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  1. hopefully this is OK to post here: FT2's from the CCM IG account
  2. Thx! I had a GC and ended up w the Super Tacks. So far I love them, think I finally found a replacement for my old AX1's!
  3. Height - 6'1" Weight - 200 lbs Elbow Pad Size tested - Large (these were purchased w my own cash, were not provided by CCM or MSH) Level of play: Rec Hockey Div. "B" and Pick UP (2-3 times a week) Location: Canada (Sask.) Fit & Mobility -I have been wearing a set of Warrior AX1 elbows since their debut. They are a fantastic elbow pad, but are on their last legs w multiple repairs to them. I have also tried to replace them soooo many times! Ive tried the Easton Pro 10, RBZ 150, RBZ, QLT's, CCM Ultra Tacks & even a few pairs of some Pro Stock RBK and Jofa's. The fit has always brought me back to the AX1's..... until now. CCM got it right w these. The Ultra tacks elbow donut thingy was a bit deeper and pinched my elbow weird. It's tough to explain. They've shallowed the donut in this version and it doesn't bother me at all. Th length of these are just a few mm shorter than the AX1's but provide adequate protection in my opinion. This is a 2 piece elbow pad and I can still full extend my arm w them on. The straps are the perfect length, and the middle strap provides awesome comfort. For size reference, I wore a Medium in the AX1's, Medium in the Pro Stock RBK and Jofa's, but Large in everything else retail I mentioned above. These are also a Large and fit perfectly. I honestly have nothing to complain about in this dept. 10/10 Protection - As I eluded to above, these are a perfect length (for me). I wear a size 14" 6052V2 gloves and they just touch the bottom of the elbow pads. I don't like my elbows to go inside the glove a whole bunch, I find it super uncomfortable and theres a huge lack of mobility. The forearm slash guard is hard and they even have some D30 foam tossed in there too. I wish the D30 foam part wasn't exposed as much though, as it seems like the "netting" its in will eventually tear and rip. Time will tell. So far protection has been adequate, so no complaints here. 9/10 Weight - Coming from my old AX1's, these are very light. I should actually weigh them, but I can tell from jus holding and wearing them, they are lighter. The moisture wicking materials will also help them not retain water and will be lighter during game play as well. I probably skate 1mph faster as a result too ;). These are a more bulky pad vs the FT1, so I don't expect them to be feather weight, I wanted protection to the max. 10/10 Durability -I haven't spent enough time to comment on the durability just yet, but the only thing I can see wearing out is the netting around the D30 foam on the forearm slash guard. Stitching seems to be quality, forearm step is nylon not elastic & the bicep guard was lengthened vs the Ultra Tacks, giving you more options for fit. Ill come back and score these after some more use. Conclusion - As I mentioned above, I have been trying to replace my current set of pads for years. Im happy I found these and CCM got so many things right w them. Small thing is the colours used, Im ready for a new colour scheme away from the white/blk/yellow, but thats a small preference that doesn't really matter, as you don't see them under your jersey anyways. These are getting close to a perfect score from me, but Ill come back to update that after more use and can comment on the durability of them.
  4. Does anyone know if the length of the 7092 vs Super Tacks is the same or similar? I have a set of AX1's I just can't replace but they are on their death bed. I found the elbow donut in the Ultra tacks to be very uncomfortable, it like pinched my elbow weird. I see the new line they've shallowed that a bit. Anyone experience this in the ultra vs the super?
  5. T90 was an unreal and still is an unreal stick if you can find them. The BPM graphics are terrible, however the new EK line looks pretty bad ass.
  6. I also did a long term review on the XCF. I loved this stick when new, it was actually one of my favourite sticks I've ever used. But it wasn't super durable.
  7. When I tried these on I immediately noticed a few of the same issues you are experiencing. The internal belt is not very comfortable once you tighten it up. The floating spine protector velcro kept coming apart when I slid them on and off. We all know how well velcro holds up after multiple usages. The "six pack" protector doesn't sit high enough, unless you run the belt through it, but then its in a weird position. IMO these are a major down grade from the previous version of the ST pants, which I also wore. Always love your very thorough reviews my man, with accompanying hi res pics, well done!
  8. Been a while since I updated, so figured I'd toss this in: After having it w some pretty good use since Feb, she finally broke. Im a bit surprised, but I shouldn't be I guess. From a durability stand point, the high end sticks are made for performance and that doesn't usually mean long term. SO while my trusty Sherwood T90's tend to last much longer, you aren't really comparing the same sticks. I should also add that it broke before it got weak. The Sherwood's blade will definitely get weak before it actually breaks. The XC9 was as good as it was on day one. Once they come out w a new model, I'd have no problem picking up another one on clearance. They seem to be sleepers here, only one store carries them and they don't have a ton of stock. CCM & Bauer have the market locked up, hands down. Special thank you to JR and the TRUE Team for allowing me to review this stick!
