True XCORE 9 Hockey Stick Review

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The debut of True Hockey as a brand can be viewed as nothing short of a huge win. We were equally as impressed, as most customers were, by the performance and quality of their hockey sticks. So when True told us they’d be launching a new model for 2015, we were pretty excited to say the least. We were even more excited a few months ago when a blank stick simply marked “True Prototype” showed up at the office.

Last year, True Hockey made a huge splash when they released their ‘A-Series’ – the first line of hockey sticks to hit the retail shelves bearing their True brand name and logo. At Pure Hockey we noticed many players who picked up a True stick in one of our stores and ended up making the purchase and giving it a shot. Of those we talked to, very few were disappointed. The most common feedback we’ve heard was that True sticks surpassed their expectations. They performed at least comparably to, if not better than the more expensive sticks they used in the past. The stick has also performed VERY well in our Pure Hockey Stick Challenge, where players don’t know what brand they are using.

The “True Prototype” was a disguised version of the new True XCORE 9 hockey stick, and all of us here at Pure Hockey who tested it out were thoroughly impressed. So let’s start with what’s new and different about the XCORE.

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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 Ribcor 40K Stick Features and Review

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CCM Ribcor 40K Stick

Yep, you read that correctly. The Ribcor 40K is now a part of the CCM brand. Why did they make this change? Well, Reebok and CCM officials realized that even though they had a significant number of Pro, Major and Junior players using their sticks it was divided between the two brands so their usage stats appeared lower than their competitors. By consolidating their stick lines under the CCM brand their usage stats appear more in line with those of their competitors.

Confusing as it might be, I implore you to set that aside because this stick has some seriously exciting new features.

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Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 Stick Review

Bauer TotalOne MX3 Stick Review

Update: Click here to order the Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 Stick

It’s that time of the year again. The day we all anxiously anticipate. Another Bauer stick launch that has hockey players everywhere waiting with bated breath. Bauer has this way, even if you don’t use Bauer sticks, of making you anticipate their releases. For people in the hockey industry it feels like this stick was released months ago. That’s how much talk there has been. So which family of sticks is growing this time? A few months back we were graced with the Nexus 8000 and we got the Vapor APX2 last fall. That means that it’s finally time for the Supreme MX3 stick.

Bauer Supreme MX3 Stick

Yet another gorgeous design from Bauer on the MX3 stick. (click to enlarge)

Bauer’s Supreme line was designed for players who need a stick that delivers powerful one-timers and heavy slap shots. Of course, there are players all over the planet using the Supreme stick and dangling through defenses and roofing wrist shots and snappers, but the heavy duty shots are where the Supreme MX3 stick offers serious advantages.

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