bauer – Hockey Review HQ http://hockeyreviewhq.com Your source for Hockey Reviews Mon, 17 Jun 2019 02:52:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 57664668 Bauer 2s Pro Goal Stick Review http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-2s-pro-goal-stick-review/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-2s-pro-goal-stick-review/#respond Fri, 28 Sep 2018 16:04:58 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2795 Intro

Another instalment to the Supreme composite goal stick has been added to the catalog this year, the Bauer 2sPro goal stick. I was lucky enough to pick mine up at Goalie Heaven Toronto back in August. The boys they were great to me and ever since I’ve been beyond stoked to use this model of stick. Is it worth the almost 400-dollar price tag?

Performance

So it’s hands down the lightest stick ever made. 10% lighter than the previous generate 1S goal stick to be exact. Keeping in mind the 1S was the previous lightest on the market by far. Less weight to push the puck to the corners. Less weight while making passes or shooting the puck.

Honestly it doesn’t get any better than this. The combination between the weight of the stick, grip on the stick, and the torque/flex (87) makes this the best puck handling experience I have ever had in my life. Passes come off with more power than before, it’s almost like the flex of the stick helps propel the puck forward. It may sound dumb cause you see it all the time when players shoot but a goalie making a pass? Absolutely.

Deflecting pucks to the corner doesn’t get any easier than with this stick. It conforms nicely to a blocking or tight butterfly. Most sticks don’t since the stick sits on the top of the pads but since Bauer gives the paddle a unique shape and design it works great. The front of the paddle is flat and provides the best possible rebound control, like every other supreme stick from years past. Also, the grip on the paddle is great again, much like the 1s.

Durability

This is where we run into problems. So, my retail 2s Pro stick lasted me 3 weeks (about 7 or 8 ice times). Considering the $330 retail sticker on it plus tax, that’s about 45 bucks per skate, plus taxes. Not a chance Is that worth it. However, I am yet to see any issues with my custom pack of 2sPro sticks and that is with 4 hours a week of practice time on college ice.

Custom Options

So custom options on a 2s Pro, or any previous Bauer composite stick is almost non existent. Colour on the shaft, 1 or 2 curve, 25/26/27 inch paddle options. Thats about it and don’t worry, even thought he price tag is 330 per stick plus taxes they don’t give you a discount at retail cause you’re buying bulk. My sticks were quoted at 8 weeks but after Bauer made the wrong specs for my sticks it took them just short of 13 weeks. Disappointing.

Customer Service / Warranty

Now Bauer’s warranty department has always been good to me, I’ve never had an issue claiming a warranty on a stick however Bauer did give me some push back this time, nonetheless. It all got resolved and I have a warranty stick that should be here any day.

Verdict

I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t concerned that my $1100 plus tax investment isn’t going to be worth it. I got 6 months of hockey remaining for the season and one of my biggest concerns is am I going to need to buy more sticks before the seasons up? I was told by a Bauer rep that custom sticks have no warranty so whether they break in 6 days or 6 months I am on my own. I will say that considering the performance and the fact that these sticks do genuinely enhance my game, they are worth a purchase. However, I am very skeptical that these will last. A different Bauer rep told me that they are the best lasting stick they’ve ever made, well that’s the reps job so I guess time will tell if that’s actually true or not As of this point in time I would say no.

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Bauer 2s Pro Review http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-2s-pro-review/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-2s-pro-review/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:30:46 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2657 So recently I had the chance to demo the entire Bauer 2S Pro line from head to toe at the Royal sports Demo day in Winnipeg and I’m going to break the ice here. Aside from the 2sPro stick, I could not have been more disappointed with the 2S Pro line, considering I was about to pull the trigger on a  new custom set a few weeks ago. Thankfully I didn’t order, lets get into why.

