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goblue9280 last won the day on February 7 2014

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  1. Just got one of the new Bauer Reakt 75 helmets last month. Helmet comes in at $120... combo around 150 I believe. I tried on a bunch and loved the way it fits. A lot of helmets give me issues on the side of the head... which is right where the 75 has some supple poron foam. Just a very comfy helmet for my head shape. Also it just nabbed the top spot on the VTech helmet ratings if that means much to you... though fit is always paramount.
  2. Good points, and what's sad is it's something I think Total Hockey worked really hard to do differently. They seemed to have a big focus on the kids... that's where you build the return customer base because they need new equipment every season. TH was a big supporter of USAH initiatives... had their grow the game grants to youth organizations... supported try hockey for free days... helped sell the beginner sets of gear. Their stores often had areas set aside just with gear for the youngest (6u/8u) beginners... and tvs around the store showing hockey movies and highlights. They also just recently came out with a pretty cool goalie set of gear for the littlest kids that strap over regular players gear allowing coaches to quickly put a different kid in net for a game/practice. Hope whatever comes out of this TH bankruptcy is able to retain the soul of that effort .
  3. Hockey Giant is pretty much your only option now in Dallas. Perani's closed last year and despite signs stating they were going to move to a new location, I don't believe anything came of that. Now with Total Hockey (former Players Bench) leaving, Hockey Giant is it. However, although not a custom skate fitter, be sure to check out Houston Hockey and Skate World... guy that opened it up previously managed the Sugar Land Ice pro shop. Only place in town to walk in and get skates sharpened on the spot.
  4. Yep, that's the same approach I took with my kids. My 12 year old has just started moving into upper level junior skates the past year or two... he's average size, so he likely has another 2 years in junior sizes if I'm lucky. I always found the youth and junior skates to be too stiff for his weight thus opted for mid-pricepoint. Limiting forward flex at those developmental ages by putting them in a stiff boot is just asking for skating mechanics issues down the road.
  5. Probably not too much to speak of. They only really have the one sheet of ice at Northwoods now... use to be 2 sheets but they installed field turf on one a few years back.
  6. Loved the short lived miken kids line of sticks that had a similar concept... hopefully the play rite line sticks around (pun intended.)
  7. Love the black/blue styling of the new nexus skates. Invokes the feel of the old Bauer Supreme Composites... even down to the black laces with blue highlights. Only missing the all black tuuk holder.
  8. For every helmet they test, VTech purchases them off the shelf. Eliminates any bias from receiving free gear.
  9. It's a good thing the helmet experts at USA Hockey, who know so much about individualized fit, would never put an entire team in the same helmet model. For those interested, the VT group already published a paper on the STAR hockey helmet rating, and it can be read for free, here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10439-015-1278-7 Regarding fit, this section indicates to me indicates they are aware of the importance helmet fit plays with regards to not only lab testing but in real life head injuries. from page 10: The biofidelity of the impact model used for Hockey STAR was ensured through appropriate headform selection and comparison of acceleration traces with other data collected from hockey players. The NOCSAE headform was chosen because of its superior helmet fit at the base of the skull, and around the jaw, cheeks, and chin compared to that of the Hybrid III headform.11 A helmet that does not fit properly can shift on the head during tests, and if the contact area of the helmet padding with the headform varies from what is realistic, the effective stiffness of the padding will vary, potentially resulting in a mischaracterization of a helmet’s energy management capabilities.
  10. That's not accurate, while it varies by journal, most all have a significant review process before being accepted for publication. The Annals of Biomedical Engineering is the official journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society... it's a very well regarded engineering society, so I would think their journal review process is significant. "We caution the hockey community against simply accepting Virginia Tech’s statement that hockey helmets are not safe and its conclusion that players should expect to sustain a certain number of concussions per season, depending upon the type of helmet that they wear." Come on Bauer, lol, if you have 100's of engineers and multiple experts working on helmet R&D, you should be able to read a rather standard results summary release and realize that Virginia Tech came to NEITHER of the above conclusions.
  11. I don't think it's the study itself, but rather the way it's being reported. Personally I don't like the "Study Find Hockey Helmets Unsafe" headline that espn has on their front page... if you read the release on the VT website, it isn't so black and white. I agree with your comment about helmet fit should be the first concern. Hopefully within a few years, there will be numerous options rated 4/5 star so that LHS can continue focusing on optimal fit. But again, going back to manufacturers, I've never seen one detail what headshapes their helmet fits best... they always tout the adjustibility as a selling point, so shouldn't the helmet perform optimally even when a single headform is used? Just as an example, here's what Bauer says (from their website) about their Reakt 100 helmet: "A better fit means better protection. Spring-loaded side pads utilize Curv® composite and PORON® XRD™ foam creating the new YourFIT custom adjustment system." The manufacturers themselves are already guilty of implying and marketing helmets as one size fits all/most, which I know from stories on here creates a constant struggle for LHS employees... convincing customers to prioritize fit over marketing.
  12. The beauty of the peer review process: U of Ottawa can collaborate with VT on improving their study. This is an academic study to be published in a peer reviewed journal... they have to remain unbiased which means remaining independent from the manufacturers. All of their data and procedures will be detailed in the published study, which according to the article will be in the April 2015 Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
  13. So because one guy who is of the 0.001% that will play the game at the strongest/fastest level feels the game is too risky to justify the damage it will do to his body... and therefore that is indicative that the helmet improvements made as a result of rating system has failed to make the game less risky for the other 99.999% that play?
  14. All about the money? Pretty heavy accusations you're lobbing at this prof... anything to back it up? Most profs don't get into research for the money. The results are being published in a peer reviewed journal... along with any academic talks they give, they're going to face plenty of scrutiny from other scientists and engineers. As for the money trail, who has been profiting the most? The manufacturers. Every year new models come out from the m11 to the reakt 100... all making new claims about break throughs in concussion reductions. Question, how many manufacturers have opened up their testing procedures and results to full peer review so that their claims can be independently retested? Every year the price of the top helmets go up despite little data to substantiate their protection improvements. Manufacturers are far from innocent with regards to profiting from the concussion scare. The positive I see is that in the manufacturers rush to research and market concussion reducing designs and materials, they just might have some solid tech to build from. Hopefully this rating system forces them to put a bit more of their money into the R&D and a little less on marketing unsubstantiated claims.
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