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Must haves to improve your skills at the ODR

Blue Sports Hockey Triangular Passing Aid:

The Blue Sports Triangular Pass-Aid helps improve your passing skills. With three sides, this product is great for team off-ice training as more than one player can use it at the same time. The rubber around the side of the triangle passes the puck back to the player. The best part about the passing tool is you don’t have to just use it on ice, it can also be used in your basement, driveway, garage, shooting pad, etc. So you can also be trying to improve your game!

Blue Sports Speed Radar:

You’ll never know if your shot is getting quicker unless you get the Blue Sports Speed Radar! It has an adjustable angle to provide highly accurate readings for your hardest slap shots! This product is ideal for measuring movement or puck/ball speed in most any sport! 

Blue Sports Ultimate Stick Handling Aid:

Our Blue Sports Hockey Stickhandling Training Aid is the ultimate training tool for hockey players and is one of our best sellers for a reason. With its slick design, you can configure it to accommodate a large variety of stickhandling positions and drills.

Whether you are a minor hockey coaching running skill development sessions on the ice for your players, an off-ice skills coach, hockey academy, or an athlete at home, the Blue Sports Hockey Stickhandling Training Aid will bring the most out of your game and help create those silky-soft hands.

Blue Sports One-Timer Passer: 

Practicing one timers all on your own has never been easier! This product easily attaches to any shoot pad or dryland tiles/synthetic ice. While everyone else is waiting to get back to playing hockey, you will already be ahead of the game with a stellar one-timer ready to go!

To find more options to keep you busy and improve your skills at the ODR, head to our ODR collection now

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Enough to take away

Bauer hockey likes to replace their equipment lines once every 18-24 months. It’s not easy to do what they do, supplying the best available performance to the best hockey players in the world, internationally, with customization, user feedback, and help available 24/7. That task couldn’t have been made more difficult for the 2021 hockey season, as they had to apply everything they gathered from their bestselling skate to date, and their new inclusive fitting system. Introducing the new Bauer Vapor Hyperlite skate line.

When you take into consideration the outstanding success from Bauer Vapor, they had some big shoes to fill (no pun intended). They have been the most used skate by professionals in hockey since the Vapor X:60 (2013). However, that didn’t exactly translate into skates for amateur and minor use. Bauer liked to have skates that fit certain feet. The stock Vapor skate that a store like us would carry would often be narrow, and fit feet that did not have a lot of volume, so it would often turn people away towards something with more space, for growing, and overall comfort.

Now that didn’t necessarily mean that the vapor wasn’t a good skate. It was still something that a lot of people heard of first, and information was easy to come by. Leading to a wonderful backing for last year’s Bauer Vapor 2X Pro skate.

Bauer loves to “one-up” their own work, did they ever.

Replacing the 2X Pro, is the Bauer Vapor Hyperlite. A top end, high performance hockey skate that has a lot to offer. This skate fixes the problem of not having the right fit for a lot of people. With the new fitting system that Bauer introduced last year (Fit 1 Vapor, Fit 2 Supreme, Fit 3 Nexus), this skate is more available to people who want to try the Vapor skates unique and trusted performance.

For the Hyperlite’s construction, they introduce Hyperflex Technology, which combines the layers of the skate for a mold that improves the overall flex of the skate. Taking full advantage of the skates flex, and inclusive profile, allows the skate to reward the player for pushing it. You notice right away when you look at the skate that the top four eyelets are injected material that can famously be found on the 1x (gen 2), 2X Pro and the Supreme 2S pro. They have made adjustments to these four eyelets to allow the player to bring themselves down over the top of the skate better; the result is a skate that almost feels spring loaded.

Also new for the Hyperlite skate is the new Areolite foam. Something Bauer used to make the skate overall more comfortable, while simultaneously removing weight from the boot. The skate offers a lot of support for what feels like the lightest skate Bauer has ever produced.

Personally, when I used this skate, I noticed a couple of things that I would like to get into.

I have a small foot on average, so I fit perfectly in a 7.5, fit 2 Hyperlite skate. My first impression of the skate was, well stiff. The Hyperflex Technology is something that, at a standstill, makes the skate feel rigid, and upright. I noticed a difference in the tongue of the skate right away. It’s a very stiff tongue, with a material underneath that feels like it could almost be Kevlar. I understand that it helps angle my feet for better acceleration and quick side to side movements, but it did not impress me on my first try on.

I can say that it quickly changed when I was molding the skate. After throwing it in the oven and having them tied by one of Skater’s Edge’s experts, I can say that my initial fears were nothing more than in my head. The injected eyelets (which I am NOT a fan of) did mold over my foot really well, and it held the heat over a good amount of time. I felt like I was wearing something completely different by the time I took them off. The skate definitely lives up to its name of Hyperlite, they feel like nothing on your feet. It’s a confidence inspiring feeling, and I’m excited to hear what everyone else thinks of them when they get their own Hyperlite skates.

