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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

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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.

– M’s April Pick-Ups

Posted in Pro Returns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by prostocknation

I picked up a couple things during my recent trip to California.  It’s hard to forget about hockey even during the nice weather.  Expect to see several of these products reviewed on ProStockNation in the near future.

 

Atlanta Thrashers Tackla 5000 Pro Lowers (Brian from Sports2K.com forum):  Also called a “padded shell”, the thing I like about Tacklas are they are compatible with virtually any Upper you pair it up with.  Not only are they pro stock but they are Made in Canada as well, two of my favorite combinations.

SportsStar New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks Decals: These are probably the closest things most of us will ever come to finding helmet decals on the retail market.  I paired these up with my Vancouver Canucks game worn helmet and the orca logo sizes are roughly the same sans the two tabs but the numbers seem a tad short though.  I wish these came with the NHL shield decal as well since that one seems to be the hardest one to find for most of us in the pro stock collecting hobby.

Bauer Elite Performance Skate Sock (Hockey Monkey): Made in the USA, these will be my first pair of cut resistant skate socks.  On top of being cut resistant they also have the anti-odor and moisture management system called “Thermo-Max+”.  At $30 they are more expensive than traditional skate socks but I was curious as to how they feel like and ultimately, are they worth the money?  (60% Kevlar, 20% Cool-Max, 18% Nylon, 2% Spandex)

Vitalsox (Hockey Monkey): Made in Italy.  During my recent trip to Monkey Sports in Santa Ana, CA I was surprised to see an Italian-made product on their shelves.  They come in various lengths but I went with the crew cut because I like a longer sock for hockey.  They are advertised as an “all sport” sock with cushioning in the forefoot area and padding around the heel.  As with most socks on the market they also offer an anti-bacterial moisture wicking feature; Vitalsox calls this “DryStat.”  They are a little bit more money compared to similar socks from other brands so will it be worth ponying up the extra couple of dollars for being Made in Italy?  (75% Silver Drystat, 10% Microsupreme Acrylic, 10% Nylon, 5% Lycra)

LA Kings Pro Stock Reebok Edge Practice Socks (Jake’s Custom Sports, El Segundo, CA): Made in Canada.  Picked these up at Jake’s.  His shop is a definite must visit if you ever drop by LA.  Jake’s Custom Sports is just a stone’s throw away from LAX.  Try eating at El Pollo Loco while you’re there too.  I couldn’t get enough of that place when I was in California.  Anyways, Jake’s is the place to get any repair work done or if you’re looking for gear (especially used Kings gear.)  The service is top notch as well.  I prefer to wear Pro Stock Reebok Edge socks over the retail ones because the difference in quality is night and day.  The Pro Stock ones will also stick to velcro for all of you who wear jock shorts.

Elite Waxed Laces:  Made in Canada.  I’ve been using these laces religiously for the past couple of years.  They’re less expensive in the States compared to Canada so I might as well pick up a couple pairs while I’m there.  The thing I like about these the most are the molded tips.  Previously, when I used a different brand, the tips breaking were the most common reason for me having to replace my laces.  If your skates have been feeling loose as of late you should give these a shot.  They are $4.99 at most places in Canada.

Tron S10 Visor (HockeyTron):  We’ve had several readers contact us regarding Tron products.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, they sell their own brand of “copycat ” products that are Made in China.  This visor retails for $13.99 in store.  So how does it stack up to the leading competitor’s visor that can be $60 and up?  We will compare the two shortly.

Some of you may recognize these gloves from our previous post on Saturday.  They are Michael Del Zotto from the New York Ranger’s Bauer Supreme ONE95 Pro Returns.  Supremes are one of the tightest fitting gloves on the market and I like the adjustable cuff on the inside.  It provides the user with an option between protection and freedom of movement.

My taste in gloves have definitely changed since starting ProStockNation.  I used to prefer a very loose traditional 4-roll style glove but after using the Vapor XXXX Pro and Vapor X:60 Gloves I’ve started to like tighter-fitting anatomical style gloves.  These feel really nice straight out of the box unlike the retail ONE95 gloves which would continuously rub against my knuckles whenever I opened or closed my hand.  I also wasn’t a fan of the feel of the futuristic-looking/feeling reflex palm that it came with.

Aesthetically I also found the retail version to be not very pleasing to the eyes.  This NYR colorway actually makes it bearable to look at.

More pick-up posts to come!

– M

We are back!

Posted in Pro Returns, ProStockNation.com Announcements with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by prostocknation

Sorry for the brief hiatus.  Sometimes life does not want to co-operate.  Just wanted to let our readers know we are back and have acquired some new gear during our time away!

– M just picked up a new pair of Pro Return Rangers ONE95 mitts and decided to celebrate the Rangers win by wearing them around town today.  What do you guys think of them?

 

– M

Play It Again Sports Winnipeg – New Jets Shipment!

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by prostocknation

Play It Again Sports Winnipeg has just received a new shipment from the Winnipeg Jets.  Here’s your chance to pick up some pro quality gear!

Contact them directly at their NEW email address (playitagainwinnipeg@gmail.com) or call them at 204-256-1115.

If you are in the area you can find them at:

730 St. Anne’s Road, Suite U
Winnipeg, MB R2N 0A2

Their hours of operation are available on their website, www.playitagainsportswinnipeg.com

Click on the images below to enlarge them:

Be sure to share your purchases with us!

– M

 

Jersey Numbers To Be Added To Front Of Helmets

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by prostocknation

Tony Da Costa, Head Equipment Manager of the Minnesota Wild posted these pictures on his Twitter account (@styleswild) yesterday.

Starting the first game of the regular season, all players (excluding goaltenders) will be required to display numbers on the front of their helmets.  This was confirmed by Schuyler Baehman, the NHL’s Senior Manager of Communications, on Twitter in which he stated:

Player numbers will be added to the front forehead (centered) location of all player helmets at the start of this season.

Front numbers are not required to be placed on goaltenders headgear.

Numbers on the front and back of helmets will measure no less than 1.25” and no more than 2” in height

The new number placement is designed to aid on-ice officials, broadcasters, et al. by providing an additional point of player identification

Also note, this year Easton is another brand that is changing from their familiar “E” logo in favor of the word mark on their helmets.  While many people don’t seem to like the changes at first, Bauer has done this for years.  They stopped using the “Flying B” and few people put up a fight about “BAUER” being written across the front of the helmet.

Are you in favor of these new changes?  Can you name another sport which requires both front and back numbers on helmets?

– M

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