Hockey Glove Guidance
There are few pieces of equipment in the game of hockey which are more important or take more time to choose than hockey gloves. Each player tends to have a different preference - and also tend to be extremely picky.
In today’s game, there are two basic, broad categories of fit that most gloves will fall into. The first is the traditional four-roll style and the other would be the tighter fitting, taper style fit. The choice between these two styles is up to the player to try out and feel which is more comfortable.
The traditional four-roll style tends to have more volume on the inside of the gloves, giving a looser feel and more room for a player’s hands. The advantage is when moving their fingers, players will have less resistance. It also feels less noticeable that there is a glove on, as the glove is further from the hand and fingers, so it feels less restrictive. These types of gloves have a large range of motion, due to the extra space built in.
The Tapered style of glove is built to fit tighter to a player’s hand, and feel a bit more snug. The goal for glove manufacturers designing of this type of glove is for it to become an extension of the player’s hand. These fit tight, with very little extra space in the glove. Tapered gloves are built more ergonomically and designed for a greater range of motion based on design, so they fit tight and protect without sacrificing mobility.
Bauer’s Supreme line offers an even tighter fit, quite possibly the most anatomical fit for a glove you will find. Much like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” this kind of fit is one you will either love or hate. The players who love this fit are extremely dedicated to them! You can find Bauer's Supreme line of gloves right here.
Once you have tried on some different styles and seen which you prefer, fitting the glove is pretty simple. Gloves run from Youth sizes (8”, 9”,10”), Junior sizes (11”, 12”) to Senior sizes (13”, 14”, 15”). The ideal fit, will be comfortable, and not too tight. An overly tight glove can feel like you have more control and some people see it as a positive, it also will feel easier to move and feel more broken in right off the shelf, since it is designed for a smaller and likely weaker hand. Going with a glove that’s too small will compromise your protection, and with growing players, force you to grow out of the gloves quickly.
You also don’t want to have the gloves be too big – after all, having them fall off wouldn’t be terribly productive for you on the ice! Having gloves that are too big can also affect your ability to hold, control, or pick up your stick. Although many parents of kids would prefer to save money and buy a size up (to avoid growing out of them) this can hurt the player’s performance and create gaps in protection.
For an ideal fit, a player will find a glove style they feel most comfortable with, and test the glove out. Be sure to pick up a stick and hold it!!!! Gloves aren’t much use if they aren’t comfortable with a stick in your hand. Make sure you feel in control of the glove.
To determine the right fit and for maximum comfort, generally your fingertips should be between ¼” and a ½” from the end of the gloves. This allows for your fingers to bend without hitting the ends of the glove, but not too far away to lose control of the fingers. Make sure you can pick up a stick off the floor; this is the easiest way to see how much control you have of the fingers. Most gloves today are almost game ready, so you should be able to pick it up with ease.
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Bauer Nexus 1000 Hockey Stick
By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce
Bauer isn't messing around lately, are they? In addition to the TotalOne NXG skates and the brand new, technology-packed Re-AKT helmet, they're also lining up an entire 3rd family line of product, called Nexus. The Nexus line, according to Bauer, will "link past tradition with current technology." However they want to market it, you can be sure the product quality will be there.
One of the first Nexus products out of the gate will be the Nexus 1000 hockey stick, another top-of-the-line stick to join the APX and the TotalOne. Priced at $249.99 (remember, Bauer and the vendors set pricing on new product, Pure Hockey does not), you should expect the Nexus to be a state-of-the-art, durable and feature-packed hockey stick.
The first thing you may notice is the look - sleek, all-black with some hints of silver thrown in there for good measure. In terms of looks, the Nexus 1000 will certainly remind you a little bit of the Easton RS. We at Pure Hockey loved the look of the RS, so it makes every bit of sense that we would like the look of this one as well, which goes polar opposite to the flair and bling of Warrior sticks and even the APX line.
