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REVIEW: Easton Stealth RS Pro Stock Hockey Gloves

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2012 by prostocknation

The Stealth RS is Easton’s latest top end glove in their line up.  This glove caters to players who prefer a an “in-between” fit; one that is not too loose like a traditional glove but not overly tight like many of the anatomical offerings on the market.

We are reviewing the Pro version of the glove so there will be some differences in the materials used between the retail model.  The materials used in the entire glove (shell, liner, gussets, palms) are not the same but the overall shape remains similar minus the custom cuff.

Those who are familiar with the Pro Stock Easton E-Pro 4-Roll glove will recognize many of the materials used in this Pro RS.  They share the same silver Bio-Dri liner, nylon shell and nash gussets/palms.  The retail RS comes with the new Dri-Lex liner, nylon/synthetic shell, all new AX Suede palm and gussets.  Mid-density foams and PE inserts are found throughout both versions and help make this glove very lightweight.

So how does the glove fit?  It is tight throughout the fingers and in the back of the hand.  The cuff flares out for added wrist mobility.  I would compare it to the fit of the Bauer Vapor series but a bit more snug in the fingers.

(Pictured above: the same Nash palm and gusset you find on most pro stock Easton E-Pro hockey gloves).  I’ve never had an issue with these palms crusting up or piling too much.  They are thin enough to give an excellent stick feel but because of this, durability may be an issue if you’re particularly tough on your palms.

The Easton RS is unique in the way it has three piece index, middle and ring fingers.  Opening and closing the hand feels very natural and comfortable with this design.  I am able to get a better feel of the stick compared to many of the competitors’ gloves with only a 3 piece index finger design.   This is my favorite feature of the glove.

The cuff is angled; a design similar to the old Jofa gloves.  It has plastic inserts throughout.  The lock thumb is also pretty beefy but not to the point where it is uncomfortable to use.

The palm side of the cuff is cut very low.  It has a huge E-Pro influence and I prefer this type of cuff over the stock retail one.


The retail model of this glove is currently retailing for $149.99US.  Not that many pro players are using this glove quite yet so it makes finding a pro version quite difficult.

The Easton Stealth RS is a very comfortable and mobile glove.  Those who like the fit of Bauer’s Vapor series will feel right at home with these as well.  Sadly, it’s not the prettiest glove in the world but what it lacks in looks it makes up in performance and fit.

 

– M

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Pro Helmet Decals – Ocala, FL

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2012 by prostocknation

Pro Helmet Decals is a company based in Ocala, Florida that specializes in high quality decals.  They currently supply these decals to professional sports teams in the MLB, NHL, NCAA and the general public like you and I.

Any design ranging from a single strip to a custom die-cut design can be created.  The decals are also very affordable; especially with no artwork or set up charges.

The Philadelphia Flyers are among one of their most well-known clients.


The decals you see on my helmet are the same ones the Flyers use on the ice.  They are very thick unlike some of the decals I’ve used that are marketed as “On-Ice Decals” available in most hockey shops.  The quality is there to withstand the temperatures of a hockey rink and will not peel.

Your design can be as simple as a typeface enclosed in a rectangle or a more custom shape like the majority of the logos you see below.  A variety of different fonts are also available for numbers.  These will definitely increase your team’s professional look.

The print quality is excellent.  The colors are very bold and vibrant while the lines remain crisp and precise.

If you or your team are looking for a way to increase the visual appeal of your helmet I would highly recommend Pro Helmet Decals.

They also make a variety of more sport-specific decals made for the baseball and football market.  Check out their products on their website at www.ProHelmetDecals.com

Keep your eyes posted on our Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ProStockNation) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/ProStockNation) page to see how you can win a pair of Philadelphia Flyers helmet decals.  You cannot buy these in stores!

– M

October Pick Ups – Manitoba Moose Pro Gear

Posted in Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by prostocknation

These are my latest Manitoba Moose purchases:

  • Pro Bag
  • 2 Pairs Reebok Edge Socks (XL)
  • 14′ Reebok (CCM 852 Style) Gloves

What do you all think?  Most of the pro bags I’ve seen are made of vinyl and they rip easily.  This Moose bag has one of the highest quality nylon I’ve ever seen.

Looking for Manitoba Moose gear as well?  We’ll tell you where this weekend!

– M

REVIEW: Winnwell Pro Stock Gloves

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock, ProStockNation.com Announcements with tags , , , on September 13, 2011 by prostocknation

We already gave you guys a quick look at Winnwell’s Pro Stock glove, now it’s time for our review after some on ice use.

I am a fan of anatomical fit gloves so switching to these traditional boxier fit gloves from my usual gloves was a bit unwelcome at first. I thought I would be off put by the fit, but I quickly changed my mind. The cuff felt much tighter than I expected and it suited me perfectly. That isn’t to say the cuff is uncomfortable or lacking in mobility, quite the opposite really. It allows for great range of motion, especially downward when stickhandling.

The palm area features a nice piece of nash overlay to add some extra durability. Even with this added piece, the palm still feels very soft and pliable. It doesn’t feel totally like micro-nash but it’s very close. In place of mesh gussets the gloves feature a series of hole shaped vents in the fingers. This is a feature not commonly seen on gloves with full nash palms and gussets.  Additionally the top of the thumb features an interesting bit of what I will describe as mesh. This is another feature not seen on most nash palmed gloves. These aren’t features that I noticed at first, but the affect they had was certainly noticeable when it came to keeping my hands dry.

