CCM Tacks Skates and Tacks Sticks

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CCM Tacks History

Back in the early days of competitive hockey there was a Canadian boot maker named George Tackaberry. In 1937, CCM purchased the patent for George’s widely used “Tackaberry” skate. What started off as a single pair of skates built for a friend had become a legend. From that moment on, Tacks skates were not only the face of CCM, but they were one of the most popular skates in all of hockey. CCM eventually replaced the Tacks with the Vector line, the U+ line, and then the RBZ line that we have today.  Now, people are finally going to get the chance to skate on CCM Tacks again…as well as shoot with a Tacks stick.

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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 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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This Year In Hockey Gear – 2013

2013 Year In Hockey Gear Review

We live for and talk about hockey equipment here every day. Over the holiday break, I thought that it might be interesting to take a look back at hockey equipment in 2013 – what was released, what we liked, what we didn’t, what the pros were wearing and so on. It’s time for “the year in gear!”

There were some big movements in skates and sticks in 2013, as well as a couple of pretty good trends in helmets and protective gear. Three manufacturers had major stick and skate releases this year and all of them made some significant improvements to their products.

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