Archive for Bauer

Easton Stealth RS

Posted in Gear Sightings, Leaks with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2011 by prostocknation

We’ve been getting lots of questions regarding this stick so after staring at the press release photos for the longest time we decided to get our own.  We do think this is a S19 repaint because structurally, they match up side by side identically.

The RS paint job on the front actually looks ‘stealthy’ like the original Easton Stealth before it tailed off and started getting glammed up with metallic silver logos all over it.

We’ll have to wait until more official specs are released by Easton to find out what structural or build changes have been made compared to the S19.

Comes out Q4 of 2011…

– M

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ProStockNation.com – 2nd Attempt At RapidShot

Posted in ProStockNation.com Announcements with tags , , , , on April 9, 2011 by prostocknation

We went for another session in the ever addicting RapidShot cage located at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC yesterday.  -E and -M finished first and second but most important of all, we defeated @ray_supastar on Twitter by an absolute landslide.  This was a very sweet victory after having to listen to his trash talks for several weeks leading up to this contest.

– M’s best score: 117
– E’s best score: 146
@ray_supastar’s best score: 11

Check out this video of – M shooting.  It’s far from perfect but it gives you an idea of what to expect from the RapidShot.  If you ever have the chance to shoot in there, go for it.  It’s an excellent training tool.

 

– M

A Belated Welcome Back, Peter Forsberg

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by prostocknation

Foppa has made his return to the NHL and he is wearing a Vapor XXXX Skate on this right (troubled) foot and X:60 on the left.  Forsberg has consistently been a premier player in the NHL when healthy and hopefully he can be a difference maker in helping the Avs make the post-season.  It’s interesting to see the Nike in the Nike Bauer logo is still visible on his skates since it should’ve been blacked out by now.

He was also seen practicing in an Easton S19 helmet but has gone back to familiar Bauer territory (5100, not the 5000/5500 since those have been discontinued.)  Like Iginla, he is still loving the Z-Air style gloves and it doesn’t look like he is using a real EQ50 either since the focus weights are not visible.

Can we start calling the Easton P4 pattern Forsberg again?

Photo is property of www.GettyImages.com

 

– M

Total One Graphics Update

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , on January 30, 2011 by prostocknation

After watching the NHL All Star Skills Competition I noticed the ever increasing amount of players using the Total One stick. And then I noticed something unique about those very Total Ones. Every player using one has the standard yellow graphics package adorning their stick. That is, except for Eric Staal.

He can be seen above congratulating Michael Grabner after his victory in the fastest skater competition. I took a further look into previous photos of Eric Staal to see if this was a special one time all star stick, or if it had been issued earlier. The following are two photos of Staal. One in a game against the New York Islanders, and the second against the Atlanta Thrashers. The game in Atlanta took place on December 16th 2010, proving that the stick is not a one game special.

This begs the question. Will Bauer start introducing the Total One in multiple color packages for NHL teams, and will this filter down to the retail version? I am inclined to believe they will, as this is exactly how the original Bauer One95 stick progressed. It debuted in one standard graphic package before getting several makeovers in a wide range of colors. Bauer has certain established it’s iconic image with the yellow Total One, helping build it’s customer recognition, it would be a great time for them to introduce more options for both pro stock and retail models.

All images are property of Getty Images and their rightful owners. No copyright infringement is intended.

– E

REVIEW: Bauer Supreme TOTAL ONE Gloves

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Leaks, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by prostocknation

Here’s our much anticipated review of the Bauer TOTAL ONE Gloves.  We haven’t seen anybody else on the internet reviewing, or even grab a hold of, these babies so correct me if I’m wrong… this is the FIRST written review of the Bauer TOTAL ONE Glove, ever.

We’ll work our way starting with the outer construction of the glove and moving inwards.

These are Bauer’s offering for players who want an anatomically fitting glove.  Contrary to traditional-style construction, anatomical gloves are built much like your hand instead of having rolls along the back of the hand.  You will find more, smaller blocks of foam on a glove like this.

The shell is made of a lightweight nylon with synthetic leather towards the pinky and key wear areas like between the thumb and index finger for added durability.  My fingers don’t feel as restricted compared to the last two generations of Supremes when I open up my hand but these don’t go as far to the same extent as the Vapor XXXX Pro.  Personally I’d also prefer a full nylon glove but the Supremes have had a mixture of the two materials ever since the introduction of the Supreme ONE90.

For added protection against impacts Bauer will also include a layer of impact gel and poron foam in key areas (no they haven’t forgot the plastic inserts everyone loves, those are still here as well.)  On the retail versions of this glove it will have a MAX-Sorb graphic on where you see this yellow ‘jewel’ below.  The pro stock versions will be sans graphics or even the entire ‘jewel’ altogether (see our previous post on Alex Edler’s gloves.)

