Happy to announce that the 15th Annual MSH Winterfest will be held in metro Detroit on Saturday December 7th!
Registration is now open - request to join here:
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.
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.
Hi dear goalie community!
I´m about to start out as a goalie soon and would like to buy a new mask soon as well.
Since i am not 100% familiar with all the different Fits and sizes I would like to have some help.
I already tried out the Bauer 940X at my local Shop. It actually fits pretty good ( skull cap wise and around the head/temples in general).
However it feels a bit too snug, if not tight around the cheeks ( I have pretty big cheekbones..)
Would a NME Style Helmet therefore fit better around the cheeks? Would it feel looser around the head then? I know that they are a bit wider than the Profile masks.
Unfortunately my local shop didn´t have one to try out and the shop owner wants me to pay upfront if he should order one for me.
Any tipps or other recommendations would be great!
Thanks in advance!
Has anyone tried this? PenaltyBox was pushing this on sale and supposedly sold 1200 rolls in 12 hours according to their IG!?!
Gretzky said he’d like to see all players go back to wood sticks instead of using composite sticks so players would have a better feel and control for the puck. (Read here) Everyone knows that isn’t going to happen because the advantages composite shafts have over wood shafts in terms of puck velocity. But what if you could have both? Smarthockey Blade Tape is first major innovation for hockey tape ever augments composite shaft technology with the “feel” of a wood shaft. The patent pending rubber tape has over 40,000 “fingers” to grab the knurling around the edge of an ice hockey puck giving you unbelievable “feel” when receive a pass, stickhandle and shoot without giving up any velocity. In fact, when you shoot, the technology makes it feel like you can pick the puck up and basically “throw” it with unbelievable accuracy (almost like throwing a ball with a lacrosse stick). Additionally, the tape makes it feel like you have “pillows on your hands” because the puck feels so soft. Practice with it for a while and it’s like you have you have the puck tied to a string. It basically sticks to your blade for toe drags, puck extension and tight turns. Unlike conventional cloth tape or electrical tape, Smarthockey Blade Tape is hydrophobic which means it won’t become waterlogged and peel off your blade. Unlike wax, it doesn’t freeze or condense causing it to lose its grip after a few minutes on the ice. And if you start to get ice build up, simply tap your stick on the ice and watch it disappear. Last but not least, Smarthockey commissioned a study by one of the leading optometry schools in the US to understand what colors are hardest to process by the human eye. What we learned was that humans have fewer cones and rods in their eyes to process neon yellow, electric blue and powder grey (Gretzky may not have known it, but he actually had an advantage by putting powder on his black tape). When those colors are moved quickly in front of the human eye it can’t process these colors which causes a blurring effect. Since stick shaft technology has increased the speed at which a puck comes off the blade, goalies are now forced to react to where the puck is going based on where the blade is pointing as opposed to watching the puck (Read here). However, if the color of the tape on the blade of the stick blurs as a player is shooting, it effectively puts the goalie at a huge disadvantage. While Smarthockey Blade Tape might seem pretty ordinary, this might be the biggest innovation in hockey since the curved stick or plastic skate blade. This is a game changer!
Rec player. On ice 2-3 times a week in the competitive divisions. Nothing fancy, but love to play and try out new sticks and gear. Owned 3 or 4 sets of pro stock skates the last few years and settle don 1n's 2 years ago. Like the boot. Have gone through 3 sets of LS4 steel. Cracked on me every time. Keep a spare pair of LS3's for backup. Bought and sold every stick/curve I could find, and Ive never had a game changing experience with new sticks.
The other day I broke my LS4 steel on a hard pass off the feet. Great, another 100$ :s
My local hockey shop Al Andersons had a young guy who said they had a few pairs of Step Steel black that were no longer being produced and he suggested I go with them or just use my LS3 steel and keep the one spare LS4 blade I had.
I worked some overtime recently so I had a few bucks burning a hole in my bank account. I told him to toss in the Step Steel Black into my 1n's and I would try them out.
Im on my 5th game with them so far, and I couldnt be happier. Im not sure if it is the extra blade, the radius, the "bite" if thats a thing, or whatever. But I feel more blade contact, and it gives me more confidence in my turns and I feel I have more power throughout my whole stride. The ice at my local ASHL facility SUCKS, as they are very busy and do not flood enough or let the ice sit after floods to let it settle. But with these skates I have more confidence to dig into hard turns.
