long-Term Reviews

    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




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