Will Someone Please Step Up and Challenge Bauer?

Bauer Is Google of Hockey

Around here I often refer to Bauer as “the Google of hockey.” No matter how you spin it, they are the clear market leader and while Bauer isn’t quite a verb yet like Google is, their name is getting to be almost synonymous with hockey equipment. Just take a look at our infographics over the past two years. That’s called dominance, folks. For good reason, too – they have great people, great technology and they churn out quality products.

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Bauer 37.5 Technology – Managing Moisture Efficiently

Bauer 37.5 Technology

37.5 Technology

A new addition to Bauer’s product line this year is a material upgrade to 37.5 technology, a revolutionary new fabric that will be introduced into their protective gear and base layer apparel. What’s 37.5? Fair question. 37.5 is a fabric made from Cocona and is designed to keep you cooler than anything else on the market.

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

Bauer Nexus 8000 Protective Gear

Bauer Nexus Protective Gear

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.

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Bauer APX2 and APX2 Pro Gloves

Bauer Vapor APX2 and APX2 Pro Gloves

APX2 and APX2 Pro Gloves

For 2014 Bauer released two flagship Vapor gloves; the APX2 Pro and the APX2. The differences are relatively small but help tailor these two high performance models to players with different preferences and priorities. Just as in the past, the Vapor line of gloves will be Bauer’s Taperfit offering; a bit tighter to the hand through the fingers, widening out to a cuff area with a lot of space for a full range of motion.

The idea behind the Bauer APX2 Pro glove was to create a true NHL caliber glove for the public. Lately, there has been a trend of NHL team equipment managers adding a significant amount of padding to the backhand side of gloves. Bauer took notice and set out to find a more effective, higher performance solution that didn’t require aftermarket work. Two of the NHL teams known for regularly adding additional backhand padding to their gloves are the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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