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M’s New Pickup – Canucks Easton Shell

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by prostocknation

Just picked up this beautiful Vancouver Canucks pant shell and I am very impressed with the quality and materials they used.  I have never owned a pair of Easton pants but I can see why Easton was always among the top manufacturer of pants in the NHL.

I have used other shells in the past and they all fulfill their main purpose, to match your team’s colors and to look good doing it.  All you got was a nylon shell and a belt to keep it up; but these Eastons are more sophisticated than that.

All the previous shells I’ve seen and owned have been 100% nylon.  What makes this shell special is it’s composed mostly of nylon but the back side it’s made of a stretch mesh material (nylon and spandex) which is virtually identical to Reebok’s X-trafil fabric.  I have been dubbing this the “Edge 2.0 of pant shells.”

Here’s a closer look at the stretch mesh material.  It’s tighter fitting and it hugs your pants a lot more than full nylon shells so it’s not as baggy.  This shell is a size 52 and I’ve wrapped them on top of a pair of size 48 Tackla 5000 Pro pants and there is very little excess fabric hanging out.  Conventional shells tend to make my pants feel a bit baggy.

Another interesting feature are the inner pant leg zippers and velcro enclosures.  While zippers aren’t anything new in this day and age, the velcro enclosure is.  Many shells don’t have them and when they do it’s only a small flap towards the bottom of the shell covering the zipper head.  This enclosure keeps it looking clean and will keep the shell closed should the zipper break or fail.

Like I mentioned earlier most shells will only include a basic strap and a buckle before calling it a day.  This is the only shell I’ve ever seen use a two buckle system and not to mention these buckles are the same ones found on top end Tackla pants.  I find with two buckles it tightens the shell much more evenly compared to a single buckle.  With a single buckle it will get tight at the waist but the bottom will flare out, this is not the case with these Eastons.

All in all we normally don’t think too much of what features our pant shells come with because they are hard to come by to begin with and we are happy just to get our hands on one but the next time you have the choice between different brands I’d highly consider the Eastons.  You won’t be disappointed.  I’ll keep you guys updated on how the stretch mesh holds up with more game action.

– M

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A Look At: Tackla 5000 Pro Hockey Pants – Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , on August 4, 2010 by prostocknation

Tackla 5000 Pro Hockey Pants – Tampa Bay Lightning

Two piece hockey sticks have been around for almost two decades and everybody’s heard of them.  When I mention to somebody I own a pair of two piece hockey pants they simply don’t believe it.

What exactly makes it two piece?  Most hockey pants being sold in retail stores are one piece with no detachable parts while  two piece pants have a top and bottom portion.  The ‘top’ consists of protection for the hips and tail bone while the bottom portion, also referred to as ‘lowers’, houses the protection for your thighs and outer shell of the pant.

How are these two parts joined together?  By buttoning the two parts together, players can also mix and match tops and lowers of different brands to their liking.  Of course not all brands are fully interchangeable but it all comes down to how many and where the buttons and holes are located.  Tacklas come with lots of extra holes and buttons so they’re compatible with most brands.

The advantage of wearing a two piece pant is it offers more mobility than a regular pant but at the same time, better protection than a girdle and shell option (which previously has been the choice for players seeking mobility.)

As with MOST pro stock equipment, these pants are very well made and manufactured in Canada; much better than their retail Tackla cousins available in the US market which are made in Thailand.  Tackla pants in the Canadian market were being manufactured by Vaughn.  You can still find these quality pants but now under the “EAGLE” brand name after Vaughn’s buyout of Eagle.

Depending on how you like your pants to fit, Tacklas may or may not be for you.  They are advertised as “European Styling” for a reason.  My previous pants were a pair of CCM Tacks and they were very loose through the hips and thighs and it felt like wearing a barrel.  Tacklas are more snug fitting but not to the point where it is uncomfortable and my range of motion is not restricted while skating.

A common feature found on pants nowadays are inner leg zippers.  I never use them but  I’ve seen players in the NHL skate with the zippers wide open to increase their range of motion but it’s rather dangerous to leave your inner leg exposed should you get a skate cut.  As for the average Joe, I’ve never heard of a league that allows their players to have the zipper open anyway.  The only other use I can think of is for guys who like to put their skates on before their pants.  I’ve seen teammates on different occasions rip the back of their pants because they forced they tried to use brute force to get their pants on.

The only problem I’ve ever had with these pants was the stitching on one of the buckles.  It broke off after about 5 skates but it was an easy repair at my Local Hockey Shop.

These pop up occasionally on eBay with both pieces in tact or just the lowers.  If you like your pants a bit more fitted and you can afford them, I wouldn’t think twice about picking these up.

– M

Two Piece What?

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , on August 1, 2010 by prostocknation

I’m sure everybody’s heard of two piece sticks, but what about two piece pants?

– M