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.
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.
Warrior is touting the QR1 stick as their “fastest, lightest stick ever” so we decided to have several members of the Pure Hockey team put it to the test. Their reviews are rather impressive, but before we get to that, let’s go over the nitty gritty and see what exactly Warrior did to get to the final QR1.
You may have noticed during the most recent NHL Playoffs that some players in the league were using a new CCM stick that really stuck out. Yes, the red one that players such as Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche were using. It is the CCM RBZ Superfast and it is the newest top-of-the-line stick in the RBZ family from CCM.
When it comes to the limited edition hockey skates, Bauer puts itself in a class of its own. Every year we are getting at least one or two limited edition skates from these guys. That’s not to say that Bauer’s competitors don’t participate in the LE game, since in the past we have seen LE’s out of Easton and CCM. Reebok’s even implemented products such as the White K to offer some variety to those who are interested in something less traditional. I’ve never really bought into the idea of limited edition skates, but even I have to say that Bauer has done something pretty cool here with the new Bauer Vapor x100 LE.
The newest limited edition scheme from Bauer is a culmination of smaller good ideas that Bauer has had in the past, pressed into one flashy skate. They’ve ditched the classic “Vapor Red” and moved to an almost Graf-neon-green for the boot’s trim and thread. I think they did a great job of choosing a unique color (since we all know how popular these neon colors have been lately) but not overloading it into the skate. We all know that it looks great, but this being a blog about the skate’s release, I have to hit you with some performance specs about the skates. So if all you’re looking for is a recap of some limited edition skates, scroll down, because its nerd time here for a couple minutes:
Vapor x100 LE Tech Features Breakdown
– The 3D lasted Curv® Composite upper with X-rib pattern…what’s that? Well, in English this refers to the boot structure itself. This feature gives the skate unreal ankle support, which means you’re transferring energy efficiently, and getting as much power as possible in each stride.
– All new this year is the Tuuk Edge Holder. This patented holder has a quick release trigger so that the runners can be swapped in-and-out in seconds. Also, the boot sits 3mm taller than previous models, meant to prevent the skate from bottoming out and improving your turning radius.
– Bauer, per usual, has used the Hydra-Max Liner again. It displays top-notch durability and does more than enough to resist moisture, ensuring that your skate won’t double in weight from sweat. The upper liner is dense and meant to maintain stability and the lower portion has a softer, more comfortable construction.
– One feature I like is the FormFit-3, 52 oz., 3-piece pro felt tongue. This guy is tall and thick and made of felt. Some people thought that last year’s tongue needed to be beefed up a bit. Not anymore. Great lace-bite protection, and no need to search for a custom tongue. It’s made for potation and comfort, and comes ready to “flop”.
– Once again, Bauer uses their Form-Fit+ footbed in the X100 LE. This footbed is meant to grip your foot, not only for comfort, but for your protection also. Working with the built-in heel stabilizer, they ensure that there is no sliding of your foot on the footbed. Any lateral movement within the skate could potentially result in serious injury while making cuts.
With all this talk about Limited Edition hockey skates, I started thinking back to some prior LE’s from Bauer, so here’s a quick rundown of some LE’s from the past….. CONTINUE READING ARTICLE