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Edmonton Oilers Locker Room/Equipment Sale This Sunday!

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by prostocknation

They will be holding their sale this Sunday May 15, 2011 from 12pm-2pm.  According to their website they will be selling lots of merchandise and equipment at blowout prices.

From the Oilers’ website:

Oilers Locker Room Sale returns

Collectibles, autographed items, new & used equipment & more on sale May 15

Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 6:45 PM / News
The Oilers Locker Room Sale returns to Rexall Place Sunday, May 15, 2011. (Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)

The annual Oilers Locker Room Sale returns Sunday, May 15 at Rexall Place.

Open from 12pm to 2pm, items available at the Locker Room Sale include collectibles, autographed items, new and game used hockey equipment and specials from the Oilers Store including deals such as:

  • Oilers Navy Pro jerseys on sale for $99.00, down from the regular $299.99,
  • Crested jerseys starting at $119.99
  • Special pricing on NHLPA Oilers player t-shirts and other Oilers merchandise.

Along with great deals on Oilers merchandise, attendees with be treated to complimentary popcorn and a Family Fun Zone with interactive stations for the whole family to enjoy. Complimentary parking is also available in lots B & E at Rexall Place.

For those fans unable to make the Locker Room Sale at Rexall Place, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation’s Online Locker Room Charity Auction is now live! Follow the link below to check out the items and place your bids.

The $99 Pro Edge jerseys definitely sound like a good buy!

– M

Source: http://oilers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=562081

Reebok 11K Helmet

Posted in Gear Sightings, Pro Stock with tags , , , on April 17, 2011 by prostocknation

As always seems to happen, at the end of the regular season and as the playoffs begin, guys start debuting more and more gear that is on the cusp of retail release. The latest piece of gear showing up is the Reebok 11K helmet. Usually we see Reebok’s poster boy; Sidney Crosby leading the charge when it comes to wearing their latest gear. However in his absence some of their other contracted players have taken over. Matt Duchene recently debuted the newest helmet in his final regular season game.

Duchene can be seen above celebrating a goal with Mark Olver (pictured in Reebok’s standard 9K helmet.) The main aesthetic difference is in the apex of helmet. The 11k featuring a more rounded dome.

Another player who is donning the new helmet is Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith.

Smith scored 2 goals against Vancouver on Friday night. We don’t know if the goals are a result of his new helmet, but if they are, it’s certainly a rousing endorsement for Reebok.

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

-E

RBK vs Reebok Socks

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by prostocknation

These are authentic Edge socks that you can only get through professional teams.  The “Edge” socks you see in your local hockey shops are of inferior quality and the quickest way to tell is to look for the velcro tabs on top of the sock because the material used in the retail sock has a hard time sticking to the velcro jock shorts.  The socks you buy in store can be compared to the Premier, or Replica, jerseys while these are the equivalent of an Authentic On-Ice jersey.

A few posts ago we mentioned the new direction Reebok was going with the NHL uniforms next season (going from the Vector logo above the name bar to the “Reebok” wordmark.)  This was no surprise because Reebok had already started phasing in different logos on the equipment side of things.

A few years back all of Reebok’s top end offerings were “RBK” and the lower entry level equipment were labeled “Reebok.”  Nowadays everything is going to bare “Reebok” and they sure did a great job branding because every time I see it now it just looks cheap.

So here’s our comparison of a RBK and a Reebok Sock.  Other than the different sizes in the photo above they look virtually identical upon first glance.  When you take a closer look you’ll notice the RBK pair (on the left) has stitching between each colored stripe and the Reebok pair (on the right) has the colors sublimated (dyed) into the fabric.  Not only are we witnessing a change in logos but Reebok has already started to incorporate sublimation into the NHL uniforms.

I’ve been using these socks for the last little while but I’ll let you all know what I really think of them after a few more ice times.

 

– M

 

New Uniforms For Next Season?

Posted in Leaks with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by prostocknation

Icethetics.info reported back in January that 10 teams have confirmed they will make uniform change next year but could it be that all teams next year will be sporting something new?

Well, not completely new designs but we have reason to believe that the on-ice jerseys next year will feature the “Reebok” word mark opposed to the current Reebok Vector logo.  Reebok has already started doing this a few years back when they first introduced equipment and quickly moved from the “RBK” and Vector logo to the common day “Reebok” word marks.

