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  1. 7 points
    THANKS BUD! Had the procedure yesterday. The stented the distal artery - something they don't usually do. Apparently its really low down and they say people don't typically feel effects from blockages there (it was also only 70% blocked). For any of you that know me though, I am far from typical so yea, of course it impacted me!! The procedure went well and I actually do feel a bit different and better today. Hopefully that's not just my brain convincing me of that and this is it! Fingers crossed!! I am optimistic this morning!
  2. 5 points
  3. 5 points
    Massachusetts Hockey updated their "acceptable" face covering for play policy today and states the Bauer splash guard as not meeting CDC guidelines: What is an approved face covering? *This guidance answer was modified as of 11/13/20 at 5 p.m.* While the Commonwealth appreciates the efforts made by various manufacturers to address the reduction of respiratory spray from players, further review of various products has led to clarified guidance indicating that the “plastic shield” style products do not comply with the CDC guidance for face coverings. As such, both the Bauer Concept 3 Splash Guard and the Tektor 1.0 and 2.0 shields are NOT able to be used in lieu of a face covering. The CCM “Game On” mask has been deemed acceptable and can be used to comply with the face covering requirement. Updated Massachusetts hockey guidance
  4. 4 points
    Came across this on Reddit.... Goodness that skate is ugly.
  5. 4 points
    Second skate in my TF9’s, love them. Fit like a glove, even better than the second hand Custom True’s I had before. crazy how broken down my customs were, I barely need to tie the TF9 with how they wrap and how stiff they are. Only thing I’m not a fan of is the holder size, was on 272 Tuuk and these came with a 263 Shift holder. It’s not too much length but it makes enough of a difference to throw me off. Thinking about going with a 272 shift holder though, I really like the blades and the holder.
  6. 4 points
    I'll have some demos units in hand Monday to evaluate. I'll do a video.
  7. 3 points
    I got the CCM mask for goalie masks. I’m actually really impressed with it. I still don’t think I’d play right now with how bad it’s gotten, but it’s definitely something I’ll be wearing when I do.
  8. 3 points
    I got sent these to try and test to give them feedback... Like people mentioned here, lace bite was TERRIBLE. I couldn't get them tight enough to actually make my skates feel "snug" until I cranked them and then I had to get off the ice for the shift because lace bite was so bad. I relayed this to them but got no response. That was with the unwaxed as I usually don't use waxed laces. I never bothered to try and use the waxed.
  9. 3 points
    The shift to overseas production is part of it but doesn’t tell the whole story. I’ve owned a few pairs of overseas retail Bonafide X and overseas pro stock gloves built to Franchise (dressed as an AX1) or QR1 specs and they’re way nicer than the newer models. The real question is why on earth did they ditch the blooming MIA/Franchise cuff for whatever they decided to put on the AX1/QX/DX. It’s the #1 reason why the glove doesn’t feel nearly as good as the older model and I’d be curious as to what data/feedback/focus group suggested that was a good idea.
  10. 3 points
    Domestic vs foreign production
  11. 3 points
    IMO, the FT3 Pro and Trigger 5 Pro are both excellent compared to the Flylite in regards to performance, feel, and durability. CCM has really stepped up their game compared to everyone else.
  12. 2 points
    Only way to get it out would require removing stitching. How long have you had them? If they were under warranty I would just replace them.
