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  1. Although I prefer the CCM Jetspeed, the Tacks AS-V PRO is a really good skate. The reason they are marked down 30% everywhere is because there is a new Tacks version coming in the summer. If you are concerned about the stiffness (and IMO the carbon composite doesn't really loosen up noticably) , why not go with the next one down, the Tacks AS-V for $530 USD?  Nice looking skate that's a bit less stiff. 

  2. 20 hours ago, Cavs019 said:

    I don’t agree with that. Machs have a ton of flex in the upper and once you go down a level in Bauer you start to get a lot more cheap plastic and poly material throughout the boot. the M5 Pros feel like a toy compared to the top end model. With NHLers you still see some guys in Ultrasonics and 2X Pros etc but they’re probably just using their remaining custom stock on what is still a pro stiff boot. Most are in the new model every year.  The amount of guys still in tech mesh V Cuts or Marleau-esque CCMs/RBKs can be counted on one hand at this point. 

    CCM is a different story - their 2nd from the top are excellent. Bauer I wouldn’t touch especially if you’re looking for something to last a long time. 

    Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. I'm in the CCM camp, but I coach plenty of 16U and 18U AA and AAA  kids who use those "toy" Bauer models and the skates work just fine. They are solid skates. As for the "most are in the new model every year" comment, that's not correct. When the Hyperlite came out, for example, the vast majority of NHL players were still using the 2XPro with Hype graphics. 

  3. On 8/31/2023 at 2:56 PM, walkerdb7 said:


    I am a fit 2. Eyeing up purchasing that "last pair" pair mentality. Normally play goalie, but coaching my son and on the ice a lot more. Skating out a bit more and might not play net for too much longer. Current skates are the OG One100s.

    How the heck do I know which boot design works my skating style? haha. Can I get a golf fitting for skates?

    Whether you go with supreme or vapor, based on what you say here, I think you'd probably skate better with a model one or two steps down from the top of the line Mach/Hype. Most skates today are way overbuilt in the stiffness department. This would hold true for probably 90% of the buyers. In fact, that's one of the reasons why the pros stick with old models as long as they can.

  4. I've got a couple True sticks that were rendered useless due to becoming a sticky mess after a couple months. Just tried the acetone. Waisted about 30 minutes thoroughly applying acetone. Within 15 minutes, the stickiness began leaching out of the sticks again. I would think that a company selling a $300 stick would do some type of actual testing. Garbage product, seems to be par for True.

  5. Has anyone ever done a weight comparison between CCM helmets? For example compare weight of a medium sized 310, 910, 720, and Super Tacks X.  The reason I'm asking is a couple months ago my team had an equipment fitting and I picked up  Super Tacks X, and it seemed really heavy.  I noticed they don't really talk about the weight.

  6. 26 minutes ago, noupf said:

    uhmmmmmmmmmmmm, how did you get yours with the carbon fiber showing?  To the understanding of many here, the north american models don't show the carbon fiber on the retail skates.

    Just lucky, I guess. 

    Kidding aside, I just got back from Sweden, where I work with the top skating/skills group there and I also work with Marsblade. They had a nice present waiting for me when I arrived in Stockholm. I asked and they told me this carbon version is only available in Europe.  Also, if you haven't tried the Marsblade I2, you're missing out. So good. 

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  7. On 3/24/2023 at 6:53 PM, bl4 said:

    It looks like CCM will stop offering the 90-day satisfaction guarantee after this month. I've never used the guarantee/warranty before.  I was hoping to try a couple of skates before the window closes, but I wanted to confirm the terms.  

    I don't want to sound snarky, but that's probably one of the reasons that they are ending the program. I believe the spirit of the program was to give the buyer confidence in the quality and performance of the skates, not to try multiple skates for 90 days to see if you like them.

  8. On 3/16/2023 at 11:25 AM, BenBreeg said:

    You don't judge theories, you test them and assess the evidence vs. the claims.  It's how every medical device in existence is cleared.

    Really? On a hockey equipment forum, you do judge theories and hypothesis. And with regard to assessing evidence and making claims, the manufacteurer isn't even making a claim that it works in its data. They use terms like warranting further study/may show promise/may benefit with other therapies/etc. Probably because they are actually prospective analysis, which offer far less compelling results than a randomized blind or double blind study. Also, the P value of 0.05 is borderline implying whether the results happened by chance. I would think a scientist would not be sold on this data. Also, the FDA doesn't do testing. Ever. Nor do the assess whether something is effective. They are primarily concerned with safety.  

  9. On 3/2/2023 at 11:49 AM, shoot_the_goalie said:

    Anyone familiar with this?


    I'm no scientist, but the science makes sense as it's based off research on woodpeckers and how they cushion their brains when "pecking".  ....


    Me either, but I think it's a real stretch. Woodpeckers have dozens of adaptations that prevent concussions. "Off the top of my head"', some of the bigger differences are a thick cartilage between the skull and brain, and a a tongue that wraps around the brain and actually pulls its tiny brain in the opposite direction of the impact. In comparison, the human brain is a large hunk of jello floating in a liquid (CSF).  As I said, the theory behind this is a stretch.