  9. This is what I did I also came from a higher end Bauer, which were killing my big and pinky toes. The toe box just isn't wide enough and it actually caused 2 small bone spurs on my left foot. As a result, now my shoes or anything else I wear don't fit properly. The Jetspeeds from last year have that little bit of extra room in the toe box that I needed. Same size as my Vapors too, 8.5D. I have a few skates on the Jetspeeds and so far I really like them
  10. Old Jetspeed and FT1 I was an 8.5 in both
  11. I came from Vapors and Supremes to the Jetspeeds I have pain in the similar location as you. Ill bake them and punch them, as previously mentioned as well, and Im sure they will be fine. I really like them so far !
  12. I was wondering this as well now that the FT1 has been released, has anyone had a chance to compare them? W the one piece style boot in both the Jetspeed and Tacks skates, does one need to punch them out? Ive seen pics floating around that indicate punching out isn't recommended ..... some clarification would be awesome Im still on the hunt for some new wheels, my S190's didnt pan out :(
  13. not sure if you picked up a set, but as previously mentioned the kevlar on the 400's is way to rigid and never really breaks in but the palm on the 500's wear out very fast IMO I love CCM gloves and if you like the fit of the 6052's, they came out w a version 2 of them that also has a kevlar over lay they got it right on these tho, its much softer, but still maintains the durability you need in the palms with the new Tacks line set to be released soon, you could find a deal on the V2 6052's I bet
  14. The Supremes were an improvement over the Vapors for sure, but it could be because the toe box is wider ? But I don't get the feeling that the "hug" my feet as good as the Vapors do can a toe box be swapped out on a non custom ordered pair of skates? I don't really want to spend another $1000 on skates, so if I purchased a set of say X900/800's, could the LHS order and install the larger sized toe cap? or would the price to do so, be the same as just ordering some 1X's ? Rest of the skate seems to be ok, as I can heat them and punch out hot spots no problem
  15. what custom skate options are there other than VH? I have been a Vapor guy for the better part of 12 years or so, and the toe cap in my LTX Pro+ (X800 equivalent) basically deformed the side of my big and pinky toe so much, I needed to go to Supreme skates, but I fell they don't fit my foot as good and the problem is back now. I've been through 3-4 pairs of skates in the past 3 years and I can't find anything that works. You can't seem to punch our the toe cap, so the problem occurs in every line. Why no VH you ask? Seeing how much they compare them to Mako's, I have no interest. Mako's were the WORST skates I have ever stepped on the ice with and if there's any similarity at all, Im out. Yes, I am a fan of the "ski boot" feeling of traditional skates as well. Can CCM or Bauer offer something in their custom line that can accommodate this? Not being able to find comfortable skates is literally pushing me out of the sport, my feet are in pain every time I step off the ice.
  16. April 29 Update: Someone stepped on my stick and I almost had a heart attack ..... but it didn't break :) Still a performer guys, go get ya one!
  17. I have purchased probably 5-6 different pairs of elbows to replace my AX1's (including a pro stock 7k pair) and just can't Ive had the velcro replaced twice, the middle strap and cleaned them like a dozen times! LOL! Can anyone comment on the sizing? The AX1's fit a size big IMO, normally I'm a LG in most gear, but have MED in these thanks!
  18. April 19 Update: 25+ skates Feelings haven't changed on this stick - it's till unreal. In fact I am not afraid to say its my fav stick of all time. All of the sticks I compared it to have also been top runners for me, especially the Bauer 8000 and Sherwood T90 (I know the T90 isn't a high end stick price wise, but performance it sure is). The thing that still stands out for me, is how hard the shots come off! Part of me wonders if it's because it's still new and fresh? New sticks usually always perform well for me, as long as it's specced out to me. From a durability stand point, no issues whatsoever. Couple chips on the hosel area, which is to be expected. But the blade remains in tact, as well as the shaft. I've taken a few hard slashes as well w no issues (thank GOD). I'd be heartbroken if this broke, because to be honest I wouldn't pay $320 CDN for this. Thats the ONLY downfall of this stick is the price, but its not out of line against it's competitors. I usually buy one year old high end sticks for $150 and have been happy w them. Again, super great full for the opportunity to test this for MSH and TRUE. Hockey may slow down a bit for me over the next few months, but when Im back out there more often, Ill report back. FOR NOW - if you are in the hunt for a new twig, don't mind spending a few bux - DON'T hesitate to buy this, you will be very happy w it!