What really has made me a fan of these gloves is the NXT lining. This lining is the signature piece for Winnwell’s gloves. The lining runs down the entire length of the fingers. This is a great feature both for comfort and as well as dryness. I am writing this review after about 4 hours of ice time. Never during that time did my hands feel sweaty.  After getting off the ice the NXT does a great deal in helping to speed up the drying process. The gloves went from out of my bag to my drying shelf, and were bone dry an hour later. It’s such an added benefit to having dry hands during a game, to having dry, odour free gloves after your game.

The only downside I found with these gloves was how easily my tape left a mark on the nash. This certainly isn’t a knock against Winnwell, or the the gloves themselves. That’s just the problem with nash palms in general. It’s something everybody has dealt with at some point in their hockey career.

If you’re looking for a solid glove, that inexplicably seems to have been overlooked by much of the hockey world, I would definitely recommend Winnwell’s Pro Stock product.

Stay tuned to ProStockNation.com to see how you could win a pair of Winnwell Pro Stock Rick Nash gloves!

-E

Upcoming Review: Winnwell Pro Stock Gloves

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , on September 8, 2011 by prostocknation


Stay tuned for our upcoming on ice performance review of Winnwell’s pro stock glove. Followed by a contest to win this pair!

– E

Long-Term Review: Bauer Supreme Total ONE Skate

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by prostocknation

It’s hard to imagine a decade ago top end skates were made with nylon toe caps and synthetic leather materials.  I remember trying to squeeze my foot into a Bauer Supreme 7000 but the fit of the skate just wasn’t for me.

Fast forward 10 years later I have decided to give the Supreme line another chance.  Plastic anatomical toe caps and a composite quarter have replaced the outdated nylon and synthetic leather.  In the previous pairs of skates I’ve owned I found the baking process helped reduce the break-in time of the boot but rarely did it change the fit significantly.  My right foot felt fine right off the bat but my left didn’t.  After baking the Total ONE I noticed a huge difference and the material conformed around my foot.  I have a bone that protrudes slightly out on the left foot just above the arch and it was painful just putting the skates on fresh out of the box.  After a quick punch of the trouble area the skates fit perfect.  It wraps around my foot snugly and it is the best fitting boot I have ever worn.

My skates are built close to retail specifications except I do not have the hydrophobic liner and I have LS3 steel installed instead of the lighter LS Fusion.  Don’t let that concern you because this skate is still very lightweight.  I threw one of these 7.5D boots onto our scale and it weighed in at 727g.  I have the hydrophobic liner in my ONE95 Goalie Skates and I don’t like the feel of it.

Composite materials can be found all over this skate.  Also notice the white felt on the inside of the tongue!  More on the tongue shortly.

Even the bottom of the footbeds have Bauer’s ALIVE Composite material which is very moldable and responsive.

Where the Total ONE really differentiates itself from the previous generation, the Supreme ONE95, is the Reflex Tongue.  These skates meant to be worn tongues in to take full advantage of the interchangeable inserts which come in 3 different flexes, Mid, Stiff, and X-Stiff.  I am currently skating in the Mid flex and it’s the one I prefer of the three.

Some may think this tongue looks very gimmicky but it’s really the exact opposite.  Non-believers should try it out first before making a final judgement.  I find where the composite inserts help me the most is in the initial couple of strides.  I feel I get an extra bit of jump and it makes me a tad quicker compared to other skates.  You can customize these to a stiffness of your liking and together with the tendon guard they work together to help your stride.  Watch this clip on Bauer’s “Sling Shot Theory.”

The Total Edge Comfort is basically a piece of synthetic leather sewn right above the ankles to prevent the boot from digging into your leg especially during the break-in process.  Many pros have had this option for years but now these will be standard on Bauer’s top end boots.

In the past year that I’ve worn this skate, it has been very responsive and durable.  The thing about using a stiff boot compared to a softer, lower-end boot is the extra support you get.  You’ll never be able to revert back to using a softer boot because it will feel like mush; much like those old plastic Microns you could rent at your local rink to go ice skating.

The only issues I’ve had with the skates so far include the stitching fraying and ripping in high-wear areas (such as near the toe cap, as pictured) and what looks to be the outsole separately from the boot.  I’m told this is only cosmetic and not anything structural.  I will check back at a later date to see how they hold up.  I have also swapped out the stock Bauer laces for a pair of Elite Pro with the molded tip.  These are by-far my favorite laces but I will talk about those another day.

If these skates fit your foot type and your pocketbook can afford it, I highly recommend considering the Total ONE your next pair of skates.

Pros:

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Lightweight, responsive
  • Conforms to the shape of your foot very well after baking
  •  Innovative interchangeable tongues

Cons:

  • Price ($850 + tax in Canada)
  • Stitching easily frays
  • Cosmetic separation of outsole and boot

 

– M

Canucks 2011 Equipment Sale Video:

Posted in Equipment Sales, Pro Returns, Pro Stock, ProStockNation.com Announcements with tags on July 11, 2011 by prostocknation

Hey guys, we had a chance to get a ProStockNation.com exclusive preview of the gear available for the annual equipment sale. Here is our short walk through video. Pictures will be up shortly, so stay tuned!

 

– E