Past Experiences

So, I received 2 full demo sets of 1S OD1N gear from Bauer last calendar year and I loved the performance. From the glove’s weight, to slide-ability on the pads to flexibility in the blocker for cleaner saves when shifting. It had it all. However, the biggest con for me (and 99% of other consumers) is price point and durability. I went through 3 difference 1S gloves from July 2016 until April 2017. Keeping in mind I missed about 6 weeks of that with injury time. So, I’m going to chalk that up to 8 months of actual usage.

Sadly, I can’t comment on the durability at a demo event. I mean if a set starts falling apart after a 15-minute demo session that’s a whole separate article but that didn’t happen here. Bauer claims they’ve resolved all the durability issues with the 2s Pro line. However, every company is going to throw that type of propaganda at you when promoting a brand new product, its business 101. Price point is still the highest on the market right now, plus uncharges for going custom so safe to say they charge a premium price. I have no problem paying a premium price for a premium product but is it worth it? Allow me to tell you.

2sPro Stick is Unreal

So, let’s start with the stick since it’s really the only big positive here. It’s lighter than the 1s by 10% apparently. The 1S is still lightest model of stick on the market so that should give you an idea how much better the 2s is. Stick handling and deflecting is like a dream (as did the 1S). Assuming its as durable as the 1S, it’ll be the best stick on the market for the next 2 years. Competitors won’t even touch the 2S Pro for another 4 years, meanwhile makes the 3s and 4S that much better and lighter.

All of this will likely lead me to order a custom pack of 2s Pro sticks for my rookie season of college hockey. I’ve seen a few durability issues with the 2sPro online, but I’ve used 4 1S twigs now each lasting 2 months, 9 months, 5 months and I’m currently still waiting for my 4th to break (we are at 3 months right now). With all that said I think It’s a safe bet with the 2S Pro sticks

Skates Are A Dud

Bluntly put, as I’ve stated in the video where I demo’d everything 2S. If you have ever worn a TRUE skate, you can never wear anything else. Right now, Bauer and CCM are offering what I can only describe as their knock off version of TRUE’s 3D foot scanning software for custom skates.

Since my childhood I’ve been a lifelong Bauer goal skate user and never used anything else. After switching to VH 2 years ago I can safely say I’ll never go back. My reasoning being that, from day 1 my feet are NEVER sore in VH/TRUE skates, I have superior energy transfer, explosive power/feel with them and everything else about them. After Demoing the 2S Pro skates it reminded me why I switched in the first place. Sore feet, less responsive feel, etc. I didn’t notice a huge difference in the blades since I’ve been using Bauer Cowlings on my VH skates for 2 years but recently after switching to Tydan blades I’m starting to see the difference.

The Pros and Disappointment

Pads are similar to the 1S and so is the blocker. I never had any issues with my 1s blockers but if the pads didn’t break down they’d have a home run in value. Pads are stiff, rotate very well, rock hard laser like rebounds. Strapping system is still good. However, with the glove, I feel like they changed up the materials or internal makeup from the 1S. They changed the single tee to double which is now stock. Overall, I liked the 1s glove a lot better.

I think the biggest problem with Bauer is inconsistency. I felt aside from the 2s Pro stick everything lacked consistency. Each of the 1S gloves I had last go around felt difference and had a difference feel and closure. May be a problem at the factory or the manufacturing process but like in the on ice aspect of goaltending, consistency is key to being successful.

Verdict

What’s the verdict? Disappointing. I have no problem with the sticks. I’m probably going to pull the trigger on a custom pack however, if I was to ever order a custom set of 2S Pro pads, glove, blocker and skates I’d be scared shitless of what will come when my order arrives. Will the glove feel anything like the one I demo’d, did they mess up my custom skate scan, etc. Overall, I think they have a lot more work to do at the drawing board and as somebody who would be dishing out their own cash for a set, after demoing them I wouldn’t even consider investing a dime into a set. At least as of this moment in time, maybe that changes in the future.

