The 2021 Bauer Vapor skates are now available, and Pure Hockey has all the info you’ll need to buy with confidence. Building on the Vapor’s popular design and high-performing construction, Bauer continues to improve the line with new features such as upgraded liners, new skate tongues, and lighter boots. For good reason, the Vapor has developed a reputation as an high-quality skate suitable for practically all styles of play, and this year’s lineup is no different.
In recent years, Bauer has differentiated the performance attributes of the Vapor and Supreme skates, with new features, materials, and flex points to distinguish each skate’s on-ice performance and feel.
Vapor skates are built for quickness, with the lower part of the skate being softer for increased response and the upper part of the skate being stiffer for increased lateral support. The Vapor features a lower kick point to maximize agility and speed, making it ideal for quick skaters.
Bauer’s skate fitting system allows players to choose skates based on their own foot dimensions rather than the skate line. If you’re unsure which skate line fits your foot best, or you’re looking for a precise measurement and assessment, visit your local Pure Hockey store.
Bauer Vapor HyperLite Hockey Skates
Bauer’s latest addition to the Vapor family, the HyperLite line is designed for quickness and agility even more so than the traditional Vapor gear. The HyperLite skate is lighter than other Vapor skates, with an increased wrap that improves lateral stability.
The HyperLite skate features Bauer’s HyperFlex technology in the facing and the outsole, which is designed to improve the overall flex profile of the skate to maximize quickness and agility.
The HyperFlex facing has integrated flex zones built into the top four eyelets, helping to increase the wrap of the skate for added stability. The HyperFlex outsole is uniquely constructed, with a rigid composite material on the front and a poured flexible material in the back. The stiffness of the composite material allows players to maximize the energy transfer during the acceleration phase of the skating stride.
The HyperLite also features Aerolite, a light foam material in the skate tongue that further reduces the weight of the skate while maintaining a comfortable feel.
Players can also pick a pair of runners that best suits their game; the HyperLite comes with a choice of Carbonlite, Pulse TI, or Pulse skate runners.
The new Vapor HyperLite skates offer a great combination of new and trusted features, providing players with a pair of flexible, lightweight skates that allow for maximum agility and flexibility with each stride.
Bauer Vapor 3X Pro Hockey Skates
This year’s Bauer Vapor 3X Pro skates are a great option for the high-level player looking for top-end performance and comfort at a lower price than the HyperLite. The 3X Pro model features Bauer’s 3D Lasted Curv, a composite quarter package, and the Pro TPU outsole to provide extra support and maintain the low kick point for optimal quickness and agility.
The Vapor 3X Pro also includes Bauer’s Comfort Edge padding to enhance lateral support and thermoformability, making for a lightweight skate with a comfortable feel. In the ankle area, the 3X Pro features AERO FOAM+ padding with a Hydrolite liner, which helps to wick away moisture and keep your foot locked in place.
In an upgrade from the 2019 Vapor 2X skate, the Vapor 3X Pro features the classic 48oz tongue with injected inserts for a perfect combination of support, protection, and comfort.
In another new feature, the 3X Pro has an integrated injected facing, which provides lateral stability and improves the lock of the foot to the skate. The HyperFlex facing found in the Vapor HyperLite skate allowed Bauer to leverage the injected facing technology on the 3X Pro skate.
The Bauer Vapor 3X Pro has all the features you’ll need to enhance your skating and overall performance on the ice. This model is built for the player who skates at least three or four times per week, but like the HyperLite, this option can benefit any player at any level who is looking for a high-quality skate at a great value.
Bauer Vapor 3X Hockey Skates
The Bauer Vapor 3X hockey skates are designed for the player who skates at least two or three times per week and wants a good balance of fit, performance, and comfort, with some of the features of the higher-end Vapors but at a lower price point.
The Vapor 3X skate is 6.5% lighter by weight than the Vapor X2.9, as Bauer added a fully composite boot and a taller, improved LS+ runner in this year’s model. In the Junior size, the Vapor 3X features a Motion-Flex fiber composite boot and LS Balance runner with a 13-foot blade profile, making it easier for kids to bend their knees and learn the skating stride.
The 40oz Pro Stock skate tongue includes an added comfort lining, while the inside of the boot has a hydrophobic microfiber liner and Bauer’s Form-Fit+ footbed. The liner provides good support, a soft feel, and moisture-wicking properties to keep your foot dry and secured in the boot. The footbed is lined with memory foam underneath for personalized comfort as soon as you step into the skate.
Bauer Vapor X3.7 Hockey Skates
The new Bauer Vapor X3.7 hockey skates boast some impressive features and benefits for this price point. Most obvious is the look: Bauer used digital printing technology to amplify the visual richness of this model.
The Vapor X3.7 skate features a Digi comp quarter boot that provides the right combination of support and flexibility for efficient strides. Bauer also updated the skate liner from the 2019 Vapor X2.7 model to a microfiber liner with memory foam padding, even extending the material through the inside of the 40oz two-piece tongue. Bauer also made this skate 4% lighter than any comparable model in the industry, making the Vapor X3.7 one of the lightest and most comfortable skates in its class.
At the bottom of the boot, Bauer’s Form Fit footbed offers good support and feel. The Vapor X3.7 is designed for the competitive weekly player, but we encourage those looking for maximum durability and performance benefits to upgrade to a higher-end model.
Bauer Vapor X3.5 Hockey Skates
This year’s Bauer Vapor X3.5 hockey skates offer good comfort for the new-to-hockey player or occasional skater who likes to hit the pond during the winter or play some pick-up games every so often.
Built from Bauer’s new 3D Poly carb quarters, the boot is easy to skate on, with an outstanding look thanks to the external textures. Bauer also added design elements to the microfiber liner to further enhance the overall appearance of the skate.
The TPR outsole adds flexibility when skating, while the memory foam ankle pads add comfort inside the boot. Upgraded from the Vapor X2.5 skate, the 40oz felt tongue features a metatarsal guard for added flex and protection.
The 2021 Vapor skate line includes well-constructed, comfortable options for all players, with the Vapor X3.5 catering to the newer or more occasional player who wants a good combination of performance and style.
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