Andrew Ross – Hockey Review HQ Your source for Hockey Reviews Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:52:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 57664668 Super Secret Pro Stock Equipment Drop Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:37:15 +0000 So the other day I was hanging out with one of the boys from SideLineSwap, a really great guy who definitely knows how to bury the biscuit into the twine, and he accidentally left his email open on my computer. There was a really interesting, and obviously internal email that was going around saying that tomorrow, June 30th, some sweet new pro stock gear was coming in on the site.
Who doesn’t love a trunk full of brand new pro stock sticks?

We all know how much people love gears that pros use. Its like that story we were all read as children about the magic hockey skates – its just too bad that concept was poorly put into action by Hollywood in the form of Like Mike, but I digress. Anyway, this email had all sorts of details showing how SideLineSwap is going to be releasing some equipment (everything from sticks to gloves, and from pants to practice jerseys) from teams like Yale, or as the French Canadians pronounce it, Yalé, the Columbus Cottonmouths, and the

largest state in the Union’s own Texas Stars.

If you want to get your hands on some of this fantastic gear, here are some useful links:

For the Texas Stars, head to Valhalla_Sport’s locker here.

Yalé has some excellent pro returns in FanelliHockey’s locker over here.

Finally, the Columbus Cottonmouths equipment can be yours over here in CASmith12’s locker – this equipment drop is a little different, and will be available next week.
Columbus Cottonmouths gear coming in hot.

Remember: this is a super secret equipment drop that I don’t think was supposed to get leaked, so make sure you take advantage of it, and share it to all your friends. That way the secret is among friends. Friday is the big day!

As always, head on over to SideLineSwap’s hockey page to see the best deal on anything hockey!


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Rossy’s Picks: Pro Stock Bauer Vapor 1X Skates Review Tue, 16 May 2017 19:07:46 +0000
3D Curv Composite

With the Bauer Vapor 1X skates being the first of the “1” series of skates to be released by Bauer, the model as we know it, and as worn by the pros is getting an update. With that in mind, I wanted to give the current generation skates a try.

A big ‘ole thanks goes out to the guys at SideLineSwap for helping me snag this pair of skates. They have a huge selection of pro stock, and high-end retail gear for sale, including skates, gloves, and twigs, with hundreds, if not thousands of items being added weekly. I’ve picked up some great finds from SLS, and over the course of the next few weeks, I will be reviewing a large number of them, to help those of you who are looking for some new equipment, wrap your head around the different gear types.

This review will be similar to the Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 skates review I did a couple months ago, in that the materials is generally the same, but I will be putting more emphasis on my opinions on the gear.

Ready? Leggo!


As mentioned previously, the Bauer Vapor line is more of a tapered fit, designed for players with narrow to average width of a forefoot, and heel. Again, I will reiterate and say that going out and trying out different lines from different manufacturers will help you narrow down what line fits your foot correctly.

The Vapor line is aimed towards the speed demons that want a lightweight, and agile boot, but still don’t want to compromise foot safety or performance.


Again, we see the use of the 3D Curv Composite from those clever engineers in Germany. A quick recap: 3D Curv Composite is produced by weaving layers of polypropylene together to create a lightweight, stiff, and very protective material.

The boot is a slightly lighter weight than the TotalOne MX3 boots, coming in at around 730 grams for a size 8.
Sweet, sweet, traditional eyelets.

In my mind, where this boot takes a pleasing turn, is the eyelet construction. One issue I had with the MX3 skates, was that if a puck directly smoked the injection molded lacing system, a crack could form, therefore rendering the eyelet useless. This pair of 1X skates is pro stock, meaning they were custom ordered. The customer decided to use traditional eyelets, instead of the new injection molded system mentioned previously. The trade-off here is the newer system keeps the laces slightly tighter over a long period, however the traditional eyelets allow you to replace individual eyelets whenever you please.


The same Tuuk Lightspeed Edge holders make another comeback, as the trigger system is the default setup for the higher end Bauer skates.

Performance and Durability:

Now that we have discussed all the tech specs, lets get down to business: my thoughts on the 1X skates.

I bought them used, so they already had a couple marks and scratches, but overall a solid pair of skates that should last me for quite a while. In the few times I’ve already skated on them, I’ve taken a few pucks to the feet, and to the holders, and there hasn’t been any damage thus far. I’m also super happy about the traditional eyelets, just in case you already weren’t aware.
Lightweight and strong construction of the boot help acceleration.