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Bauer Vapor 1X Goal Stick Review http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-vapor-1x-goal-stick-review/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-vapor-1x-goal-stick-review/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:40:27 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2607 So in this article I want to break down my Bauer Vapor 1X Goal stick. I got my first Vapor goal stick in August 2017, and 2nd the last couple days of September 2017 after WestJet lost my sticks on my “infamous” LA kings tryout. So, lets dig in.

Initial Impression

So, I’m a religious fan of the Bauer Supreme Sticks. From the original One100 a few years ago to the TotalOne, TotalOne NXG and now the 1S and the upcoming 2S. I think the Bauer composite supreme sticks are the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, I haven’t had a great experience with the Vapor/Reactor sticks in the past. Last reactor hybrid I had lasted 3 weeks and broke at the blade. So, I was a little on the fence about trying one especially when they’re $300 for a stick.

Performance

So again trying to keep in mind that this isn’t a supreme stick. So, it isn’t going to be retardedly light and have a wicked amount of torque/whip when puck handling the stick is alright. It feels slightly clunky and heavy when on the ice. It looks like a composite but it doesn’t play like one. I love a good responsive feel when deflecting pucks and I NEEEEEED a lot of flex with my stick when puck handling cause I feel it just makes things flow and I can honestly say my puck handling is drastically worse with the Vapor 1X goal stick.

Durability

So, my original Vapor 1x lasted about 2 months before it snapped and then the freebie I got from WestJet lasted about 6 months but during that time I used the stick probably 5-10 times so durability is extremely lacking here.

Verdict

For the price I would never spend the money on another Vapor 1X goal stick. Just no durability and not enough performance and it continues the trends lay down by previous vapor and Reactor goal sticks. On the other hand, I can’t wait to try out a new 2S stick when they launch at retail in May. So thanks for taking the time to read this. If you want to see more action with this glove or any semi-entertaining content on the internet, hit me up on YouTube or social media.

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Composite or Foam Core Goal Sticks? | Bauer 1S vs Bauer 1X http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/goalie-stick-reviews/composite-or-foam-core-goal-sticks-bauer-1s-vs-bauer-1x/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/goalie-stick-reviews/composite-or-foam-core-goal-sticks-bauer-1s-vs-bauer-1x/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:48:00 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2563 Composite or Foam Core?

This has been a question asked by hockey parents, players and the industries experts for years and years. I remember as a kid my dad and I would go out to sporting shops around Winnipeg; looking for a new stick. Each and every time getting a different take from each “sales rep”.

I feel that in my 11 years of playing goal, I’ve leart a lot about sticks via research, working with some of the industries reps and experts but most importantly going through a lot of lumber during my playing career. From the first ever CCM Heaton wood stick I got in 2006 when I became a goalie to picking up my 3rd 1S goal stick last week. I’ve learnt a lot about both sides of this argument and in this article I want to shed some light on that topic.

Composite

The Dissapointment

The biggest knock that you’ll hear on composite sticks is typically no custom features, zero durability and they just aren’t built to last, not to mention every company asks you for an arm and a leg for them. What they lack in all of those major categories they make up for in short term performance before breaking and I’ll be honest. I 100% agree with this statement. In my life I have never owned a composite goal stick that lasted more than a month at a time, that is until I picked up a 1S goals stick. I’ve used the Bauer Reactor (hybrid composite), CCM Premier (2 of them actually),  Nike One95 and Bauer 1S. All performed well, but were well over $200 at the time of purchase and lasted no more than 3 weeks. I received 2 demo Premier sticks from CCM and they lasted a combined 6-8 skates if my memory serves me correctly.

I remember InGoal Mag tweeting at me about how CCM had really brought their A game with the Premier Plus and it was a “game changer”.  I’d say that was the top 2 if not the most disappointing pieces of equipment I used to date considering the high hopes that I had for it.

Wait…….Hold on a minute.