  13. 2 points
    Been out of the loop for a while, saw this thread and have a few comments. I have tried the quads ( Thanks JR ) and initially asked about how the different radii were "blended". Never got much of an answer so being a part time machinist I mounted a Quad 1 up in the mill and swept it. On my blades you could pick up the transitions to the different radii but the change was so subtle I can't believe even the best skater's would be able to feel it. I'm talking numbers is the .002 to .004 inch range spread over about .500 to .700 length of blade. My GUESS is the new profile is continuously varying with the subtle transitions gone. I'd bet in blind taste tests about 3 out of a hundred skaters could tell it apart. I've been wrong before!!! Dave
  14. 2 points
    Yes, both the 6.5 and 7 Bauer Fit 3 skates use 263mm holders. The holders on Fit 3 for half sizes 5.5 and up are one size up vs. Fit 1 and 2 (just like they used to do with EE vs. D). https://imgur.com/EatZHVq
  15. 2 points
    The holder has more forward pitch and is taller than the other holders. It's also symmetrical. Those things plus the inability to use the various steel options resulted in a very different experience and "feel" when skating on the SHIFT holder vs others. IMO, while CCM tried to replicate the "feel" of the EDGE holder so that players could more easily transition to the XS holder from the EDGE holder, TRUE instead wanted to change things up. These changes resulted in a significantly different experience which some may enjoy and other will not.
  16. 2 points
    So the big deal about multi-radius templates was that you could have different radii for the toes and something flatter at the heels. With the ellipse are they saying they don’t believe that is the way to go? Because, i have a hard time believing that the ellipse is all that much different than a single radius once it is blended from a pragmatic perspective. It’s a symetrical radius, just an ellipse instead of a circle....
  17. 2 points
    Honestly, this still doesn't really explain anything any better than I previously understood.
  18. 2 points
    Howdy, That's the hammer cocking so that the trigger works. Mark
  19. 2 points
    ok... first off I think they are fugly... like it's 3am, I'm still at the bar and the chick at the end must have lost 40 lbs over the course of the night come on honey lets do this fugly! 2nd... I had Vector pros and liked them and thought they were pretty cool looking. 3rd.. at this point I will wear whatever fits me best and helps me skate better.
  20. 2 points
    The solution should not require needing to go with custom skates to avoid ugly aesthetics. If anything, make the general retail model more streamlined and offer customers that are much more extravagant. It seems like anytime we hit the pinnacle of ugly-looking hockey equipment the manufacturers always find a way to take it to the next level.
  21. 2 points
    They look terrific in person. And they nailed comfort and fit. With the new RibCore as well
  22. 2 points
    Definitely looks better when viewing from a distance.
  23. 2 points
    Is that for a dirt bike rider? Pass....
  24. 2 points
    $16 for "unbreakable" laces with no give. Looks like a solution to a problem that hardly exists.
  25. 2 points
    I’m sure they’ll look even more “sick” after the graphics get chipped into oblivion like on every other CCM skate.
  26. 2 points
    Well, look at the bright side: you won't be able to miss them when worn on the ice haha. As an Easton Mako fanboy, looks are overrated haha
  27. 2 points
    I cry a little every time I see laces wrapped around the tendon guard
  28. 2 points
    Thought this was super cool and had to share:
  29. 2 points
    Every now and then a piece comes along that peaks my interest. Warrior Franchise 14N made for Robidas and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Digital Palms, mesh gussets and sick thumb badge.
  30. 2 points
    Our saga continues with my son. But I think we are narrowing in on what works best for him. We've tried the Bauer Concept 3 splash guard, CCM Game On mask, and an UnderArmor sports mask. All with a Bauer Concept 3 bubble. For him, the best results are the UA mask. The splash guard fogged on him and made the visor fog more. The CCM mask felt too restrictive (maybe we needed to experiment a bit with adjustments, but didn't) The UA doesn't cause extra fogging and felt less restrictive. He is also used to it, as he's been wearing them for dryland, warm ups, and with his trainer. So he knows what to expect when he is putting effort in with the mask on. Given some states are now requiring a mask while on ice (we've been proactive in reducing his risk of exposure), I am going to pick up a few more UA masks for him so he can always have a fresh dry one, as he does soak them while playing or working out.
  31. 2 points
    It's probably bc you were over tightening.
  32. 2 points
    One noticeable difference will probably be in the blade feel. The Flylite will have a blade that's a feels a bit more "livelier" compared to the Trigger. Personally I've always preferred the Trigger when it comes to low kick sticks.
