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Easton Mako 2 and the E28

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by prostocknation

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With the Easton Mako 2 hockey stick being released tomorrow, it will also be the debut of the E28/Bjudstad pattern; better known by it’s more common name, “Kreps”.

It is a toe curve with a dual lie designed to receive passes on the heel and shoot pucks off of the toe.

It will be interesting to see how this new pattern fairs at the retail level as toe curves cater to a very niche market.  In the past, the scarcity of finding one made it a very hot commodity.  Stores often did not sell them and the only chance of getting your hands on one was to go Pro Stock.

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Rival company Warrior Hockey recently scrapped their toe curve, the Gionta W10 pattern, for 2013 (except for the DT2 Grip) due to poor sales in just two short years.

More after the launch.

– M

*Photos and Video from Easton Hockey

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.

New Jets Shipment (Update with pictures)

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2012 by prostocknation

Greg from Play It Again Sports Winnipeg just sent us photos of some of the gear his shop just received from the Jets.

I am a fan of the super short cuff Total ONE and X:60 Pro gloves with added padding on the back rolls.

Some highly sought after pro-grade Warrior Projekt and Jofa/RBK protective.

Skates for everyone: Vapors, Classic ONEs, MLX and EQ5’s.  You won’t be able to find those Classics at the retail level!

A spreadsheet of what they received is listed in our previous post: https://prostocknation.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/play-it-again-sports-winnipeg-new-jets-shipment/  Please contact them directly to inquire about what is still available.

Contact:

playitagainwinnipeg@gmail.com // 204-256-1115.

Address:

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

www.playitagainsportswinnipeg.com

 

– 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

 

Easton Acquires MLX

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , on November 11, 2011 by prostocknation

Easton announced they have acquired MLX.  It should be interesting to see how the skate industry will be shaped after this.  Will Mario Lemieux still be a part of it?

 

VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. – a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment and accessories under the Easton, Bell, Giro, Riddell and Blackburn brands – today announced its largest and most aggressive commitment in skate innovation through its recent purchase of  MLX Skate’s technology. The newly created Easton Speed Institute will combine MLX’s innovative skate insights with Easton’s design and engineering prowess, leading to a new skate concept expected to be in market for the 2013 hockey season.

“As a brand, Easton is at its best when it reinvents categories with game-changing innovation,” said Chris Zimmerman, president of Easton brands.  “We believe there is a unique opportunity to provide a new approach to the art and speed of skating.  I am excited that Easton is committing to the skate category in a way that parallels our leadership in hockey and lacrosse sticks, baseball and softball bats, and helmets.”

Dave Cruikshank, four-time Olympian speed skater and founder of MLX, has joined the Easton Speed Institute as Chief of Speed, bringing with him a lifetime of work, skate research and development, and a new approach to making hockey players faster.  As an international skater for 16 years, Cruikshank has achieved numerous skating accomplishments including:  Junior World Champion 500m; Olympic Trials Gold Medalist; World Cup Medalist; and four-time USA Olympic Team Member.

“The Easton Speed Institute is about innovating a fresh approach to hockey skate designs that speaks to optimizing speed and creating the ultimate skater’s skate.  The Easton Speed Institute will reinvent how a hockey skate performs, and I am thrilled to be a part of this new team that will create game-changing products,” said Cruikshank.

“Bringing Dave and MLX’s technology into the Easton family gives us the ability to reinvent skates in a way no one has before.  Dave’s remarkable insights into the world of power skating are an exceptional compliment to Easton’s expertise in performance engineering and design,” said Zimmerman.

Cruikshank founded MLX to optimize the potential of both National Hockey League players and grassroots athletes by designing superior equipment with the key elements of comfort, protection and performance.  The company’s roots are based in using a powerful new approach to skate performance that has been known to speed skaters for the past two decades.  With the development of Easton’s new skate, the MLX skate brand will no longer be marketed.

