Fitting your young hockey player can be a difficult and overwhelming task- so let the crew at Sports Etc help you out!
Our Learn-To-Play Youth Hockey Starter Package offers every piece of hockey equipment needed to get your young hockey player on the ice. The head-to-toe package includes:
- Helmet: Bauer Prodigy Hockey Helmet
- Shoulder Pads: Bauer Supreme Matrix Shoulder Pads
- Elbow Pads: CCM Tacks Vector Elbow Pads
- Gloves: CCM 4R 4-Roll Hockey Gloves
- Pants: Jamm/Tackla 301 Hockey Pants
- Shin Pads: Bauer Supreme Matrix Shin Guards
- Skates: CCM Jetspeed FT 340 Skate / Bauer Supreme S140 Skate
- Stick: Sherwood/CCM Youth Hockey Stick
- Hockey Bag: Jamm Youth Hockey Bag
- + a Free Skate Sharpening!
We have been fitting hockey players for over 37 years and we take great pride in ensuring a proper fit. Unlike most generic hockey packages, we offer a mix-and-match package of Bauer & CCM equipment to make sure that each piece of equipment fits just right.
Regularly priced at $359.99; NOW 25% OFF $269.99!
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The Bauer Vapor 1X hockey skate continues to be the best-selling high-end performance skate that we carry. The 2017 version of the 1X has had some noticeable changes, which in our opinion have been for the better. Here are some of the pros and cons:
- New and improved tongue: The newly designed “Flex Lock Pro” tongue has heat moldable inserts that improve the overall flexibility of the tongue, while not compromising on protection. The old high-end vapor model had a thick felt tongue, which was great for comfort and protection, but it also created an extremely stiff feel when attempting to flex your foot forward. The new tongue provides the most flexible and comfortable feel of any high-end model to date.
- Realigned Inner Quarter Panel: The inside panel of the boot has been increased in overall size to help support the natural ankle position and pressure that a skater puts on the boot. The majority of time, a skater is putting most of their pressure on the inside of the skate while pushing off. The increased surface area on the inside allows for a better response, while providing more support as you drive your skate into the ice.
- Improved Skate Eyelets: The softer flex composition of the eyelets makes them more durable than last years 1X model. The 2015 Bauer 1X had some issues with eyelets cracking because of the one piece composition of the boot and eyelets. This created too much stress on the eyelet, causing them to break. Bauer has redesigned the eyelets on the 2017 model to mimic a more traditional eyelet, which reduces stress on the eyelets, in turn improving the durability.
- Steel Cracking: Since Bauer has changed to the Lightspeed Edge trigger holder, there has definitely been an uptick in steel breaking on their skates. This may be attributed to the way the steel is held into the skate. The “trigger” piece that holds the skate blade does not secure the blade as tight as the traditional screw that used to hold the steel. With that said, the convenience of changing steel on the fly has been a major benefit to the hockey community.
Bauer recently launched the latest iteration of it’s popular Supreme 1S hockey stick. While remaining faithful to what loyal Supreme users love, they have made some improvements. Foremost among these is the new Renewcore technology in the blade. Renewcore is a gel placed inside the blade that stays in a liquid state forever. The benefits of this are:
- Improved energy transfer
- Improved puck feel
- Increased durability
The Extended Transfer Zone connects the taper to the high kickpoint, allowing energy to transfer faster and more effectively.
Check out the new 2017 Bauer Supreme 1S Stick, formulated to maximize energy transfer to give you your hardest shot and Bring The BOOM!
New to Sports Etc, the Bauer 3D Skate Lab introduces a whole new process for custom skate fitting. The custom foot scanner uses state-of-the-art, foot-to-skate data and algorithms to create a 3D image of your foot. Based on the length, width and depth characteristics of your foot profile, this foot scanner recommends a Bauer hockey skate that is most appropriate for your foot. The 3D skate imager personalizes skate specs and tracks your skate history to improve fit and performance throughout your career. The 3-step process is simple:
Scan: The process begins with a 3D scan of your foot using numerous digital cameras that capture images from every possible angle of your foot. These images take into account length, width, depth, hot spots, etc.
