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  1. New for 2017, the Super Tacks is CCM's top-end girdle. Here's it out of the box: The shell is removable, with leg zippers and +1 adjustment. It has three points in which it attaches to the girdle. There is a second loop under the belt in which the shell strap hooks into. Adjustable spine pad, with D3O. Now, here's the girdle without the shell. Open front crotch. However, there is a step-in part in the seat of the girdle. Opening it up, you can see it. The tailbone pad is built in, similar to 9k. There are 4 adjustment tabs in the girdle. Two of them extend all the way up to the kidney pad and bring the back of the thigh pad up... And the other two bring the front of the thigh pad up. Hip pads are similar to 9k. There's a lot to like here. Having the open crotch is good, and there's no shortness of protection as well. However, two things could be potentially nagging - the step-in part is one. It doesn't really seem to be necessary - the points it's attaching to is the groin pad area and the tailbone pad. The second one is the lack of stretch material in the top of the girdle. The only part where there's any sort of stretch is a 1.5" piece where the velcro tab is that mates to the belly pad. I'm hoping to skate in them shortly. Any questions or additional pictures needed, please ask. Thanks goes to CCM for sending me this set. I've been a girdle wearer for almost 20 years so it's a category that always intrigues me.
  2. As you all most likely know, Easton's E700 helmet will hit stores on Dec 1 in three initial colors; white, black and matte black. Easton was gracious enough to send MSH a couple of helmets and so naturally, the first thing I did was to tear it apart so that people understand the differences. That is the helmet, with all of the padding stripped. The pads are velcro'd on, and are machine-washable and replaceable. Easton will sell that and the adjustment system separately. So, gone is the baseball-hat style adjustment system, and is replaced by a Giro system which anchors in three spots on the helmet and can be moved in or out to accommodate sizing within the range. The back adjustment slides up and down as well. Pretty neat system. It is fitting better than the S19 as well as a bit wider. Word to the wise; do not use any solvents (including alcohol) on the matte shell. It will discolor the helmet. Also; for those who wear facial protection; the helmet is definitely fitting better in that aspect. It was a bit difficult to mount visors on the S19; it took me less than a minute to mount an Oakley visor without any stress on the visor. Questions?
  3. And the Year Of The Helmet (or The Year Of The Revolving Helmet on JR's Head) continues with contestant #2; the Bauer RE-AKT. As noted in our Catalogue Review, the RE-AKT is taking a different approach to protection; the main feature in the helmet is the Suspend-Tech liner, which is designed to move independently from the helmet, in order to help with controlling rotational forces during impact. Initial thoughts - The RE-AKT helmet has a simple latch in the back that flips up. Once helmet is open, adjust it, then close the latch. The Occipital Lock is now on version 3.0; it is now a single adjustment. Interior - As you can see, a combination of Vertex foam (proprietary foam that according to Bauer, handles impact better than EPP), PoronXRD and the Suspend-Tech liner. Now, the helmet is a bit more streamlined because the adjustment system has been moved to the top rear of the helmet. In its place is a big slab of PoronXRD padding; ...and if you flip it over, you will see how the shell is held together. The temple pieces are actually really neat - similar to Easton's system. No more fishing for anchors. This is how it attaches to the earguard... ...and this is how it attaches to the Suspend-Tech liner. The Suspend-Tech liner connects in three spots; the temples, the rear bolts and the front bolts. The helmet is a Medium, which according to their chart, is 7 to 7 1/2 hat size. I had always worn a Bauer L helmet to this point, so keep that in mind. The helmet feels very nice on the head; it is a different feel than the Easton E700's "plush" feel. It is a lighter helmet than almost all; the weight gains come from the removal of bulky parts and the different materials. No pinching anywhere on my head; I've worn the helmet the entire time I typed out the review. There is a small con and a maybe, which I will find out soon enough. The con is helmet stickers, notably, numbers. Due to the placement of the Occipital Lock lever, it will go right in between the helmet numbers in a standard configuration. A suggestion is to place the numbers like the NJ Devils do - on top. The "maybe" is sweat management; I shave my head and that is a big deal with me and helmets. Since the Suspend-Tech liner is smooth, my concern is that it won't absorb sweat. However, I won't know until I start sweating in it; if the ventilation is great, it may not be a problem. Stay tuned. Don't mind the visor; it is not a retail item and not a part of the review. It is Bauer's pro version of the Oakley Straight Small. I'd like to thank CJ Ficek, who is the Category Manager for Helmets and Facial for the opportunity to review this helmet; CJ and I met in October and had a great conversation about helmets and the evolution of the product. Questions? CJ will be viewing this thread so if there are any questions that are beyond my realm, I'm positive he will relay the info to me.
