CCM Ultra Tacks Hockey Gloves Review

ultra tacks glove preview

The new CCM Ultra Tacks glove, in my own opinion represents a major improvement from CCM over its predecessor, the CL500. Not that the CL500 was a bad glove, but as soon as you slip the Ultra Tacks glove on your hand, its quality is evident. It is extremely comfortable right off the wall and feels broken in enough for immediate use.

That alone sold me, as I predict it will sell a lot of other players. Gloves are bought first and foremost off of feel–if it’s not comfortable or just doesn’t feel right, most players won’t care about the technology inside or even give it a second look. They will go try on the next glove.

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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 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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Bauer TotalOne NXG Hockey Glove Preview

Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

 

Getting the redesign for the 2013 season are Bauer’s Supreme glove, with the unveiling of the TotalOneNXG. Bauer’s anatomical fit glove, will be a natural, close to the hand fit.
One of the biggest points of emphasis in redesigning the Supreme glove was protection. Bauer added PORON XRD foam into the inside of the backhand of the glove. PORON XRD is one of the most advanced impact absorption materials in hockey. The foam is soft enough that it conforms well, creating a very customized fit inside the glove, and as mentioned has great protective properties.

Bauer also added what they are calling their “Pro-Fluence Palm”. This palm is a single layer construction, with strategic reinforcements. It has bonded PU zones in high wear areas, along with grip sections to maximize your stick control.
Another nice feature on the Supreme glove is the triple-segmented index finger, which adds a lot of control on your stick. The biggest improvement in my eyes was the work done to the glove’s cuff. I felt the TotalOne had a piece running on the inside of the cuff that really decreased wrist movement. The new pro style cuff is much more mobile, and a huge improvement. Look for these at Pure Hockey stores and PureHockey.com in mid-April 2013.