On the other hand the Bauer Supreme 1S composite goal stick I feel will change the composite game for years to come. Everything from it being the lightest goal stick ever created, to the torque/whip it has when playing pucks. Active feel deflecting shots, aesthetically the most appealing stick I think they’ve ever built and more importantly durability. My 1st 1S stick lasted 6 weeks and a bit. I wasn’t going to get another due to the high price point of $330 but after going back to the heavier traditional foam core I couldn’t help myself and the 2nd one lasted 9 months without a single sign of wear until stepping on the ice with NHL prospects over the summer on Vancouver Island when an Oiler prospect broke it on a snapshot to the shaft.

I think a lot of people are beyond scared of splurging on a composite because of the price tag but I feel that if it lasted twice as long as a foam core and is twice the price then you’re on a level playing field. I got no problem spending some money on a quality product but with the ridiculously high prices every company is charging now a days for gear, if their product brings value to the table and the Supreme 1S goal stick is in my opinion the only composite on the market worth even considering.

Foam Core

Tradition

For the last 10 years or so I believe the foam core has been the most popular style of stick. Gone are the days of wood sticks and loads of splinters down the shaft of your stick. Foam cores bridge the gap between wood and composite but in my opinon there is still a massive distance between the two.

It’s What You Expect

It’s without saying you can expect a foam core to be heavier, thicker and have more gurth with less “finesse” and minus all the bells and whistles that composites do. Bauer claims the Vapor 1X goal stick to be the “perfect” blend between composite and foam core and I’ll be the first to tell you that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Yes, the vapor 1X is a great stick when compared to the rest of the foam cores but the stiffness, weight and visuals I feel are major draw backs to this stick regardless of comparing it to a foam core or composite.

Warranty

One thing most foam cores don’t come with is a warranty. Usually they last longer than composites but my first vapor stick lasted me 3 weeks before breaking which Bauer wasn’t willing to cover on warranty because one of the 2 serial numbers were missing. Still frustrated about that; as well as I wish they’re smooth out this process because it was frustrating and disappointing but that’s another rant for another day.

Verdict

At the end of the day you have more choices and options for goal sticks on the market than there are goalies to use them, but I’d have to side on the side of the foam core strictly on value. The 1S is THE best stick on the market to date without a question. If somebody put a gun to my head for a stick that’s gonna give me a bang for my buck and the most satisfaction, I’d go with the 1S composite goal stick. There is no comparison but if I had to pick anything else I would guarantee I’d use a composite. That is at least until the new CCM Premier 2, Warrior CR1 and Bauer 2S composite goal sticks launch this April or May.

 

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Bauer Vapor 1X Chest Protector 1st Impressions Preview http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-vapor-1x-chest-protector-1st-impressions-preview/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-vapor-1x-chest-protector-1st-impressions-preview/#respond Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:12:26 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2541 Vapor 1X Chest Protector 1st Impressions Preview

After going on a multi year hiatus and being replaced by the Reactor line a few years ago, Vapor is finally back.

I got this Vapor 1X chest protector 2 days ago so today I want to give you my honest 1st impressions of it. Lets set the tone because I’ve only ever worn a Vaughn chest protector. Personally I have never been a fan of the products Vaughn has put out but when it comes to chest pads Vaughn has been making the best on the market in the 11 years I’ve been a goaltender for (2006). I’ve worn…..

  • Velocity x2
  • Epic 8800 x2
  • Vision 9500

I’ve had the Vision 9500 since 2013. So you’re probably wondering why I picked up a new chest pad, and more importantly why Vapor?

Why Did I Buy Vapor?

I picked up my Vision in July 2013, and since then it’s gotten very soft, discoloured and generally speaking just worn down. I’m a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy but I’ve had a lot of messages on social media and people in person tell me that maybe it’s time for a new one. After multiple hours spent in my local sports shop trying on chest pads (1S, 1X, Sub 3, CCM, SLR, Velocity, etc), chatting with the goalie specialists and a few Instagram stories later I had made my decision.

