Archive for March, 2011

The Russian Rocket Turns 40 Today

Posted in ProStockNation.com Announcements with tags , , , on March 31, 2011 by prostocknation

The most exciting player to ever wear a Vancouver Canucks jersey turns 40 today.  While his time in Vancouver was cut short he is still the only Canuck to score back-to-back 60 goal seasons or win a Calder trophy.  Not only did he help fill seats every night but he was responsible for getting fans off of them as well.

Happy Birthday Pavel, thanks for the memories.

 

 

– M

RBK vs Reebok Socks

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by prostocknation

These are authentic Edge socks that you can only get through professional teams.  The “Edge” socks you see in your local hockey shops are of inferior quality and the quickest way to tell is to look for the velcro tabs on top of the sock because the material used in the retail sock has a hard time sticking to the velcro jock shorts.  The socks you buy in store can be compared to the Premier, or Replica, jerseys while these are the equivalent of an Authentic On-Ice jersey.

A few posts ago we mentioned the new direction Reebok was going with the NHL uniforms next season (going from the Vector logo above the name bar to the “Reebok” wordmark.)  This was no surprise because Reebok had already started phasing in different logos on the equipment side of things.

A few years back all of Reebok’s top end offerings were “RBK” and the lower entry level equipment were labeled “Reebok.”  Nowadays everything is going to bare “Reebok” and they sure did a great job branding because every time I see it now it just looks cheap.

So here’s our comparison of a RBK and a Reebok Sock.  Other than the different sizes in the photo above they look virtually identical upon first glance.  When you take a closer look you’ll notice the RBK pair (on the left) has stitching between each colored stripe and the Reebok pair (on the right) has the colors sublimated (dyed) into the fabric.  Not only are we witnessing a change in logos but Reebok has already started to incorporate sublimation into the NHL uniforms.

I’ve been using these socks for the last little while but I’ll let you all know what I really think of them after a few more ice times.

 

– M

 

Easton EQ50 Skates

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2011 by prostocknation

We are 14 days away from the release of this skate and last week we had a question through Twitter (@ProStockNation for those of you not already following us) as to what skate Matt Cullen of the Minnesota Wild was wearing.

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@prostocknation Is Matt Cullen wearing the new APX’s? Someone said he was in something new but couldn’t decipher the brand…

With the previous flop, if you can even call it that, of the EQ5 skate (for those who are unfamiliar this skate was worn by a few pros, stores started taking pre-orders but it never went into retail production) Easton has gone back to the drawing board and has come out with a completely new skate.

At $529.99US it makes it a very affordable top end skate and many manufacturers are really making a push towards composite materials.

With Cullen being a Bauer Vapor X:60 user prior to this we’ll also be keeping an eye on him to see whether or not he will be making the switch back to his old skates or even the APX (being released in April.)

Matt Cullen has Tuuk LS2 holders installed on his skates and obviously the retail ones will come with Easton’s own Razor Bladz II.  Tuuks are by far the most popular holder in the NHL right now but the Razor Bladz is one of the most underrated.  It’s a terrific product and it isn’t too prone to torquing on heavier skaters like others.  It has been the go-to holder for Easton’s skates in the last couple lines of skates so you know it’s not a dud they’re going to dump after one skate (see: Tuuk LS Power.)

Many online websites are already taking pre-orders for this skate which ships March 31 (Pavel Bure’s 40th birthday just in case you wanted to know) and we haven’t been so excited about an Easton skate since they released the Z-Air (the silver one with the white Razor Bladz holder, not the black with composite holder and parabolic stainless steel runners.

– M

 

* Both photos in this post are property of GettyImages.com

MLX Goalie Skates Now Available

Posted in Goaltending, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 11, 2011 by prostocknation

 

MLX tweeted a few hours ago about the availability of their goalie skate.  It’s being offered at $549 as an “introductory offer.”  MLX’s website describes the boot as:

These boots are the same quality as one would expect from an
MLX skate, with a few modifications complete for a goalie.  R&D
has modified the shape of the boot and removed the tendon
guard to improve maneuverability for goalies.  These skates do
not include a cowling.

The tendon guard has been ripped off and voila, there you have it… a goalie boot?  At $549 for the boot alone, no cowling, steel or even half sizes (you can’t even try this skate on before you give them your money) so we’re still highly skeptical of this product.  In this price range you can easily buy one of the main stream manufacturer’s top of the line offerings (and yes, it comes with cowlings and your local pro shop probably has it in stock for you to try on.)

MLX also markets these skates as “customs.”  My idea of custom skates were a boot made to the specifications of your foot, not a generic skate out of the box that conforms to your foot.  Hope you all have ovens as well since you’ll be needing them to bake these “custom” skates at home…

 

– M

Corey Perry Slumping

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by prostocknation

With only 2 points in his last 7 games it looks like Corey Perry is digging into his old collection of sticks and using what’s comfortable to get out of this slump.  Last night when the Ducks hosted the Canucks Perry pulled out his familiar black and blue Easton S17, the same model he used when he put Canada up 2-0 against the USA a year ago in the Gold Medal Game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

– M