Once in a while I enjoy comign to the forums to read whats going on with gear so I figured I would toss out a quick post to anyone who hasnt tried this stuff out yet. Compared to the Bauer Steel, i notice a positive difference!!
Oh, and after 5 skates, they still have a great edge on them. I am curious to know when I will need to sharpen!
Is it just shortening the break in time, or gives it a better fit and is shortening the break in time?
And if you bake them wrong can you "break them back in" that it fits you like you have backed it correctly?
Looks like retailers are already getting the holding pages online. Looks like the price will be $399 CAD, $40 CAD more than the Supreme ADV.
Posted January 2, 2019
Profile 1 - Control set
Steel - LS3 272
Hollow - 3/4"
About Me - I started skating at 4. Grew up playing travel at different clubs around the Grand Rapids, MI area. Played High School and then went on to play ACHA in college. Strong skater, never the fastest guy on my team but could always hold my own. Solid on my edges. Built for corner battles and transition game. Currently I coach and play occassionally. I've also spent close to the past 10 years involved in some way shape or form with a pro shop. I have used 9' with a 1 1/2 degree forward pitch. I sharpen and profile my own stuff traditionally. So this is a new venture but from my experience and understanding I'm excited to try the new profiles.
Review - This will be my control set as this is what I have been skating on for quite a few years! I've played around with other profiules but always came back to this as my comfort zone. There will be some adjusting not having the forward pitch. But if that's the worst thing to come out of it I'm in for a treat!
Acceleration - 2
Mobility - 3
Stability - 3
Speed - 3
I will be trying the Quad 0 first.
Profile: Zuperior S by JR.
Hollow: FBV 90/1
Steel: CCM SB 4.0 247
About Me: I started playing roller hockey in junior high ~25 years ago. Started playing ice ~20 years now. Beer leaguer that skates 2-3 times a week.
Control set: Step Stainless 246. My old profile was a dual radius 8’/12’ with a medium forward pitch done by noicing. I am very comfortable with it now as I have been using them for 4 years.
Acceleration - 4
Mobility - 3
Stability - 3.5
Speed - 3.5
Comments: The Zuperior S initially felt longer or flatter than my old profile. It felt a lot more stable, but I didn’t feel on my toes as much. That made it a little more uncomfortable for me as I have been on a forward pitch profile from noicing and my old Grafs. I didn’t ask JR to put a pitch on them, so that was my mistake. It took a while to get used to in my first game, but I felt pretty comfortable by the end.
I went from FBV 90/75 to 90/1 because I thought 90/75 was closer to 5/8, but according to the Blackstone guide in the Pro Shop, 90/1 is more like 5/8 and 90/75 is more like 3/4. Since this is my first sharpening with JR, I figured I should try 90/1 and adjust from there.
This may have been a reason I had to take some time to adjust. During the warmups, I felt like I could catch my edge easier and that affected my confidence and my mobility. As I got more comfortable, it felt easier to go edge to edge and my trust came back. By the middle of the 2nd, I was pretty comfortable with the stopping and accelerating. I really liked the agility towards the end of the game and I really felt comfortable accelerating and keeping good speed skating backwards. The first 3-4 strides felt good (even if I’m not on my toes), but I’m not sure if it was also due to the new sharpening as my old runners were due.
Highlight of my 1st game: As I got used to them, I took the puck end to end and beat everyone but the defenseman that forced me outside. I had a battle along the boards, broke free, made some nice pivots, stops/starts, and broke away wide open. I felt very comfortable on my skates on that play.
Lowlight of my 1st game: Later that period I took the puck into the zone right down the middle and went for a quick snap off my front leg. I lost my balance, flubbed the shot, and almost crashed into the boards. I think it’ll take me some time to get used to it, but it has been more good than bad so far.
I’ve played ~10 games and feel a lot more comfortable now. Still not on my toes as much and have been off balance a few times expecting the forward pitch. Other than that, I feel a lot more stable skating forward and back. Acceleration feels better forward and back too. Top speed is not too much different, but feels better than stock. I’m starting to develop some soreness in the shin area due to my legs adjusting to this profile. It’s about time to switch back to the control set to see how they feel.
I will try the quad zero on my other CCM runners and will try to add pitch to these if JR recommends.
