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cougarscaptain87 last won the day on July 4 2018

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About cougarscaptain87

  • Birthday 08/16/1989


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    CCM Super Tacks
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    Bauer Supreme 1s
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    Warrior AX1
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    CCM 710 Tacks
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    Warrior QRL Pro
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    Bauer Vapor APX 2
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    Bauer Vapor APX 2
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    Bauer Team Bag

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    Rochester Hills, Michigan
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  1. Cavs sold me 2 Patrick pro stocks and they were P91A MAX and they were awesome! I did see he had an O'Riley toe kink at one point which I'd really like to try at some point but I think the majority of his blades do not have that.
  2. From age 12-27 I used a 57" stick that was to my collar bones on skates, I always kept the puck near my feet and I'm tall with long arms so I could still get leverage on shots but I was also more flexible and in shape. When my younger son started playing I took my old stick out and thought everything was going to be good to go, wrong. I was over skating pucks, missing passes, and wiffing over the top of the puck on some shots, I realized my age had reduced my flexibility and athleticism and I went to a 60" full length adult stick, that was a lot better but I still felt I could use a bit longer, I sourced a 65" warrior and quickly realized that was too long cut it down to 63" and liked that a lot more but pucks in my feet were tough and shots seemed to take a while to get off with so much stick to get through the puck so I went down to 61" and I've bounced between 60-61" depending on the stick and application for the last 3+ years. I've added velocity to my shot, I'm a bigger target for a pass and I've got a better reach to get around people, or stop people from getting around me. Stick handling was a transitional period, but with some adjustment I've had more success stick handling now than I did when I was younger but I also switched from a p91 to a p88M or p38 type curve so we're not exactly apples to apples on that comparison. Like anything new it feels weird at first but I do think if you take your time and realize it's going to not be fun for a little while as you relearn to do things you already know how to do it will benefit you in the long run.
  3. I've had the exact opposite experience with Step Steel. I have super tacks that came with the black oxide steel from CCM, that was junk really soft and didn't hold an edge for anything. The CCM steel had to be sharpened so frequently I had to have my runners replaced in 14-15 months for the date of purchase. On the CCM steel I was getting them sharpened every 3-6 hours depending on what rink I was at and if I was coaching or playing, hard ice was hell for the CCM blades and games I'd always end up with a good size burr or rolled edge from hitting another players skate or stick. Now I have the standard Step steel in my SB 4.0 holders and the difference is honestly night and day, the steel is taller which seems to give better cornering and tight turns, it will also last longer with the added height. With the step steel I've waited as long as 20 hours before I had my skates sharpened, Step steel is without a doubt of higher quality and better performance in every sense. I'd have to imagine you either got the short straw and got a bad set of runners which will be covered under warranty, or the person sharpening your skates is overheating them causing the poor performance you're describing. You said you air them out every skate and take the skate guards off so I'd have a hard time thinking corrosion, but I wouldn't rule anything out, reach out to Step I'd imagine they're going to want to help and not ignore your problems.
  4. I have the OG Super tacks and they came with the SB Black on the 4.0 holder, that steel is trash. I used it because I'm stubborn and didn't want to pay for step steel until I needed new runners. With the poor quality of the stock black steel I had to get new steel after 14 months, it had to be sharpened weekly and left me with not much steel to use. I have been on the standard stainless step steel and it feels as if it is 100x better than the stock steel. The added height makes NO difference in feel or balance in my experience, but obviously adds to longevity and apparently may help with cornering and tight turns with the added height, I don't feel a ton of difference in that but the longevity of the sharpening, the time between having them sharpened have increased dramatically. I can go all month and have my skates sharpened one time, versus the 3-4 times a month I'd have the stock steel sharpened and I'm skating the same amount of time if not more per week than I was on the stock steel.
  5. I don't know how to post a picture on here but Barzal is wearing what looks to be the new Tacks skates, anyone else catch that during the game against the rangers tonight? I have a photo if anyone wants to teach me how to post a photo I can!
  6. I think weight followed by ice conditions are the two biggest factors, in the summer I feel like I could drop to a more shallow hollow than in the winter when the ice is hard and fast. We have decently cold winters and most rinks around us try to keep their ice as hard as possible. I'm about 185lbs and skate on an 11/16" I could probably go to a 3/4" no issue but I think 1" isn't enough edge for me. My son who is 125 lbs skates on a 5/8" he's an intermediate skater, when he's a bit more comfortable on his edges and a bit stronger I'm going to get him a bit more shallow as well. My youngest son is only 50 lbs he currently skates on a 9/16" but he's pretty strong on his edges and I do think he would get a bit more glide out of a 5/8" I just don't want to mess with his skates mid season. "
  7. Baseball has been doing this for a while, I was wondering if any other sports were going to catch on. WON Brandz makes them for the MLB teams, they look cool but I'd imagine it doesn't look that good after a season of use.
