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Burning Bear

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Burning Bear last won the day on November 13 2016

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About Burning Bear

  • Birthday 06/29/1986

Equipment

  • Skates
    CCM Ribcor 80K
  • Stick
    Bauer Nexus 2N Pro
  • Gloves
    Bauer Supreme 2S Pro
  • Helmet
    Bauer RE-AKT 95
  • Pants
    Bauer Vapor 1X Lite/LTX Pro Hybrid
  • Shoulder Pads
    Warrior Bonafide
  • Elbow Pads
    Easton ST16
  • Shin Pads
    Reebok 20K
  • Hockey Bag
    Bauer Premium Equipment Backpack

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  • Location
    Mount Joy, PA
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  1. Meh... 0/10. Needs more bass and tornado siren. Seriously though, while better protection and airflow make this a good marriage of technology (at least on paper), I'm definitely a bit apprehensive about how this thing will be priced. Those 3D printed Adidas shoes that were mentioned above? You need to secure at least two credit references to buy a pair.
  2. This, for me, is a really big part of it. I realize inflation has a hand in it to some extent, but I remember 15 years ago when gloves like the Vapor XXX were selling at around $129.99 I think? Fast forward to the present day when the 1X Lite retails for $219.99 (not counting the recent markdown on account the 2X line set to hit the market soon). Have gloves really come that far so quickly that they're worth nearly double the price? Not in my eyes, at least. As for things like sticks, they're expensive in general for what they are. I don't mind paying a high price for something that feels good, performs well, and lasts me for a reasonable period of time, but when I shell out top dollar on something like the 1X Lite I bought a few years ago that dies after just a few months playing once or twice a week, I don't feel like I got good value for my money. I normally always shoot for top-of-the-line gear because I like the idea of a product being made as good as it can be, but I haven't felt comfortable paying more than $200 for a stick since. This is to say nothing for those who pay top dollar only to have the stick snap on them and be SOL because the warranty expired just a week beforehand. It's hardly a wonder people load up on pro stock sticks at $100. I'm sure sticks aren't cheap to make and the profit margins are slim even on the higher-end, but I also don't like the idea of pointing the blame at consumers just trying to get their money's worth and people selling pro gear on eBay just hoping to make a little pocket change on the side. I feel bad for retail stores who end up being punished as a result of all this, but maybe it's not a great business model in general? I don't know. Someone feel free to step in and correct me on any of that. Anyway, to get back on topic, rinks are closed, people aren't working, the economy is screwed, a virus is running rampant, and the streets of major US cities are filled with a whole lot of anger and hate. I wish I could say I was spending a lot more time worrying about hockey (among many other things) right now, but the world is a very different place than it was three months ago.
  3. If you're the kind of person who lives in a crowded townhouse development and loudly blasts music on your back porch, subjecting it to everyone nearby quarantined inside their homes, you can gargle a bouquet of dicks. Seriously, when did this become okay?
  4. I'm kind of in the same boat as you. I always loved the classic styling and low-profile look of the Bauer 4500. It and its predecessors are right up there with the CCM HT2 in terms of iconic status. I wore a nearly-identical Nike 4 back in high school, but my head turned into an oversized potato at some point during my twenties. I ended up switching to the rather bulbous Bauer 7500 and found a home there for a while, but I hated the comfort foams, which had a nasty habit of both flattening to the thickness of an envelope and falling out. When the RE-AKT 95 came out, I finally found a compromise between fit, comfort, quality, and style. Still kinda wish my head fit in the 4500, though. I was also kind of heartbroken when my hands didn't fit properly into the rather sharp-looking 1X Lite gloves. Way too cramped, especially compared to the XXXX and APX, the latter of which I used for the better part of a decade. Ironically, my hands fit better in the Supreme line now. Honorable mention to the Easton 800 Pro gloves from 2015, which looked really cool with the huge "E in the oval" logo on the cuff, but even the 13" fit like a 18" pair. It had enough room to fit both of my hands inside and probably keep some Werther's Originals in the fingertips.
  5. Huh. Well, that's kind of disappointing. I figured a high-end traditional pant would've been a given, seeing how popular the Supreme One95/Nexus 1000/Nexus 1N have always been, but maybe I'm just speaking for a niche crowd that snaps up the pro stock models on eBay? Still kind of curious to see what they roll out before snapping up 1N's on clearance.
  6. This is quickly turning into one of the worst months of my life. I forced myself to give up on someone I cared deeply for, I'm on FMLA/STD leave from work (which keeps me away from the stress, but the thought of being useless makes me feel like it's a double-edged sword), I'm on antidepressants for the first time in my life, and to top it all off, my car needs over $1,600 worth of work for it to pass inspection. I'm trying very hard to stay positive, stay active, keep playing hockey, and eating well, but my god... I never imagined things spiraling out of control this much.
  7. I REALLY want to like both of these jerseys, but my god... whoever's forcing the Adizero collars needs to be burned at the stake.
  8. As a Flames fan, I'm SUPER-relieved that they went with these. I was a bit surprised at how many people on social media were crying out against seeing these again. Those people are heretics and should be burned at the stake. Also, while I absolutely loathe the new Adidas collars, I think this was as good as they could do here. 100% in favor of seeing their white counterparts as the away jerseys next season. The other added bonus? More chances to snag Flames retro pants and gloves!
  9. I actually really dig the graphics on it. This and last year's 1N are two of Bauer's best-looking sticks in quite a while.
  10. Seconded. Aside from some a few recent minor issues with the quarters near the toe box, my 50Ks are still going strong after over three years. Best pair of skates I've ever owned bar none.
  11. Ooh... I like that they're finally ditching that ugly white/gray logo on the front of their retail pants. Once they get around to updating the Nexus line of pants again, and unless they completely shit the bed on them, a new pair will be an automatic buy.
  12. Same here for the most part, actually. The blade on mine seems okay, and the stick itself has held up well enough after about six months of use, but the stick's pop seemed to only last for about a month. If it weren't for the fact that it's so light, it'd be nearly useless on the ice, though I'd gladly trade some of the weight for longer lasting performance. I won't be buying another one, for sure. In fact, as much as I used to love Bauer, it seems like a lot of their retail products have really dropped off in quality over the last four or five years. Strongly considering seeking greener pastures with other brands, but I digress.
  13. I think this is pretty much all we have to offer. Still, there's some really cool stuff to be seen there. Not sure what you're looking for, but best of luck to ya and all.
  14. From Bauer's Facebook. Possible second gen Vapor 1X gloves on the Jets dude? I'm certainly not seeing a 1S logo where it should be.
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