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'.
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.
Profile - Quad 2
Steel – Step Steel ST Blades, 280 LS Edge holders
Hollow – 3/4"
Skates - Bauer Nexus 8000
About Me – Playing hockey regularly for 15 years. Play twice a week. I started playing at age 8, played until 15, then stopped playing for 6 years. Picked the game back up as an adult, and have been playing regularly for the last 15 years. Play twice a week.
I first got my skates profiled 7 years ago. I tried the Maximum Edge with 9' radius for forwards. I don't have a review for that because the change was made too long ago to have a objective review.
Review - Played for 5months, twice per week.
Acceleration: The blade felt like it lacked forward pitch. It almost felt like it had backwards pitch. This hurt my overall acceleration. I had to lean forward more than normal.
Mobility: I felt very locked in to the path of the skate. It felt hard to turn. I had to use a lot of effort to initiate turn and the maintain the turn path.
Stability: I felt very comfortable on the ice with this profile. I felt very stable while standing, gliding and skating in a straight path.
Speed: The length of the useable portion of the blade definitely helped my overall speed. It took me longer to get to my top speed but felt much faster and I could glide for a long time.
Overall: I didn't like the locked in feel of the blade and the . I loved the speed but the step back in acceleration and mobility really hurt my game.
Acceleration - 3
Mobility - 3
Stability – 4.5
Speed – 4.5
Profiles I've tried rated best to worst:
1. Maximum edge 9' radius
2. Quad 2
Profile - Quad 1
Steel – Step 272
Hollow – 3/4"
Skates - CCM Super Tacks size 8 with Superfeet Carbon pro hockey inserts.
About Me – I've been skating regularly for 10 years, started in my early 20's and have been working on my skating ever since. I've done several power skating classes to help improve along with plenty of extra ice time to put it all together and practice. I am usually on the ice 3-4 times a week between beer league and sticks and pucks. I had my skates profiled for the first time about 3 years ago to a 10' and it was an immediate improvement to the stock CCM steel which did not seem very consistent. I've been curious about trying some other profiles and came across the Prosharp Project and it seemed like a great way to find out what works best for me.
Review - This is the one! Feels very similar to the Quad 0 but with the added top end speed and stability that I was looking for. Making quick cuts, turns, and transitions all felt very similar to the Quad 0. Forward skating, backward skating and crossovers all feel good, I was able to accelerate quickly in both of those directions and I felt good in net front and board battles. I feel a lot more confident on my skates and in turn it makes me more confident in games which is a plus.
Acceleration - 4.5
Mobility - 4.5
Stability – 4.5
Speed – 4.5
Profiles I've tried rated best to worst:
1. Quad 1
2. Quad 0
5. Zuperior M
Super aggressive, great stability, everything you'd expect from a profile like this if you've played goalie before.
Unfortunately, I prefer a little flatter toe in order to make high blocker/glove saves.
This would be a great profile for bigger goalies or goalies that struggle with mobility.
I would consider a 24'-28' combo, but my LHS doesn't have the profile. Even then, I'm not sure it would benefit me much. The more steel the better when playing goalie, I always say.
Years playing: 43
Highest level of play: Jr.A (a very long time ago)
Current level of play: Beer League
Notes to Reader:
I usually cut about one or two inches off my sticks, so they tend to play about 5-10 points higher than the rated flex. Due to the fact that I grew up with wood, and later aluminum sticks, my perception of stiffness is influenced by that history. I always tape the the full length of the blade, including the toe, with an extra strip along the bottom, so I have never had a blade with chipping issues. I have used sticks at every price point from entry level right to top of the line.
Stick Reviewed: Warrior Alpha QX3, 85 Flex, P88
Blade: The blade on the QX3 is nice and stiff, but I would not describe it as either pingy or dampened. Puck feel is generally quite good, with it being easy to tell where the puck is on the blade. Receiving passes is smooth, and pucks do not bounce off the blade. My one complaint with the blade is that puck feel at the toe is not very good.
Shaft/Flex: Rounded corners give this stick a nice feel in the hands. Warrior says the QX line has a low kick point, but I'd say it feels more like a mid/low. The stick plays true to the flex rating for shooting, but feels surprisingly stiff during puck battles, which is excellent.