  8. I believe the N stands for "reinforced neck" on the blade similar to the bauer max height blade but just where the shaft and the blade meet. I have a stick that is painted like a dynasty HD1 but it is stamped the same as yours T3QRLN it's a custom curve so I can't compare it to a retail pattern but it does appear to be quite tall in the heel/neck area with a QRL extreme taper and it plays like a low kick stick.
  9. Ordering from a wholesaler might be an issue, you typically need a federal tax ID, a reseller license in your state and our county, and a sales tax license before most wholesalers or manufacturers will even open communication with you in different industries but I have not been in a buyer or owner position at any LHS highest up I made was manager and we didn't order anything the warehouse kept our inventory where it needed to be and then there is a "buyer" who brokers all of the deals with the manufacturers. Team sales through a retailer will probably be your best option, I'd be surprised if you get more than 15& off retail there isn't a huge profit margin on sticks but I could be wrong!
  10. Been really wanting to try a p28, I know you're a p91 guy as well what do you think going between the two I know they are totally different but I think if anyone understands why I want to try one it may be another p91 user, I've lost pucks right off the wedge face where I feel like that toe curve would bring those back within control if I could shoot with that thing. Don't have the money to experiment but let me see if I can find any spare coin
  11. My son had the QX4 retail and then I grabbed him one of these in 55 flex for his birthday, it is a noticeably nicer sticker through and through. Overall weight is lighter, balance is better, has more feel in the blade, and seems to be a bit more consistent. I know it's not the top of the line stick but for nearly 1/3 of the price I think it's a great stick.
  12. I had similar issues like you, I'm currently 6'2" 190lbs with a 33/34 waist. I had APX2 pants in a large and they were good in length and volume but the waist was too large and sloppy, and I hate that bike helmet clip that bauer uses on their pants. CCM tack model pants fit a bit better with the zipper extension in a Large but the waist was still too large for me, and if you're a 32" it's going to be a lot too big for you. My next move was to warrior covert pro stock in medium +1 which gives me the right waist measurement and the right length in the same package. The internal belt is garbage, but I don't notice it at all when I'm playing just as I'm getting ready I notice it could have been executed better in my opinion. The warrior pants seem to be the same weight of the APX2 pants and lighter than the Tacks pants but that's based on feel not actual measurements. Good luck!
  13. when the vapor xx lost first round I lost all faith, I kept watching and like you guys said the only thing that is winning is the newest stick of the two it's pointless just made an ad for the ADV and the Nexus 2N Pro instead of swindling everyone who wanted to see the actual results
  14. I'm 6'2" 190lbs usually wear 33-34 pants, my previous pants were Bauer apx2 in a large and those were a hair big in the waist. I went with with pro stock qrl and I got a medium +1" and they're a great fit, even requiring me to tie them as tight as possible and crank down on the belt (internal belt in these is questionable) if I were between sizes on these I'd go the size down from my experience but I'm sure the guys at pro stock hockey know better than I do
  15. I enjoyed doing my first review last night and have some time tonight so I'm going to cover my current skates, 2017 CCM Super Tacks with the stock speed blade 4.0 holder and speed blade black steel. I have them in size 9EE, I'm 28 years old 6'2" and 190 lbs. I play D league right now, and coach 3-4 days a week, I have been using these skates for the last 10 months. I've had a wide array of issues finding skates that fit, my favorite skates of all time were the original Reebok 9K PUMP I had those in size 9E and they fit me perfect, in my opinion. My most recent skate before the Super Tacks was Nexus 8000 in size 8.5D but that skate did not fit me well, it was too short in length, the heel was too wide, and the depth didn't match the shape of my foot at all. I'd describe my foot as a wider than average forefoot, average heel, deeper than average heel to top of foot depth, with average to below average forefoot and toe volume. I have had custom skates made, Nike Bauer Supreme One95 way back in the day and they were 9EA and 9.25EA with the next size quarter package to increase volume and depth, those skates fit great but honestly did not take over as my favorite skates from my old trusty 9ks. Fit --- 9/10 --- I'd describe the fit of the EE width version of the boot as a mid to wide forefoot, standard heel, and slightly above average depth. For the needs of my feet with the possibilities at retail this seemed to fit my foot better than the Supreme line, Ribcore, Jetspeed, and obviously Vapor line. My foot barely passes the pencil test in these, but the tongue is fairly low profile and I'm able to tie them loosely where needed to adjust the depth and fit. The full 360 