• Why Wear Skate Socks?

    Skate Socks vs. Barefoot Skaters

    predators-skate socks Multiple skate socks are visible as the Nashville Predators warm up

    When lacing up before a game, your hockey skates aren’t the only pieces of equipment that you wear on your feet. Or maybe they are…more on you guys later, barefoot skaters. Skate socks are getting more and more attention with every passing year. They come in all thicknesses, sizes, and with all sorts of new features for today’s game. What you wear inside your skates is a choice that completely comes down to personal preference and there are many preferences that a skater could have.

    Maybe you haven’t bought into skate socks yet. That means you are either rocking your everyday socks, or you’re going barefoot. The barefoot skater does not wear socks at all and can be referred to as a savage. Working at the retail level, selling skates to all ages, you realize that this type of skater is a dying breed. The majority is made up of men’s league players that can’t even bare to think of sliding a sock on before a skate. The barefoot skater most likely has an above-average amount of chest hair. Then you have the skaters who use their everyday socks. Half-calf, ankle cut, or standard crew cut; it doesn’t matter. This skater is going to take off their shoes and put their skates right on. Admittedly, I am this skater. I’m not sure if its apathy or tradition at this point, but I’ve always been more of an ‘its-not-the-gear-its-the-player’ type. I also wore my youth elbow pads all the way through junior. The everyday sock wearer is that kind of skater.

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  • 2015 Stanley Cup Finals Gear Breakdown

    Well, it's the most wonderful time of the year. We're going to forget for a few minutes that hockey season will be over in a matter of weeks (sniff sniff) and just focus on the fact that we have the Stanley Cup Finals starting tonight! With the Bolts-Hawks matchup this year, are we now seeing the full transition to a league focused solely on speed and dynamic playmaking? Or is there still room for the big, bruising style of play that has gotten some teams across the finish line in the last few seasons? We'll find out in the next couple of years, but this series should be akin to a day at the races. Do some neck exercises, because during this series, your head is going to be going back and forth......back and forth.

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  • The Pure Hockey Stick Challenge

    More than anything, we are hockey players too. If you've ever shopped in one of our stores or on our website, we know it can be pretty overwhelming to see the myriad options for hockey sticks. Even we will admit it's kind of ridiculous sometimes. Even the sticks at the elite level (let's call it $230 or above), there's 10-12 different options between brands. How the heck do you make sense of it all? Read More

  • The New Bauer Vapor x100 LE and How It Stacks Up

    When it comes to the limited edition hockey skates, Bauer puts itself in a class of its own. Every year we are getting at least one or two limited edition skates from these guys. That's not to say that Bauer's competitors don't participate in the LE game, since in the past we have seen LE's out of Easton and CCM. Reebok's even implemented products such as the White K to offer some variety to those who are interested in something less traditional. I’ve never really bought into the idea of limited edition skates, but even I have to say that Bauer has done something pretty cool here with the new Bauer Vapor x100 LE. Read More

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