Cleaning Your Hockey Gear
Bauer Nexus Protective Line
Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Marketing
Here's a video we did recently, so you can see the Nexus 1000 line with some close-ups. Let us know if you have any questions!
Bauer Vapor X6.0 Composite Stick
Bauer’s Vapor X 6.0 Stick is the third stick down in the Vapor line from Bauer for 2012. It is behind the APX and the 7.0. Like those two sticks, it features Bauer’s Intelli-sense shot technology for flex profile, and basically what that means is that depending on the shot you’re taking and where your hands are placed, it’s going flex a little bit differently. Taking a slapshot, it’s going to load up and give you a little extra power in that shot; in a snapshot or a wristshot, it will give you a quicker release.
Down in the blade, it features that same Aero Foam technology that you see in the APX and the 7.0. It’s a lighter foam inside, a little bit stronger and will provide a little more feel back on the puck when you’re stickhandling. The connection from the shaft to the blade features Bauer’s Pure Shot blade profile. And what that is, a thickened connection in the hosel, going from the shaft to the blade to strengthen the connection point. That’s going keep the blade from flexing back on shots and deflecting off, and keep the blade nice and square to your target. Along the same lines here is the Vapor Premium Taper, which is a secondary taper along the top and the bottom of the shaft, and what that does is that it will strengthen it out, reduce the torsion of deflections so the blade stays square.
Up in the shaft is the Microfeel II shaft, which is the same as found on the APX. It’s a little bit round in the corners, double concave on the front and the back of the shaft, just for a little bit more comfort and a little more control, and to strengthen the stick. This one has the Grip Tack finish, for a little bit more grip on the stick. The Bauer Vapor X 6.0 stick available at Purehockey.com and all Pure Hockey locations.
Hockey Helmet Fitting
By Kyle Stevenson, Pure Hockey Danvers
In recent years, it has become increasingly evident how devastating head injuries can be in hockey or any sport. Most players and parents are more aware than ever of the dangers of concussions and head injuries in the game of hockey. The first thing to know is that there is no such thing as a perfect, or totally injury proof helmet. They unfortunately do not exist. Hockey is a contact sport and the risk is always present. In the past few years however, technology has drastically improved and players are more protected than ever before. Although, like any other item of protective equipment, there is a hierarchy of models. The key to being as protected as possible is not simply buying the helmet with the biggest price tag, it is having a comfortable, snug, and properly fit and adjusted helmet. This is why our employees and all of at Pure Hockey will always work with our customers to find the best helmet for each individual player.
As companies work hard to reduce weight, increase protection and enhance performance, helmets can be generally categorized by the type of foam that they are lined with and the shell type.
Dual Density Foams - These helmets have soft foam against the head of the player, and a thinner, slightly harder foam layer against the helmet’s shell. Generally speaking, these helmets tend to be more comfortable, but are simpler and don’t absorb as much energy on impact as more advanced helmets do. Examples include:
EPP Foam - Expanded polypropylene or EPP foams as they are commonly known, are found in many advanced level helmets. This material is that same hard, black Styrofoam looking material that is found in bicycle helmets. In hockey helmets, there are usually covered with a layer of memory foam pads for additional comfort. Examples include:
One helmet that doesn’t fit within either of these two categories is the Cascade M11 helmet and its update, the M11 Pro which contains Cascade’s signature Seven Technology.
A brand new elite-level helmet on the market currently is Easton's E700 helmet. The E700 feels odd when you first put it on, because it's super-lightweight - but make no mistake - it is highly protective. Easton put a lot of time into the research, design and and testing the new E700. Easton introduces the Giro system with this helmet, allowing for improved protection and stability internally by wrapping the head in relation to the helmet. This system also allows for on-the-fly tool-less adjustments.
Getting The Right Fit
Unlike most other pieces of equipment, for the most part, helmets have a single run of sizes. For example, helmets have Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large; versus Elbow pads which have Youth Small, Medium, Large, then the same for junior and for senior. Almost all hockey helmets on the market today have some form of size adjustment. Generally speaking, most helmet sizes run right into the next. So a Small helmet, expanded to its biggest adjustment, will be very similar in size to a Medium helmet (of the same model) closed down to its smallest adjustment.
The simplest way to fit a helmet is to first estimate the correct size, expand it as large as it will adjust to, and place it on your head. Slowly adjustment the helmet smaller until it is snug on your head. The helmet should be snug and should not move around, but not too tight to it is uncomfortable. Be sure the helmet does not move around when you move your head. You will also want to wear the helmet for a few minutes to be sure there are no pains or pressure points on your head. Once you have the helmet snug, secure and comfortable, you’re ready to skate.
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Buying Hockey Skates
The Pure Hockey Skate Buying Guide
By Jordan Lalor (Pure Hockey Marketing) and Mitch Donahue (Manager, Pure Hockey of Dover NH)
At Pure Hockey, we know there are a lot of things to consider when choosing the skate that’s right for you. Looking at that wall with 50+ skates on it should bring joy, not anxiety. If you walk into any Pure Hockey location there will be a trained employee eager to properly fit you, but it wouldn’t hurt for you to have a general idea of what you want. Hopefully this guide will give you some added wisdom next time you’re in the market for a fresh pair.
Sizing & Fit
A proper fit should be your primary concern when shopping for skates as skate sizes are not universal and all manufacturers (CCM, Bauer, etc) size differently and will certainly fit differently than a size 9 shoe. Skates run large, we recommend dropping down about 1 ½ to 2 sizes from your shoes.
To find the ideal length, tie the skates and stand up. You should feel your toes lightly touching the toecap of the skate. It may seem small, but if you bend your knees you should feel your toes slide back as your foot is held in place by the heel cup. If the heel slides upward, it’s likely too big.
Concerned about your child’s growth? Skates these days are made to last, but you should anticipate buying skates prior to each season. By compensating for growth and buying bigger skates, you will inevitably hinder your little one’s development. Trust us, you are better off buying a mid-priceline skate that fits now instead of a high end skate that will fit next year.
Quality & Skate Makeup
Quality wise, there are four major characteristics of a hockey skate that influence its price: weight, stiffness, moisture management, and blade quality. While you may certainly spring for a high-end skate at any level, what you “need” is essentially dictated by your level and frequency of play.
To beginners or occasional rec-league players, we advise you to look at a mid-to-low priceline skate, with a softer boot, which gives you more mobility and makes them easier to break in. At this stage in your game, the additional coordination from a soft boot is worth the added weight and lack of moisture management.
Recommended Beginner Skates:
- Bauer Vapor X 3.0
- CCM U+04
- Reebok 12K
- Easton EQ30
Intermediates, there is an assortment of mid range skates to choose from. A mid-price skate is made with lighter, stronger materials resulting in a stronger, lighter, quick drying skate that is easily affordable.
Recommended Intermediate Skates:
- Bauer Vapor X 5.0
- CCM U+10
- Reebok 14K
- Bauer Nexus 600 LE
- Bauer Supreme One.7
From travel leagues to the pros, elite skates are designed for the elite players. These skates use the newest and most advanced materials available to make the skate extremely light, stiff and very hydrophobic. The skates at this level are made from fully heat moldable materials to ensure a great fit for maximum performance and quick break in time. You truly get what you pay for.
Recommended High-End Skates:
- Bauer Vapor APX
- CCM U+ Crazy Light
- Reebok 20K
- Easton RS
- Bauer Nexus 800 and Nexus 1000
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