Performance wise, after getting used to the different fit from the MX3 skates, I feel my turns getting much sharper, and I’m getting closer to the ice when I make these turns. For fairness sake, I used the same steel I used on the MX3 skates, and have still noticed a difference. I’m finding my stride length has decreased, but my acceleration has improved significantly, to help me get the crossovers
going to beat the defender to the outside.
The thinner felt 1X tongue.

I will be swapping out the tongues on these skates, as the ones that were chosen by the original owner were the thin felt 1X tongues, but I much prefer the thicker APX2 tongues on the MX3 skates.

My foot feels more locked down, even without heat molding them to my feet, even though I have a very average foot, that also fits well inside the MX3 skates. I personally grew up on the Vapor line of skates, and after making the switch to the Supreme line, I had always wanted to go back, and I’m glad I did. I am confident that I will make these skates my “daily drivers” in the coming months.



  • Pro stock, custom skate.
  • Traditional eyelets.
  • 3D Curv Composite material helps keep the boot stiff, and is very durable.
  • 37.5 liner wicks away moisture to keep the foot dry.
  • TUUK LightSpeed Edge holder allows quick and easy steel replacement.
  • More tapered fit for narrow-to-average width foot.
  • Tongue was felt, instead of the very synthetic feeling Supreme line tongue.


  • Traditional eyelets don’t keep skates as tight as injected lacing system.
  • Tongue was not the stock, thick 1X tongue.
  • Skates were custom made for someone else.
    The 1X, in all her beauty.


Overall a great experience with these skates, and I would definitely suggest trying a pair if you have the opportunity. The added bonus of them being pro stock means they are made stronger than retail versions, and are often
made right at home, here in Canada. I lucked out and found a player that had a similar foot to mine, and with enough searching, you can too!

To see more of what the good folks at SideLineSwap have to offer in the way of skates, head over here. To sign up for an account, head here.


If these skates don’t tickle your fancy, take a look for the CCM FT1, CCM JetSpeed, or the Bauer APX2 skates, that all fit similarly to the 1X skates.

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Rossy’s Picks: Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 Skates in 2017 – Pro Boot, Consumer Price Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:48:13 +0000  

A close up of the Bauer MX3.

As is the case with most Bauer products that get released to the public, and those that don’t (looking at you Bauer OD1N), there is always much hype over the technology, what pros use them, what the price point is, and even the graphic. In this review, I will break down the technology in the Bauer Total One MX3 skates, and I will also cover performance versus other high end skates from the same year. Finally, I will give you my bottom line on the skates, and will also provide tips and tricks for getting the right pair.
If you are super into the tech behind the skates, read on, if you want to know what I think of them, and how they have held up, skip ahead to the Performance and Durability section.


First off, the Bauer Supreme line of equipment has always been geared more towards the all-around player, and lines like the Vapor have been designed to work better for a winger seeking faster acceleration and faster turns. With this in mind, arguably the most important point of any skate is the fit. The Supreme line is the middle of the road, or standard, when it comes to foot size, whereas the Bauer Nexus line is more of a volume fit, and the Bauer Vapor line is a more tapered fit

When sizing any skate, knowing your foot shape is a great place to begin. If you have to wear a wide pair of dress shoes, the Vapor and Supreme lines of Bauer skates might not be for you. If, however, you possess quite the average width of foot, the Supreme line could potentially fit you well. Small differences can be made up by baking the boot to really mold the interior to fit your foot exactly, or by buying a third party pair of insoles.


With sizing out of the way, let’s focus more on the boot itself. The outside of the boot is constructed by an American Company named Propex in Germany, and is produced by weaving layers of polypropylene together to create a lightweight, stiff, and very protective material. The end result is 3D Curv Composite, which Bauer has been using since the original Total One skates were released, and has been used wherever Bauer sees fits (looking at you again, OD1N). This composite material results in a super stiff boot, which allows for more explosive power transfer from the skater, while not sacrificing any protection. The composite material was also chosen for its lightweight performance as well, with a size 8 coming in around 750 grams.

Looking at the boot head on, you will notice the use of Bauer’s 3-Flex Tongue, which was first introduced on the Total One NXG skate. Using the same 3D Curv Composite as the rest of the boot, the tongue insert allows the end-user to customize tongue flex with three options, based on how stiff they prefer their tongue. This proves to be important as it helps with power transfer between strides, as the natural tendencies of the composite want to bounce back to their original state.

