• Hockey WrapAround - Ice - This plastic hockey stick blade protector is our pick as the best!

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    The Hockey WrapAround Ice is the next step evolution from Hockey WrapAround's original protective wrap - the WrapAround One.  Designed to protect the blade of a composite hockey stick while training and playing on non-ice surfaces, the WrapAround became the go-to stick accessory, allowing players to utilize the performance benefits of composite sticks and blades, without wearing through and destroying the carbon fiber construction these sticks tend to have.  

    While the original WrapAround was successful and very durable, the all-metal construction lent itself to a slightly more dampened puck feel than anticipated, while adding a bit more weight to the bottom-end of the stick (though that's attributed to its purpose as a training tool), sometimes creating a more blade-heavy balance for an already-lightweight composite stick.  While that version can be effective for strength training, the new Hockey WrapAround Ice looks to improve on these small caveats by taking the next step up in material and construction.

    Performance-Spec
    The new Ice model utilizes a specialized molded plastic construction, built from a similar material as the low-friction off-ice stickhandling boards.  This lends the WrapAround Ice to be half the weight of the original metal edition, as well as reducing the friction from the rougher playing surface, and minimizing the dampened puck feel commonly associated with adding an extra layer to your hockey stick blade.  The material nevertheless acts as a great layer to help soften those hot passes or deflected shots coming off your stick blade, allowing for better control and helping tame some of the stiffer, pingy blades that can sometimes be found on some top-of-the-line composite sticks and blades.

    Adaptive
    The new WrapAround Ice's new plastic composition also lends itself to be much more flexible during the installation process, creating a much closer-to-the-blade fit, resulting in an accurate transposition of your actual blade curve to the final form.  The new material can also be trimmed, meaning that players with shorter blades or using Junior-sized hockey sticks can now tailor the WrapAround to better fit their needs without the excess material.

    Staff Pick
    The Hockey WrapAround Ice is the new staff-favourite stick accessory here at the shop, with most of us using them to get that composite stick performance in our outdoor games.  With the WrapAround also coming in both white and black to match your tape or blade color, it definitely earns a few style points from the boys in store.  Check out the Hockey WrapAround and more here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop, located in Vancouver, BC, Canada; and on the interwebs near you!

    Best Pricing when you purchase Hockey WrapAround Ice in bulk

    We have added bulk pricing to our WrapArounds Ice page - stack up an order with your team, buddies or on your own to save big on WrapArounds - They will still ship with our super affordable flat rate shipping across Canada. International shipping available - contact us for a quote! info@coasthockeyshop.com

  • Bauer Vapor 1XR Inline Hockey Skate 2017 – First Look

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    Fresh off the press are the spec sheets for Bauer’s inline product line-up for 2017.  With updates and improvement across the board, we’re here to give you a first look at Bauer’s new top-of-the-line skate offering – the Bauer Vapor 1XR Inline Skate. 

     

    The Vapor Family - Fit and Finish

    The Bauer 1XR brings back the popular Vapor family fit profile, with a narrow forefoot and a tapered fit through to the heel.  Bauer’s patented X-Rib design and Curv Composite quarter package come back to provide excellent stiff, lightweight skate that has an incredible amount of heat-moldability and structural stiffness to provide a highly customized wrap, while retaining a pro-preferred level of support and durability throughout the boot.

     

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  • TRUE Hockey Composite Sticks, Shafts and Blades 2017

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    Fresh off the truck and in the store now is a shipment from TRUE Hockey.  Among them a batch of sticks we are incredibly excited to have in-store and to be able to offer to players like you.  Stick with us as we cover what makes these sticks so great, and what makes them tick.

    TRUE Hockey Stick Overview
    True Temper is company based out of Memphis that has served as the manufacturer and R&D center for a large number of brands, from Bauer, to Reebok to brands like Alkali which still retains True Temper technology in their sticks.  A few years ago, they sought to bring their high-performance stick technology to the market under the TRUE Hockey brand, creating sticks driven by the players’ needs; with a no-frills, performance-first approach.  The result is a pound-for-pound better performing hockey stick for every dollar spent, with pros and beer leaguers alike finding their stride with TRUE’s new tech.

