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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.


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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

A Look At: Tackla 5000 Pro Hockey Pants – Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , on August 4, 2010 by prostocknation

Tackla 5000 Pro Hockey Pants – Tampa Bay Lightning

Two piece hockey sticks have been around for almost two decades and everybody’s heard of them.  When I mention to somebody I own a pair of two piece hockey pants they simply don’t believe it.

What exactly makes it two piece?  Most hockey pants being sold in retail stores are one piece with no detachable parts while  two piece pants have a top and bottom portion.  The ‘top’ consists of protection for the hips and tail bone while the bottom portion, also referred to as ‘lowers’, houses the protection for your thighs and outer shell of the pant.

How are these two parts joined together?  By buttoning the two parts together, players can also mix and match tops and lowers of different brands to their liking.  Of course not all brands are fully interchangeable but it all comes down to how many and where the buttons and holes are located.  Tacklas come with lots of extra holes and buttons so they’re compatible with most brands.

The advantage of wearing a two piece pant is it offers more mobility than a regular pant but at the same time, better protection than a girdle and shell option (which previously has been the choice for players seeking mobility.)

As with MOST pro stock equipment, these pants are very well made and manufactured in Canada; much better than their retail Tackla cousins available in the US market which are made in Thailand.  Tackla pants in the Canadian market were being manufactured by Vaughn.  You can still find these quality pants but now under the “EAGLE” brand name after Vaughn’s buyout of Eagle.

Depending on how you like your pants to fit, Tacklas may or may not be for you.  They are advertised as “European Styling” for a reason.  My previous pants were a pair of CCM Tacks and they were very loose through the hips and thighs and it felt like wearing a barrel.  Tacklas are more snug fitting but not to the point where it is uncomfortable and my range of motion is not restricted while skating.

A common feature found on pants nowadays are inner leg zippers.  I never use them but  I’ve seen players in the NHL skate with the zippers wide open to increase their range of motion but it’s rather dangerous to leave your inner leg exposed should you get a skate cut.  As for the average Joe, I’ve never heard of a league that allows their players to have the zipper open anyway.  The only other use I can think of is for guys who like to put their skates on before their pants.  I’ve seen teammates on different occasions rip the back of their pants because they forced they tried to use brute force to get their pants on.

The only problem I’ve ever had with these pants was the stitching on one of the buckles.  It broke off after about 5 skates but it was an easy repair at my Local Hockey Shop.

These pop up occasionally on eBay with both pieces in tact or just the lowers.  If you like your pants a bit more fitted and you can afford them, I wouldn’t think twice about picking these up.

– M

Two Piece What?

Posted in Pro Stock with tags , , , , on August 1, 2010 by prostocknation

I’m sure everybody’s heard of two piece sticks, but what about two piece pants?

– M