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  10. Having worn one of these Protec cages for four years of NCAA hockey, I don't see why anyone would want to wear one of them. I played juniors wearing no facial protection and I honestly think that was the safer option. Probably every college player from the early to mid 80's has a nice thick inch 1 1/2 inch scar on their chin from the Protec. After college, went back to wearing no facial protection overseas (just the old Jofa helmet that was basically a wiffle ball with a piece of cork on the top of your head and a small piece of cheap sponge on the front and back) and felt much safer.

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  11. ATMO, the 1S was the last great Bauer skate. I loved mine. They had everything you need, and nothing you didn't. Light with the right flex and stiffness. The skates that followed just added unnecessary bells and whistles that did nothing to improve performance. That being said, the market is a sucker for marketing, so the masses want the "latest and greatest". I think between $400-$450 shipped is a fair price.

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  12. 7 hours ago, YesLanges said:

    I don't think any of this applies to anybody who skates both on ice and on wheels regularly. Even if you skate on a traditional chassis, if you don't stop skating on ice, you can always switch back and forth between the two without any problems. I believe the question only applies to going back to ice after a layoff during which you only skate on wheels. In my case, I was shocked at how foreign ice felt after skating on MBs during the Covid layoff, because I'd expected to retain much more muscle memory from the MBs. I skated better my first day back on ice after 5 months of not skating at all after an injury a couple of years before Covid. During Covid, I actually felt like I'd found my "edges" on MBs compared to the months when I was on my 20-year-old roller chassis setup; so, it was really surprising to get back on the ice for the first time and feel so uncomfortable.

    I think I understand what you are asking. I'm a skating/skills instructor and work with elite players. I'll preface this with I know nothing about roller hockey and have never used the R1.  We use Marsblades all the time and I recommend every player should have them. The key to getting the real benefit of the 01 is too "loosen the bolt" as you say. By creating more rocker, you are really building your balance muscles and your core muscles. In addition to maximum rocker, all advanced players should use the smaller front wheel. When you feel unstable on the rocker, that means you have an opportunity to improve your core/posture/balance. Rather than avoid the unstable feeling, master it. The Marsblade also allows you do more skating and skills drills that simulate on ice drills. They allow better knee bend, better turning compared to regular in-line skates. 

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  13. You're right. The trend is for skate companies to design their skates to be taller. They are all doing it. I think the best bet is to look at models that are one or two price points lower than the most expensive model from both Bauer and CCM. The truth is that most players will skate better without an uber stiff skate. If you must have the top of the line, the CCM Ribcor 100KPro probably has the most flex.

  14. 27 minutes ago, Bolgar said:

    Looking at the specs, steel "Fly compatible", so I assume it is not compatible to Edge.

    Is it my imagination, or does this new holder seem taller? That might be an advantage. I'm probably wrong, and that they just changed the holder and the mechanism to block out 3rd party blade sellers and to make everyone buy new steel.

  15. I think most of the time this is caused by 2 things: the skate being too tall in the ankle cuff, combined with the curvature of your leg (think bow legged). Ski boots, which come up high on the leg, have an adjustment to change this angle called canting adjustment. Unfortunately, skates do not. The only way I've found to take care of this problem is to rebake the skate, take a pair of pliers or similar to manually bend the cuff away from ankle (you can cover boot cuff with a towel as to not damage the skate). It only needs to be moved a couple mm.

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  16. 1 hour ago, PBH said:


    In fact, I am not even sure we need two families of skates anymore, though I know many will disagree. 


    With carbon technology of today, you can really make a skate that flexes forward but is still very stiff laterally. So I agree, there really needs to be one well designed line.  For people concerned with graphics, beef up the customization program.

  17. On 10/2/2022 at 3:12 PM, BenBreeg said:

     He described how they used to break them in and how higher end skates had some mesh or something up the back of the skate for support. 

    That was called cross stitching. You would find a good shoe repair guy in town and he would stitch a small"tic tac toe" pattern all the way around the ankle area. It would probably triple the ankle support (they came with very little). I know this practice was done until the early 1980's. I remember playing in college with a pair of cross stitched Super Tacks, which replaced cross stitched Daoust 301. 

    Those old Tacks are mid-late 1960's. Great shape. Looked to be a tad big for the original owner (a bit of heel shelf back by the Achilles). Nice find.  You should try to skate in them if you can get them on, so you can appreciate what the players of that era had to deal with!

  18. 14 hours ago, Buzz_LightBeer said:

    The more i read through the comments, the more a "college level hockey player" turns into "former house league player turned beer leaguer who doesn't take very good care of his gear."

    Fixed it for ya. I don't do reddit.  Wow.  The guy posting the Geargeek link with a list of all NHL players using AS3Pro's and urging him to contact them because they might help you out. Priceless.

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