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  1. To clarify, you've tried these unreleased gloves that are "RZR" style, rather than the HPR2 Pros as mentioned in the thread title, which the initial photo does not show?. This is getting a little overly confusing for the poor brain.
  2. The hand breaks look very similar to the RZR lacrosse gloves released last year, which used a single molded foam piece for the backhand with segmentation cutouts... If that tech has been moved over to hockey gloves I can see it being an interesting change in how protection packages are made.
  3. Source of image: icewarehouse.com From my eye and the experience I have (used P29 P28 P30 and P88 CCM Tacks sticks), there isn't a whole lot of difference for the base of the two blades, as they're made to sit fairly similarly with the "double lie" heel and toe. Doing some quick math on the differences in lie angle, a change in lie of 1 is approx. 2 degrees up/down for the angle of the stick, so .5 lie change is 1 degree. (https://www.prostockhockey.com/sticks/what-is-the-lie-of-a-hockey-stick#:~:text=The Minutiae,%2F47%2C and so on.) Making a triangle out of that info, supposing your stick is 62" from ground contact to knob (though you mentioned an extension, ymmv), a change of 1 degree at the blade makes the top of the stick sit about an inch lower on the body. Hope this helps.
  4. Well if you do as Kris suggested a couple days ago... You'll find that lots of ice skate boots are made in all sizes and widths, and you can then sell the lower portion (holder and blade) of the skates. You'll likely find people that want replacement holders for their own ice skates and the rollers on the bottom of your current boots will likely be transferable. The size of roller holder is the same for many sizes of boot and so you don't have the same issue as with ice holders being a few cm different dependant on boot size. OR you can take the two parts to any hockey shop and they should have the tools and expertise to do it. This won't cost a thousand dollars.
  5. I'll be honest, it very difficult to make a precise recommendation if you're currently in a shoe that's too short, too narrow, too shallow and we don't know the size that has been recommended to you, or your current shoe size. If you feel it's not too much an invasion of privacy, posting the scan data (if it was done on a scanning machine rather than just a verbal opinion) would be a starting point. I'm not trying to pooh-pooh your question, but nobody on this page is gonna be able to accurately tell you: Based on the information we have to go on so far, hence why I suggested that if you can go to a store. As it sounds like your trip to Pure Hockey didn't solve the issues, I think it's worth either trying a different store or different personnel. One thing I've learned is that you do sometimes have to ask the right questions at a store. If you tell the staff that you have arch pain, then they'll give you a footbed, as that's the default solution for that problem in isolation. However if you're experiencing (at a guess) pain throughout the foot due to a combination of the foot being crushed from all directions, as well as possibly blood flow problems from having your feet escaping out the top of the tongues, way over the eyelets, then a footbed wouldn't solve these problems. The Vapor (pre-FIT system) boot size is the shallowest and narrowest on the market, at least in bauer's catalogue. If you can't get into a store where you are (all non-essential retail is closed where I am as it has been on and off for the past 12 months), I would suggest finding a store that lets you return unsharpened skates/unworn rollers, and just buy a pair that are in the recommended size/width that you've been given when at the shop, with the intent of returning them after lacing up (maybe baking) and just sitting in them for an hour or two. See if any of the pain shows up, make a note of it, and send them back. That way, you can either ask here with more info, or return to the shop and ask more specific questions, getting more specific answers. Vapors a size too small hurt Is a good start, but if you can then add to that with, for example: Tacks in an 8EE feel alright but heel doesn't sit right Supreme in Fit 2 still makes arches hurt Nexus D/EE skates (if you can find any) are like swimming in a shoe THAT will be much more useful for narrowing down recommendations.
  6. The Bauer Fit system has done away with widths entirely: Fit 1 is analogous to a Vapor Reg width boot, Fit 2 a regular width Supreme, and Fit 3 a regular width Nexus. As such if you have been told that Fit 3 is the best fit then I can see why a pair of Regular width Vapors a size down from what you need would be crushing your feet in all directions, which for sure would result in pain, including in the arches. I myself wear a pair of Nexus skates in a Nexus D width because of my very tall, fairly narrow feet, and huge arches. That's what's worked for me, but your mileage will majorly vary. Could a "fit 2" boot in the right size fit you better? Sure. Could it be the best fit? Possibly, but I wouldn't count out the Fit 3 or Wide fit high volume options from other brands. CCM's Tacks line is the mid-high volume boot they make, so perhaps see if you can fit a Tacks wide fit in a given size, or a ribcor as they do accommodate wide feet quite well. All in all, you're gonna have to either roll the dice, or categorically refine your search until you end up with the best option, then see what budget option that leaves you with.
  7. Short answer, get scanned and try some skates on. Different brands will have different "profiles" of foot for their different widths, so even if you follow some of the procedures you'll find online for foot ratios etc., you may not know exactly what skate will fit you best. Get to a shop that has lots of boots and you'll find which feel good and which don't. Regarding skates you already have, it should be on the label somewhere along with the skate size, if not then it's likely that those skates are a D/Regular width.
  8. This has been the way I went with this. It's frustrating that Puckstop don't state all their services and options online, but they were very happy to explain the services they can do once I sent them an email. Thanks both.
