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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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  1. Anyone else experience a ton of pressure downward where the tongue and the toecap meet? I wanted to get a pair of these so bad but in D and EE there was too much material where the two parts met making my toes go numb in minutes, I was explained that this isn't something that could be fixed with customs so I went with a pair of custom Ultrasonic instead. I had my heart set on these coming from Super Tacks but I just couldn't make them work retail or justify the risk on customs when I didn't have that problem at all with the supreme.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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. "
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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
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