Bauer’s new Injection Lacing System.

Continuing along the front of the skate, we see that Bauer has introduced an injection molded lacing system over traditional eyelets, in hopes of making the boot more lightweight, and allowing the laces to stay tighter, for longer with the “T” lace-locking eyelet design. The only problem that arises with this method, is when a traditional eyelet gets ripped out, a new one can me inserted in its place, whereas with the injection system, some creativity with ballistic nylon, and an industrial sewing machine are required – which is why on many pro stock MX3s, we are seeing traditional eyelets.

The Tuuk LightSpeed Edge is the default holder on all the top-end Bauer skates.

Making another appearance is the Tuuk LightSpeed Edge holder. Known for being able to swap dull, or broken blades in a matter of seconds, it is no wonder why Bauer has brought them back. Solid construction, with an easy-to-use trigger system make swapping runners on the fly easier than ever. Furthermore, the new Edge holder system has a small height difference over its predecessor, which provides the skater with a slightly more aggressive angle-of-attack, while skating.

Performance and Durability:

Now, all this technology might be fine and dandy to all the gear-lovers, but what most of you are here for, presumably, is to find out how they hold up after months of consistent use, and how the act on-ice.

I bought mine from a retailer near me when the Bauer 1S skates came out, because it was time to upgrade, and because it was a screaming good deal. Along that point, I would say now would be the perfect time to invest in a pair while they are still available – you would be getting a pro-level skate, for a consumer price.

They are used roughly five times a week in a competitive beer league setting. I would consider

Only cosmetic damage to the 3D Curv Composite.

myself more of a speedy winger, that likes to make quick turns and stops, and not a meaty defensemen who needs to stay firmly planted. For me, these skates have held up wonderfully. Quick in the turns, and plenty of power to get a step on the defensemen. The Curv composite material is very durable, and besides the paint from the graphic chipping off, caused by sticks and pucks to the boot, the boot is in terrific shape. As mentioned previously, the one item I would take issue with is the injected lacing system. For now, as none of the eyelets have broken, I am very happy with them, as I like to really crank down the tightness of my boots, but as it is only one piece of plastic, I will have to look into a good repair shop should one ever break. The HydraMax liner definitely wicks away the moisture as advertised, and the boot is just as stiff as the day I first slipped them on. On my skates, I liked having more of a felt tongue, than the stock Bauer flex tongue, and swapped them out for the APX2 tongue.



  • Very affordable pro-level skate.
  • 3D Curv Composite material very durable, and hold up well.
  • Stiff boot stays stiff.
  • Forward cant helps power each stride.
  • TUUK LightSpeed Edge holders mean quick and easy steel replacement.
  • Injected lacing system keeps skates tight.
  • HydraMax liner definitely keeps foot dry.
  • Extra material added to inside of the boot to reduce wear caused by tongue.
  • Clean, yet aggressive look.


  • Injected lacing system not as durable as traditional eyelets, and impossible to fix.
  • LightSpeed Fusion runners not as high performance as aftermarket LightSpeed 3 or 4.
  • Tendon guard has tendency to break after serious flexing.
Final, gratuitous shot of the Bauer MX3.

A tip I would like to shed light on: if you cannot find a pair at a local retailer, buy them online. In this day and age, everything that can be found locally, can also be sourced (often cheaper) online. Furthermore, if you shop online, you can see if you can find a pair of pro stock skates. These skates will have extra stitching, sometimes they will have extra padding, or a different holder/runner, and often they will have some custom touches such as an extended toe box, or a clarino liner. For the MX3 skates specifically: I find a lot of pro stock MX3 skates will have traditional eyelets instead of the injected lacing system – this is because they are more prone to blocking shots, and therefore more likely to break the plastic eyelets. All that being said, if you can find a pair in your size that are pro stock: SNAG THEM!
After coming from the TotalOne NXG skate, and having some problems with the tendon guards, and the Curv material having some cracks, it seems like Bauer definitely reworked the boot to make it more durable. Overall I’m very pleased with both the performance, and the durability of the boot, and I look forward to seeing how it holds up for the coming months.


If the Bauer TotalOne MX3 skates don’t interest you, check out the Bauer Nexus 8000, the VH Footwear skates, or the CCM JetSpeed skates, as comparable models.

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