Game Time Review: Easton RS Hockey Skate
Having fallen in love with my S-17 skates over the past few years, I get excited whenever Easton is releasing a new skate model. I got to demo the EQ50’s just prior to their release a couple seasons back and I was pretty let down. They were real bulky and not particularly comfortable. This doesn't mean EQ50 skates are bad for you, they just didn't work for me. So when the RS hockey skates were coming out, I tried to keep my expectations in check a little bit. Having said that, I can tell you that after a couple of game in them, they are my next pair of skates. I knew it after wearing them for about an hour.
The RS skate impressed me right out of the box. It is a real sleek, sharp looking skate. They were really comfortable as soon as I put them on – and yes, I caught some crap for wearing them around the office the rest of the day, but hey, I was excited and they were that comfortable.
Overall the RS skate really really impressed me - I really love it. Barring some ridiculous new unannounced skate being released, the RS will be my next skate.
Have a look and order yourself some right here.
.....and here's my video review:
Actor/Hockey Fanatic: Michael Vartan Interview
By Jeff Copetas, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce
Last week we had a quick chat with the Pittsburgh Penguins Pascal Dupuis. The week before it was the first in our recurring series of chats with USHL player Todd Skirving. Today we're throwing a little bit of a curveball at you.
Michael Vartan is a bigtime Hollywood actor. If you are a male anywhere between the ages of, say, 20-50 years old, you probably watched the show "Alias" because Jennifer Garner used to jump around and look ridiculously sexy while doing so. I will readily admit having a huge crush on her back then. Well, Michael Vartan was the lead actor on Alias, playing Michael Vaughn, Garner's partner and romantic love interest in the mysterious Government entity of ass-kickers. Since Alias, Vaughn hasn't rested on his laurels - he's been on several series, including Big Shots and more recently, playing a doctor on TNT's "Hawthorne." Vartan was also in the GREAT movie Columbiana (if you haven't seen it, SEE IT!).
Vartan is a HUGE hockey fan and a hockey player as well, so we thought it would be interesting to hear from him about his playing background, his love for the game and how an unlikely French-born Hollywood actor found the game of hockey. He promised me that his L.A. Kings would take good care of the Cup before it comes back to Boston next year. I do appreciate that very much. Here he is drinking from the Cup in LA a few weeks ago!
And we're off.....
Preview: RBZ Stick by CCM & TaylorMade
Way back around late February, we started hearing some rumblings that CCM had plans to release a "revolutionary" stick in the fall and the hockey discussion boards and forums started to buzz with anticipation. Truth be told, we at Pure Hockey sort of shrugged our shoulders with a collective "eh." Why? Because we see this every year. All the vendors start giving us sneak peeks of sticks or whatnot and start telling us about how it's ALL going to change the game. It usually doesn't. Oh, don't let my words lead you to believe that we are non-plussed by everything that comes our way. In fact, getting to look at all the new gear each year still makes us all feel like it's Christmas morning. But the noise the vendors make around each release must be taken with a grain of salt. And we have plenty of grains around here. The proof for us is a) getting to use the stuff and of course b).....does it sell?
So when CCM planted some of the RBZ sticks in the NHL in March (Landeskog and Nugent-Hopkins were the first to use it) and also brought it, encased in glass and sticking up from a TaylorMade golf bag, to the Let's Play Hockey show in Minnesota, once again I felt like it was just another marketing gimmick, albeit a clever one. If nobody can touch it, I thought, it must mean there's something wrong with it!
It wasn't until we went over to Canton, MA to Reebok's headquarters in the late spring to finally get a detailed product overview and actually hold one that I started feeling like this could be an interesting stick.
If you play golf at all, you know that TaylorMade has a pretty intense passion for manufacturing high performing golf equipment. It was obviously no secret that they were working with CCM, but we found out to what degree at our meeting in Canton. It turns out that CCM has entered into a multi-year collaboration with Taylor-Made, aimed at "redefining the hockey stick category with game changing technologies." The RBZ is the first of a series and with this stick, the focus is on what they believe to be the revolutionary SpeedBlade Technology,™ whose purpose is to give you a pronounced increase in velocity with your shot.
They then provided this Q & A to us, for more information:
Will I shoot harder with this stick?
So there you have it. We have a couple of testers on the way and we will most definitely be bringing it out on the ice very soon - we will provide another Game Time Review and a video very soon on what our initial impressions are of the stick from the place where it's most important - the ice. If you think you have enough info and want to pre-order it, be our guest! Just click right here to pre-order yours now or read more on the patterns below.
Composite Hockey Stick Weights
Over the course of the past few years, the battle to produce the lightest composite stick has raged on between all the major hockey manufacturers. During this time, companies have all looked for ways to tip the scales – pun intended - in favor of their own sticks. So how is it possible that all the manufacturers produce graphs, pie charts and lists that their sticks are undeniably THE lightest on the market? Somebody is right. Right?
Skate Weigh in
So a couple of weeks back, we posted a list of some stick weights on high-end composite sticks and we got a really great response, so we are going to continue this over the next few weeks in some different product categories. Today we start with skates in the price range of $599.99 and up (other price ranges will follow).
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