  • I wanted to go with a Vapor chest protector because the arms weren’t super long and gave me a lot of mobility which I really want in a chest pad and most importantly limited neck/shoulder restrictions.
  • I wanted to go custom to get the white/navy colour scheme to match my new set coming soon (stay tuned for that) but not to long after I was scrolling online and saw somebody was selling a brand new with tags still on, Vapor chesty in XL sizing for 350 CND w/ shipping. I just couldn’t pass that offer up. Granted it was the stock white and red, but for the $734 it would have cost me (with Manitoba taxes) I was more than happy to give up the custom colours to save just short of $400 since it’s a piece of gear that you’ll only see in the room or in my bag. Plus when I dished out a few bucks short of $5000 on a new set of pads, glove and blocker (YES you read that correctly, 5000 bucks) I want to save money where I can.

What Is So Good About it?

So aside from the shorter arms and neck/shoulder mobility that got me sold on it, there were a few more things that I really liked, which lead to pulling the trigger on this model.

Aerolite

The AeroLite materials on the floaters are a super light weight type of plastic (not sure the specifics on that) but they felt really good and I think the best way to describe it would be that it feels like it’ll react a lot more “responsive” than the traditional chest protector materials.

Resale Value

On top of that the plastic come white on the stock model and they won’t discolour if they’re plastic, plus there is very little amount of nylons and half of them are red so that’ll give a little extra resale value when/if I go to sell it in 3-4 years from now.

Floaters

The shoulder floater tabs are easily adjustable so when I start taking pucks off the neck area I can re-adjust it to pull it up a little bit.

Curv Composite and 37.5

Curv Composite is added into the biceps and forearms to create even more stability and protection. Coupled with double shoulder caps and the 37.5 technology which basically makes it dry super fast. Pic of Curv composite below in black.

Weight and Aesthetics

Also this thing is absolutely stunning from a general weight standpoint, weight distribution and aesthetically out of the box.

Strapping System

I’m not a big fan of the 1 strap system that every manufacturer is going to where it attaches the spine pad to the chest area via click straps on the ribs. I’m used to the 2 strap system and granted

there are no clips on this chest pad (which I wasn’t opened to the idea of that at first), the click straps can break easily from pucks which is why a lot of companies are now putting extra padding overtop of the click straps to protect them from breaking. Instead Bauer has made it an easily adjustable strap without the click straps so its a permanent fixtures on this unit. The straps are adjustable and open more than wide enough to take off the unit with ease (pics below).

 

Where Do I Go From Here?

Overall I’ve very excited to get using this chest pad. Aesthetically it looks incredible, I would have preferred it in my team colours but for the price point, I couldn’t pass up this unit. I’ll be using it in all of the Junior Hockey Vlogs this season so if you want to see that in action keep an eye out for those Vlogs and hit me up on social media @ Trav4oilers for any and all the goaltending coverage you need online. Full review on this model are going to be coming very soon.

You can find the Bauer Vapor 1X chest protector listed here with our sponsor GoalieMonkey

 

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Rossy’s Picks: Pro Stock Bauer Vapor 1X Skates Review http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-equipment-reviews/hockey-skate-reviews/rossys-picks-pro-stock-bauer-vapor-1x-skates-review/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-equipment-reviews/hockey-skate-reviews/rossys-picks-pro-stock-bauer-vapor-1x-skates-review/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 19:07:46 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2459 https://sidelineswap.com/search?category%5B%5D=hockey%2Cskates
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!

Sizing:

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.

Construction:

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

Takeaways:

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.
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    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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Bauer Supreme 1S Goal Pant Preview: 1st Impressions http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-supreme-1s-goal-pant-preview-1st-impressions/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/bauer-supreme-1s-goal-pant-preview-1st-impressions/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 13:13:48 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2468 Hey guys, Trav4 here and today I’m giving you my 1st impression review of the Bauer Supreme 1S Goal Pants(Goalie Monkey Affiliate link). The 1S OD1N line launched just under a year and I’ve reviewed the pad, glove, blocker and stick of the 1S line but I recently bought these 1s pants online slightly used to save a little cash, I needed new pants from the old Bauer Elite’s I’ve been rocking for the last year and also do a little more coverage on the 1s OD1N line.

