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 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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