Cruikshank will be joined by Easton veteran Dmitry Rusakov, who will lead a team of designers, engineers, developers and biomechanical experts to drive innovation.  The Easton Speed Institute will be located at Easton’s headquarters in Van Nuys, California and in West Allis, Wisconsin.

About Easton Sports

Easton Sports is a developer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of baseball, softball, hockey, and lacrosse equipment for both sports professionals and enthusiasts.  Easton Sports focuses on its ability to innovate and create products of unmatched quality and performance including the #1 bat in the College World Series®, Women’s College World Series®, Little League World Series®, and Slow-Pitch Softball, as well as the #1 stick and #1 glove in the National Hockey League.  Headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif., Easton Sports employs over 1,200 people worldwide and maintains facilities in Utah, California, Mexico, Canada and Sweden.  For further information, please visit the company online at www.eastonsports.com.

About Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.

Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Easton, Bell, Giro, Riddell and Blackburn. Its products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. Headquartered in Van Nuys, California, the company has 31 facilities worldwide. More information is available at www.eastonbellsports.com.

SOURCE Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.

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– 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

Easton Stealth RS Hockey Stick

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by prostocknation

They started popping up in player’s hands such as Mike Cammalleri and Dany Heatley about 2 weeks ago and I must admit it’s one of Easton’s better looking sticks as of late.  Keeping true to the previous generations of the Stealth line, the stick is predominately black with a hint of color in it.

Also if you haven’t heard, Easton has a new logo replacing the “E” with the oval and diamond.  Check it out on the blade, what do you think?  We don’t normally like drastic changes so this may take some time to grow on us.

While no full specs on the stick have been released yet, it does look like the stick will keep the elliptical taper as seen on the S17/19 with an improvement in the blade construction.  We have been very impressed with Easton’s offerings as of late throughout their entire product lineup and after seeing all the improvements in the S19 over it’s predecessor, we’re quite certain the RS won’t disappoint.

You should start seeing this stick in stores in Q4 of 2011.

Pictures were retrieved from Easton Hockey’s Official Facebook Page

 

– M

Easton EQ50 Skates

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2011 by prostocknation

We are 14 days away from the release of this skate and last week we had a question through Twitter (@ProStockNation for those of you not already following us) as to what skate Matt Cullen of the Minnesota Wild was wearing.

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@prostocknation Is Matt Cullen wearing the new APX’s? Someone said he was in something new but couldn’t decipher the brand…

With the previous flop, if you can even call it that, of the EQ5 skate (for those who are unfamiliar this skate was worn by a few pros, stores started taking pre-orders but it never went into retail production) Easton has gone back to the drawing board and has come out with a completely new skate.

At $529.99US it makes it a very affordable top end skate and many manufacturers are really making a push towards composite materials.

With Cullen being a Bauer Vapor X:60 user prior to this we’ll also be keeping an eye on him to see whether or not he will be making the switch back to his old skates or even the APX (being released in April.)

Matt Cullen has Tuuk LS2 holders installed on his skates and obviously the retail ones will come with Easton’s own Razor Bladz II.  Tuuks are by far the most popular holder in the NHL right now but the Razor Bladz is one of the most underrated.  It’s a terrific product and it isn’t too prone to torquing on heavier skaters like others.  It has been the go-to holder for Easton’s skates in the last couple lines of skates so you know it’s not a dud they’re going to dump after one skate (see: Tuuk LS Power.)

Many online websites are already taking pre-orders for this skate which ships March 31 (Pavel Bure’s 40th birthday just in case you wanted to know) and we haven’t been so excited about an Easton skate since they released the Z-Air (the silver one with the white Razor Bladz holder, not the black with composite holder and parabolic stainless steel runners.

– M

 

* Both photos in this post are property of GettyImages.com

Corey Perry Slumping

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by prostocknation

With only 2 points in his last 7 games it looks like Corey Perry is digging into his old collection of sticks and using what’s comfortable to get out of this slump.  Last night when the Ducks hosted the Canucks Perry pulled out his familiar black and blue Easton S17, the same model he used when he put Canada up 2-0 against the USA a year ago in the Gold Medal Game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

– M

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