Archive for Sublimation

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