Many retailers (both online and in traditional stores) are marking down the retail Edge 1.0 7187 jerseys to prices as low as $149.99!  These jerseys are only available in limited size runs so that’s a good indication these are being blown out at clearance prices and not just a seasonal sale where they will restock later on.

Also being speculated right now are Edge 2.0 7287 jerseys being available to the public as soon as next season.  The majority of professional players have already made the switch to these jerseys made of air knit (with a few panels of x-trafil) and so far only the minor leagues like the AHL have been able to sell 2.0 to the public.

What will be new for next year?  Will we see the x-trafil fabric scrapped altogether for the on-ice product?  Will this be the triumphant return of a full air-knit jersey?

– M

Reebok Larceny Goalie Gear

Posted in Goaltending with tags , , on February 8, 2011 by prostocknation

Reebok recently unveiled the website for their new Larceny line made for hybrid style goaltenders.  Check it out at www.ReebokHockey.com/larceny

– M

Tampa Bay Lightning – New Logo & Jerseys

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2011 by prostocknation

The Tampa Bay Lightning finally revealed their new logo and jerseys today after the original press conference date was postponed due to a tragic incident in the St. Petersburg area last week.  This will also mark the first time where a NHL team has introduced a new logo and jersey mid-way into the season.  The Lightning will still continue to wear their existing uniforms for the remainder of the year as well as debuting these brand new jerseys on February 4, 2011 against the Washington Capitals.

 

Photo is property of Lightning.NHL.com

Gone are all traces of black and the iconic Lightning bolts on both sides of the pants.  These new uniforms have a very Detroit Red Wings feel to them (but blue/white instead of red/white of course) with a solid one color jersey and a stripe on each arm, one beneath the front crest, both sides of the pants and socks.  Can we say Steve Yzerman-inspired?

The gloves have also gone to a generic royal blue with white branding, very Vancouver Canucks-esque compared to the white/blue/black/grey color scheme before.  We’re not a huge fan of the front logo as it looks like something you can screen print yourself at your favorite local t-shirt store for a couple bucks and we still prefer the original Lightning as well as the updated Lightning bolt logo introduced a few years back.  But hey, at least they decided to scrap the ultra lame front numbers this time around.

 

– M

FIGHT THE FAKE: Canucks 40th Anniversary Jerseys

Posted in Counterfeit Jerseys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2011 by prostocknation

Despite being a self proclaimed “Glove whore,” I am a jersey aficionado of more than 10 years and also having worked in a couple of jersey stores myself.  With a recent spike in counterfeit jerseys during the holiday shopping season and the Canucks starting their “Fight The Fake” initiative it sparked me to write a post on what to look out for if you’re planning to buy a 40th Anniversary Canucks jersey. You don’t want to get suckered into buying a fake do you?  Being familiar with what you’re buying is the best way to avoid counterfeit jerseys.  Knowledge is your best weapon against fakes.  Read on.

Above: Some photos we found after 5 minutes of searching on Craigslist offering 40th jerseys for sale.

First off let’s go over the three different types of Reebok jerseys available: (If you haven’t read our post on Edge 1.0 vs 2.0 it may help you better understand the materials used.)

Glossary:

Premier: Also known as “Replica” jerseys these are the fan’s equivalent of the ones the players wear on the ice. They are made overseas with a 100% polyester two-way stretch pique fabric. All the front crests will be glued onto the jersey, there are slits on both sides of the jersey and there is a Reebok vector logo on the left sleeve. The Men’s Premier jerseys come in Small to XX-Large (up to XXXX-Large in some cases.)

Retail Authentic: These are all made in Canada with Reebok’s X-trafil four-way stretch water repellent fabric (“Edge 1.0”) Everything, and I do mean everything on this jersey is stitched, it has a fight strap, and overall is a much heavier jersey than their Premier counterparts. The only sizes made for retail are 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58.) Please note Reebok DOES NOT make a size 48. If you see a size 48 it is 100% fake.

Game Issued/Game Worn: They are as they sound. Game Issued jerseys are done up for a player who may play for the team but never got around to and Game Worn jerseys are well, worn by the players in a game. There is an option for Edge 1.0 (X-trafil) or Edge 2.0 (Air Knit.) The smallest size we’ve ever seen was a 54 with the largest being 60.  These do not have the black Reebok tag inside the jersey above the size tag like the Retail Authentics.