Now onto the palms.  This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a palm with an overlay of a different material but it is a first for nubuck and gecko nash together.  For those unfamiliar with nubuck, think of Timberland boots.  As for gecko nash, this term is probably foreign to everybody, even for us.  It’s a thin and soft, something we’d compare to a digital palm (although not AS thin.)

Piling is a bit of a problem on the nubuck and the gecko nash isn’t too durable since it is a performance material after all but Bauer has definitely come a long way ever since the more futuristic looking palms on previous generations of Supremes.

Thermo Max+ liner on the inside, the same one you’d find on Bauer’s other top end offering, the Vapor X:60 Pro.  It’s antibacterial and it wicks away moisture, what more could you ask for?  It’s pretty standard across the different brands to include a liner similar to this nowadays.  I don’t find there to be too much of a difference with moisture-wicking vs. conventional liners when you’re on the ice playing but where it’s more noticeable is if you are playing in a warmer environment (think Roller Hockey) and when drying your equipment.  If you are on the ice every or every other day I don’t know how you can live without this feature (other than owning multiple pairs of gloves of course.)

Would we recommend these gloves?  Bauer has certainly fixed the fit problem (the older Supremes used to rub against my knuckles all the time) and the palms are much simpler but these just aren’t the gloves for me.  These have improved so much since the previous generations but I just can’t picture myself picking these up over Vapors unless I want a REALLY tight fitting glove.  One of the major deal breakers for me is there is no full nylon or full synthetic leather version of this glove like there is with the Vapor.  I’ve been really impressed with the current Supreme line so far (the sticks and skates I’m using right now are Total ONEs) but these gloves haven’t hit the same home run with me.

I would’ve offered digital palms like the retail X:60 because if I am spending this type of money on a top of the line glove, performance would be higher on my priority list than durability.  I believe the nubuck palms are also what’s holding this glove back a bit.  It would be interesting to see if other manufacturers jump on the nubuck bandwagon or if Bauer even continues to use this material in future models but I’ll happily stick with my MSH2, Nash or Digital.

– M

Bauer Total ONE Gloves!

Posted in Equipment Reviews with tags , , , , on January 7, 2011 by prostocknation

We got our hands on a pair but what do we think of them?  I absolutely hated the Supreme ONE90 and ONE95 so will this one be any different?  I’m currently using the Total ONE skates and stick so will I go all decked out in this new line?

Here’s a little teaser for our review next week:

There are currently no reviews on this glove anywhere on the internet yet so ProStockNation.com will be the first to do so.

 

– M

What You See Isn’t What You Get

Posted in Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by prostocknation

When you’re buying a Pro Stock or a Pro Return stick, you never really know what you’re going to get… unless you’re aware of some clues to look for.  We’ll focus our attention on Bauer sticks because the information provided on the name plates are the easiest to read out of all the manufacturers and they drop hints as to what the stick really is under all that paint.

Looking at the name plates you’re provided with 4 pieces of information:

SEDIN (The player’s name, sometimes on more generic sticks with retail patterns, the pattern name will be here such as “P92” or “PM9”)

2638-4 (The pattern)

102 (Flex)

G3 (Flex profile; How the stick is constructed)

We’re comparing these two Bauer sticks made for the Sedin twins, one has ONE95 graphics and the other has Total ONE, but is it really what it claims to be?  The name plates on both sticks are practically identical (with the exception of the pattern number after the dash on the “Total ONE” as it is a newer batch.)

G3 = “Custom Flex Profile” which means the pro has requested special adjustments made to the stick (ex. different kick points among other things.)  On a real Total ONE, built to retail specs, the stick should read “R26” for the flex profile.

Our tester stick has “TEST-A” as the pattern, which turned out to be a P92, and it’s an 82 flex.  Also take note of the Tac Spiral grip (the angled raised ridges on the corners) of the stick, these may or may not appear on a Pro Stock/Return depending on what the player has ordered.  I’m not a huge fan of any sort of Tactile Grip but we’ll save that discussion for our review.

Other than deciphering the name plates, the carbon weaves on the shaft will help identify what stick you’re actually getting.  Notice how the the weaves on both sticks are identical?  If you haven’t already guessed, both of these sticks are ONE95s, but one has a Total ONE paint job.

Take a look at a real Total ONE and see how much fatter the weaves are.  They’re almost as big as the width of the shaft, just like the Vapor X:60!


So why do players and manufacturers do this?

Players are very superstitious about their equipment, (see: Martin St. Louis), and they like to stick with what works.  From a manufacturer’s point of view, they don’t want the top players to be using outdated equipment.  They want these players to use the latest and greatest in order to help them push their new products.

There’s a pretty good thread on ModSquadHockey.com regarding Pro Stock Bauer Codes if you have any further questions or if you’re looking for help in reading about your stick: http://www.modsquadhockey.com/forums/Index.php?/topic/52411-pro-stock-bauer-codes/

We’ll bring you more examples from different manufacturers in the coming days because we don’t want to single out Bauer and make it seem like they are the only ones conducting this practice.

– M