  4. As part of MSH's Long-Term Review session with Reebok|CCM, I'll be handling the CL 500 glove, which is new for 2014. I went with navy/sunflower as it is a colorway that we use for MSH Winterfest. It's a tapered fit, which doesn't deviate too far from the original CL (which I haven't used. I have not used a CCM glove in a very long time) however, with a flared cuff. The internals of the glove is their NHL-spec U-Foam package - no poly inserts. New flex thumb which has considerable forward flex. Stupid light - one glove I weighed at 264.5g. My preferences for gloves is that I do like a tapered fit and an extremely flexible top hand. To the flared cuff - the main piece is U-Foam; Here is my wrist in regular position - And flexed - Palm is beige nash with grip print on the fingertips. Glove does feel somewhat stiff out of the box, however I bake all of my gloves. And based on the fact that this is U-Foam, I think they will take extremely well to heat. I will be updating my LTR, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in this thread. Thanks goes out to Johanna Miller, who handles digital/social media at Reebok|CCM for participating in our LTR program and seeding me this pair.
  5. Now, another foreign skate for me... Allow me to preface - CCM skates and I have had a checkered past. I was never one of those prototypical CCM fit guys; I had tried to skate with 952s back in 1999, which did not go well, then I got a pair of Externo E:60s back in 2001, and that didn't go that well either.CCM sent me a pair of original U+ back in 2007, and that was a bit bearable, but still not right. I remember being shown the CCM CL under a table in the CCM booth in Vegas as it was still a secret back then, and thought that they were definitely on the right track, but alas, it didn't have enough volume. This boot, however, is VERY interesting. As previously mentioned - it was a complete new design from the ground up. I ended up in the same size that I was in previous CCM skates - 10.5 D. Like I said in a previous post, I know I'll always be on the short side of 296 as that number won't change. The boot continues with the black/red scheme as its predecessor, the CL, albeit with white RBZ branding on the top of the ankle. Very good weight - they are 25% lighter than CL. The lining is Clarino, however, nash on top of the tendon guard, which is something that has been on the Reebok skates. The tongue is a thin felt, however, with U-Foam on the facing as well as inside, and a lace-bite pad as well. Another new product is the SpeedBlade - once again, another new product. The holder is 4mm taller, and the balance of the holder was altered as well by shifting it back center. They didn't stop there, though. New steel - the HyperGlide is a highly-polished runner, which can only be used with this holder - so it is not compatible with E-Pro. No honing required on these - I radiused them to 11' and then sharpened and after my final pass, did not leave a burr. On initial fit, the skates felt a bit square - better than what the CL did, but still square nonetheless. That was one of the issues with the CL - you truly had to bake them to get them to fit well, and even made it a point to tell retailers that they can bake the skate multiple times, so to go ahead and bake it if someone were on the fence. These are better in that regard. The boots feel very soft out of the box, which I'll revisit in a bit. No hotspots or anything on initial laceup. I put them in the oven for 3.5 min, and then laced both of them up, and the skate instantly felt better. After the baking process, I removed them and then laced them up and kept them like that til the next day. Same as the CL did - they became considerably stiffer after the bake. One thing to note - I shredded the top eyelet during the baking process. It was weird - pulled it out and it looked like a corkscrew - didn't break, simply shredded. The final lacing pattern isn't very bad - it's a touch wide in the toe area for me. It's going to be a bit crazy for me, because I will be doing two simultaneous reviews - been so busy with the move that I haven't been on the ice in 2 months. I will be skating these next Friday however. Any questions, please post in this thread. Thanks goes out to Johanna Miller at Reebok|CCM for sending me these - much appreciated!
