True XCORE 9 Hockey Stick Review

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The debut of True Hockey as a brand can be viewed as nothing short of a huge win. We were equally as impressed, as most customers were, by the performance and quality of their hockey sticks. So when True told us they’d be launching a new model for 2015, we were pretty excited to say the least. We were even more excited a few months ago when a blank stick simply marked “True Prototype” showed up at the office.

Last year, True Hockey made a huge splash when they released their ‘A-Series’ – the first line of hockey sticks to hit the retail shelves bearing their True brand name and logo. At Pure Hockey we noticed many players who picked up a True stick in one of our stores and ended up making the purchase and giving it a shot. Of those we talked to, very few were disappointed. The most common feedback we’ve heard was that True sticks surpassed their expectations. They performed at least comparably to, if not better than the more expensive sticks they used in the past. The stick has also performed VERY well in our Pure Hockey Stick Challenge, where players don’t know what brand they are using.

The “True Prototype” was a disguised version of the new True XCORE 9 hockey stick, and all of us here at Pure Hockey who tested it out were thoroughly impressed. So let’s start with what’s new and different about the XCORE.

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CCM Ultra Tacks Shoulder Pads Review

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The new CCM Ultra Tacks shoulder pads provide a lightweight comfort and protection like no other. With the D3O Smart Foam Technology and innovative design, CCM was able to increase the area of the body covered by the Tacks shoulder pad while still managing to maintain a low profile. The Tacks pad is designed to provide the most coverage and protection possible.

The body area of the pad is made up of Tacks foam armor. Tacks foam armor is highly flexible, comfortable and extremely breathable. It grants players freedom of motion and helps to keep them cool during the course of the game.

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CCM Ultra Tacks Hockey Gloves Review

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The new CCM Ultra Tacks glove, in my own opinion represents a major improvement from CCM over its predecessor, the CL500. Not that the CL500 was a bad glove, but as soon as you slip the Ultra Tacks glove on your hand, its quality is evident. It is extremely comfortable right off the wall and feels broken in enough for immediate use.

That alone sold me, as I predict it will sell a lot of other players. Gloves are bought first and foremost off of feel–if it’s not comfortable or just doesn’t feel right, most players won’t care about the technology inside or even give it a second look. They will go try on the next glove.

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CCM D3O ‘Smart Foam’ Technology Review

D3O™ ‘Smart Foam’ in 2015 CCM Protective

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The coolest and most impactful thing we’ve seen in 2015 so far isn’t a stick, a pair of skates or a new glove color combo. Hands down, the coolest thing we’ve seen this year is D3O, which is referred to as a ‘Smart Foam.’ CCM has exclusive rights to it in the hockey world, but D3O is globally patented and used in a huge variety of products and industries to help protect. D3O is found in products ranging from cell phone cases to military protective gear, industrial work wear, motorcycle rider protection and in a multitude of sports equipment.

So what makes CCM D3O so special? How does it take hockey protective to the next level? It is a soft and flexible material, but has extremely high impact management properties—combining great protection and freedom of movement. See how that might be a nice quality to have in a piece of hockey gear?

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