Why Wear Skate Socks?

Skate Socks vs. Barefoot Skaters

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Multiple skate socks are visible as the Nashville Predators warm up

When lacing up before a game, your hockey skates aren’t the only pieces of equipment that you wear on your feet. Or maybe they are…more on you guys later, barefoot skaters. Skate socks are getting more and more attention with every passing year. They come in all thicknesses, sizes, and with all sorts of new features for today’s game. What you wear inside your skates is a choice that completely comes down to personal preference and there are many preferences that a skater could have.

Maybe you haven’t bought into skate socks yet. That means you are either rocking your everyday socks, or you’re going barefoot. The barefoot skater does not wear socks at all and can be referred to as a savage. Working at the retail level, selling skates to all ages, you realize that this type of skater is a dying breed. The majority is made up of men’s league players that can’t even bare to think of sliding a sock on before a skate. The barefoot skater most likely has an above-average amount of chest hair. Then you have the skaters who use their everyday socks. Half-calf, ankle cut, or standard crew cut; it doesn’t matter. This skater is going to take off their shoes and put their skates right on. Admittedly, I am this skater. I’m not sure if its apathy or tradition at this point, but I’ve always been more of an ‘its-not-the-gear-its-the-player’ type. I also wore my youth elbow pads all the way through junior. The everyday sock wearer is that kind of skater.

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CCM JetSpeed Hockey Skates Preview & Features

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In 2013, CCM reasserted themselves in the hockey skate world in a major way with the launch of the RBZ skate. The RBZ was a major statement to their competition and a huge step in reestablishing CCM as a premier skate maker. The RBZ was the beginning of what has become a revival for CCM skates. The continued growth in popularity and steady performance advancements of the CCM – and formerly Reebok – Ribcor line, followed by the re-introduction of the legendary CCM Tacks brand have build a huge amount of momentum.

Capitalizing on that ever-growing momentum, this summer CCM will release the long awaited evolution of the RBZ skate line. The CCM JetSpeed skate started with a simple idea, design a skate that performs as if it is the player’s foot sitting on the skate holder to minimize skate-caused performance limitations. Build it for players looking to maximize their speed, make sure it has unmatched fit and comfort and make it more durable than it’s predecessor.

CCM continues to offer multiple families of skates to meet the needs of various player types. JetSpeed slots into the line catering to players whose game is all about maximizing top-end speed. This makes JetSpeed a perfect complement to its ‘sibling’ skate lines; the RibCor built for outstanding agility and the Tacks designed for player’s who thrive on great acceleration and being the quickest top gear. With these three, there’s a CCM skate for every player. 

Fit Improvements

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Bauer Vapor 1X Hockey Skate Review

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There are few things that create more of a buzz in the hockey gear world than what is happening on April 24th, when the most popular skate in the game, the Bauer Vapor line, will launch. This year’s version will be known as the Vapor 1X skate. It began appearing at the IIHF World Junior tournament in late December 2014 and is now increasingly being spotted around the NHL.

As the hockey world has caught glimpses of the newest Vapor’s standout design, the question constantly asked is “what’s new for the 1X?”  The answer is a LOT. This year’s Vapor line has more upgrades than most releases.

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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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