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 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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Hockey gear with two-way protection, a promising trend…

The following is an opinion piece. No research studies were conducted, it is my opinion and I’m just a player who has spent his life in the game and around the gear industry.

There’s a lot of talk about in sports in general nowadays about head injuries and it seems there are many more concussions being reported. In my opinion, it’s a product of a few things. First and foremost, what we know and understand about head injuries in general. The medical community has shown the severity and consequences of concussions, leading players and coaches to take them a lot more seriously and make decisions with far more caution. Gone are the days of getting hit, sniffing the smelling salts and jumping back out for your next shift. This is for good reason – coaches, parents and players are beginning to make smarter decisions regarding concussions.

There are obviously more concussions being diagnosed today, partially because fewer concussions are being ignored and part because there are more occurring. I don’t believe that there used to be fewer and now there are a ton. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. I’m going to totally make up some numbers here, but hey, that’s the beauty of blogs – I get to voice my opinion! If there were 100 concussions that occurred back in the day, I’d guess 30-40% were reported and diagnosed. Today there’s more concussions happening and I’d guess 75-80% of them are reported. To the naked eye, it seems like there’s 3 times as many concussions happening, but I don’t believe it’s as huge as it seems.

In my own opinion, one of the problems is the advances in equipment. There have been some amazing, great advances in protective hockey equipment that have elevated the game. It’s a faster game, players are bigger (see: John Scott, Zdeno Chara, Tyler Myers), they hit harder, skate faster and shoot harder. Players are much more protected than in the days of leather elbow pads, tiny shoulder pads and no helmets, which is great!

The flip side of that coin is that the players are much more protected, which might be a bad thing! The protection level of modern day equipment gives many players a sense of invincibility. The attitude becomes “it doesn’t hurt me, it must not hurt him.” I say this because I believe in my heart of hearts, most hockey players have enough respect for the game and opponents that they don’t look to intentionally injure another player.

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