Mobility

So there are a few things that I want to cover with mobility. So first off is the fit, and true to the 1s od1n line these pants are a butterfly style of pant. So bulkier, more barrel shaped for a “blocking” style of goaltender. For myself personally I prefer the butterfly style gear but I think it’s because I’m 6’5 because I wouldn’t describe my style of play as “blocking” or “stock and drop”. Granted these pants do have the barrel shape to them but they have an internal which was in the last Reactor line but not in the last NXG model and since I’ve worn 95% Reebok/CCM the past 5 years I am very comfortable and used to an internal belt. I don’t think Bauer did it right because the belt at the back is switched directly to the pant as opposed to the CCM pants where they have about a 1-2 inch space between the belt and any piece of the pant. Here I feel like the spinal flap piece gave a slightly uncomfortable digging sensation in the back. Obviously I’m not used to this but I’d be interested to see if I feel good about this moving forward. As far as on ice movements (t-push, butterflies, RVH) all of these feel about the exact same as they did in my Bauer Elites but maybe with a touch more protection which I want to talk about next.

Protection

Protection as you would expect is top notch considering this is a pro level pant. Not much protection on the backside to speak of but thats as expected. Not much else to touch on considering I’ve used the pants for an hour so far so that wouldn’t be anywhere near enough time to get some good wear and tear to potentially show up.

Aesthetics

Visually I think the pants look great. I took the ab pad out because I may mod it like my old elites and punch eyelits in it too feed skate laces through it. Logos are vibrant stickers instead of stitching which catches my eye now but I really do feel that this sticker stuff Bauer is sticking with is a flash in the pan kind of like white nylons on gear. Looks incredible at first but after a while they fade, they wear, etc and snow balls from there. But I haven’t had any issues yet with the sticks since I’ve had such little wear on them.

What I am expecting moving forward

I expect much of the same. I’m gonna try to resolve the spinal flap issue. put the skate laces through the ab pad and hope that these perform. The $300 price tag is expensive (I paid $150 CND used online) but I think that in the long hall these pants will provide value, be durable and ultimately be the pants I’m wearing when I play my final game of Junior hockey this coming season.

Conclusion

So thats my 1st impression preview of the Bauer Supreme 1S goal pants. What do you think? Do you have them or not? Like them or not? Whatever it may be let me know on social media all @ Trav4oilers. Thanks for reading the article and I’ll see you again in the next video.

If you’re interested in picking up the 1S pants, they are currently $329 on Goalie Monkey

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Rossy’s Picks: Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 Skates in 2017 – Pro Boot, Consumer Price http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-equipment-reviews/hockey-skate-reviews/rossys-picks-bauer-supreme-totalone-mx3-skates-in-2017-pro-boot-consumer-price/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-equipment-reviews/hockey-skate-reviews/rossys-picks-bauer-supreme-totalone-mx3-skates-in-2017-pro-boot-consumer-price/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:48:13 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2361  

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.

Sizing:

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.

Construction:

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.

Takeaways:

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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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5 Reasons To Try The Sherwood Rekker EK60 (If You Haven’t Already) http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-equipment-reviews/hockey-stick-reviews/5-reasons-to-try-the-sherwood-rekker-ek60-if-you-havent-already/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-equipment-reviews/hockey-stick-reviews/5-reasons-to-try-the-sherwood-rekker-ek60-if-you-havent-already/#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:06:12 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2279 In a product market heavily dominated by CCM and Bauer, there are always a few smaller companies trying to make an underdog push. One of those companies is Sherwood, who have slowly been making a climb back in popularity with their composite sticks. In the past two years, two of their more popular sticks released have been the Rekker EK60 and the Sherwood BPM 150. The EK60 is personally one of my favourite sticks (after heavy experimentation with other brands and products); and I’m about to discuss the top five reasons to give it a try!

