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Sports Experts – Centre Commercial Rockland, Mont Royal, Quebec

Posted in Equipment Sales, Pro Returns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2012 by prostocknation

Sports Experts is the largest sporting goods retailer in Quebec.  They are known as a big box store that carries closeout merchandise.  With Sports Experts being grouped under the FGL Sports Ltd. umbrella (Sportchek, Sport Mart, etc.), Pro Stock hockey gloves were one of the last things I expected to find at their Centre Commercial Rockland location in Mont Royal, Quebec.

Hamrlik Habs 10K, Kubina Thrashers Leather 4-Rolls, Antropov All Star Game 10K:

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Reebok 9000 Pros in various colors:

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Chris Campoli Ottawa Senators Reebok 9000 Pros

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Colton Orr Toronto Maple Leafs Reebok 9000 Pros (note the digital overlay!)

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Sports Experts also had some Retail Edge 1.0 Habs jerseys in both colorways going for half price (around $150 or so.)

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Sports Experts was a nice surprise.  They weren’t on my list of places to visit while I was in Quebec but the next time I am back east I will definitely drop by a few more of their stores to see what unique gear is available.

– M

Another Canadian Factory Bites The Dust; Martin Brodeur Now With Vaughn

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by prostocknation

With Sherwood’s factory in Strathroy, Ontario closing, it was inevitable for goalies like Martin Brodeur to make a switch in equipment brands next year. The mystery was to which brand?  MartinBrodeur30.com recently unveiled Marty’s new Vaughns for this upcoming season.

The blocker features a classic waffle board pattern and the glove looks to have an offset T pocket and angled two piece cuff.


The pads share the same vintage look.  They have the single break below the knee and angled inside boot.

It will be interesting to see how much Sherwood product will still be in the NHL from this moment forward.  It is very rare for Asian manufactured goaltending equipment to surface in the NHL so it’s only a matter of time before Sherwood’s other endorsed athlete, Craig Anderson, will make the switch to something else.  The ever popular Sherwood 9950 foam core sticks will move production out of Canada as well.  While many pros may still prefer foam core over composite, many companies do not offer it at the retail level anymore and Sherwood seems to be continuing this trend.

– M

REVIEW: Easton Stealth RS Pro Stock Hockey Gloves

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2012 by prostocknation

The Stealth RS is Easton’s latest top end glove in their line up.  This glove caters to players who prefer a an “in-between” fit; one that is not too loose like a traditional glove but not overly tight like many of the anatomical offerings on the market.

We are reviewing the Pro version of the glove so there will be some differences in the materials used between the retail model.  The materials used in the entire glove (shell, liner, gussets, palms) are not the same but the overall shape remains similar minus the custom cuff.

Those who are familiar with the Pro Stock Easton E-Pro 4-Roll glove will recognize many of the materials used in this Pro RS.  They share the same silver Bio-Dri liner, nylon shell and nash gussets/palms.  The retail RS comes with the new Dri-Lex liner, nylon/synthetic shell, all new AX Suede palm and gussets.  Mid-density foams and PE inserts are found throughout both versions and help make this glove very lightweight.

So how does the glove fit?  It is tight throughout the fingers and in the back of the hand.  The cuff flares out for added wrist mobility.  I would compare it to the fit of the Bauer Vapor series but a bit more snug in the fingers.

(Pictured above: the same Nash palm and gusset you find on most pro stock Easton E-Pro hockey gloves).  I’ve never had an issue with these palms crusting up or piling too much.  They are thin enough to give an excellent stick feel but because of this, durability may be an issue if you’re particularly tough on your palms.

The Easton RS is unique in the way it has three piece index, middle and ring fingers.  Opening and closing the hand feels very natural and comfortable with this design.  I am able to get a better feel of the stick compared to many of the competitors’ gloves with only a 3 piece index finger design.   This is my favorite feature of the glove.

The cuff is angled; a design similar to the old Jofa gloves.  It has plastic inserts throughout.  The lock thumb is also pretty beefy but not to the point where it is uncomfortable to use.

