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.
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’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.
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!
With the inline hockey season in full swing, players will find themselves needing certain pieces of equipment replaced as wear and tear becomes more apparent, or the gear just isn’t keeping up with your game anymore. One common piece of gear that gets replaced in these months is the padded shirt – and we’re here to keep you cool, light, and protected with our selection.
CCM RBZ Padded Shirt
The best-in-class for the perfect blend of performance and breathability, the CCM RBZ padded shirt is our pick for that all-around padded shirt with a fit for every level of play. With a pro compression fit that assists in blood flow to muscles and a lightweight stretch mesh with moisture wicking for that dry-and-cool feel throughout the game, the RBZ padded shirt is padded with U-Foam protection in key areas, maximizing airflow and providing a pro-level protection; with the material found in NHL shoulder pads to this day. Ventilated foam pads throughout the Torso, Ribs and Shoulders, the RBZ padded shirt prioritizes comfort and cool in their design.
Alkali Visium Padded Shirt
For that step up in protectiveness, we have the Alkali Visium Padded Shirt. 360-degree 3D Flex padding in a hex-cell construction create a close-to-the-body, flexible wrap while creating gapless protective coverage in the key padded areas. The Alkali Visium shirt prioritizes coverage with their 16-way stretch mesh lycra construction and increased shirt length, keeping the shirt mobile and secure against your body for a locked-in protective feel. Perfect for the player looking for a bit more protectiveness in key areas, while still allowing for comfort.
Tour Code 1 Upper Body
For the maximum coverage and protection package, the Tour Code 1 Upper Body padded shirt is layered throughout the shirt with their patented Custom ZURRICK dual density foam – a high-impact protection dual-layer foam that provides excellent impact mitigation. The anatomical segmentation in key areas throughout the padding, as well as kinetic compression padding provide a complete range of motion in a lightweight, low profile package. The Tour Code 1 shirt has the ultimate level of protection for the elite roller hockey player, with just a little compromise in breath ability when compared to the RBZ shirt. Note: the Tour shirts are considerably shorter than other brands, and can sometimes cut off just above the navel for some players depending on your height. (Read: Really heckin' short.)
Soon Discontinued – Mission Pro and Elite Padded Shirts
For those who prefer their tried-and-true setups, we have a small number of Mission Pro and Elite Padded Shirts left – though stock is dwindling as Mission slowly phases these shirts out of production. The Mission Pro shirt was known for its ice hockey shoulder-pad-like shoulder and bicep guards, with perforated protective foam located throughout the remainder of the torso for a “hybrid-shirt” style of protection. The Elite padded shirt provides a more traditional medium density foam coverage, similar in vein to the RBZ padded shirt, but with Bauer’s moisture-wicking and cooling 37.5 fabric. Grab your shirts for a stockpile today!
For a selection of our padded shirts and more, visit us in-store here in Vancouver, BC or online here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop. Express shipping throughout Canada!
Use our TORSO10 discount for 10% off Padded Shirts this week!