Weight/Balance: This stick is relatively light for the price point, coming in at around 430g. In comparison, my Nexus 1000 was about 415g, so the QX3 is certainly not heavy. In my hands, the QX3 feels quite blade heavy. I am not a fan of blade heavy sticks, as I find it makes the stick just feel heavy overall. To me, the QX3 feels just as heavy as a Supreme One.7, which weighs over 500g.
Shooting: Shooting with this stick is excellent. The stick is very easy to load, and you can feel the kick when you release the puck. The Saber Taper is supposed to keep the blade from torquing open on shots, but i find shots taken too close to the toe will cause the blade to open.
Passing/Stickhandling: Aside from the balance issues mentioned previously, the QX3 performs quite well in this area. The shaft has just the right stiffness for stickhandling, and blade feel is good. If not for the blade heavy feel, I'd say the QX3 is the perfect Dangler's stick.
Intangibles: I am generally not a fan of Warrior's graphics, as I find them a little loud for me, but the QX3 has to be one of the best looking sticks currently on the market. The blue, white, yellow and black graphics look fantastic.
Summary: The QX3 is a great mid-pricepoint stick. If you're looking for the lightest stick out there with great balance, then the QX3 is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you want a stick that will perform very well without breaking the bank, then the QX3 could be just what you're looking for.
Overall Score: 8.4/10
So two years ago I was coming off an almost 10 tear spell where I didn’t play much, just coached. So once I started up again I found I needed to replace some gear. These were replacing an old pair of Vapor elbows that really wouldn’t stop sliding down. I am 6’3”, 180 lbs so on the thin side, was looking for an elbow that would be fairly low profile and would stay in place. I play mainly regular invite-only games so while the games have a good pace, you don’t have to worry about getting hacked or slashed. Protection is mainly for stray shots or getting tangled up with someone and going down here and there.
I have these in medium. They have the inner sleeve and a forearm and biceps strap. The elastic sleeve is nice, I wear short sleeves so, it is right against my skin. Because I am thin the biceps area isn't tight but the sleve does seem to help keep it in place and is snug in the forearm and right at the elbow. The 360 strap on the forearm lets you get the tension right where you need it. The three piece design means your elbow goes right into that pocket and keeps it there.
Again, I don’t play in a contact or chippy league, but because of the fit, I never have to adjust them like I used to. Being in the proper spot contributes to protection. I have gone down here and there and this is a case where if you don’t notice, it is a good thing so I am assuming it is doing its job. It provides full coverage around the forearm and the elbow cap is substantial without being bulky.
The Vapors I had were pretty light, these are on par. I don’t notice them so I have no complaints here.
So far they are holding up well. I average about two games a week and have had them about a year and a half. The only thing is as you would expect the elastic on the 360 degree strap is getting a bit relaxed but not enough that it affects the tension. This is an area I will be paying attention to as there is nothing to hold it in place except friction. I keep expecting it to slide off the front edge but so far it hasn’t. The rest of the elbow shows no sign of wear.
I was looking for comfort and something that stayed in place, and these provide that. As an intangible I think the STX Surgeon equipment looks great with the gray, black and white. Doesn't matter much for protective stuff but just my opinion.
I am really happy with this purchase. I think STX is bringing great equipment at very reasonable price points. Once my son gets a bit bigger I will be buying STX for him and will be getting shins for myself next.
Stick History: Warrior QREdge, Warrior Alpha DX, True A6.0 Sbp, True XC9 Acf, Warrior HD1, Warrior QRL, Warrior Alpha QX, Bauer Vapor 1x, Bauer Supreme MX3, Easton Stealth CX, Easton Synergy HTX, Easton Mako 2
Stick Info: Warrior Fantom QRE – W03 Curve, 75 Flex
Height: Uncut Weight: 360G (approx.) Grip: Yes Usage: On and off for the last 5 months
I was super excited to get my hands on Warrior hockey’s response to the Bauer Vapor ADV series, being, I’ll admit, a Warrior fan boy.
Blade (4/10): With this being an insanely light weight stick, I did not expect this blade to be the most responsive or greatest feeling. And as expected, it is not. I found that I was forcing myself to use the stick for a couple games before finally getting comfortable with the blade. But once I got used to it, I found it to be not that bad, but yet not that good either. Again, to be expected with a stick at this weight. Even though this stick is crazy light, the blade is very stiff and did not torque out when shooting.
