The coolest and most impactful thing we've seen in 2015 so far isn't a stick, a pair of skates or a new glove color combo. Hands down, the coolest thing we've seen this year is D3O, which is referred to as a ‘Smart Foam.’ CCM has exclusive rights to it in the hockey world, but D3O is globally patented and used in a huge variety of products and industries to help protect. D3O is found in products ranging from cell phone cases to military protective gear, industrial work wear, motorcycle rider protection and in a multitude of sports equipment. Read More
There are few things that create more of a buzz in the hockey gear world than what is happening on April 24th, when the most popular skate in the game, the Bauer Vapor line, will launch. This year’s version will be known as the Vapor 1X skate. It began appearing at the IIHF World Junior tournament in late December 2014 and is now increasingly being spotted around the NHL. Read More
Smelly hockey gear is an issue that has plagued players since the game's creators strapped metal blades onto their shoes. Interesting and completely made-up fact: In the days before industrial washing machines to clean gear, smelling salts were originally used to get the smell of their own gear out of players’ noses. It was only when a player actually passed out from smelling his skate that trainers discovered the salts’ ability to wake up knocked out players.
The Offensive Smell of Hockey Gear
If you’re anything like me, you won’t even reach one hand into your hockey bag when you are dressed for work or school out of fear of smelling all day long. It’s no secret that the smell of hockey gear isn't for everyone, so today I am going to dive in to my bag and identify the pieces of gear most responsible for the offensive odors.
We live for and talk about hockey equipment here every day. Over the holiday break, I thought that it might be interesting to take a look back at hockey equipment in 2013 - what was released, what we liked, what we didn’t, what the pros were wearing and so on. It’s time for “the year in gear!”
There were some big movements in skates and sticks in 2013, as well as a couple of pretty good trends in helmets and protective gear. Three manufacturers had major stick and skate releases this year and all of them made some significant improvements to their products.