Hockey Skate Weigh-In

 

Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

So a couple of weeks back, we posted a list of some stick weights on high-end composite sticks and we got a really great response, so we are going to continue this over the next few weeks in some different product categories. Today we start with skates in the price range of $599.99 and up (other price ranges will follow).

NOTE: this is not necessarily a list of THE top lightest skates available; not every model is listed, but we feel this is a good representation of what is present on the market. Secondly, weight should not be your only criteria for purchasing a pair of skates! It is definitely a factor in a multi-step process of determining what is best for you. But it’s not the only thing you should be thinking about!

Weights were measured of a single skate, size 7.5D. So, what you see listed below is the skate model, the weight of a single skate in grams and then that weight doubled to represent the pair.

Model
1) Bauer TotalOne NXG                         —-680g   ——1360g   ———- $799.99
2) Bauer Vapor APX                                —-718g   ——1436g   ———- $799.99
3) Bauer Supreme One.9                      —-746g   ——1492g   ———- $599.99
4) Bauer Vapor X7.0                               —-805g   ——1610g   ———- $599.99
5) CCM U+ CL                                         —-830g   ——1660g   ———- $599.99
6) Reebok 20K                                        —-833g   ——1666g   ———- $799.99
7) Reebok 18K                                        —-834g   ——1668g   ———- $599.99
8) Easton RS                                           —-843g   ——1686g   ———- $599.99
9) Bauer Nexus 800                               —-890g   ——1780g   ———- $599.99
So there you have it! The Bauer TotalOne NXG’s  top the list and the Supreme and Vapor lines follow close behind. Bauer has the top 4 slots! Let us know what you think and what else you would like to see compared in the comments section below, on the our Facebook page and also at our Twitter page.

 

 


Composite Hockey Stick Weigh-In

Stick Weigh In

By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing

Over the course of the past few years, the battle to produce the lightest composite stick has raged on between all the major hockey manufacturers. During this time, companies have all looked for ways to tip the scales – pun intended – in favor of their own sticks. So how is it possible that all the manufacturers produce graphs, pie charts and lists that their sticks are undeniably THE lightest on the market? Somebody is right. Right?

Well, in light of that,  we decided to have our own little weigh-in with some of the top model sticks, using a Dymo Digital Scale. In all, we took 9 top-end sticks, all in the same 85 flex and all in a comparable blade pattern. The attempt was to give our customers an even and fair basis for stick weights. Let me note that stick weights should not, by any means, be your only criteria for choosing a stick. But we DO think this will be helpful piece of info for you.
So without further ado, here are the results, from lightest to heaviest:
7.Easton Mako 464 g

Click here to see our entire selection of composite sticks.

 

So as no real surprise, the Bauer Vapor APX came in at the top spot as the lightest stick, with the new Nexus 1000 just 1g heavier. Now, just to ease your mind, the difference between #9 at 474 grams and #1 at 420 grams shouldn’t really alarm anyone here – in my opinion, only the most discerning could probably pick up a stick and really feel the difference in weight. Still, it’s fun and interesting to do these exercises from time-to-time and a lot of people ask us about stick weights, so we think this is helpful.

 

My biggest surprise was the Sherwood Nexon 12, coming in 3rd – and only four grams heavier than the APX! With a price tag of only $189.99, the Nexon 12 is a great, light stick for the money. I wonder if Sher-Wood was mad when Bauer launched Nexus, given Sher-Wood has had the Nexon sticks out for a good while now? Hmmmm.

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.


Reebok AI9 Hockey Stick Preview

Mark your calendars.  On October 15th, 2011, the Reebok A.i nine stick will be released at all Pure Hockey locations.  New for the

2011-12 season, the A.i nine will become Reebok’s premier composite stick.  While the “K” line with SicKick technology will continue to be produced, Reebok will be offering a new alternative with the A.i nine.  Literally, the A.i nine represents a shift in the balance of power.  Many changes in materials and construction give the A.i nine a perfectly balanced feel while maximizing energy transfer from the stick to the puck.

Unlike previous composite sticks with a low kick point, the A.i nine’s kick point is located near the center of the shaft.  This innovative change provides a greater energy transfer throughout the stick giving you a more accurate and powerful shot.  Another significant change in the shaft of the stick focuses on the stiffness of the A.i nine’s walls.  Using what Reebok has called a “Power Taper Ratio,” the top and bottom of the shaft of the A.i nine are twice as stiff as the sides.  Reebok believes this golden ratio gives you a competitive advantage by maximizing the power exerted when shooting.

The exterior of the shaft is coated with Tactile Griptonite, a revamped version of the Griptonite found on the 11K.  Reebok’s Tactile Griptonite combines a woven textured shaft with a traditional gripped coating.  This optimizes the feel of the stick giving you increased stick and puck control.

The A.i nine epitomizes innovation and many of the trusted specs that have been proven to work in previous Reebok sticks are still present

in the A.i nine.  That includes Reebok’s Pure Fiber Technology, which is Reebok’s method of creating a true one-piece stick.  A true one-piece stick means that the blade and shaft are created in the same mold.  This eliminates the weight of additional materials needed to re-enforce a fused blade and shaft.  In the case of a true one-piece stick, less is more.  As a result, the A.i nine and other Reebok sticks made with Pure Fiber Technology have a lighter more balanced feel than their competitors.

Arguably the most important part of a composite stick is the blade. The materials used and the process by which it is constructed

ultimately dictates the balance, feel, and power of the entire stick.  Reebok certainly kept that in mind while designing the A.i nine.  The most notable feature of the A.i nine is the Xlerated Blade.  This is Reebok’s lightest blade to date.  The core of the Xlerated Blade consists of soft foam sounded by with extra stiff carbon fibers in a Dual Matrix weave to create one of the most durable, lightweight, and powerful blades on the market.

I know what you’re thinking.  You can’t wait to get one of these in your hands and I don’t blame you.  This stick is sweet.  It is so sweet, in fact, that my words and eloquent description do not do it justice.  Christmas comes early, October 15th.

In the meantime, check out Tim Doyle’s video review below as he takes you on magical trip exploring all the wonderful features the A.i nine has to offer: