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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Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 Skate Preview

Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 Skate

Bauer MX3 Skate

As a hockey gear junkie there are few things more exciting than a Bauer skate release. Luckily, 2014 brings us two; the first is the newest edition of the Supreme line, the TotalOne MX3 skate. Bauer’s focus was to increase and improve players’ range of motion.  By increasing range of motion players are able to generate more power in their strides so that less energy is wasted. To create additional comfort and responsiveness, Bauer also worked to eliminate as much negative space in the boot of the MX3 skate as possible.

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The Easton Synergy Is Back – Meet The Synergy HTX

Easton Synergy HTX Preview

**UPDATE: The Synergy HTX is now shipping! Click here to get one for yourself.

The Easton Synergy is back and it’s not coming quietly! Easton pulled out all the stops to revive the Synergy name with a stick that was worthy of the moniker.

Synergy HTX Hypertuned Blade

The latest iteration of the famed line will be the Synergy HTX. In this case HT stands for Hypertuned Technology which is an adaptation of what Easton has done for a long time with their NHL players. For each shaft flex the new Synergy HTX will have a matching blade stiffness, as illustrated in the image below.

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