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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

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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

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

Review: Easton EQ50 Stick

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Returns, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by prostocknation

Easton’s newest offering continues where the SE16 left off so expect lots of similarities between the two models.  You’ll notice cosmetically Easton has exposed the carbon fibre instead of covering it with paint like on the SE16.  We really do like the look of it and it does make it look even higher end.

The EQ50 utilizes Focus Weight Technology, just like the SE16, in which 20g of weights are placed in the heel of the blade to achieve a perfect balance.  The difference being Easton has made a window on the EQ50 to show off the weights.

Our stick didn’t come with the plastic butt end unfortunately but players can customize the balance of their stick by adding or removing small disc shaped weights, weighing 5g a piece, into this plastic cap.  There are also markings on the stick that tell you how many of these weights to put in to achieve a perfect balance.

We were skeptical of the durability of this window but based on our field testing and from talking to other owners, it’s holding up just fine.


We’re finding with this stick as well as a few other recent models from Easton isn’t the greatest when it comes to paint chipping and the clear coat peels.  Aesthetics aside, these sticks are still very well balanced and have that signature Easton feel to them.

Would we recommend the EQ50?  Well, yes and no.  It’s a very high end performance stick but it’s essentially the same as the SE16 with a few cosmetic changes and a different butt end.  Honestly 20g won’t make much of a difference when you’re holding a stick.  The amount of tape you use on your stick may also throw off this so-called “perfect balance.”

This stick really surprised us because we didn’t expect this kind of gimmick from Easton.  Well, at least they didn’t add speed holes into it like another manufacturer…

With the release of the EQ50, prices on the SE16 sticks have dropped.  If you can find a SE16 in your preferred pattern and flex, we reckon that’s the better buy.

– M

Master Of Disguise

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2010 by prostocknation

Continuing with yesterday’s post about companies repainting sticks to look like other models in their lineup, we wanted to show an example from a different manufacturer so we’re not just singling out Bauer.  Don’t get me wrong, I love both brands’ products but the average consumer should be well informed of what they’re buying when it comes to the secret world of pro stock and pro return sticks.

To the average person this may look like two Easton S19 sticks.  When you’re buying a pro stock that says “S19”, are you REALLY getting what you’re paying for?  Let’s take a closer look.

Easton doesn’t drop hints on the name plates like Bauer so we’ll have to look at the physical shape of the sticks.  The S19 is known for it’s elliptical taper towards the bottom portion of the stick.  Hmmm… one stick is oval-shaped and the other isn’t… what could they possibly be?

Let’s compare these two “S19” sticks to another high end offering from Easton.  The SE16 has no elliptical taper… neither does the “S19” in the middle.  If you look closely you can also see the small indentation where the blade meets the shaft during the manufacturing process.

Here’s a look at the tapers from another angle.

Now that you know what to look for, it’s easy to pick out which is the real S19 and which is a painted SE16.  The next time you’re shopping for a pro stock/return S19 make sure to check for the elliptical taper or else it could be a SE16 or something else in disguise!  Don’t rely on the graphics and labels alone!

Final comments: The SE16 is not a terrible stick by any means, we actually prefer it over the S19 but we don’t want anyone to be disappointed when they realize their stick isn’t what it claims to be.

– M