Bauer TotalOne NXG Hockey Stick Preview

By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

 

Always trying to stay ahead of the game, this fall Bauer is releasing their next stick in the Supreme line, the TotalOne NXG. With this much anticipated stick, Bauer is really pushing the envelope.

A couple of the biggest upgrades to the stick from the original TotalOne, is in the durability department. For this year, Bauer incorporated their eLASTech technology, already found in the APX and Nexus sticks. What this does is limits the spread of micro-fractures, from slashes and puck impact, keeping the stick stronger for longer and increasing the “Pop-life” of the stick. In the blade, they have brought in their dual density core. This brings together the Power Core 3 technology, that has unmatched feel on the puck, and Aero Foam II, which provides great torsional stiffness while remaining extremely light. This combination results in a lightweight blade, with great stiffness to prevent blade deflection and keep the face square on shots, while still having great feel.

 

The shaft of the NXG is the Supreme Power Shaft, featuring square, double concave walls, with a taper that is thicker in the hosel area. In coordination with the amplified mid kick, this taper minimizes shaft deflection while loading up for powerful shots to optimize energy transfer and keeps the blade aligned for accuracy. The shafts Tac-Spiral ridges increase sensory connection to the stick. Combined with the Supreme’s squared corners and double concave walls, Tac-Spiral gives a great grip in even the most aggressive stickhandling or shooting situations.

 

The NXG features an amplified mid kick, engineered to provide maximum energy loading and output with minimal effort. It is stiffer in the lower section of the shaft and softer in the middle to easily energy load.
The TotalOne NXG also has many features that have been seen in other top end Bauer sticks, like Bauer’s TeXtreme technology, a carbon that is 20% lighter than conventional carbons without sacrificing strength. Their Monocomp technology leads the industry as a single molding process, increasing consistency. By removing overlapping composite, resin and foam, it balances the stick better and reduces overall weight. The NXG also has Bauer’s Pure Shot Blade Profile, this is an expanded throat, strengthening the connection between shaft and blade, to reduce twisting of the blade, therefore keeping the blade square for more accuracy.

 

The TotalOne NXG is available at all Pure Hockey Locations and PureHockey.com

 


Bauer Vapor X6.0 Hockey Stick Preview

Bauer’s Vapor X 6.0 Stick is the third stick down in the Vapor line from Bauer for 2012. It is behind the APX and the 7.0. Like those two sticks, it features Bauer’s Intelli-sense shot technology for flex profile, and basically what that means is that depending on the shot you’re taking and where your hands are placed, it’s going flex a little bit differently. Taking a slapshot, it’s going to load up and give you a little extra power in that shot; in a snapshot or a wristshot, it will give you a quicker release.

Down in the blade, it features that same Aero Foam technology that you see in the APX and the 7.0. It’s a lighter foam inside, a little bit stronger and will provide a little more feel back on the puck when you’re stickhandling. The connection from the shaft to the blade features Bauer’s Pure Shot blade profile. And what that is, a thickened connection in the hosel, going from the shaft to the blade to strengthen the connection point. That’s going keep the blade from flexing back on shots and deflecting off, and keep the blade nice and square to your target. Along the same lines here is the Vapor Premium Taper, which is a secondary taper along the top and the bottom of the shaft, and what that does is that it will strengthen it out, reduce the torsion of deflections so the blade stays square.

Up in the shaft is the Microfeel II shaft, which is the same as found on the APX. It’s a little bit round in the corners, double concave on the front and the back of the shaft, just for a little bit more comfort and a little more control, and to strengthen the stick. This one has the Grip Tack finish, for a little bit more grip on the stick. The Bauer Vapor X 6.0 stick available at Purehockey.com and all Pure Hockey locations.


CCM RBZ Hockey Stick with TaylorMade Tech Preview

By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce

Way back around late February, we started hearing some rumblings that CCM had plans to release a “revolutionary” stick in the fall and the hockey discussion boards and forums started to buzz with anticipation. Truth be told, we at Pure Hockey sort of shrugged our shoulders with a collective “eh.” Why? Because we see this every year. All the vendors start giving us sneak peeks of sticks or whatnot and start telling us about how it’s ALL going to change the game. It usually doesn’t. Oh, don’t let my words lead you to believe that we are non-plussed by everything that comes our way. In fact, getting to look at all the new gear each year still makes us all feel like it’s Christmas morning. But the noise the vendors make around each release must be taken with a grain of salt. And we have plenty of grains around here. The proof for us is a) getting to use the stuff and of course b)…..does it sell?

Related: Check Out Our Discounted CCM Stick Selection

So when CCM planted some of the RBZ sticks in the NHL in March (Landeskog and Nugent-Hopkins were the first to use it) and also brought it, encased in glass and sticking up from a TaylorMade golf bag,  to the Let’s Play Hockey show in Minnesota, once again I felt like it was just another marketing gimmick, albeit a clever one. If nobody can touch it, I thought, it must mean there’s something wrong with it!

It wasn’t until we went over to Canton, MA to Reebok’s headquarters in the late spring to finally get a detailed product overview and actually hold one that I started feeling like this could be an interesting stick.

If you play golf at all, you know that TaylorMade has a pretty intense passion for manufacturing high performing golf equipment. It was obviously no secret that they were working with CCM, but we found out to what degree at our meeting in Canton. It turns out that CCM has entered into a multi-year collaboration with Taylor-Made, aimed at “redefining the hockey stick category with game changing technologies.” The RBZ is the first of a series and with this stick, the focus is on what they believe to be the revolutionary SpeedBlade Technology,™ whose purpose is to give you a pronounced increase in velocity with your shot.