    Unique to TRUE Hockey is their Axenic one-piece technology.  Modern one-piece sticks are often manufactured as a shaft and blade, being fused together later on in the process; oftentimes only having true one-piece construction without material overlap in high-end sticks.  All of TRUE Hockey’s sticks are made with a true one-piece construction, from their entry level A1.0 model that retails at an entry level to their top-of-the-line A6.0 model that plays up there with top-of-the-line models.  This essentially creates the most responsive and weight-saving stick for each price point, as well as lending itself to TRUE’s notoriously great puck-feel (closest to a lively wood blade we have in a composite stick!) and effortless mid-kick point.

     

    A1.0 SBP – Available in Jr / Int / Sr
    We start with the entry-level A1.0 SBP stick.  A wallet-friendly option for the recreational player or budget-conscious superstar, the A1.0 is made from a Fiberglass/Carbon Fibre blend with braided-ribs and 25 layers of unidirectional carbon fibre layers to maximize durability and emphasize and easy-loading kick-point.  A great starting point for players looking to get a feel for TRUE’s products, or just looking for a good value-for-performance stick.

    A2.2 SBP – Available in Sr
    Thanks a higher carbon fibre-content composition, the A2.2 improves upon the A1.0 with a more lightweight and responsive performance standard, without tacking much more onto the price tag.  The same braided rib technology is found on the A2.2, but with construction improvements and better foams to provide improved puck feel.

    A4.5 SBP – Available in Sr
    Coming in at TRUE Hockey’s mid-price-point, the A4.5 is the perfect stick for us roller hockey players.  The ideal mix of durability and performance, the A4.5 has a pure 3K Carbon Fiber core, wrapped in a reinforced fiberglass sleeve, bringing out the best in TRUE Hockey’s performance in puck feel and responsive kick, while being a hyper-durable option for those who want to take it to the roller rink.  A graduated mid-kick point creates some variability, allowing the shaft to adapt to your hand position and flex accordingly to the shot you’re looking to take.  With a modern kick-point and a puck-feel reminiscent of the old One95 sticks, the A4.5 is a spectacular stick. 

    A6.0 SBP - Available in Sr
    The True A6.0 SBP Composite Hockey stick is True's ultimate preium offering in their 2nd generation A-Series stick line.  Starting with a SmartPly 100% pure carbon twill laminate construction, True uses a carbon weave that maximizes performance, tensile strength, and durability of their composite sticks, allowing for weight direction by achieving the same strength and durability with less material.  Coupled with the Axenic true-one piece construction, the A6.0 builds from a foundation of pure energy transfer without material overlap in their compression-molded core, optimizing torsional response and maximizing the balance for this absolute stunner of a stick.

    With a SmartFlex variable kick point, the A6.0 SBP compliments their easy-loading, hard-shooting shaft with their Braided Rib Technology blade constructing, building an adaptive foam core around a skeleton of carbon fiber rods, reducing the twisting and flexing of the blade and providing a hyper-accurate shooting experience; while a soft-touch but responsive puck-feel round out the stick for an incredible stickhandling platform.  The True A6.0 SBP is taking the pro world by storm with more and more converts every day, built from True's philosophy of providing the same high performance product identical in both Pro leagues and in retail.

    A6.0 Shaft and Blades
    The True A6.0 SBP Standard Shaft is constructed with True's SmartPly pure-carbon twill, laminating uni-direction carbon fiber to provide an unrivaled degree of responsiveness and durability at the top-of-the-line price point.  The A6.0 shaft is designed with a variable kick-point, creating a progressively stiffer shaft minimizes energy loss and reducing torque throughout every shot, while allowing for more natural loading by retaining flexibility where the hands contact the stick.

    The True A6.0 SBP Composite Blade brings True's hyper-accurate, unrivaled puck-feel blade technology to the two-piece inline world.  Identical to the blades in their top-of-the-line one-piece sticks, the A6.0 SBP blade features the Braided Rib Technology, a construction designed to increase blade strength stemming from a carbon fiber rod skeleton and adaptive foams to increase the accuracy and durability of these pure carbon fiber blades.

    And for that extra bit of gear to rep True Hockey, look for one of their concave-grip Water Bottles - we personally love the shape of the bottle and the seal of the cap!

    Check out these new sticks and more at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop, in-store and online, with shipping from Vancouver, BC to Canada and the world!  Looking for a model we don't have in stock?  E-mail us and we'll get you just what you need in your specs!

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