Posted by Jeremy Edjan

CCM’s new Super Tacks Hockey Girdle marries the protective package of traditional hockey pants, with the mobility, performance, and close-to-the-body fit of roller hockey girdles.  Using the NHL-favourite Reebok 9K Pro girdle as a foundation, CCM redesigned the girdle from the base up, using their patented D3O smart material - an adaptive material that reacts to a full range of impacts - to maximize comfort and protectiveness, while slimming down the profile to remove excess bulk.  High-density foam thigh guards, molded JDP/D3O hip caps and spine guards, and a Pro-level 400-Denier nylon shell (for those using the pant both in ice and roller) round out the shell, providing elite performance and a 360-degree custom fit.

 

Background

Being accustomed to the protectiveness of traditional ice hockey pants, and having worn the Reebok 9K Pro girdle for the past few years, I was excited to find that CCM were adding a girdle to their 2017 update to the Tacks line of protective equipment.  With Warrior and Easton’s (now-defunct) modern girdle offerings, the 9K Pro ice girdle was a bulky suit of armor, compared to the competition’s slimmer bulletproof vest.  Furthermore, it’s ice-hockey-first design meant that it didn’t breathe as well as other girdles that toe the line between the two sports - we were due for an update.

 

First Impressions

CCM D3O foam never ceases to amaze.  The girdle out of the box was a much lighter, slimmer and sleeker rendition of the elite-protection girdle, bringing back the heritage of the 9K Pro girdle in the multitude of velcro straps that allow the girdle to be adjusted in length, width, and circumference around the body.  The fit is now much more refined, and much more in line with the compression inline girdles.

 

Setup took a bit of time to get fully dialed-in to get the length perfect and the desired snugness.  But after 15 minutes of work, the girdle held well against my body even without cinching up the waist belts.  I was able to walk around the house, and up-and-down stairs with no restriction to my range of motion.  Pads held where they were supposed to hold, and slid where they were supposed to slide, all without any gaps in coverage that can often occur when padding shifts during movement - we were good.

The girdle felt secure and mobile, and airflow was significantly better than comparable hybrid girdles I’ve tested in the past.  Taking shots, slashes and even a skate blade at one point to the thighs and hip guards, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I didn’t feel the impacts much at all.  The girdle, getting its first run-throughs has held up well and provided that low-profile, elite-performance protection and fit as advertised by CCM.

For the more budget conscious player, the Tacks 7092 girdle is available from our shop.  With D3O foam found throughout the girdle, circumference adjustability in the thigh, waist and hips, and the same multi-density foams found on the Super Tacks girdle; the Tacks 7092 girdle is a spectacular option for the performance player.

The new CCM Super Tacks Girdle is a product we are very excited and pleased to offer here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop.  For more information, please contact us or come into the store, and one of our expert staff will find you your best fit.

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