Shaft/Flex (7/10): One thing I find with Warrior sticks in general is that their sticks made in China play stiffer when compared to the sticks made in Mexico. The Fantom QRE is made in China. I got the 75 flex and it feels slightly stiffer than other 75 flex sticks, but still softer than 80 flex sticks I have tried in the past. The Fantom QRE has a traditional shaft shape, which is what I prefer, with a not too tacky grip coating with the Edge Taper for quick release.
Shooting (9/10): The Fantom definitely gets the puck off quickly thanks to the Edge Taper. I find this stick to shoot similarly to the QREdge, but with a little less feedback. Overall, I really do enjoy shooting with this stick and never seem to miss the target more than I usually do.
Stickhandling/receiving passes (7/10): This one is tricky. I am no NHL player or better than your average beer leaguer and I do tend to have my head down when I try my dipsy do’s. For stick handling, I like this stick since it’s super light and easy to maneuver. I find my stick handling to be slightly faster, but it might be some placebo effect from how light the stick feels. When it comes to passing, that’s another story. I found the Fantom QRE does not have the most feedback when it comes to passing and found myself missing the target until getting used to it. Receiving passes was also a learning curve as I would miss receiving passes in the first few games, but again after getting used to the lightweight stick I would not miss as much. Main point here, it is definitely a stick that you must get used to at first.
Weight/Balance (10/10): Well, at 360 grams the Fantom is incredibly light. The balance is excellent and not blade heavy at all. Warrior did a fantastic job.
Durability (8/10): This is my second Fantom QRE. The first one got a clapper at point blank. Honestly, I do not think any stick would have survived. Warrior replaced it no problems. The second Fantom QRE has had no durability issues. I’ve been slashed and hacked multiple times and even deflected some shots off the shaft with no cracks or breakages. The blade has held up great and has not lost its stiffness. I do believe the Fantom QRE is a tough cookie. Also, Warrior backs it up for 90 days.
Conclusion: (7.5/10) The Fantom QRE is a fun stick. After a few games to get used to how insanely light it is, the Fantom QRE is a very useable stick that provides great shooting. However, I always find myself going back to the QREdge over the Fantom after a frustrating game where I would usually give another stick another game or so. For the big price tag of 400$ CAD or 320$ USD, I would personally shoot for the regular QREdge before forking out a wad of cash for the Fantom. Although, I do very much so enjoy how light it plays in hands and the 90 Day warranty is appealing and reassuring.
After having been in various Graf's for 20 years, my last pair (G75's, favorite skate of all time FWIW) was starting to wear out and I'd been on the lookout for a new pair of skates. A friend from a few hours away called me and let me know that a LHS was going out of business, and the last day it was open had an 80% off lowest marked price on EVERYTHING. These were the skates that were the most likely to fit me that they had, so it is what he got for me. This is probably not the boot that I would have ended up in had I been shopping, and spending real money, but it is not bad and for the price, I could not beat pass it up. I believe they were $350 initially, but after all the discounts I paid $60. I think these are a 2017 model - but don't quote me on that. It is a SMU, with the following features:
CCM Jetspeed Xtra Pro Senior Hockey Skates Features
Base Model: FT370
Boot: Rocket Frame Composite
Outsole: TPU Outsole with Exhaust
Tongue: 7mm Black Felt with Embossed LB
Tongue Liner: TotalDri Liner with Abrasion Resistant Zones
Eyelets: Brass Eyelets
Runner: SpeedBlade Stainless +2mm Runner
Fit - N/A
Like I mentioned above, this is not the boot I would have ended up in had I been spending serious money. I always feel like this is an odd criteria to be rating things on anyways; all feet are different and different models are different. CCM describes it as "medium-volume skate for players with average toe, forefoot, instep, and heel dimensions. Tight at the heel and more narrow at the forefoot. I'd agree with this - they certainly aren't as roomy as I'd like, and I wish they were slightly wider at the forefoot. However, they're comfortable enough to wear for 3 hours at a time. Very stiff, which negatively impacts comfort a slight amount, but if I were a player going an hour at a time and not a referee, I don't think I'd notice that negative impact at all. I also have not noticed any lacebite, whether that is due to the guard on the tongue or the volume being accurate is hard to say.