  6. I've been skating with Bauer's advanced range of motion skates for the past 6 years (ONE90, ONE95, TotalONE) and have submitted reviews for each. Now it's time for the latest iteration of that concept; TotalONE NXG. Notice the Curv hangtag - The biggest design change on the NXG is the tendon guard; every year since the ONE90 Bauer has expanded on this concept. Here is the updated tongue and inserts; the pocket is now plastic as the one in the TotalONE would stretch over time. Here is the binding on the tongue. It was tweaked to help prevent wearing on the inside eyelets. The footbed concept from the Vapor APX now is on the Supreme as well. I have them on and cannot feel the toecap edges. And lastly, a comparison picture with its predecessor. I've had the skates on for about an hour now. They fit very well out of the box (albeit a bit tight on my bigger foot, but that's my desired fit) and am not feeling any sort of difference from the TotalONE. Lacing pattern is even. These just arrived in time for me to get them baked as well as put heel lifts on the LS2s. I'd like to thank Keith Duffy, who is the Senior Category Manager for skates at Bauer Hockey for providing me with the skates. I'll begin the long-term review during the bake. Questions?
  7. I've never been able to wear a Vapor skate since the inception of the Vapor 8 in 1998; they were always too narrow for me in that aspect. Vapor 10, XX, XXX, XXXX, X:60 similarly failed. When the APX skate was shown to dealers for the first time at BauerWorld, which I attended, I threw on a pair for the hell of it and was actually shocked that it worked for me. I didn't get to try them however, but when APX2 came out, I was intrigued as it has some new features that are new to market. You still have the red accents on the boot, mixed in with black and grey. You can see the rib structure really well in this picture of the back of the skate. The tongue is a 3-piece felt tongue, with a hard facing; the metatarsal guard is flush with the facing. I normally am not a fan of felt tongues, because they tend to shift on me, however, those tongues usually have a soft facing. Also, the tongue is very tall, about 1" taller than standard ones. One of the big features is the new Lightspeed EDGE holder; as noted, it is 3mm taller than the original LS. One thing to note is that these holders are 296mm; the Vapor at the EE takes the bigger holder. The steel is removable via a trigger mechanism... ...pull it and off it goes. I whipped out my macro lens to show the new injected lacing system; which is the same material as the holder. The premise behind it is that it will eliminate multiple layers of stiffeners in the boot, while having an energy rebound factor as well. Note that it is triple-stitched on the boot. It's about the same thickness as standard. There isn't any metal in it; the eyelets are D-shaped which helps to keep laces flat. The Edge Comfort which debuted on the TotalONE is now standard on all top-end Bauer skates, but another thing that has been added to the APX2 is a wear guard right above the top eyelets. As far as fit is concerned, my foot is in the right spot and don't have any volume issues. Laced up, I'm getting an uniform lacing pattern with a good spread. These are 10.5EE, which is slightly wider than my TotalONE NXG and on par with my Nexus 1000 as far as true last is concerned. The skates feel great on my feet so far; no hotspots at all, and I'm getting that "I really don't have to bake but I know I have to with these skates due to the materials" feeling. I will say that they do feel stiff right off the bat, moreso than my NXGs and way stiffer than my Nexus. I will be putting LS3 on these, and will most likely won't be putting a lift on them to start. Naturally, I will be doing a LTR on these; unfortunately, due to my move and subsequent store buildout, I don't know when I will get on the ice with them. It's been a crazy few weeks. Special thanks to Keith Duffy, who is the Sr. Category Manager for skates at Bauer Hockey for providing me with these - much appreciated! Any questions, please ask in this thread.


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