  9. I've got tired of the uneven and inconsistent sharpening that often comes from my local shop (and the only place that I can get myself to without taking a day off work), as the blade's profile itself now is completely off compared to how it came stock, and doesn't appear to be intentionally profiled. The other concern I have is that I have two pairs of Bauer holder STEP Blacksteels, which are now a limited commodity, and so am looking to have them re-profiled, knowing that if they are mangled up there isn't much a store could do to replace them, even if they wanted to. Are there places in the UK/EU that would be able to do this, and what should I expect the cost to be? I'm not looking to tinker massively, just "reset" for the start of the season before my team's SPARX machines arrive to keep them as they are. I realize the majority of people on this site are in NA, but hopefully some of the info would carry over the Atlantic.
  10. I've found that a pair of Dynasty AX1's (though also now a little harder to find at retail) were a good replacement for the Franchises, albeit running a little narrower, and much less roomy in the fingers. Still felt similar in the backhand. Can say that the build quality on them is stellar, only 4 Rolls I use other than the Nexus.
  11. @oldtrainerguy28 I don't suppose there is a noticeable difference in weight between the two?
  12. I can say that my Bauer Reakt 150 is an EPP helmet with the moving squishy pods that they introduced last year, though those have Poron XRD rather than the fluid system found in the CCM. The Reakt 200 also had an outer layer of EPP with different softer, "reactive" foams and materials inside, much like how D3O is used. The CCM Tacks 910 is the new model with the Fluid pods that you mentioned, and looking at the images online from CCM there is some foam used that appears to be EPP just behind the ear guards. It is likely that all of these models will have a base layer of EPP between the plastic shell of the helmet and the inner liner. In the marketing blab, I noticed that they mention: ...I.Q.Shion gel memory foam comfort liner and dual density molded foams with smooth contour edge... This is in all likelihood the EPP or EPP-like foams that appear behind the ears, and likely underneath the frontal "memory foam" liner.
  13. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Ultrasonic is pretty much a downgrade (and slight bulking up) of the Supreme ADV that one or two NHLers were using this past season. We've seen quite a few of those in training so my guess is that when money and availability is not an issue, the pros would be testing out the ADV before switching, or getting ADV's wrapped in the Ultrasonic graphics from Bauer.
  14. The issue here is that with studies such as Virginia Tech, and HECC certification, people will dispute their validity for all sorts of reasons. Be it "the impacts tested don't accurately represent my sport", to "If it can't promise concussion prevention then why have a score?". These guys have made a helmet that is HECC-Certified, and supposedly is more comfortable due to it being form fitting and with with a more gel-like substance for the inner liner. The tech certainly seems interesting, but if pro players aren't making the switch, for whom this has no cost implications, then I don't see myself doing so at $500 a pop. Their website says its "warrantied" for 5 years, I'd like to see the asterisks put on that warranty.
  15. robbjbyoung

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    Height - 5'11" Weight - 165 lbs Pant size - Senior Medium Level of play: University Hockey (2 Per Week, probably equivalent to Junior B) Used for: 6 Months Location: UK Fit -Previous user of Bauer Nexus (small) pants, but wanted something a little more form fitting. Would say that these fit smaller compared to a Nexus, about the same as a Vapor. These are much more contoured above the hips, sit properly on the hip, and follow the shape of the leg. Having an adjustable (non-elastic) strap above the lace tie is a massive part of this, preventing a pinch point over the cup by having two points of adjustment. The tight contouring down towards the knees does mean that on occasion the bottom of the quad panels can lift on the top of the knee cup while skating. The weight of these is shifted higher into the pant, so driving your legs isn't difficult, but I'll save that for the Weight section below. Can be adjusted with a 1" drop underneath the belt, but I have found that due to my bodyshape I do not need to use it. 8/10 Protection - These things wil stop a truck. Playing D they've taken quite a few hard shots off the quad panels and up into the kidney protection, and while you can feel the impact, none of them have hurt or stung, or impacted my ability to finish the shift. Tailbone protection is cushioned and immensely supportive, never felt a stinger from being dropped on my arse. Coverage of the rear of the leg and glutes is good, with foams, rather than plastics or a composite material in those areas. Spine protection is spot on 10/10 Weight - Dry, these are 1.43kg, or a shaving over 3lbs 2oz. They will wick sweat into the protective foams and pads meaning by the end of a game they can feel really quite heavy. Doesn't actively make you tired while skating, but they for sure went for protection over lightness with this model. Similar in weight to a Super Tacks or Nexus offerings, but a closer fit profile than these models. I would say that these hold sweat more than the Nexus 8000 I had worn previously, but have no evidence for this. (after some research, it looks like my pads are about 150g lighter than others have found, so these could be even heavier for others, YMMV.) 7/10 Durability - Six months in, there are a few loose threads, but nothing that I could stick a finger into, or that appears to be getting worse. All of the protective pads are still fully stitched, and they appear to be staying that way for a long time to come. Some of the "iron-on" graphics in high wear areas have come off, but that has no performance impact, so I won't dock for that. 9/10 Conclusion - These pants were on a clearance when I purchased them so that may tilt my view of them, but for the game I play and the shots and slashes that these recieve, they pass with flying colours. Stretch gussets and adjustable zips mean these will be snug but do not restrict movement as much as you would expect, and I have total faith in them. Can't see myself replacing them with anything until I wear them out, or if Warrior released a replacement that somehow kept the protection with a major reduction in weight. Overall: 8.5/10
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