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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Easton Mako II Skates

Easton Mako II Skate

UPDATE: The Easton Mako II Skate is now shipping. Click here to get yourself a pair.

Easton Mako II Skates

Let’s not kid around here; Over the past 5-10 years Easton has had issues getting a skate on the market that has generated vast interest or wide adoption. They have their devoted users for sure, but even Easton would have admitted in 2012 that their market share and quality for hockey skates was lacking.

Many of the hockey gear nerds out there were well aware of Easton’s acquisition of the MLX skate technology a few years back, but most of those people stuck their arm straight out and took a prove-it approach to Easton – easy to do with so many other good skates on the market.

Then Easton unleashed the Mako skate.

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Bauer Vapor APX2 Protective Line

APX2 Protective Gear

For the 2014 Vapor APX2 Protective Line Bauer decided to go with a full overhaul instead of tweaking and improving existing products. Their goal was to remove significant weight without sacrificing protection.

Bauer APX2 Shoulder Pads

Starting up top with the APX2 shoulder pad we have a prime example of this goal being executed as the pad is surprisingly light, even for a Vapor pad. Bauer used a compound called Aerolite Foam to reduce weight, while improving impact management for true pro-level protection. Aerolite is multiple layers of different density foams fused together. Fusing (rather than using adhesive) eliminates the need for glue or excess stitching, which helps to reduce weight. Aerolite Foam is found all over the pad, from the shoulder caps to the bicep guards to the rib protection.

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