Another Canadian Factory Bites The Dust; Martin Brodeur Now With Vaughn

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by prostocknation

With Sherwood’s factory in Strathroy, Ontario closing, it was inevitable for goalies like Martin Brodeur to make a switch in equipment brands next year. The mystery was to which brand?  MartinBrodeur30.com recently unveiled Marty’s new Vaughns for this upcoming season.

The blocker features a classic waffle board pattern and the glove looks to have an offset T pocket and angled two piece cuff.


The pads share the same vintage look.  They have the single break below the knee and angled inside boot.

It will be interesting to see how much Sherwood product will still be in the NHL from this moment forward.  It is very rare for Asian manufactured goaltending equipment to surface in the NHL so it’s only a matter of time before Sherwood’s other endorsed athlete, Craig Anderson, will make the switch to something else.  The ever popular Sherwood 9950 foam core sticks will move production out of Canada as well.  While many pros may still prefer foam core over composite, many companies do not offer it at the retail level anymore and Sherwood seems to be continuing this trend.

– M

Stolen Niagara Ice Dogs Equipment

Posted in ProStockNation.com Announcements with tags , , , , on August 22, 2012 by prostocknation

The Niagara Regional Police Services recently released a break and enter for an incident that occurred back in April of this year.

Some of the items stolen include Mark Visetin’s 37+1 Vaughn Pads, a couple player’s helmets, gloves, sticks and other protective gear.


From NRPS Media Release:

Niagara Ice Dogs hockey equipment Break and Enter 

Since the beginning of April, 2012, the Niagara Regional Police have been investigating a Break & Enter at the Gatorade Garden City Complex, located at 8 Gale Crescent, in the city of St Catharines.  

During the Break & Enter, several hockey items belonging to the Niagara Ice Dogs were stolen, including Mark Visentin's unique Vaughan 37 + goalie pads, valued at $3000.  Visentin represented Canada during the 2011 and 2012 Word Junior Hockey Championships.

The goalie pads are white with red and black trim, and have "Visentin" stitched on either side.

Other equipment stolen includes:
CCM - 2 white helmets with #13 and #10 stickers on the back.  Size small.
CCM - black red and white hockey gloves.  #9 written on cuff.
Reebok - black and white, size medium elbow pads.  Model 11K.
Reebok - black and red, AI9 hockey stick with "Mercer" stamped on the upper shaft.

Anyone with information regarding the location of these pads is requested to contact Detective Constable Sherriff #9319 at 905 688-4111 ext 4382, or information on crimes can also be submitted anonymously using Crime Stoppers of Niagara. To leave an anonymous tip, please contact Crime Stoppers via: Telephone: 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) Online: 

www.niagaratips.com Text: 274637 (CRIMES), keyword 'Niagara', then your tip. Crime Stoppers guarantees that you will remain anonymous through any of the methods offered to provide tips. You may also be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

Original link: http://www.nrps.com/media/news/details.asp?id=mr2820

The pads will be unique enough to spot should they come onto the market.

– M

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

Bauer Performance Sports Acquires Cascade Helmets

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by prostocknation

Bauer has agreed to acquire Cascade Helmets for $64M.

With this purchase Bauer has dramatically increased their market share in Lacrosse as Cascade is the leader in helmets and facial protection.  Cascade will be complimentary to Bauer’s existing Lacrosse brand, Maverik, who currently manufactures gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads and sticks.

Cascade’s hockey helmet division with their patented helmet technologies will be included in the sale.  With their operations based in New York they are able to have a very short turnaround time for custom product.

Bauer Hockey, through StickerYou.com, has been providing consumers with the option to customize their helmets with vinyl stickers.  With their history of selling customized stick and goal product to the general public, perhaps a custom helmet will be soon added to the options on MyBauer.

Link: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/bauer-performance-sports-to-acquire-cascade-helmets-for-us64-mln-20120613-01287

– M

ProStockNation.com Preview: Canucks Year End Equipment Sale

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2012 by prostocknation

We have a couple photos of what will be available on Saturday morning.  More stock brought out on Sunday but there doesn’t seem to be as much gear compared to previous years to begin with.  This looks more like an apparel sale with some equipment involved.

You’ll find two tables with skates priced at $275 right when you walk in.


Opposite the skates are a few tables of practice knit socks ($10), XL Edge Socks ($15), and assorted gloves ($125-$200)


Goalie equipment worn by Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider will also be for sale.


There’s only two stick racks this year.  The staff will be bringing out more items throughout the sale and the sticks range from $49-$210.  Game worn jerseys will also be available starting at $300.


Like I mentioned earlier this seems more like an apparel sale than anything.  Don’t expect it to rival any dedicated Canucks equipment sales you’ve been to in the past.


Be sure to share all of your purchases with us.  Happy gear hunting.

CityTV BT: Canucks 2012 Equipment Sale Preview

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by prostocknation

Dawn Chubai from CityTV’s Breakfast Television gave viewers a taste of what will be available at this weekend’s year end Vancouver Canucks Equipment Sale:

  • Skates – $275
  • Gloves – $125+
  • Goalie Pants – $200
  • Sticks – $40+

Edge Socks, Goalie Equipment (Pads, C/A, Catcher, Blocker, Sticks), Game Worn Jerseys, and Elbow Pads are all seen in the video as well but no prices have been given.

The Equipment Sale will take place at Rogers Arena on June 9 and 10 from 11am-5pm.  Season Ticket Holders will have early access at 9am, Blue Line /Sponsors at 10am.  Stock will be brought out each day.

You can watch the original video here: http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1678675519001.000000/dawn-gets-to-check-out-the-canucks-dressing-room/

If you do attend the sale, be sure to share your purchases and findings with us!

– M

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