Insole - 1/10
I'm not including this in the total score, but the Insole was the one real negative I had with this. First of all, it isn't so much of an insole as it is a rivet cover. Second of all, it was falling apart brand new! I tried to get a replacement from CCM, but they didn't have any in the size. Uhh.... OK. They offered to send me an orthotic one if I had the purchase receipt, but as my friend picked these up for me I did not and he'd already thrown the receipt away.
Blade/Holder - 10/10
SpeedBlade +4.0 with SpeedBlade Stainless +2mm Runner. Coming out of Grafs/Cobras, there wasn't quite as much forward pitch with these as I'd like. A profile later, and I was in good shape. JR would recommend a shim installed, but I didn't have time to ship them out to him and none of the shops around me would install one. No complaints whatsoever. The runners may not be premier runners, but I've had no issues with them and they're holding an edge very well - I have about 50 hours on them too (yes, really - I get my skates sharpened twice a year whether they need it or not!)
Weight/Protection - 8/10
Weight is excellent. Super light, at least to me. Protection.... is pretty good, but I took a shot from a moron with his head down and it left me with a good bruise. It was a good shot, but I was still surprised how much it hurt.
Durability - 9/10
Some wear and tear, but not a ton. Most of it is on the holder. I'll update as time goes on, but so far I expect to get a few years out of them.
Intangibles - 9/10
I like them. The only thing I really don't like, other than the fit which cannot be held against them, is the look. I want a black skate. Call me boring, whatever, but there is a little too much going on for my liking in these. Also, I mentioned the insole issue above. While I was disappointed with CCM for not having the stock insole to replace it, and I was disappointed in myself for not having a receipt, their offer to replace it with one of their orthotic insoles was more than fair. Break in was not bad - not as quick as my Grafs, but not bad at all. Maybe 6 hours. I did bake them as well.
Conclusion - 36/40
Writing 36/40 seems low, to be honest, but I just added up all of the above scores. If you asked me to rate these out of 40, I'd probably say 38 or 39 - only when adding up the individuals do I get the "low" score. I'm happy with these, and expect to be for quite a while. The fit isn't quite right, but it is close enough and as mentioned above should not be taken into account for the rating, just information to be an informed buyer. It is a damn good skate, and at the price - even at $350, I can't see paying more for a skate when you can get something this good for that price.
It's been about 6 years since the last shaft review, so I figured one was due.
Background: I have played hockey for nearly 30 years, topping out as an ACHA club player and now just in pickup/adult league. As someone who breaks blades but very rarely breaks a shaft using a two piece makes more sense to me. It is also much easier/cheaper to experiment with different curves.
I have not tried any Base shafts but starting from Easton aluminum's have used quite a few different shafts from a number of manufacturers. The performance and feel of a shaft is obviously strongly correlated with the blade being used. I've used a few, but settled on using a TRUE blade as well as that seemed to have the best overall feel and performance. Though in general I think my comments hold if using different blades.
Specs: TRUE 6.0 ABP Shaft - Flex 75
Usage: ~2 Seasons and still going strong (I have been told that differences with the latest version are minor to non-existent).
Weight: I've never been one to pay all to much attention (see usage of Easton aluminum shafts 20 years ago...) but it compares well to other higher end sticks. Total weight of course matters greatly which blade you put on.
Performance: I'm mostly of the opinion that once you get to around the mid-range of sticks there isn't much difference going higher in price, and things like flex, feel, weight, balance, etc. become more important. It is definitely the highest performing shaft I have used. Flex profile can be very specific to the individual, but the flex profile works very well for me. It is advertised as a variable kick point and works quite well across the board: passing, wrist shot, snap shot, slap shot, one timer, etc. I broke a blade the other day and had to switch to my backup with a Bauer shaft. The difference in flex and feel were very noticeable, and much worse.
Durability: I've used the shaft for almost 2 seasons now, which I would estimate to be about 200 hours of ice time. It has some scuffs, scapes, and dings, but nothing that seems to be affecting things in any way.
With the exception of Base, it seems most equipment manufacturers have either stopped manufacturing shafts or at least stopped caring about putting out the best product possible. In my opinion, TRUE does still care and puts out a top-notch product. I know the market is quite small, but I'm very glad that they do. Before I found the TRUE shaft I had started trying some one pieces thinking I'd have to make the switch as they were much better than the shafts I was using, but the TRUE shaft changed that for me and I personally don't think I would gain much by using more expensive one pieces.