Analyze: This foot data is then collected and uploaded instantaneously to an iPad station that is connected to the lab. The data is used to recommend one of the 3 Bauer skate families: Vapor, Supreme & Nexus.
Fit: Last, but not least and without a doubt the most important part of the whole custom skate fitting process- the professional fit that you get from a skate expert at Sports Etc. The 3D skate machine is excellent for identifying problem areas, and providing general recommendations for a Bauer skate, but still lacks the personal experience of physically trying on the skate, and finding what is comfortable for you.
Be sure to stop by Sports Etc to experience the custom Bauer 3D Skate Lab!
The new 2017 Bauer Vapor Skates are here! Led by the brand new 1X, the new Vapor line utilizes the latest in skate technology making their top selling skate line even better. Some of the top features on the new 2017 Vapor 1X include:
FLEX-LOCK PRO Tongue: The thermoforming inserts create a locked fit with forward flex providing the protection, fit and flexibility to fly.
LOCK-FIT PRO Liner: Keep your foot dry and locked in place for maximum agility and acceleration.
LOCK-FIT PRO Facing: Through both an additional lace lock and a softer flex composition, the 1X injected facing locks in your foot helping you lock in speed.
ASSYMETRICAL FIT: realigned boot’s quarter patterns and padding to match the natural ankle position, giving you added medial support while maximizing flex.
LIGHTSPEED EDGE trigger system makes swapping out dull steel quick and easy.
LIGHTSPEED 4 EDGE runner. Designed with an additional 3mm in profile height, players will have a greater angle of attack for increased agility
Additionally, check out Sports Etc exclusive models Vapor X Shift Pro, Vapor X Shift, Vapor X Velocity, Vapor X Select and Vapor X Rival. Each of these exclusive models has unique upgrades and features not found on standard Bauer models!
Come in and be professionally fit to a new pair of 2017 Bauer Vapor Skates!
We’re pleased to announce our new partnership with Raven Sticks, the first hockey sticks designed specifically for young players (under 100 lbs). The Raven philosophy is simple- All Hockey Players should be using a stick with a Flex Rating that equals less than 50% of your their body weight!
With this in mind they developed a simplified, color coded line of sticks that will give your young player the proper flex from the onset. As your player grows you simply move up to the next flex. Choosing the proper flex will allow your player to learn to shoot properly & LET IT FLY!
Which Raven Stick Should You Choose? Check Out This Flex Calculator
Raven Hockey Flex Calculator
The Superfeet Carbon Pro Hockey insoles provide up to 11% better acceleration on the ice, unrivaled edge control and exceptional energy transfer. Designed for tight turns, crossovers, quick starts and hard stops, these Superfeet footbeds are a game changer on the ice.
Here are some of the highlights and benefits of Superfeet:
- On-Ice Benefits: The plastic Flybridge reinforcement through the heel and mid-foot loads and channels energy when the skater puts pressure on the bottom of his/her foot. This energy transfer is much smoother with a reinforced insole and creates an 11% improvement in acceleration on the ice. The carbon fiber in the heel of the Flybridge also creates added stability and improves the attack angle for the skater- which allows for quick starts, crisp stops and tight turns.
- Medical Benefits: The added support and stability that the Superfeet insole provides has contributed to health benefits in the feet, ankles, knees, back and spine. The improved stability in the footbed aligns the ankles and knees of the skater, which in turn takes stress off of other parts of the body including the knees, back and spine. We have also seen huge benefits for individuals with foot problems as well, including plantar fasciitis, high arch, low arch, flat feet, etc. The support provided takes tremendous stress off of the skaters foot in these situations.