Now, I did say there was a catch, I want to air my thoughts with this. The Bauer Vapor Hyperlite does not come with a set of steel with the skates. That is something you must by separately. I didn’t understand this at first, and to be honest I still don’t. They do offer some high quality steel in the LS Pulse, LS Pulse Ti, and new for this year the LS Carbonlite, but it’s the only hockey skate that I have to sell to people that does not come with a set of steel. I can’t help but feel like this is a disappointing view from Bauer, considering you can get a Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic skate, which I think is phenomenal, with a set of LS Pulse Ti’s for $130 more. I feel like the Hyperlite has missed the mark a little on what is really, a great skate. A well-constructed boot, with lots of comfort, support, and performance, but without steel, it seems less desirable.

My overall impression is that that this skate has a lot of potential to have the torch passed from the 2X pro, and carry a lot of people over to the Bauer name for the best performance in hockey. The Bauer Vapor Hyperlite has a lasting impression, and is something that you will want to try on as soon as you can.

-Hockey Expert Tyler

It has been a very long intermission since heading back to the rink! We are here to help you prepare your way back to your arena.

  1. Your own water bottle
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Sharing water bottles is no longer an option anymore! Bring your own personal water bottle to the rink whether it is for practice, or a game. We have different options for you to choose from either in store or online. Make sure to put your name on your water bottle to avoid confusion. We recommend squirt and straw bottles because they are the easiest to get water through your cage. 

Click on some options: Howie’s Water bottles & Gatorade Squeeze

  1. A Comfortable Mask

By now you have probably figured out that you prefer some masks over others. Why not rep your team with a custom mask made by our team department. Rock it to and from the arena and also anywhere else. Get it online or in store! Shop masks online by clicking here.

  1. Skate Guards
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You never know when rinks may close dressing rooms again, and force players to suit up at home. Get yourself a good pair of skate guards that you can walk to and from the car, your house, and the rink in. Plus it is always good to protect your blade at all times anyways! We have a variety of skate guards to choose from! Click here for skate guards

  1. Rollerguards
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Rollerguards are skate guards with wheels on them that allow you to get around on places your skates can’t go. This would be helpful when trying to relocate to different spots in the arena, or going from your car to the rink. With these rollerguards you will definitely be able to make it on time for practice. Order your own rollerguards by clicking here.

  1. Any type of odor disinfectant
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Keep your gear clean and fresh by purchasing one of our many options of spray deodorizers. The spray makes keeping your equipment fresh much easier and saves you time! Shop equipment spray now.

True Hockey Project X Mitch MARNER

Overview

The Project X stick is a limited edition release from True Hockey. It joins a high-class club of high-end sticks with new technology that gives it an incredible feel and stability. Weighing only 355 grams for a 60” length stick, the new Project X is starting off the 2021 hockey stick introduction with a boom. 

As soon as we got our sticks, every one of our hockey staff were excited to try the newest piece from True, and really put it through the gauntlet. We needed to make sure that the claims coming from True, and True’s professional athletes, actually checked out. Needless to say, we were not let down.

Many pros are using this stick such as: Mitch Marner, Tyler Bertuzzi, Natalie Spooner, Ryan Johansen, Cody Glass, and many more! Check out this video.

A lot of research and development went into the creation of this stick. Using some of the cutting-edge expertise from the 2020 AX9. True hockey has made the lightest stick to date, giving Project X an effortless loading and quick release!

True used the lightest carbon fiber in the shaft and blade of the stick, which they’ve never done before. Fun fact: the material used to make Project X are 23% lighter than the typical higher end hockey stick. 

PLD- Precision Laminate Design

PLD is the creation of fiber angles which provides stiffness and influence power with every layer. Making the most sense of PLD is allowing burden reduction without lacking a loss of impact strength. Which is why the Project X is such a powerful tool in the game of hockey.

BRT+ Technology- Braided Rib Technology

True stuck with the positive reviews on using BRT+ from the AX9 stick, and included it in the creation of Project X. The low kick point, and critical blade being so sturdy and resilient, making no loss of vitality through a shot transmission.

Axenic Technology

True remains using axenic technology. The continuous compression molded shaft structure process will give you an incredible feel for the puck. You will notice this feeling when you first start stick handling with Project X.

What do we think?

Our experts’ immediate fascination for Project X was not misplaced. The stick offers a huge level of confidence and control, moving as if it was an extension of your own hands. Taking into account the previous sticks that our employee Tyler has tried this year, the Project X quickly made a lasting impression. “I found that this stick made me feel like I could do anything. It didn’t feel like I could be limited on the ice in a game time situation. I can make my passes crisper, I can make the move with more confidence, I can take the shot in tight, these are situations I never could have done before.”

Final Say

As soon as you pick up this stick you will instantly be amazed! The research and development behind stick technologies will forever amaze us! We love everything about this stick including the chrome black and blue graphic look of the stick. If you are a True fan already, you know you want this stick. Those of you looking to make the switch or try something new, treat yourself to the True Project X stick this season! Come test it out in store or curb-side, we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Project X. Call us at 705 566 1422, DM us on Instagram, Facebook, or email info@skatersedgesudbury.com.