Male - 6'0'' - 180lbs
Mainly Forward/Very Rarely Defense
B/C level hockey
Usage time: 2-4 games a week, January through March and Sept through Dec 2019 (end of previous season and into current season)
Glove History (most recent pair prior to this listed last): Eagle XP X70's 15in, QRL Pro 15in
STX RX3 14in - I did not get to try any STX gloves on prior to this purchase. I was only able to look at them online and try to judge what I thought would be a good fit based on my preferences.
These are a true tapered fit and they fit close to the hand all the way back to the wrists where they open up. I really like the close fit on the fingers, but I find it a little tighter than I would prefer on the back part of my hand. It's not uncomfortable and it's definitely not a deal breaker but it's something that I noticed when comparing to my QRL Pro's. For comparison, the QRL's were great when I fit got them and now that they're 2 years old, they almost feel sloppy compared to the RX3's. I attribute this tight fit on the backhand to the lining. The lining is very soft, but it does feel plush. If I pull the lining back the feel of the glove opens up a bit, but I don't have that nice soft liner anymore and it's just the glove material. If they could make this liner just a hair smaller, it would be perfect. Lastly, I went with 14's because I watched Matt Hills review of these gloves stating that he thought they felt a touch bigger because of the M2 knuckle and the way the glove was able to bend. I believe this was a vital piece of information for me and he was spot on. If I would have bought 15's I think they would have been too loose for what I was looking for. That said, STX has a 14 day return policy, no questions asked, so I could have returned them for the 14's if that were the case.
The only thing I wish I could change is that they run a touch warm. Overall I really like them and everyone once in a while when I think I should go back to my QRL's, I put those on and immediately remember why I keep wearing these. Even after basically a full season of playing, the liner is still there doing it's job and it hasn't broken down hardly at all. The padding still feels the same as when I bought them and I think that's one of the amazing parts of this glove. The fit and comfort are pretty much the same as when they were new. If the padding was a little thinner on the backhand as I mentioned above, they would get a 10. The palm is nice as well. Not ultra thin, but thin enough that I can feel everything and be durable (I'll get to that below). They also have mesh gussets, which if you read my review of the QRL Pro's was one thing that I thought they needed to change. This is a welcomed change for me and I definitely like them more than traditional cloth.
Weight is on par with other top level gloves. They don't feel heavy on my hands, although I think that is also because of how close they sit to the back of the hand.
Excellent mobility. The bottom part of the cuff is a little shorter than some of the other gloves out there and it's actually segmented from the rest of the cuff so it allow you flex your hand down which gives you full range of motion.
These gloves were already super comfortable out of the box and I thought the liners would break down like the QRL's, but to my amazement they still feel great. They haven't lost any comfort and the liner has stayed consistent throughout the entire time I've been playing with them. There's really nothing more to be said about this. They were great at the beginning and they're still great.
I play beer league, but it's still competitive and sticks are always an issue. I haven't taken anything to the back or side of the hand that has caused me to think about needing more protection. Some people said they had concerns with the M2 Knuckle being a "weak" spot in the design, but i haven't had any issues so far. I'm giving this a 9 because I don't think it's been truly tested during play.
So the overall durability of this glove is fantastic. What I mean by that is that the really important stuff like cuff, palm, gussets, etc is durable. The reason for the 9 is that I've noticed on two of the fingers on my right glove that I'm starting to get some tails from the stitching on my right hand. I think it has to do with my wiping the snow off of my stick blade at the end of a shift or before a face-off, etc. They are in no way affecting how the glove performs, but my OCD picked up on it about a month or so ago and I keep forgetting to fix it before it becomes a problem. Other than that, everything else has been extremely durable.
Great palm. Wasn't sure how I was going to like it having never owned anything STX, but it's soft and durable and has been wearing very well. A huge plus was the spandex gussets. So glad these had them. What a world of difference it makes for me in terms of feel.
Pro's of this glove: Great price point for top of the line glove, fit and mobility are great and the lack of break in time and consistent fit over time of the glove are all huge bonuses.
Con's of the glove: I wish the back hand padding/liner was just a touch thinner as to give a little more breath-ability and space to the glove. Neither of these were/are deal breakers for me though, but YMMV.