This Old Hockey Bag: Micron Mega 10-90, Bauer Air 90’s

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In this week’s This Old Hockey Bag, I want to throw it back to the 1980’s. One of the best hockey skates ever made were produced by a company called Micron; they were famous for the pro laser and other plastic molded skates. But things were about to change.

The Micron 10-90’s were a high-end performance skate that is still popular today. They were a 2D leather boot with a plastic toe support system. When produced in 1992-93, they were the most expensive skate on the market at $400 USD — in 1992!! They became known for their comfort, pitch or foot bed angle, and quality construction.

To put the icing on the cake, the 10-90 was one of the first skates to use a Tuuk holder with V2 steel. The steel was pitched to give bigger, heavier players more power in their stride. Although this never really took off in the pros, it did lead to significant data for future steel. Since most people didn’t trust the Tuuk holder yet, ICM runners were also available.

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Why Wear Skate Socks?

Skate Socks vs. Barefoot Skaters

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Multiple skate socks are visible as the Nashville Predators warm up

When lacing up before a game, your hockey skates aren’t the only pieces of equipment that you wear on your feet. Or maybe they are…more on you guys later, barefoot skaters. Skate socks are getting more and more attention with every passing year. They come in all thicknesses, sizes, and with all sorts of new features for today’s game. What you wear inside your skates is a choice that completely comes down to personal preference and there are many preferences that a skater could have.

Maybe you haven’t bought into skate socks yet. That means you are either rocking your everyday socks, or you’re going barefoot. The barefoot skater does not wear socks at all and can be referred to as a savage. Working at the retail level, selling skates to all ages, you realize that this type of skater is a dying breed. The majority is made up of men’s league players that can’t even bare to think of sliding a sock on before a skate. The barefoot skater most likely has an above-average amount of chest hair. Then you have the skaters who use their everyday socks. Half-calf, ankle cut, or standard crew cut; it doesn’t matter. This skater is going to take off their shoes and put their skates right on. Admittedly, I am this skater. I’m not sure if its apathy or tradition at this point, but I’ve always been more of an ‘its-not-the-gear-its-the-player’ type. I also wore my youth elbow pads all the way through junior. The everyday sock wearer is that kind of skater.

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Boston Bruins Newest Players – What They’re Wearing

 

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Credit: bruins.nhl.com

The offseason for the Boston Bruins — and first for new general Manager Don Sweeney — has been quite the rollercoaster thus far. No NHL team has been more active in wheeling-and-dealing this past week than the B’s, and in Day 1 of free-agency yesterday they showed no signs of slowing down.

Having traded one of their marquee players in Milan Lucic, and an up-and-coming defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the shake-up of the B’s as we once knew it is well underway. President Cam Neely and GM Sweeney made a splash and acquired top free agent of 2015 Matt Beleskey from the Anaheim Ducks. They also lured Massachusetts native Jimmy Hayes from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard. And just a few days prior they landed agitator extraordinaire Zac Rinaldo from the Philadelphia Flyers for a third-round draft pick in 2017.

Now that we know the deal(s), let’s get to the important stuff — what hockey gear are they wearing and using?

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New York Rangers Newest Players – What They’re Wearing

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