Your 40th Jersey will either have the 40th Anniversary patch or it won’t. Many reputable sporting goods stores or specialty jersey shops will carry the 40th Jerseys without the patch but only the official Vancouver Canucks Team Store will sell it with such patch. All the counterfeits we have seen of this jersey include the patch so that’s what I’ll focus on.  Also keep in mind these only come in white.  If you see a blue jersey with the 40th patch it’s safe to say it’s fake.

THERE ARE NO RETAIL AUTHENTIC JERSEYS WITH THE 40TH PATCH. I REPEAT, THERE ARE NO RETAIL AUTHENTIC JERSEYS WITH THE 40TH PATCH!  Retail Authentics (made of Edge 1.0) do exist but they will not have the 40th Anniversary patch.

Since the patch is exclusive to the Canucks Team Store, they only sell the Premier jerseys, NO AUTHENTICS! If you are buying a 40th Anniversary jersey with a patch and fight strap it is most likely fake! Why do I say “most likely” and not “for sure”?

The only legitimate 40th Anniversary jerseys with the fight strap and patch are Game Issued/Game Worn jerseys. The 40th Jersey only came in Edge 2.0 so if yours isn’t Air Knit it’s fake. If you wanted one the only way to obtain one is to be one of the 24 lucky fans on December 18, 2010 when Vancouver played Toronto and won one off a player’s back OR buy a game worn directly from the Vancouver Canucks’ Director of Retail Operations. If you got one with a fight strap and 40th patch by any other means then I can assure you it is a fake.

Are you unsure about the authenticity of your jersey? Take some pictures and drop us a line and we can help you out. Stay away from buying your jerseys on eBay, Craigslist or anywhere online unless you absolutely know what you are doing.

What do you do if you happen to buy a fake?  In previous years the Montreal Canadiens offered a program where consumers can trade in their counterfeit jerseys for a discount on a legitimate jersey.  The Vancouver Canucks should be following suit soon.

Also check out the Canucks’ Fight The Fake page: http://canucks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=66864

– M

Third Time’s The Charm Right?

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2010 by prostocknation

Customization plays a large part in professional equipment and under all the skates, gloves and sticks, jerseys usually get overlooked.  At first glance this looks like just your average size 58 Reebok Edge 2.0 (see our post comparing Edge 1.0 and 2.0 if you are unfamiliar with the two: https://prostocknation.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/pro-stock-jerseys-edge-vs-edge-2-0/).

One feature that all Authentic On-Ice jerseys have is the fight strap.  This is meant to tie the jersey down to the back of the pants in the event the jersey comes off during an altercation so the officials will have something to grab onto.

It’s not the first we’ve seen but some players who have been known to drop the gloves quite often have an additional fight strap on the front of the jersey to prevent it from being pulled over their head during a fight.

What’s really unique about this jersey is there are two fight straps on the back of the jersey, bringing the total to three on this jersey.  We really don’t know where the strap at shoulder height, right under the name bar, would attach to unless Hordichuk were to alter his shoulder pads as well.

– M

ProStockNation.com Visits The Vancouver Canucks

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by prostocknation

Sorry for the quality of the pics, we didn’t have our DSLR with us this time.

Not much explaining needed.  I’m sure Canuck Fans have seen these doors plenty of times.

View from the Best Buy Club on the 500-Level at the Rogers Arena.  Not only did the ice get a new paint job but the floor in the bowl did as well; white with a blue and green scheme going on.

Back to the Canucks room.

Looks like Rypien’s skates are getting some attention.  We didn’t want to step foot in this room without the Equipment personnel present out of respect because we know how much pride goes into their work.

To clear up any rumors about the Sedins allegedly wearing an “11K” helmet, looks like they’re still using the 8K.  They’re  giving Bauer X:60 gloves a try and still skating in Supreme ONE95s after testing out Total ONEs at the end of last year.  We were surprised to see no Total ONEs in the room.

Sergei Shirokov is back in town and skating; we hope he earns a full time spot on the roster this year.  His gear remains pretty much unchanged since last season; Bauer 4500 Helmet, Bauer XXXX Pro Gloves, X:60 Skates.

Side note: On top of being a skilled player he is also willing to go out of his way for his fans.  He came out to find us after the Moose played the Heat in Abbotsford last year and signed my authentic Shirokov Moose Jersey.

 

Thanks again Sergei!

– M