The clean and sleek design of the EK60!

1. Blade Feel

I’ve had the opportunity to try the Bauer Vapor 1X, Warrior QRL, Easton Stealth CX, CCM Super Tacks and Sherwood BPM 150. What consistently kept me going back to the EK60 was a fantastic feel in the VRF2 blade. For my personal preference, it’s everything I want in a stick. A crisp, lively feeling blade that’s extremely stiff and durable like a tank. My first EK60 lasted me six months, skating five or more times a week. The blade feels similar to that of the Bauer Vapor and QRL line, so if you like a live and “pingy” blade, I’d definitely look into this.

Sher-Wood’s claim to fame: Graphene! A nano-material “stronger than steel”.

2. Durability

The EK60 was the first stick to include what Sherwood calls “Graphene” – “a nanomaterial stronger than steel”. It’s coated on the lower third of the shaft and increased durability without adding weight. This means the stick should hold up very well to hacks, slashes and the general wear and tear of hockey. In my opinion, it holds up in spades. Of the several EK60 sticks I’ve owned, they have all lasted a minimum of 3 months (the longest being six months).

3. Value and Price:

The stick clocks in at a retail price of $229.99 CDN ($199.99 US on HockeyMonkey). That places it nearly $100 dollars less than any other top-of-the-line model from competitors. Of course, this would exclude any discontinued models that stores will sell on clearance, but you’re still getting a high-end stick for an excellent price. This also means that there’s: a) Less risk in trying the product, b) it’s easier to replace cost wise, and c) the stick makes for a great fringe/emergency pickup in a worst case scenario.

BONUS: For those who may be smaller (height-wise or weight-wise), Sherwood is one of the (if not) only companies to offer a senior sized stick in 65 flex. Has anyone ever wanted to be the next Brett Hull? Or perhaps Johny Gaudreau for the younger readers (he actually uses a 55 flex as per Warrior). You’d be surprised how effortless release can be.

A senior model in 65 flex! Note the 12k Carbon Weave throughout the stick!

 

4. Weight:

The reason I ranked the weight so low is because as a hockey store employee I often receive the following criticism: “The stick is too light” – and for a lot of people, that may just be the case. The EK60 weighs in at an astounding 385 grams in a senior model. This is a combination of the graphene and their “Ekore” technology – a process that removes all excess materials from the stick. There are a lot of players who find a stick around 420 grams to be more than enough. Bottom line? It’s truly a “feather-lite” stick. Some people will like it, some won’t.

5. Performance:

Here’s the last “reason”, but also the area where I criticize the stick the most. The reality is: yes the stick is cheap, and yes it’s incredibly light. It’s reliable, and it’s easily my go-to choice in a composite stick. But I have to admit that it lacks a lot of new technologies that would help with shooting (that other competitors seem to boast). It doesn’t have ribs, an elliptical shaft, or the aggressive taper that the 1X or QRL boast.

The stick still has excellent pop: but compared to other sticks I’ve tried, it doesn’t do as much of the work for you. Therefore? You pay for what you get. It’s a reliable stick, light and it boasts 12k carbon fibre weave and excellent blade (the carbon construction of many high end sticks in the market). With that in mind, I’m still constantly open to trying new products in search of something new and ground-breaking.

That’s the review guys, what are your thoughts on the EK60? Loved it? Hated it? I still can’t find another stick I’d rather use, but I’m always excited to see what products companies are releasing in the future, especially True, Warrior and Sherwood. That’s all for today!

Availability of the EK60

The Sherwood EK60 is currently available on Hockey Monkey for $199 and for Canadian shoppers it’s at Pro Hockey Life for $229

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Greatest Goal Stick of All Time: Bauer Supreme 1S Goal Stick Review http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/greatest-goal-stick-of-all-time-bauer-supreme-1s-goal-stick-review/ http://hockeyreviewhq.com/hockey-goalie-reviews/greatest-goal-stick-of-all-time-bauer-supreme-1s-goal-stick-review/#respond Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:07:01 +0000 http://hockeyreviewhq.com/?p=2266 Hey guys, Trav4 here. So you can probably guess by the title of this article that I have enjoyed my time using the Bauer Supreme 1S Composite goal stick. Composite sticks have a reputation for being very fragile and not lasting long but this stick delivers in every way possible.

