Gear Sighting: Missing Jewels

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For those of you who don’t already know, I’m what you might consider a “glove-whore.”  In regular, everyday terms that simply means I love everything to do with hockey gloves.  Two Vancouver Canuck players also fall into this category, I like to refer to theme as the “Two E’s”; Edler and Ehrhoff.  These guys burn through about a pair a week and they are always after the latest and greatest models with high performance palms.  (To give you an idea of what some of the other players go through, Pavol Demitra used the same pair of Warrior Franchises in two seasons with the team AND during the Olympics.)

Edler recently switched over to the new Bauer Supreme Total ONE gloves from the Vapor XXXX Pro he’s been using for the last little while and it’s no surprise.  Ever since the influence from teammate Mikael Samuelsson to tape the cuffs of his gloves it looks like Edler wants a tighter fit and is there anything that fits more snug than a pair of Supremes?

Why didn’t he make the switch to the Supreme line sooner?  Our only guess is because the Supreme ONE90 and ONE95 were terrible gloves from a fit perspective.  We’ll dive more into the details when we review the Total ONE but the older model Supremes were the only gloves to constantly scrape my knuckles whenever I opened and closed my hands.  The Total ONEs don’t have this problem.

One aesthetic change we noticed is the signature golden ‘jewel’ on the glove has been deleted from Alex Edler’s more recent pairs.  These aren’t just glued on (stitched to be exact) so it’s impossible for them to simply fall off or to remove it with no traces of it being there previously.



It’s a minor cosmetic change to note but it would be interesting to see if he is the only player with this option or if more players follow suit.

I’m currently testing out a pair of Total ONEs right now and they’re definitely better than previous generations but how do they stack up against other offerings from Bauer and their competition?  Keep posted to our blog to find out.

All of the photos above are property of Getty Images (www.GettyImages.com)

 

– M

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