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raganblink last won the day on June 30 2014

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  1. Does anyone know where I can buy some O1s? Trying to find for a VIP customer and cannot find any. Size large. Thanks!
  2. I mean they couldn't, if you want to talk out of your ass go ahead though. At Bauer World they talked a lot about this - to create the slingshot effect of the stick you have to separate your blade cores. To achieve that you had to physically separate them. Wasn't another way to create the effect without doing that. As for if it works or not? I'll put it this way - We took a radar gun out last week and screwed around with the sticks I had and my buddy had. We used the same p28 curve in 75/77 flex. They were 2S Pro, 2N Pro, MX3, AS1 & Trigger 2. For me I was shooting around 52-57 consistently with those sticks. He was 55-60. In the Nexus ADV my low was 57 and high of 63. He never dropped below 60 and highest was 64 in the ADV Essentially a 5-10% increase on shot speed is what we noticed. Not insignificant in any way. The shaft felt amazing on the bottom hand and definitely felt like I had more control as well. I would recommend to buy it if you can afford it, stats speak for themselves. Minimum 6 yes. Bauer doesn't do that just top-end.
  3. It appears to be that you are unfamiliar with what some companies actually do, do. I sell 6 pack CCM Team custom sticks like crazy. Price point is what people want, most curve options available, its win-win. Talk to your local shop about CCM TEAM custom and they should be able to help. Pretty easy to do, honestly.
  4. I'd guess its somewhere between "minimal at best" and "so little you couldn't even tell while playing".
  5. So 2 things that they've had forever on skates? One that continues to be improved and the other that has never been an issue? Not sure what your point is here. Until I start seeing 1 piece CCM boots that are older than 2 piece Bauer boots, Bauer will still be the more durable skate. We'll know in a year if there is a durability difference between FT2 and 2X Pro - I can tell you the 2S Pros are holding up better than the AS1s...
  6. But if they're durable who cares? I remember in 2015 when everyone complained about the 1X. Or 2011 about the APX. Bad looks =/= durability.
  7. What's wrong with Curv? Its the gold standard in skates, still, 11 years later. And between picking either Vapor or JetSpeed at the $900 or $600 level, I'd still go Vapor. I don't see 3 year old CCMs at all for that high-end U20/U18/U16 player, however I do still see Bauers. At the two year old level I still see some CCMs but they are in much worse shape than their Bauer counterpart and I've had a couple of kids buy 3 pairs of ST/FT1/AS1/FT2 now in the last 4 years. Not because they're out growing but because they aren't lasting for them. Conversely, I've had 1 person buy 3 pairs of 1S/1X/2SPro/2XPro in the last 4 years, and that's because they outgrew their 1S and their second pair of them got ran over by the SUV while it was drying so they bought 2S pros. For a durability stand-point, Bauer is still on top of the skate world. And don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of what CCM is pushing out - but nothing beats CURV durability in hockey, yet.
  8. And that becomes a problem when there are more guy's in hockey (or any hobby, really) to make a buck rather than trying to make things right for the customer to leave them genuinely happy with their purchase which will ensure less money spent in the future. Don't get me wrong - the goal of running a store is to make money - you're dumb if you don't - but the best way to make your money is to build something over long periods of time and create a well-known, knowledgeable, respected store that takes pride in making sure the customer gets the best thing for the customer, even if it means that customer won't spend as much with you in the future. Instead of the current status quo with a lot of stores in the US - which is let's just try to make as much money as possible every year, even if it means selling product that won't leave the customer satisfied. We have a AAA team which has kids come in from all over the country - these kids are 18-15 - and it is insane at how many of them have ill-fitting skates. I had one in today, he's 17 and has skates that have 2 inches between his toe sweat and the edge of the footbed. I know that's not a sure fire way of finding out the correct length, but, I know you're not supposed to have 2 inches between your toe sweat and the end! Whoever sold him skates didn't give two shits about proper fit. And now his less than 6 month old JetSpeed FT1s are going bad on him because he doesn't fill the skate out correctly and is causing a crease because of it.
  9. You can always go custom, too. Shockingly less expensive than what you're thinking it'll be. At least, in my opinion it is. For guys that love the old classics - Forsberg, Lidstrom, Iginla, etc. who don't want to switch it up - custom is definitely the way to go.
  10. CCM PN5589 are quite tight on me - I wear a large in those and they are TIGHT with shin guards. My Bauer Flex or Bauer Lightweight warmup pants were not as tight as those are. I have the Warrior ones from 2016? and those were by far the loosest in the legs.
  11. Your standard Excel form would have these options though. Same with heel lifts. New custom form is already out and available at reputable dealers some places...
  12. I can't tell you how many pairs I've made where the player initially said I want a Vapor skate but I want it to fit like the Supreme. Tough cookies, you're getting Supreme. I can make a custom skate I can't perform a miracle.
  13. If you do go up to Niagara, Front Row Sports has their massive store in Thorold, ONT which would be worth the visit. Or as others have said
  14. With the curve options it became pointless to make so many offerings for so few people. At one point I believe on the Total ONE NXG? we ordered in every curve Bauer offered, and stocked it in 77 and 87 for LH & RH. Pm9, P88, P92, P92L5, P106, P91A, P08, P14, P02. I had to order in multiple 6 packs of P88 77 RH before I sold my 1 P02, P106, P91A and PM9 that I ordered in. I think I finally sold my p02s for half off when the original 1S came out. I remember lucking out selling the p91A... they were that unpopular. This year on the 1X Lite stick I've sold an insane amount of P28 77 flexes and P88 as well. The P14 I ordered I still have... If I bought another P28 instead I would have $299 more sold in product this year. Basically what the story I have is getting to, beyond P92, P88 and P28 you really don't need to stock another curve in a store. Yes, there are people who love their PM9, P106, P91A, P38, P14, P02 curves....but if you just go heavy in those 3 curves you're fine. You'll sell them. Right now the hot curve for our market is p28, and if I had 100 more of them in-stock in the right stick/flex at the time I could've sold it...I would have done that. Unfortunately I booked too many P92s & my Warrior Alphas, CCM Revolutions & True XCores are not selling compared to 1X Lite, Trigger2 & SuperTack 2.0 are this year. If I loaded up on those 3 sticks and went heavy in p28 I would be up 100 stick sales this season, easily. This realization by retailers and the companies always having left-overs of the weird curves/flexes has led to massive SKU reductions. This will continue further and Bauer.com existing isn't going to bring back an ample amount of stick options. They have myBauer for that.
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