  33. 2 points
    That Dallas third looks like it was designed at Hampton Beach. Trust me, the New England guys get it.
  34. 2 points
    Tried my UA mask with my helmet (w/ cage) the other night. It was comfortable, didn't interfere physically or optically, didn't have to adjust the helmet, easy to move out of the way to drink...very pleased. I much prefer the mask staying on my face when I lift the cage. Do note...imho, the UA mask fits a touch small.
  35. 1 point
    Took it back to the store and they replaced it without going through the warranty by shipping one in. They said the marking could be a crack but it wasn’t big enough yet so they could continue to sell it. I decided to take a few extra paint chips and a fresh warranty instead. New twig has no sounds and I got 2 assists and some dangles in the first game with it.
  36. 1 point
    Usually from the time they go into production to the date received should only be about 15 days. Have the store email TRUE for a status update.
  37. 1 point
    I would recommend a girdle if you need excessive height adjustment.
  38. 1 point
    What makes a pair of shoulder pads more protective? My best guess is: 1. Coverage or fit. A good fit, where the pads are properly aligned with where the impact points and prone areas are will protect better. This is a question of size and model. It has to be a good match with the wearer, or even the most protective shoulder pad won't protect as it should. 2. Material composition. There's usually a base of softer foam for comfort and some protection, paired with plastic and or denser foam for higher grade protection, resisting impacts of greater force. The top end pads are usually tricked out with what could be viewed as gimmicks: fancier foams, range of motion provided in dimensions that the body itself doesn't use, etc. You can get a sense of how protective the pieces are and where their respective strong and weak points are in person. It can be a little hard to get a sense for that shopping online. 3. Deformation depth: Just like how a golf ball collapses when struck, the stiffer parts in protective equipment (hd foam or plastic) also compress or collapse on impact. If there's more of a crumple zone in the high impact areas, there's ample space for the pad to bend inwards on impact (sometimes it's called absorbing the impact) and not reach the body of the wearer underneath. I used to have light and slim shoulders (Easton Pro Light Design) that were light for their day but had minimally deep shoulder caps. Ultimately I replaced them because I was playing with some chippy idiots most of the time and wanted better protection against hacks and cross checks. The 20 years between that pair and my Warrior AX1s did a ton for improving shoulder pad protection and performance. I got the AX1s over Bauer Vapor APX2 shoulder pads because I got the AX1s for a great price on closeout. They're not impressively light compared to the APX2, but they are light enough that I don't notice them when I play. The fact that they are extremely mobile also contributes to that. When I took them out on the ice the first time, I was blown away at how much more mobile they were while also being much more protective than my previous shoulders. Although they don't pass the "looking cool in minimal shoulders department," I got over that by looking at how cool Fedorov looked even in bulky shoulder pads (we're about the same height) and figuring I wouldn't have to worry about looking cool anyway. Instead, I'm more concerned with whether or not I'm safe on the ice--before getting these shoulders, I didn't feel protected enough given the group I played with, sad but true--and whether or not I'm having fun. It's much easier to have fun with these shoulder pads on than my previous ones, and I have no motivation to change these at all until they fall apart. For reference, I also wear full face coverage when I play. It has saved me a few times when I've closed on puck carriers faster than they realized and they stuck me in the face as I approached. No scars or dental work necessary.
  39. 1 point
    I wear 1st gen Easton Mako. Clearly looks aren't my #1 consideration.
  40. 1 point
    I would bump the UnderArmor or similar (I think Mission also makes a "sports mask") to the top of your list. They are pricey... but have given us the best results. I just bought my son 2 more UA masks so he always has a fresh, clean, dry one.
  41. 1 point
    Can't say I am surprised. Good decision IMHO.
