Bauer Nexus 8000 Protective (Shoulder Pads, Shin Guards and Elbow Pads)

Bauer Nexus 8000 Protective gear is now available for pre order by clicking here.

The latest edition of the Bauer Nexus protective gear, set to be released on June 20th, 2014, is the Nexus 8000 family. This season’s protective line follows the same fit structure as the previous Nexus selection; a wider, traditional and more voluminous style of pad. The most noteworthy upgrade for this year’s Nexus protective lineup is the incorporation of EPP foam.

Most players know EPP foam as the hard black foam found in some helmets. EPP foam is lightweight and great at absorbing impact energy. When hit, EPP foam compresses and spreads the impact energy over as large an area as possible. By spreading out the impact your muscles can better handle that impact which reduces the effect on your body.

Like the APX2 protective line, The Nexus 8000 line will also feature Bauer’s new 37.5 Technology, a moisture management fabric that uses body heat to evaporate sweat, not just move it away from the body. It keeps you cooler and helps eliminate some of the energy your body spends regulating its temperature, saving your energy for use in the game.

Nexus 8000 Shoulder Pads

Bauer Nexus 8000 Shoulder Pads
Bauer Nexus 8000 Shoulder Pads

Starting with the Nexus 8000 shoulder pads, Bauer’s goal with the 2014 lineup was to decrease weight without sacrificing protection. The Nexus shoulder pads are primarily designed with comfort and protection in mind. Bauer heard what players said about previous Nexus models and used that feedback to improve the Nexus 8000 shoulder pads.

The first comment from players was that there was a relative lack of mobility in the body and chest area. To correct this, Bauer created a multi-panel segmented chest piece that greatly improves range of motion and mobility. Another piece of feedback Bauer received was that the weight of the pad was a bit heavy when compared to other products on the market. This led Bauer to expand the use of EPP foam in the Nexus 8000 pads, knocking off almost 70 grams of weight.

Nexus 8000 Elbow Pads

Bauer Nexus 8000 Elbow Pads
Bauer Nexus 8000 Elbow Pads

The Nexus 8000 elbow pad also has the traditional volume fit style of the Nexus line. The pad is extremely protective, featuring EPP foam for excellent impact protection and reduced weight. EPP is used throughout, including in the forearm slash guard and bicep guard, both of which are also covered with a poly plastic layer for added protection.

The bicep guard is segmented to allow for a ton of movement, while the dome protection is still there to cover your elbow from slashes and cross-checks. The pad will also feature Bauer’s 37.5 moisture management technology mentioned earlier in this post.

Nexus 8000 Shin Guards

Bauer Nexus 8000 Shin Guards
Bauer Nexus 8000 Shin Guards

The Nexus 8000 shin guard get its biggest upgrade in a new strapping system which features an elastic top of the calf strap as well as an anchor strap attached to the calf wrap itself. The knee cap and shin shell are ribbed to add stability, strength and durability. The shin shell is also vented to allow for improved airflow and faster drying. Rather than pushing up against your body the Nexus 8000 shin pads feature a shell that sits away from the leg. This gap between the shell and the liner helps the pad absorb and disperse impact energy from shots and slashes.

The calf wrap is made from EPP foam covered with poly plastic inserts for complete coverage and lightweight protection. The Nexus 8000 shin guard sits deep on the leg and is a slightly wider pad, which makes it appealing for defensemen or shot-blocking forwards. Don’t get me wrong, this pad is by no means bulky and could certainly be used by a shifty forward, but that comes down to personal preference.

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In all, we here at Pure Hockey are impressed with the Nexus 8000 protective lineup. What do you think? Are you going to be picking up any of this gear for yourself?

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