The Rink Rat: Professional Hockey Wheels

Having great gear by your side really makes a difference when it comes to hockey, and the best thing about hockey is that there is a ton of gear to choose from, this lets you really customize your kit so that you can bring out the most of your abilities every time you hit the field. Today we’re going to be taking a look at the Rink Rat Trickster Hockey Wheels, designed to amplify the performance of pretty much any skates that they get connected with.

The Rink Rat Tricksters have a supple inner urethane that gives the wheels much more flexibility, making them quite grippy, the outer portion of the wheel in contrast, is made of a harder material that enables the wheels to catch speed and also take plenty of wear and tear. Overall, the wheel has a total of three layers that get increasingly harder as you move towards the outer layers. This design factor allows the wheels to provide a superb combination of speed, grip, and durability.

The bonding between every layer is incredibly powerful so you don’t have to worry about them coming apart, also, the wheels have a tapered body that further enhances their performance.

Most people tend to not look forward to replacing their wheels since this drastically changes the feel of their skates and also makes them go through a break-in period. However, the Rink Rat Tricksters have been designed to have a negligible break-in period and they have a very pleasant feeling. If you are using something from Rink Rat for the first time then you will notice how grippy and responsive these wheels feel, and if you have used wheels from this company in the past then you’ll find that the Tricksters feel pleasantly familiar.

These wheels can easily hold up against any other high end wheel sets out in the market, their responsiveness and feel makes using them incredibly natural, you will find yourself getting serious with these wheels in not time at all.

A really great thing about these wheels is that they provide you with everything you would expect from a great set of wheels, meaning that you will not have to come up with a combination of different wheel sets to balance your speed and grip. You can pretty much rely on these wheels for quite some time after getting them, and the best part is that they offer a superb set of features at a very budget friendly price, each wheel costs around 10 dollars, meaning a full set of 8 will cost you less than a 100 dollars.

Remember, a sportsman can only get so far on skill alone, in order to truly excel and enjoy a sport to it’s fullest, you must have the right tools on hand, tools that let you give your all while also keeping you safe. The Tricksters meet every mark, allowing you to perform well without having to worry about slipping or losing control as you perform even the most extreme maneuvers in the field.

A Look at The Bauer Vapor 1X Lite Stick

Bauer released its latest selection of hockey sticks in November 2017; the Bauer Vapor 1X Lite Stick. They took the design of their highly successful 1X Stick and made further improvements to it, while the changes do not seem that big, people are expecting a lot from this latest release. Let’s take a look at Bauer Hockey’s latest stick and figure out whether it is worthy of replacing your old 1X Stick or not.

The body of the Vapor 1X Lite Stick is made through a one-piece moulding method and makes use of TexTreme carbon fibre which makes the stick incredibly light and also quite durable. Its construction material, combined with its single piece body is definitely going to make this stick a lot harder to break since there are not structurally weak parts in its design. Its lighter weight also makes the stick easier to use and handle.

The company has also made improvements to their stick’s blade by making use of their advanced carbon layering technology which essentially makes the blade lighter thanks to carbon layers that are thirteen percent lighter and come with a greater number of fibre angles. Overall, the blade part of the stick has lost seven percent of its weight and also allows for better puck handling.

Judging from the stick’s name and what we have discussed so far, you can tell that Bauer was all about making their 1X design as lightweight as possible. The senior version of this stick weighs a mere 397 grams and is currently the lightest stick in Bauer’s line up, right after the ADV Series.

Bauer did not focus on weight reduction alone, the company has also made the stick a lot better balanced than the previous 1X, its double concave sidewalls also allow for a much better grip, making the stick a joy to use for anyone who prioritizes accuracy and handling while on the field.

Bauer has also seemed to finally figure out how to improve the “puck feel” of their sticks, the 1X Lite provides a highly satisfying feel as you interact with the puck, a feeling that people do not generally relate to Bauer’s sticks. Its weight reduction, better balancing, and a number of other improvements make the 1X Lite a stick that will make you feel confident on the field and let you get in some great shots.

Almost all of the changes that were introduced in this design were “under the hood”, meaning that the stick pretty much looks like a 1X, however, thanks to the various technological improvements that Bauer has introduced, the handling, feel, and overall quality of this stick ha really soared. The best part is that this stick lets you have lightweight and durability at the same time, you get the best of both worlds in a package that will keep you happy and really help you out while you are out playing.

There was plenty of hype surrounding this stick, and so far it has not disappointed anyone.

The CCM Ribcor 70K

Hockey is one of those sports that simply cannot be played without the right equipment on hand, and one of the most important pieces of hockey equipment are the ice skates. We are going to take a look at the latest entry in the Ribcor line; the CCM Ribcor 70k, a pair of ice skates that is set on revolutionizing the Ribcor skate line completely. These skates make use of the latest technology to provide users with a superb fitting, satisfaction, and a performance orientated design that is bound to help hockey players excel.

The core of these skates (the boot structure) is made using a dual axis boot that is 3D lasted and has a FlexFrame. The heel area and ankle shape has been extensively reworked as well to get rid of the pump technology that was present in older Ribcor models. Doing so allowed these skates to become 70g lighter than the Ribcor 50K skates while simultaneously preserving the fit of this skate line that many people have grown to love. Basically, the Ribcor 70ks feel a lot like any other Ribcor skates, but they come with a significant number of changes that make them more performance friendly.

The inside of the boot makes use of CCM’s superb moisture wicking materials, along with the addition of wear resistant cloth in areas that are more prone to wear and tear. The ankle area comes with high grade foam that makes the shoe feel incredibly comfortable and also makes it safer to wear, the heel lock has undergone improvement as well. An interesting thing about these skates is that their soles have HDPE foams that are heat mouldable, meaning that you can expect these heels to grip your feet really well after they have been worn for a while.

the inside of this shoe is designed to grip your feet as snugly as possible and keep them cushioned no matter how long you wear the skates, the outside makes use of materials that maximize energy transfer in order to allow the wearer to be as responsive as possible. Now that we have talked about what these skates are made of and what kind of technology are they using, it is time to discuss how they actually feel.

If you have used any other skates from the Ribcor line before getting the 70Ks, you will be able to tell that these skates pretty much feel the same as their older versions, and in a good way. The shoe is snug, comfortable and reassuringly holds onto your feet, providing support and protection as well. Some people might find the shoe to be a bit too tight at first, but you can fix this problem by simply adjusting its laces.

Overall, CCM’s latest Ribcor skates feel great and are bound to become a favourite amongst hockey lovers and professional players as well, and a great thing about them is that despite the crazy features that they offer, the 70K skates are not that expensive (in terms of pro level skates).