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Play It Again Sports Winnipeg – New Jets Shipment!

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

Play It Again Sports Winnipeg has just received a new shipment from the Winnipeg Jets.  Here’s your chance to pick up some pro quality gear!

Contact them directly at their NEW email address (playitagainwinnipeg@gmail.com) or call them at 204-256-1115.

If you are in the area you can find them at:

730 St. Anne’s Road, Suite U
Winnipeg, MB R2N 0A2

Their hours of operation are available on their website, www.playitagainsportswinnipeg.com

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Be sure to share your purchases with us!

– M

 

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REVIEW: Bauer Supreme TOTAL ONE Gloves

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Leaks, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by prostocknation

Here’s our much anticipated review of the Bauer TOTAL ONE Gloves.  We haven’t seen anybody else on the internet reviewing, or even grab a hold of, these babies so correct me if I’m wrong… this is the FIRST written review of the Bauer TOTAL ONE Glove, ever.

We’ll work our way starting with the outer construction of the glove and moving inwards.

These are Bauer’s offering for players who want an anatomically fitting glove.  Contrary to traditional-style construction, anatomical gloves are built much like your hand instead of having rolls along the back of the hand.  You will find more, smaller blocks of foam on a glove like this.

The shell is made of a lightweight nylon with synthetic leather towards the pinky and key wear areas like between the thumb and index finger for added durability.  My fingers don’t feel as restricted compared to the last two generations of Supremes when I open up my hand but these don’t go as far to the same extent as the Vapor XXXX Pro.  Personally I’d also prefer a full nylon glove but the Supremes have had a mixture of the two materials ever since the introduction of the Supreme ONE90.

For added protection against impacts Bauer will also include a layer of impact gel and poron foam in key areas (no they haven’t forgot the plastic inserts everyone loves, those are still here as well.)  On the retail versions of this glove it will have a MAX-Sorb graphic on where you see this yellow ‘jewel’ below.  The pro stock versions will be sans graphics or even the entire ‘jewel’ altogether (see our previous post on Alex Edler’s gloves.)

Now onto the palms.  This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a palm with an overlay of a different material but it is a first for nubuck and gecko nash together.  For those unfamiliar with nubuck, think of Timberland boots.  As for gecko nash, this term is probably foreign to everybody, even for us.  It’s a thin and soft, something we’d compare to a digital palm (although not AS thin.)

Piling is a bit of a problem on the nubuck and the gecko nash isn’t too durable since it is a performance material after all but Bauer has definitely come a long way ever since the more futuristic looking palms on previous generations of Supremes.

Thermo Max+ liner on the inside, the same one you’d find on Bauer’s other top end offering, the Vapor X:60 Pro.  It’s antibacterial and it wicks away moisture, what more could you ask for?  It’s pretty standard across the different brands to include a liner similar to this nowadays.  I don’t find there to be too much of a difference with moisture-wicking vs. conventional liners when you’re on the ice playing but where it’s more noticeable is if you are playing in a warmer environment (think Roller Hockey) and when drying your equipment.  If you are on the ice every or every other day I don’t know how you can live without this feature (other than owning multiple pairs of gloves of course.)

Would we recommend these gloves?  Bauer has certainly fixed the fit problem (the older Supremes used to rub against my knuckles all the time) and the palms are much simpler but these just aren’t the gloves for me.  These have improved so much since the previous generations but I just can’t picture myself picking these up over Vapors unless I want a REALLY tight fitting glove.  One of the major deal breakers for me is there is no full nylon or full synthetic leather version of this glove like there is with the Vapor.  I’ve been really impressed with the current Supreme line so far (the sticks and skates I’m using right now are Total ONEs) but these gloves haven’t hit the same home run with me.

I would’ve offered digital palms like the retail X:60 because if I am spending this type of money on a top of the line glove, performance would be higher on my priority list than durability.  I believe the nubuck palms are also what’s holding this glove back a bit.  It would be interesting to see if other manufacturers jump on the nubuck bandwagon or if Bauer even continues to use this material in future models but I’ll happily stick with my MSH2, Nash or Digital.