The palm side of the cuff is cut very low.  It has a huge E-Pro influence and I prefer this type of cuff over the stock retail one.


The retail model of this glove is currently retailing for $149.99US.  Not that many pro players are using this glove quite yet so it makes finding a pro version quite difficult.

The Easton Stealth RS is a very comfortable and mobile glove.  Those who like the fit of Bauer’s Vapor series will feel right at home with these as well.  Sadly, it’s not the prettiest glove in the world but what it lacks in looks it makes up in performance and fit.

 

– M

Calgary Flames 2012 Equipment Sale

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


The Calgary Flames’ 2012 Used Equipment Sale is upcoming!

Details:

  • Saturday, May 26, 2012
  • 8am-1pm
  • FanAttic Store at the Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 2W1, Canada)

 

This is about half their sticks available.  I can see various U+, ONE95, 11K, Widows, Dolomites and Total ONEs.

Pro Stock practice jerseys in a variety of colors and sizes.  You definitely won’t find these in retail stores.  Keep in mind these run from sizes 54-60.

On top of the usual home/away black pants and gloves they also have gear from their Alternate sets.  I’m more of a fan of these colors.  I wish the Flames would use these full time.

Of course it wouldn’t be an equipment sale without goalie gear.  Here’s your chance to own Kipper or Karlsson’s combo.

But ultimately the item that interests me the most at this sale is Henrik Karlsson’s mask.  At $2500 it is an absolute bargain for a NHL used mask.  Goalies tend to hang onto their masks so when they’re made available for sale they command big dollars from collectors.

Unless your name is Jarome Iginla or Brad Richards, Easton won’t even make these Z-Air gloves for you.  Luckily you have the chance to own a pair at this sale.

Lastly, Cammy’s pants and helmet he brought over from the Habs are for sale as well.

Any equipment remaining at the end of this sale will be made available through FanAttic’s mail order line.  Be sure to share your pick ups with us!

Please contact them directly with any questions you may have regarding this sale.

Phone: 1877-477-2177
Email: fanattic@calgaryflames.com
Website: www.flamesport.com

*All photos and logos used with permission from FanAttic.

 

– M

Play It Again Sports Winnipeg – End of Season Pro Stock Sale (Sticks, Skates)

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by prostocknation

With the Winnipeg Jets inaugural season done, the remaining equipment is now available for sale through Play It Again Sports Winnipeg.

The list below lists some of what they have available during their pro stock stick sale.  If you’re not in the Winnipeg area you can contact them by phone (204 256 1115) or email (playitagainwinnipeg@gmail.com) with any questions you may have or to place an order.

STEALTH RS ANTROPOV, WHEELER, LADD:$149
S19 THORBURN, PETTERSON, BERGFORS: $99
EQ50 STUART: $99
AK27 MODIN, ODUYA: $99
DOLOMITE MODIN, MEYER IV: $99
WIDOW ENSTROM, STUART, ODUYA: $119
10K ANTROPOV, BLANK: $79
11K DESBIENS, SEABROOK, ROSA, MAXWELL, BLANK: $119
9K PARENT: $89
Ai9 ANTROPOV, BLANK : $149
X60 BOGOSIAN: $119
TOTAL ONE JONES, BODIE: $149
U+ CL ORESKOVICH, PARENT, BLANK: $99
DIABLO FEHR: $119

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Greg also sent us an inventory list of their most recent equipment drop of sticks, skates and a little bit of goal.  Pants, gloves, helmets and other protective are expected to arrive after development camp in July.

(Click on the image below to enlarge)

Please note this is NOT a complete list of their inventory, just their pro stock sticks and their latest drop.  If you are looking for anything else please contact Greg from PIAS Winnipeg directly.  Be sure to share your pick ups with us!

– M

Moves Like Jagr

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2012 by prostocknation

What does Jaromir Jagr do to get his sticks ready for games?  CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada ran a segment on how Jags incorporates superstition and religion into his prep during a Flyers/Devils playoff game.

What do you write on your sticks?

– M

– 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