So, the million dollar question is how are the new Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX? In the simplest and most complimentary way I can put it if you liked the Vapor XXX you’ll like the Vapor XXXX. Most of the changes were positive and some were simply aesthetic. The attitude seems to be don’t mess with what works and for someone who works with fitting skates every day that’s fine with me.
The Vapor XXXX, the 4th generation of the Vapor line, continues the legacy Bauer created back with the original Vapor 8. The concept was to make a skate with an alternative to the then widely popular Bauer Supreme line. The idea was more anatomically designed with a slightly forward pitch for the lower to the ice, more elusive player the poster child for which was Pavel Bure. Well as the story goes, it became the predominant skate line in the sport no matter the style you play. For me, it’s the skate I’d recommend to any high level skater to go to war with. Light, supportive, comfortable and really, between the 2 widths, I can fit nearly any foot with this skate.
So, why are they so great? Simply put they fit better then any other pro-level skate in the industry. That’s really the bottom line. You can talk about anything else you want with skates but the bottom line is fit. It’s remarkably light without claiming to be the lightest around and breaks in as fast as any skate you’ll buy (assuming you get the heat molding).
There are tons of great skates to choose from and I’ll always advise to get the skate that, unaltered, fits your foot best. That said, I’d start with the Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX. Oh, and if you can still find a Vapor XXX for a better price, grab it. I love that skate!!
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