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robbjbyoung

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. @oldtrainerguy28 I don't suppose there is a noticeable difference in weight between the two?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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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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