In addition to the SpeedBlade tech, CCM & Taylor-Made promise a better weight distribution, which should produce a faster swing for a faster puck speed. There’s also what they call a “constant stiffness profile” all the way through the shaft, which will give you a customized kick point for maximum shot loading. This is something we are very interested in seeing when it comes to actual performance. If it’s true that there’s a customized kick-point and a blade that will increase velocity in the ways CCM is talking about, then we indeed do have something revolutionary here.
The blade is ceertainly the most interesting part here: CCM & TaylorMade are using some of the same principles that power TaylorMade’s Rocketballz golf drivers. So what they’ve done here is completely eliminate the foam from inside the blade, claiming that foam absorbs some of the energy from the puck, which  reduces your velocity.  During our meeting in Canton, they passed around a “standard” blade, cut in half and then the RBZ SpeedBlade, where the foam is basically replaced with hollow chambers. First thing I thought was “how will the puck FEEL on the blade though? Will I be sacrificing a ton of puck feel for some added velocity that I may or may not even notice? Because it’s effectively hollow, will it break easier?” The jury is out until we test. CCM assures control and durability will be the same, if not better, than other sticks. See below for CCM’s comments on it.

So here’s what CCM & TaylorMade have to say about the SpeedBlade: it is a “trampoline effect, which is the measurement used to determine the amount of energy return at the point of impact. This is a new concept to hockey but one that has been used in golf for several years now in order to assess how to maximize the performance of a driver to increase ball speed. The exclusive Speed Channels inside the CCM RBZ SpeedBladeTM are specifically engineered to help enhance the C.O.R to minimize energy loss for a rocket of a shot.

They then provided this Q & A to us, for more information:

 

What was the involvement of TaylorMade in developing this stick? 

Our relationship with TaylorMade began a few years ago when we started exchanging ideas on shaft technologies. This evolved into joint research on mutually beneficial materials and concepts for hockey sticks and golf drivers. Over the last couple of years, we’ve looked more closely at how we could use some of TaylorMade’s technologies to help improve the performance of our hockey sticks. That’s when we started working with TaylorMade on new technologies such as SpeedBladeTM.

 

What does RBZ stand for? 

In golf, RBZ stands for RocketBallzTM, the innovative new TaylorMade golf club that is also the inspiration for the CCM RBZ hockey stick. In hockey, RBZ is the product name.

 

Without foam inside the blade, will it be more fragile? 

No. On the contrary. We’ve conducted extensive durability testing on the blade. The three bridges inside the blade actually make it more durable than our normal composite blades.

 

Without foam inside the blade, will I feel vibrations? 

 

No. The speed channels inside the blade are specifically tuned to help provide an insane shot while at the same time providing feel and control.

 

Will I shoot harder with this stick?

 

The CCM RBZ stick, powered by TaylorMade has been engineered to provide insane velocity. NHL rookie sensations Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both noted that the revolutionary SpeedBlade Technology™ was giving them more pop off the blade. Try one to feel the difference.
Is the kick point low, mid or high?

The CCM RBZ features an all new constant flex profile in the shaft. Essentially that means that wherever you place your lower hand is where it will bend. As such, you’re able to maximize the loading since everything below your lower hand will bend. In a typical stick, the kick point is predetermined in the construction for a specific type of benefit such as a quick release. With the RBZ, you determine the kick-point.

So there you have it. We have a couple of testers on the way and we will most definitely be bringing it out on the ice very soon – we will provide another Game Time Review and a video very soon on what our initial impressions are of the stick from the place where it’s most important – the ice. If you think you have enough info and want to pre-order it, be our guest! Just click right here to pre-order yours now or read more on the patterns below.

 

 


Reebok 20K Hockey Skate Preview

By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce

The new products are coming down the line fast and furious now, people! We’ve had our demos of the Reebok 20K skate here in the office for a while but now the curtain of confidentiality has been lifted by Reebok and we are allowed to talk about them and show them off. Here’s the details:

What’s new: Reebok went ahead and added what they call a “Dynamic Support System” – this provides for a more solid skate all-around and offers better flex in tandem with the reinforced composite quarter package. The claim is that this will maximize your energy transmission with every stride. Time will tell, of course. Sounds to me like we’re looking at a stiffer skate. When I tried them on, they certainly did feel a little more stuff than a new 11K, but who am I to say – most top-line skates feel pretty stuff on first wear. Given this is only a preview, we can’t say anything about actual performance until we’ve tried them on and used them a few times. Those write-ups will be coming in a couple of months.

So……the Pump. Right? Seems like the people who love the Pump skate really love the skate and are devoted users. If you’re one of them, you’re going to love the 20K even more. The personalized performance options and custom comfort this affords you is the most unique feature of these skates. The Quarter Package is Reebok’s Pro Armour IV, where they reinforce certain zones in the skate for better support and stability. Back is the dual-zone liner with their “tacky nash” and Clarino material which really does an excellent job keeping your feet dry and locked in.

The tongue offers a pro-felt and EPE foam hybrid. The foam core and molding also maximize comfort and minimize twist. The outsole boasts a lightweight, low-profile and vented outsole provides a very reactive feel.  I have to tell you, I don’t currently wear Reebok skates, but when I but these babies on my feet, I am reconsidering. As mentioned, they do feel more stiff than past Reebok skates I’ve tried but in the past when I tried on Reebok’s and walked around with them on my feet, my arches hurt before I even got on the ice. I haven’t gotten on the ice yet with these, but I can tell you that in walking around, any soreness in my arch has now disappeared in the 20K’s.

As far as heel support, these didn’t feel any different to me than past top-line Reebok’s. Remember, this is a top-of-the-line skate here, so heel support and interiors are already excellent – the 20K’s offer that same excellence and our on-ice testing will determine to what extent.

So that’s what we have for you right now. Here’s a nice big picture for you to spin around with your mouse and see all the angles, including up and down. Let us know if you have any questions.