So, the nuts and bolts of the stick go a little like this:
Power Shaft, Taper & Tru-Mid Flex
The shaft of the Nexus 1000 is a squared off, double concave taper, which Bauer elected to make a little thicker in the hosel area to work in conjunction with what Bauer is calling their "Tru-Mid Flex," which basically means that a softer handle and hosel allows for a little more flex in those areas where YOU need it. The slightly stiffer flex is in the center of the shaft and will help you deliver "a quick, natural release. The Nexus "power taper" boosts stiffness to maximize your loading with less torque and twist, which should offer better control and precision as well.
Power Core 3 Blade
Bauer tells us that the blade core's energy absorbance will maximize your power and puck feel, while the lightweight Aero Foam II heel improves balance and core stability.
This stick is loaded with other techniology, too, some of which can be found on Bauer's previous sticks. The Monocomp Technology (single molding process in the blade) removes excess material from the blade, which provides better overall balance. Bauer's TeXtreme blade technology is also back, providing Bauer's exclusive carbon-fiber, which they say is 20% lighter than conventional carbon. The Pure Shot Blade Profile is here as well, which should help to minimize twisting or deflection and give you that extra little accuracy that is so important in the game of hockey.
Bauer did provide us with a demo of the stick months ago, which they took back. As with many of the top-end sticks, it felt absolutely awesome in my hands and I did not notice any major differences in weight or feel from other top-end sticks, either. As with any new release stick, the real story will emerge when we get one to use on the ice. You can bet we will post a Game Time Review in a few weeks, as these hotly anticpated sticks are due into our warehouse any day now.
If you just KNOW that you're a Bauer person and you don't need to hear any more, you can pre-order this beauty by clicking right here.
Preview: Bauer Re-Akt Helmet
By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce
I just walked out into our warehouse yesterday and saw waves of boxes, just coming off the truck. Whenever this happens, I always have to take a peek at the box to see what's in it and this time it was Bauer's Re-Akt helmet. Bauer has spent the better part of a year (or years?) in research and development on what makes a better and safer helmet - and the Re-Act is the result of that labor.
So first off, this is a minor, but appreciated thing Bauer is doing - adding featuresets and actual graphic design to their helmet boxes. This will undoubtedly help out store shoppers who are browsing, yet have no idea why one helmet may be better than another. Hockey companies in general are still catching up to the rest of the world on this type of stuff, so it's nice to see that it's really starting to happen.
OK, now let's get down and dirty here. Let's start off with the most important part - the inside, protective part of the helmet. This is where Bauer has really devoted some time and energy into making the most stable and protective helmet they possibly could. The picture below on the left side, is the inside of the helmet, obviously. Bauer has calls this their "Suspend-Tech Liner," which is loosly attached to the inside of the helmet. Now, when I say "loosely attached," don't let that worry you - it's not like it's going to fall out of the helmet. You can see what I mean by looking at the picture on the right. At impact on the ice, the liner will move independantly from the foams in the helmet to help protect your squash from any potentially damaging brain movement. Of course, no helmet can prevent concussions entirely, but Bauer's technology is taking a next step in protection.
OK, so here's a shot of the helmet in its full-glory. Bauer modeled this one after their immensely popular 4500 line and you can clearly see that in the design. Why mess with success?
On the back you have the adjustment feature, which you can move up or down to help stabilize the back of your head and give you that good, snug fit that you need.
Towards the top of the helmet, you have your tool-free adjustment, which gives you quick, easy adjustment options. At first glance it looks a little odd, but it actually gave Bauer a chance to slightly tweak the width of the helmet and enhance the protection on the sides.
....and finally, here's the angled ear-loops and dual-density ear covers.
I tried this helmet on and I must say it warrants real consideration. This is a top-of-the-line helmet pricewise and Bauer has created top-of-the-line technology and it is - by a long shot - the most comfortable Bauer helmet I have ever put on my head. I currently wear a Cascade M-11 and the Bauer Re-Akt provides the same level (if not better) of comfort.
We will be doing some on-ice testing in the next couple of weeks and will provide a game-time review at that time. The Bauer Re-Akt will be on sale at Pure Hockey stores and PureHockey.com on May 18th.
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