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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CCM Ultra Tacks Hockey Pants, Elbow Pads & Shin Guards Review

CCM UltraTacks Hockey Pants

The new CCM Ultra Tacks hockey pants were built off the fit of their best selling and most pro-chosen pant. They were designed to be highly protective while allowing for a great amount of customization. Key features include D3O in the hip caps as well as carrying on the extremely popular hidden length adjustment from past CCM & Reebok models.

Starting with the protection features, the hip caps are built with PE plastic cap reinforced with D3O Smart foam on the inside. The addition of D3O drastically improves the impact management properties of the pad, enabling it to better absorb for and move it away from the hip joint to the surrounding muscle. A high-density foam spine guard protects the lower spine. This guard is floating, so it does not restrict movement in any direction but still remains in position to protect. Molded PE plastic protects players’ kidney areas.

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New CCM FitLite Hockey Helmet Preview

Marian Hossa wearing the brand new CCM Fitlite

Marian Hossa wearing the brand new CCM Fitlite

The New CCM Fitlite Helmet

It had been a while since CCM had really made a big splash in the helmet world. Well, in the last couple years it has become evident that they weren’t just sitting around ignoring helmets. With the launch of the Resistance helmet last spring, CCM reasserted that they belong among the top helmet makers in the game. This year they are looking to push that to the next level with the CCM FitLite.

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CCM Ribcor 40K Stick Features and Review

CCM Ribcor Stick - Ribcor 40k

CCM Ribcor 40K Stick

Yep, you read that correctly. The Ribcor 40K is now a part of the CCM brand. Why did they make this change? Well, Reebok and CCM officials realized that even though they had a significant number of Pro, Major and Junior players using their sticks it was divided between the two brands so their usage stats appeared lower than their competitors. By consolidating their stick lines under the CCM brand their usage stats appear more in line with those of their competitors.

Confusing as it might be, I implore you to set that aside because this stick has some seriously exciting new features.

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