  19. I think the length will be perfect (for me anyways) the 8k's were way too long but the Ultra Tacks were a bit short, they may have gotten it right w these assuming they fix the donut thing inside the elbow pad and make it a deep fit like the Jofa/RBK's were
  20. anyone have any pics of the inside of the elbow pads yet? wondering if they have those stupid "donut-hole" thingies to hold you elbow in place I hated that it was a big hole in there, it did nothing but hurt my elbow after leaning on it for a period of time (Ultra Tacks line I mean) they do look sweet tho
  21. can't wait to hear more about these and to see more pics
  22. Feb. 13/17: Update after 3 skates Ok so I’ve had a few skates under my belt w this stick, so I feel can give some feedback now. As I previously eluded to, the weight of this stick is light…REAL light. You can tell the second you pick it up and my weight comparisons above prove just that. After warm ups and a few shifts I adjusted to the weight and figured out the balance. This is a stick meant for guys that like to shoot the puck – it’s an ABSOLUTE ROCKET LAUNCHER. My first snapper w it came off the face hot, it actually surprised me. I ripped one top chedd and even the goalie after was like, “That was moving!”. I won’t get into the spec’s and details of the construction too much, as that info is available on the TRUE site. But I like the feel of the double concave shaft and square corners. The shaft is a matte grip w a full on matte blade. The graphics sure do pop a lot, w the silver & blue on black. Yes, they mirror the 1N color scheme, but it seems everyone has one line w similar colors these days. The MC curve w rounded toe, is a P88 clone and the lie is very close to a Bauer P88 as well. I didn’t notice a flex different from the CCM, Sherwood, Bauer or Warrior sticks I compared to. I’d say it’s a true 85 ish flex. The blades feels on the “pingier” side of things, but not in a bad way. I found the Warrior QR1 to be very pingy and hard to catch passes w it. The XCORE insert absorbs the puck on hard passes and you don’t have to cradle the crap out of it to hang on. This stick has SMARTFlex technology, which from my understanding, flexes where your hands are located. So not really a LKP or a MID, but a hybrid of flexes. From the few skates I’ve had w it, it does seem to perform as described. I don’t lean into too many clappers, so I cant coment on that yet, but Ill be sure to take a few and see how it performs. As far as wrist shots and snaps, it releases it hard, fast and is accurate. I also never found myself looking for the puck, or bobbling it when stick handling. It stays and goes where I want it to, which is a huge plus. A light stick w a crappy balance, makes it hard to stick handle, this isn’t the case here. Ill keep you up to date as I use it more. So far, I am really enjoying my time w it!
  23. BIGG thanks to JR and the guys/girls over at True for giving me the opportunity to use and review this stick. Super excited to report back on it. Stick Specs: - 85 flex - MC pattern (P88 clone) - Grip shaft, matte blade (stock specs) About Me: - 36 - 6'2" - 200 lbs - Shoots right - Plays forward, mostly wing - lots of wrist and snap shots, rarely any clappers - On the ice playing 2-3 x's week - play in B league (beer league) winter and pick up other 2 days Recent sticks used: - CCM Ultra Tacks - Bauer Nexus 8000 (2 models old now) & Bauer 1X - Sherwood T90 - Warrior QR1 First Impressions I got the stick the same day I was scheduled to play some pick up, so I quickly wanted to weigh it, right out of the box. It came in at 422 gms. I cut it (2” off) to the same length as my current sticks. Then taped and waxed it, weighed it again and compared to my other gamers. The results are below: Sherwood T90 CCM Ultra Tacks Bauer Nexus 8000 True XC9 ACF To no surprise the True was the lightest of the bunch, and you can definitely tell just holding it – its SUPER light. But weight of the stick rarely matters, unless you are switching between them every couple shifts. You can adjust to the weight pretty quick. Balance also plays a huge part. For example the $139 T90 is the heaviest, but IMO has the best balance and blade feel of all my current gamers. I’ve only had the True out for one skate so far (pick up) and Ill be honest. Dead cold, first shot I wiffed it! LOL! It’s that light and I clearly wasn’t adjusted to it yet. After some warm up and a couple shifts, I knew I was going to like this stick. I don’t want to leave too much info yet, as I want some more time w it yet. But Ill leave this here for now – IT’S A DAMN ROCKETSHIP of a stick. Stay tuned ….
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