• Bauer/Mission Fit Guide 2017

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    With the winter season in play, a lot of us will be looking for a new pair of wheels to start the season with a new step to our game.  For those who have been out of the gear game for a while, or just need a fresh take on skate fit as their old boot just doesn’t cut it for comfort anymore, we’ve put together a few guides that we’ll be releasing.

    First up are the fit profiles for Bauer and Mission.  With both brands being operated under the same parent company, you’ll find a lot of material, chassis and wheel profile similarities, so let’s take a quick peek at what the fits we’ve got in are.

    Bauer Vapor
    The line of skates most people in Bauer skates are familiar with, the Vapor family features a narrow forefoot that tapers into a slightly more generous heel for better mobility.  This family is Bauer’s answer for those with narrower foot profiles, with a snug, low-volume (foot thickness/instep height) foot last and a V-shaped heel.  Vapor skates tend to open up in the heel after the bake, and allows players’ heels to slip deeper into that v-pocket for a more secure heel lock, so don’t be alarmed if the Vapor boot feels a hair too short from the get go – your foot will settle back a bit after a break in or a bake!

    Mission DS
    Mission’s Inhaler DS family is the predecessor to their current NLS line.  But with plenty of stock and a familiar fit, this is still the go-to line for many players who have become accustomed to Mission’s fit process.  Built off the same boot last as Bauer’s Supreme family of ice hockey skates, the Mission Inhaler DS family features a more anatomical, 360-degree boot last that a large majority of skaters with average width feet fit into.  An anatomical, snug heel pocket that tapers into a slightly wider forefoot and toebox, Mission’s DS skate is slightly wider-fitting than Bauer’s Vapor line, with a standard “E” width sizing compared to Vapor’s standard “D” width.

    Mission NLS
    With Mission’s 2016/2017 update to the Inhaler line of skates, comes a slightly different fit thanks to more advanced materials and foams found in the quarter package.  The new Curv Composite, and ballistic nylon formulae and memory-foam like thermo-formable padding found in the liners of the NLS family of skate allows for the same level of protection, durability and custom fit, but with lighter, thinner materials.  Fundamentally, the fit still draws from Bauer/Mission’s anatomical foot last, but with a bit more width and volume throughout the skate; planting the NLS line’s “E” width fit in between the old DS line’s “E” and “EE” widths.  Nevertheless, the heat-moldability of the skates allows for the skate to wrap around a foot to re-create the old DS fit, but the new NLS line is perfect for Mission skaters who needed to punch out their DS skates just a hair for some comfort.

    Naturally, at the end of the day, boot fit is the most important component to skate performance.  Being professionally fitted for your skates to best accommodate not only your foot shape, but your skating style, foot issues and biomechanics behind your stride will always yield the best results.  For the Vancouverites and visitors, swing into the shop here at Coast to Coast Hockey for your foot evaluation and skate fit today!

  • Game Changer - Rollerfly Goalie Slide Plates for Inline, Roller and Ball Hockey

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    The Rollerfly Goalie Slide Plates are a hot product in our shop because we are always excited to tell goalies about this game changer.  Designed to provide a low-friction, wear-resistant sliding layer of ball bearings between the goalie's pads and the playing surface; the Rollerfly plates allow a ball or roller hockey goaltender a full range of mobility, allowing the goalie to utilize all the save and recovery techniques that come with the butterfly style - providing a decisive advantage over the typical goaltending setup in these sports.  

    Mechanism
    The Rollerfly slide plate is built from a highly durable, lightweight impact plastic; embedded with a large score of ball bearings which provide the low-friction environment for the goaltender's lateral slides.  The entire set comprises of a 4-piece plate setup, with 2 plates with adjustable strapping, designed for a universal fit among many different brands and models of leg pads between sizes 32" to 38".  The ball-bearings are replaceable and interchangeable, allowing for the plates to be adapted to any playing surface and durability requirement the player might have - effectively a fully serviceable, adaptive performance layer.

    Read the full article!

  • Howie’s High Quality Hockey Sock and Stick Tape – New In-Store!

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    New to the shop here at Coast to Coast Hockey is our favourite brand of hockey tape – Howie’s!  Made from a higher-quality, thicker cloth composition which improves the durability and performance of your tape job, Howie’s is a premium offering for an often-overlooked aspect of our equipment.

    Available in Black and White, in 1-inch and 1.5-inch widths (perfect for roller hockey players who only use the single strip along the bottom of the blade face), Howie’s tape comes in rolls with 50% more tape on, equating to effectively the same cost-per-yard when compared to regular hockey tape.  But with the greater durability and performance, you’re doubling the lifespan of your tape and saving a couple bucks per roll as you go.

    We here at the shop have been using the tape for a while and have been thoroughly impressed with the durability of the tape.  It offers a better friction surface to improve control over the puck, while the denser cloth composition offered a bit of vibration dampening properties, which helped receiving harder passes or blocking stiffer shots.  Furthermore, the improved texture and durability helped produced a better gripping butt-end and knob without the palm-wear typically associated with poor-quality adhesives.

    Take a look at the new Howies High Quality Hockey tape and more here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop, located in Vancouver, BC - with worldwide shipping at Canadian prices!

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