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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Bauer Vapor 1X Hockey Skate Review

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There are few things that create more of a buzz in the hockey gear world than what is happening on April 24th, when the most popular skate in the game, the Bauer Vapor line, will launch. This year’s version will be known as the Vapor 1X skate. It began appearing at the IIHF World Junior tournament in late December 2014 and is now increasingly being spotted around the NHL.

As the hockey world has caught glimpses of the newest Vapor’s standout design, the question constantly asked is “what’s new for the 1X?”  The answer is a LOT. This year’s Vapor line has more upgrades than most releases.

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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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