Hockey Stick Weigh-In Part II

 

By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

It’s that time again, stick weigh-ins are here. We’ll cut right to the chase…

Once again, these weights are all for the same (or closest comparable) blade pattern and same flex, for consistency.

1) Bauer Nexus418 Grams

2) Bauer TotalOne NXG424 g

3) Bauer Vapor APX LE430 g

4) Reebok 20K431 g

5) CCM RBZ 441 g

6) Easton RSII443 g

7) Easton Mako II450 g

8) Bauer Supreme One.8465 g

The other request we had last time was what is the difference in weight between the same model stick. So we tested that out too with the Nexus and TotalOne NXG…

The Nexus weighed 3 times came in at 418g, 418g and 420g. The NXG came in at 421g, 422g, and 425g. So in the numbers seem to be very consistent.


Hockey Glove Weigh-In

By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

There are few pieces of gear more important than a players’ hockey gloves. Having a comfortable, lightweight, protective glove is vital to feeling confident going into a game. While this test can’t address a glove’s comfort or protection level, it will certainly help out with the weight discussion.
Our Glove Weigh-in…..
                                                                             Single Glove (Grams)            Pair (Grams)
Warrior Bully                                                                 269                                          538
Warrior Luxe                                                                 273                                          546
Easton RS                                                                    278                                          556
Easton EQ50                                                               281                                          562
Easton PH E-Pro                                                        285                                           570
CCM U+ CL                                                                 296                                           592
Bauer Vapor APX                                                        297                                           594
Bauer 4 Roll                                                                305                                           610
Warrior Franchise                                                      307                                           614
Bauer TotalOne                                                          319                                           638
Bauer Vapor APX Pro                                                326                                           652
Eagle PPF                                                                   337                                           674
The results: A bit surprising to me that the lightest Bauer glove was the 7th lightest in the group, but again you have to take the weight and the protection into consideration. In many cases, a glove with more padding and more protection is going to be slightly heavier. Not every player wants or needs that much protection so sometimes the sacrifice is worth it.
Good Showing for Warrior, too, finishing with the top 2 lightest gloves, and also for Easton with the next 3 lightest.  All Gloves weighed were 14” inch retail models.
Let us know what you think @PureHockey and on Facebook.

 


Bauer Vapor APX Hockey Glove Review

The APX glove is this years model in Bauer’s Vapor line. Bauer’s strategy in recent years has been to build 3 totally different glove fits. There is the 4-Roll, a more traditional, looser fit. Then the Supreme line, which is a full anatomically designed fit, made to tightly fit and closely mimic the shape of a players’ hand. In the middle of those two relatively extreme fits falls the Vapor line, a “Taper Fit” glove. This fit is looser than a supreme, but more snug than the 4-roll, allowing a tight fit with unmatched range of motion.

Having worn 4-Roll type traditional fitting gloves for as long as I can remember, it took me a little while to get used to the snugness of the APX. The great part was, I took the tags off of them and was able to jump on the ice in a game without any real issue. They are truly a game-ready glove right off the shelf.

The fit was a bit weird for me at first, tighter than anything I’ve used, but it is an extremely mobile glove. My biggest thing with a glove is wrist manuverability -I usually cut out the inner cuff as soon as I bring home a new pair of gloves- The APX is designed with Bauer’s Free Flex Cuff, to allow for maximum mobility. Even with the snug fit around my hand, I felt very able to move my wrists freely. Along with being angled to open up and align with a players’ natural hand position, the cuff is attached by a stretch mesh type material, preventing any restriction of movement.

Another aspect of the glove that I was a bit worried about was the palm. The APX features the second generation of Bauers TECHNI-FLEX palm, which to the naked eye, appears to have a lot going on. Being used to normal plain nash palmed gloves, the APX palm felt a little bit thick to me. I didn’t feel that it hurt the performance, I just didn’t love it. However, I will say that though I haven’t used the gloves long enough to truly test out the long-term durability, I think the reinforcementsat key locations on the palm will drastically improve the palms’ life in high-wear areas.

The APX glove is really light to wear as well. That was one of the things I liked the most about them. Being used to a bigger glove that are usually a bit heavier, they felt very light to me. Bauer made this possible through the use of AERO Foam, which reduced the overall weight by 20% without sacraficing impact protection.

Overall, even though it was a pretty new style of glove to me, I have enjoyed wearing the Bauer Vapor APX Glove, another solid product by Bauer Hockey. Available Here at Purehockey.com and all Pure hockey Locations.

Check out the video review here…


Bauer APX Hockey Stick Review

By Tyler Roy, Pure Hockey Berlin, MA

When you pick up and play with the Bauer x:60 stick you might think, “well, this is nice, but how can Bauer make this better in any possible way?” I was thinking the same thing, having used the x:60 multiple times and having some solid success with it. I did, however, finally get my hands on the new Bauer Vapor APX stick and somehow it feels even better than the old x:60 does. Its stronger, feels lighter, has a better puck feel and – in my opinion – looks better.

Now, the APX is going to keep a lot of the same great technology as the x:60. You’re going to see the same Intelli-Sense flex profile, that means depending on what shot you take and the way your hands are positioned, the shaft is going to flex accordingly. You’re also going to have the same Micro Feel 2 shaft – a slightly smaller shaft with rounded corners and concave sidewalls. But internally it’s a much different stick.

You will notice that the blade on the APX stick feels different than the x:60. That’s because Bauer has made a hybrid of the TotalOne blade foams and used it on the APX. This is the same blade makeup that most of Bauer’s NHL players are using. This new foam set up is going to give you a much more solid puck feel but also keep your blade closed when you’re shooting. Bauer also added a nice “pro style” blade texture, so if you have used a pro stock stick before, you more than likely know what I’m talking about. It’s basically a sandpaper like finish on the blade that gives you an enhanced feel and your tape will grip to this texture better as well.

Moving to the shaft of the APX, this is a true one-piece stick, again just like the x:60. As mentioned previously, the APX stick is going to be using the same shaft dimensions and round corners with concave sidewalls. But on the inside, Bauer flips the switch with a new resin system, which makes the stick lighter but – more importantly – stronger. The APX stick is 15 grams lighter and a stronger, more responsive stick – sounds awesome, right? The grip system is also a little different; Bauer is offering the traditional grip tac grip (tacky grip feel), but also a matted grip as well. Other elite-level sticks such as the Easton RS and Reebok Ai-Nine will feature this softer matted grip, too.

The Bauer APX is due out 10/6 at all your local Pure Hockey stores and you can pre-order them right here as well.