– M

Gear Sighting: Missing Jewels

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

First off the staff at ProStockNation.com would like to wish all of our readers a happy new year and thanks for all the comments and support we received in 2010.  We have high expectations for 2011.

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For those of you who don’t already know, I’m what you might consider a “glove-whore.”  In regular, everyday terms that simply means I love everything to do with hockey gloves.  Two Vancouver Canuck players also fall into this category, I like to refer to theme as the “Two E’s”; Edler and Ehrhoff.  These guys burn through about a pair a week and they are always after the latest and greatest models with high performance palms.  (To give you an idea of what some of the other players go through, Pavol Demitra used the same pair of Warrior Franchises in two seasons with the team AND during the Olympics.)

Edler recently switched over to the new Bauer Supreme Total ONE gloves from the Vapor XXXX Pro he’s been using for the last little while and it’s no surprise.  Ever since the influence from teammate Mikael Samuelsson to tape the cuffs of his gloves it looks like Edler wants a tighter fit and is there anything that fits more snug than a pair of Supremes?

Why didn’t he make the switch to the Supreme line sooner?  Our only guess is because the Supreme ONE90 and ONE95 were terrible gloves from a fit perspective.  We’ll dive more into the details when we review the Total ONE but the older model Supremes were the only gloves to constantly scrape my knuckles whenever I opened and closed my hands.  The Total ONEs don’t have this problem.

One aesthetic change we noticed is the signature golden ‘jewel’ on the glove has been deleted from Alex Edler’s more recent pairs.  These aren’t just glued on (stitched to be exact) so it’s impossible for them to simply fall off or to remove it with no traces of it being there previously.



It’s a minor cosmetic change to note but it would be interesting to see if he is the only player with this option or if more players follow suit.

I’m currently testing out a pair of Total ONEs right now and they’re definitely better than previous generations but how do they stack up against other offerings from Bauer and their competition?  Keep posted to our blog to find out.

All of the photos above are property of Getty Images (www.GettyImages.com)

 

– M

Bauer Vapor APX Skates Announced!

Posted in Leaks with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by prostocknation

According to The Hockey Shop’s Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thehockeyshop) the Bauer Vapor APX (pronounced “APEX”) is due out April 2011.  It looks exactly the same as the pair that was posted up for sale on eBay a couple months back we posted about: https://prostocknation.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/bauer-apx-skates-on-ebay/ It seems like Bauer’s Supreme and Vapor platform will have more in common compared to previous generations.  The APX will have the highly moldable ALIVE Composite upper just like the TOTAL ONE skates.  It will also be lighter than the X:60 thanks in part to the aluminum Tuuk Fusion Steel.


Photo is property of The Hockey Shop. (click on the photo for full size.)

A couple NHL players have been spotted wearing the APX skates so far into this early NHL season; Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins being one of them.  The skates being worn right now aren’t the same color as the retail offerings and that’s not surprise since Bauer has a history of doing so (pro’s wearing X:60 skates dressed up to look like the Vapor XXXX prior to it’s retail release.)

Click here to see the photo of Tyler Seguin wearing the APX (Photo is property of Sky Sports.)

We haven’t seen any clear pictures of the tongue being used on the APX but we’re expecting a similar tongue from the previous two Vapor skates.  Wonder if these will be offered with the Reflex Tongue, as found on the Total ONE skates, as a custom option.

– M

Bauer APX Skates On eBay

Posted in Leaks with tags , , , on August 23, 2010 by prostocknation

A few weeks ago a picture of a skate surfaced on the internet claiming to be the Vapor APX, successor to the current X:60 not due out until 2011.  This prototype continues on with the Vapor color scheme of black, grey and red but there is no word if the graphics package shown will be the one on the actual release date.  It looks like the APX will be getting some treatment similar to the Supreme Total ONE; white felt on the tongues and the new fusion steel on the ever popular Tuuk Lightspeed2 holder.

“Brand new skates….these skates are not even out to the open market yet… happy bidding”

The seller’s description has been extremely vague with no size listed or how he managed to obtain a pair of these.  Click here to see the auction.

– M