- Equipment Benefits: The venting system in the Superfeet insoles improves air circulation and drainage, which helps the hockey skate boot from breaking down and diminishes the accumulation of rust on a players steel through normal wear-and-tear. The footbeds also reduce friction between the foot and the boot because the footbed secures the players foot in a more stable position, in turn reducing pressure and wear-and-tear on the skate.
All in all, the Superfeet Carbon Pro Hockey insoles provide an incredible improvement over the flimsy footbeds that come in the majority of hockey skates on the market today. Typical footbeds consist of not much more than a single layer of foam padding, with no structural support. These insoles help improve on-ice performance, medical ailments and equipment issues.
As we learn more about head injuries and contact sports, the process of choosing the proper hockey helmet becomes more and more important. While the technical engineering of hockey helmets continues to advance, the bottom line is it’s not a “one size fits all” concept. There is more to purchasing the proper helmet than the “nuts and bolts”. At Sports Etc. we like to highlight a few important pieces to focus on when fitting a hockey helmet. Most notably- proper fit, protection level and life span.
Proper Fit: A proper fitting helmet should fit snugly on the player’s head. Any sign of a helmet rattling around, or fitting too loosely can be a major issue. Hockey players can take a variety of impacts, and a helmet that does not sit tightly on the head can lead to a variety of dangerous scenarios. Mainly, the helmet being dislodged from the player completely.
One of the commonly overlooked aspects of fitting a helmet, is how the cage fits onto the helmet itself. Many helmets are sold in “combo” form, with a cage already attached, but it is important to know that sometimes cage size and helmet size are not always consistent with each other. That is why we recommend buying the cage and helmet separately, to ensure the absolute best fit. The cage should sit right on the player’s chin, and should be firmly locked into the “J-Clips” on the side of the helmet. This ensures that the cage will not be driven into the players chin upon impact- which is a common factor in concussions.
Protection Level: Hockey hits come in all types, sizes and intensities. Often times, it is not necessarily the biggest hit on the ice that causes injury, but the most “awkward” hits. Different types of protection levels are essential in preventing concussions. Most helmets on the market help to protect against linear or direct impacts to the head. The difference between the cheaper and more expensive helmets though, is the quality of the foam used within the helmet. The best type of foam to look for is layered EPP or Poron. Most helmets in the $120+ range contain these materials. Low-end helmets often contain one layer of standard VN foam, which loses protective capability over time as it hardens.
The one aspect that differentiates the BEST helmets, from the lower-end helmets, is a helmets protection level against rotational impacts. Most helmets can withstand a linear or direct impact, and can sufficiently protect the player, but the rotational impacts typically have a more devastating impact on a players head. There are numerous helmets on the market that take this into account- most notably the Bauer Re-Akt helmet and the CCM 3DS helmet. These technologies help the head move independent of the helmet, so the awkward angle impacts, which cause the head to snap around with the helmet are mitigated.
Life Span: Another critical and overlooked area in preventing concussions, is paying attention to the “life span” of a helmet. Routinely, a player can wear the same size helmet for years and years. A lot of times, a youth hockey player can stay in that same size helmet until adulthood. Just like anything that gets worn down over time, a completely. The important piece to look at, is the foam within the helmet. The foam is designed to take repeated impacts, but over time as the impacts increase, and sweat is absorbed and dried out into the material- the foam hardens. As the player takes an impact, this hardened foam is driving into the head, which can cause major head trauma. At Sports Etc. we suggest changing out your helmet every 3 years. hockey helmet needs to be re-examined and at times replaced
Check out more information on 2 of the newest, next generation helmets available now!
THE Annual Goalie Sale took place on June 20-21 2017! We wanted to thank everyone who came out to make this sale the fun, successful event it was. Folks from across the State and across the Northeast turned out to grab a great deal on goalie gear from Vaughn, CCM, Brian’s and more! Please enjoy these photos from the event and we look forward to seeing you at our next big event!