1st impressions

So lets rewind to the middle of June 2016. I remember the Purolater driver delivering the package and when I got it I looked like a stick package but it was so light I was pretty convince it was a package for my sister since she shops online like nobody elses business. Turns out it was my 1S stick. Now Bauer was nice enough to send me this one on the house as a demo unit and right off the bat I literally was mind blown by how light and how right it felt holding the stick for the first time. Now my dad is pretty old school with hockey but when he picked it up for the first time he was convinced they sent me a display version because it was too light “sticks can’t be that lightweight and actually work”. Well my dad was ever wrong. Every aspect of my game that can be associated with my stick side improved. Everything but puck handling, outlet passes and directing pucks to corner, all the way to have a lighter and more responsive blocker hand for leaning and shifting into pucks. Safe to say there was noting to stop me from using this stick at this point.

 

Durability

So the 1st stick lasted me 2 months. I was in BC training with my goalie coach Nolan Kurceba of Tech Mob Goalie Coaching and we had a player named Quinlan Moore and the guy had a cannon of a shot. I knew it was a matter of time before he broke the stick and he ripped a few of the shaft of the stick and I noticed some minor cracking and next ice time I went to go shoot a puck and it exploded on me. So that sucks but I kinda saw it coming.

The 2nd stick I got at the very beginning of October and use it for every practice and all but 1 game this season and here we are in March 2017 and the stick is marked up with a million puck marks but no signs of breaking yet. So for $330 I was able to get a full season of Junior B hockey in the KJHL of use from this stick.

Performance

So this is what you’re all going to want to hear. Almost every single professional goalie in the world has switched to the 1S stick (obviously I’m exaggerating a little bit) but in all seriousness countless goalies have switched and from the second you get on the ice with this stick it’s obvious why. I’m normally a pretty active puck handling goaltender but when I got this stick my puck handling went through the roof simply because I feel that confidence with it. The stick has the perfect amount of flex on the p31 curve and my stick handling feels as fluid as it ever has been. Redirecting pucks is almost perfect, I feel the lightweight feel of the 1s sticks makes me slightly softer when I’m pushing and redirecting pucks into the corner but nonetheless its top notch.

I think that making saves that don’t involve the stick are the big game breaker. Making reactionary blocker saves, shifting or leaning shoulder saves on the stick side, RVH incorporation, gloves to thigh saves when you are pushing the puck with your pads. All of these saves feel better, more cleaner and I couldn’t feel better about it. If you take a look here, in this blog we are down by 2 goals with a  minute left and granted I was never able to get the goal support i would have liked here, if you look from 16:25 – 16:45 in the video, you’ll see how confident I really am with the passing pucks.

The Price Point

So this stick does come in at $330 and simple because I was lucky enough to get the first stick for free to demo people are going to judge and say that I’m being paid off. Well I went and bought the 2nd 1s stick out of my own pocket so hopefully that give you an idea as too how sold I am on this stick

Visit the Bauer 1S product page on GoalieMonkey to see the most recent price (Currently $299US)

The Verdict

Like the title say, this is simply the best stick of all time that has ever been available to a goaltender if you ask me. Yeah you can save money by getting other sticks because granted the 1S goal stick is the most expensive stick on the market but its the most expensive because its the best and like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

So guys that’s todays’ review of the Bauer Supreme 1S composite goal stick. What do yo think? Let me know you’re opinions or questions on social media (instagram, Twitter or Facebook) all @ Trav4oilers and if you really want more visual eye candy, check me out on Youtube. I want to thank all of you for reading this written article.

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