  42. 1 point
    An asymmetrical toe cap. I am glad to see that CCM and Bauer are finally adding a feature that the Makos had in 2013. I am actually glad to see that as the Makos have my favourite toe caps of all time. Hopefully True comes out with a Mako like asymmetrical toe caps as well. Ha! It was only the OG Makos that looked questionable with the orange and silver IMHO. I think the Mako II is a nice looking skate. The M7 and M8 aren't bad either. With that said, I would wear anything that fits me as well as Makos once my Mako stockpile runs out. If these clown skates fit like Makos I would wear them (although I might see if I could remove some graphics with acetone). You're fine with the enormous CCM logo?
  43. 1 point
    Well it gives the consumer the freedom to switch skate brands without thinking about the added aftermarket blades cost.
  44. 1 point
    Maybe I’m missing the point but this seems like 98% benefit to a retailer, and 2% to consumer. realistically how many people want this steel, and also routinely switch skates between brands?
  45. 1 point
    I would guess that it does. They probably got a utility patent on it the same way Bladetech did on their design which would allow them to manufacture and sell it without any concerns from Bauer No. True's design is very different.
  46. 1 point
    The sound of someone wearing them coming into the defensive zone when I was getting the puck always made me feel like they were right on top of me even though they were still at center ice. lol
  47. 1 point
    They dont want a new store to open in close proximity to other stores as it would cannibalize the business and could ruin relationships. That has to be taken with a grain of salt though as they have no problem opening a Pure Hockey in any location fully knowing it will destroy any local small stores in the immediate area.
  48. 1 point
    Umm FYI True has a similar deal doing the training for the skates. It's on the management and the company. I used to head the training dept at a chain and our brand was the leader in Pro shop across 4 families of stores. And it was the least funded etc. I cared and our employees cared. I have 7 that are now Pro Equipment managers. One is now the first female EQM in PRO Men's hockey in the KHL. One is a buyer for hockey in the main office. And bunch more Dept and store managers. It's all about the culture and how much you care about teaching.
  49. 1 point
    I had the opportunity to visit the Hockey Monkey in Irvine, CA today to see how they are marketing the TRUE TF7/TF9 and was not very impressed. The sales rep, a young kid with a nice flow of hair, approached me in front of the skate wall and asked me if I was looking for some new skates so I asked him what's new and hot right now and he immediately dragged me over to Bauer to show me the Ultrasonic skates. I asked him what else is new and he took me to CCM to talk about the new AS3 Pro skates. Never once did he ask me my playing level or even the price point I was targeting. I then noticed the TRUE TF7/TF9 off in the corner, lonely by the closeout skates from previous years. I asked him to tell me a bit about TRUE as if I had never really heard of the brand. His exact words "Yeah, they seem pretty dope, but many people don't like that brand and since they are brand new. I don't really know too much about TRUE." I asked him if anyone working knew about TRUE and after asking around another guy walked over and said he tried TRUE skates 2-3 years ago and they seemed ok but he prefers Bauer because they are made better and all of the pros use Bauer. After pestering the staff a little bit they finally went in the back and grabbed me the TF7 and TF9 so I could try them on. I think it was the first time they had brought them to the floor because they seemed very interested in checking out the skates themselves. I talked with them a little bit about the TF7 and TF9, how they are different from one another, and how they compare against a Bauer or CCM. I can tell you Hockey Monkey really needs to spend more time educating their sales staff if the TF7 or TF9 is going to do well for sales at their stores. Staff also had no clue about and of the current TRUE rebates and when I showed them such they didn't seem to care. This specific location had very little TRUE product in stock, no protective, and a limited selection of AX series sticks. Tomorrow I am going to visit PURE to see if the experience there is different. I have already visited another PURE store in WA but they didn't even have any of the TRUE skates in stock.
  50. 1 point
    I'm sure I'm in the minority, but l personally believe shoulder pads should be mandatory in beer league, not for shoulder or arm protection, but to protect the chest. A puck to the chest can stop your heart. It's a ridiculous macho thing for guys to play without shoulder pads, and there's no good reason for it. It's at the point where I play coed tournaments now and there are 110 lb women playing against 200 lb men, and they're not wearing shoulder pads because, "well if the guys don't wear them....".



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