The Vapor X600 ice hockey skate by Bauer is packed with some elite-level features that will impress the performance-level, intermediate skater. Upgrades in the footbed, quarter package, and protective foams make the X600 a competitive offering at this price point.
- Tuuk LightSpeed Edge holder for trigger-quick blade changes
- TPR injected outsole for enhanced rigidity and efficient energy transfer
- Fiber composite quarter package for lighter, stiffer performance
- Foam center injected tongue for enhanced foot and lace bite protection
- AnaForm interior ankle pads for thermoformable customization
The Vapor X600 features the Tuuk LightSpeed Edge holder—the most popular holder in the NHL right now, thanks to Tuuk’s innovative trigger system. This trigger system allows for ultra-quick blade changes, which means more time spent on the ice and less time on the bench fiddling with a skate. The holder is now 3 millimeters taller, allowing players even more edge maneuverability. Beneath it all are Tuuk’s Super Stainless Steel model blades.
The Tuuk holder joins an injected TPR outsole that includes a center indentation for enhanced stiffness and rigidity, allowing a more efficient transfer of energy. The TPR outsole supports the fiber composite quarter package—a big upgrade over the X500 quarter. This composite quarter is 25 grams lighter than the previous X600, making this year’s model both lighter weight and stiffer.
The boot features Vapor’s one-piece heel and ankle core designed to work with the X-rib design on the back of the boot, increasing its stiffness and adding support for better stability. The tongue in the X600 is a 40-ounce, two-piece white felt tongue with nice thickness, traditional in both fit and feel. It includes a thick strip of high-density foam down the center that protects the top of the foot and helps position the laces optimally to reduce lace bite.
The X600 interior features AnaForm ankle pads that are both thick and thermoformable. The foams and outer shell will bake for a fully customized fit and feel. The hydrophobic microfiber liner is soft to the touch and effectively wicks away moisture and sweat from the foot for dry comfort. The foot bed is an upgraded form-fit, molded EVA that promises thick support. Like all Vapor skates, the X600 is a low-volume skate, meaning it’s great for players with a narrow foot and a shallow heel.
The X600 is a nice combination of features and performance for the discerning intermediate, performance-level skater who appreciates some of the finer points in skate construction, but prefers not to shell out a lot of money for them.