composite boot molds to bumps that are on the sides of each of my feet, as well as wrap around my ankle to provide a custom like fit out of a retail boot. These skates come with CCM custom insoles designed to match your arch, but I have opted to use the thin stock insoles to add as much volume as possible and I've been very happy with them. I'd say a touch more comfortable foam in the "comfort pad" high ankle padding on top of the collar of the boot would help immensely for coaches, refs etc. When I have my shin pads on I do not notice any soreness or bruising but after 3-4 hours of coaching or skating with my kids with no gear my ankles where they make contact with those pads is sore and or bruised depending on how hard I'm skating. Blade/Holder --- 6/10 --- This is my least favorite part of the skate, my Nexus skates had the Tuuk light speed edge holder with the fusion steel, and I really liked the feel of the holder and steel and the ability to swap blades if needed quickly. The SB 4.0 has a mild forward pitch, and feels good under your feet, you can get low and not fear your boot causing you to loose contact with your edge and slip on cross overs, but beyond that I'm not a fan. The steel/bolt system has had a click in it since day one, my older son skates on Jetspeeds and his has the same click in both pairs he has so it seems to be common, all common sense fixes for the click do not accomplish anything. It should be noted a bolt has never come out, and the steel seems to be in there solid but for $900 I'm not looking for any clicking. The speed blade black steel is awful, it can not be traditionally honed and I think that contributed to the quickness that you loose or roll edges. I skate at a traditional 9/16" ROH and on my fusion steel I could get 8-10 hours before I needed a sharpen, on my speed blade black I'm lucky to get 4-5 hours without needing a trip to get a new set of edges put on, and I take very good care of my equipment. The speed blade 4.0 holder is miles beyond the old Epro holder so I'm not going to call it a total fail but considering what Tuuk is doing I think CCM could do better in this aspect of the skate. Weight/Protection --- 9/10 --- These skates are very light, I'm not sure on the actual weight and I'd say top of the line Vapor, and Jetspeeds feel a hair lighter but for the construction of the skates and the protection they provide I would say these are some of the best skates available today, if they fit your foot profile. I did take one shot off the top of my left foot near the toecap but off the tongue where it connects to the boot that resulted in a broken metatarsal shaft (long skinny bone in the top of your foot) I was supposed to be off the ice for 6-8 weeks, however I was back coaching the next day, the stiffness of the boot and the support it provided made skating more comfortable than walking! This was a freak accident and would have happened with most skates, I have never considered additional foot protection, but if I had this could have been avoided. Durability --- 9/10 --- If you take a skate blade directly to the carbon on the quarters of the skate, you're going to loose a bit of carbon material with the impact. Beyond that I have had zero issues; some paint and logos have worn off but I have no cracking, zero eyelets or rivets loosening or corroding, no tenon guard damage, no holder cracking or shifting, zero creasing, the felt on the tongue is in great shape beyond some staining from the red on my APX2 shin pads, and the skates have absolutely zero breakdown or signs of needing replacing any time soon, they still look mostly new. Intangibles I enjoy the design of the skate, for some reason I like yellow so I don't mind the bright yellow accents but I know it's not for everyone. Less yellow, maybe a black liner but keep yellow logos etc would give the boot a more stealth appearance, and possibly appeal to even more perspective buyers. The skate seems as if they took their time to develop this skate before it was released, I tried on the 2016 Tacks and those we're no good for me. The super and ultra tack skates are a complete 180 from that, these are close to the foot fit and I'd imagine with the different width profiles there is a decent amount of the skating population this boot could work for, if you are in the market for a new composite boot and like the holder or don't mind swapping it at purchase or in the future I'd put the Super Tacks on your radar and get them on your feet to decide for yourself if they're your next new skates! Conclusion Boot Overall Score - 27/30 - 90% A- I'd say this is fair, I really enjoy the skates and with a few very minor tweaks it would be a perfect skate. I know they have been working on the next iteration of this model of skate, I'm very excited to see what improvements they have made to push their score up to an A+ The holder is really the downside to the skate, for $900 I and most people expect things to be perfect, I haven't changed the holder because I have steel left on there but once I need new steel if I'm still in these skates I'm going to have Light Speed Edge installed to really tie together the skate and holder to create the perfect (in my opinion) combo.
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