2018 Junior / Youth Roller Hockey Shopping Guide. What to buy: Inline Skates, Girdles, Pants, Wheels & More
There are a lot of products out there and it can be tough to decide on new gear for a new sport(especially online) In an effort to help the parents out we are doing a little write up on our current selection of kids gear to explain the differences.
This might get a bit long... if you want to save yourself time or if you still need help - use the Contact page to let us know about your situation and we'll point you in the right direction as best as we can. You can help by figuring and sending us: a measurement of feet in CM, waist size, player height and desired budget (entry level or performance) we can go from there!
Junior / Youth Inline Hockey Skates
Smallest sizes, Youth (7-13), to larger Junior sizes (1-5.5)
Skates will usually fit 1 size down from shoe size.
Previous season / Discounted models will have random sizes available, unlikely we will be able to get more. Current season skates we should be able to get more of.
High End / Performance Skates (+$300)
You'll get a much stiffer boot, with better comfort, protection in the tongue and great quality Indoor wheels and bearings. Good for the player who is used to a high end boot, will be playing a high level or multiple times per week.
Bauer Vapor XR600 Skates - Narrow fit
Mission Inhaler NLS3 Skates - Wide fit
Entry level / Beginner / Intermediate ($139-$199)
Good support for beginner skaters, starter indoor wheels and smooth bearings. Good for nearly all Junior players playing indoor or outdoor hockey.
Mission Inhaler NLS5 Skates - This season's model - Widest Fit
Mission Inhaler DS5 Skates - Last season's model - Discounted
Mission Inhaler DS6 - Last season's model - Discounted
Bauer Vapor X400R - Last season's model - Narrowest fit - Discounted
Youth sizes ($119+)
Youth skates come with Outdoor wheels - Highly recommend Indoor wheels if they'll be used indoor. Customers are eligible for 25% off wheels when you purchase skates. Available in shop, or contact us to redeem.
Bauer Vapor XR300 Youth Skates - This season's model
Bauer Vapor X300R Youth Skates - Last season's model. (Discounted)
Mission Inhaler NLS6 Youth Skates - This season - Slightly wider fit than Bauer
Adjustable skates ($79-119+)
The more affordable 'adjustable skates' are good for the lightest of skaters, involved in the most beginner levels of hockey. We find the fixed size skates to offer a much better fit and performance. Especially if it's a big kid.
Junior / Youth Roller Girdles
Instead of the Ice Hockey Pants and Socks combo, Inline players will lean towards lightweight Girdle and Roller Hockey Pants which offer a much lighter setup for the hot summer days.
"Hockey Shorts" style:
Mission Core Girdle - Best Coverage - Thicker Tailbone Foam - a bit Bulky
Alkali RPD Quantum Girdle - Thinner foams, lighter, cheaper, better mobility, less protective
"Form fitting" style
CCM 110 Girdle - Junior - Not as much coverage, but a plastic reinforced tailbone protector
Junior Inline Hockey Pants
Bauer Vapor X40R Pants - Most popular pant, good colours, durability and fit.
Mission Inhaler DS4 Pants - Good fit, light weight, thinner materials (less durability)
Mission AC4 Pants- Most Affordable / Very Wide flowy legs
Make sure to get the appropriate wheel for your surface. Smooth Indoor surfaces need soft Indoor wheels. Rough outdoor surfaces need a harder wheel.
Don't use an indoor wheel outside, or an outdoor wheel inside. The Indoor wheel will get shredded outdoor and not perform on smooth surfaces. Outdoor wheels will grip great on the street or asphalt, but slippery on smooth indoor surfaces. If you'll be skating indoor and outdoor, the ideal solution is having a set of indoor and outdoor wheels, each with a set of their own bearings and spacers, to make the swap a lot quicker.
Performance - Konixx Wheels (Pure / Electron) - High end wheels, extra grippy, fast and durable.
Value - Labeda Grippers (Soft / X-Soft, 59mm, 68mm, 72mm, 76mm, 80mm) Best balance of performance, durability and price. Quality Grip and rebound.
Revision / Hi-Lo Clinger Wheels - Longest lasting outdoor wheel. Available in Senior and Junior sizes
Tron Mega Hz Indoor - Good range of sizes in an affordable wheel
Spacers - Standard spacers (required to fit the bearings to the skate axles) are $1 each.
I hope this helps - but if you are more confused than before - give us a shout! Use the contact form, share some details and we'll be in touch pretty quick.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Today we're taking a look at the price point skates of Bauer's new 2017 Vapor Skate family. The skates are built from the same boot last as the 1XR, providing a consistent, tapered, snug fit throughout the foot, while offering this pro-preferred fit profile in multiple price points to fit every skater's budgets and needs. Let's dive straight into it!
The Bauer Vapor XR800 Skate features a full Curv composite boot, created from one of the most lightweight, responsible, anatomically heat moldable materials available in the industry. A performance-first approach to skate design ensures that the Curv composite stands out as a hyper-stiff energy-transferring material, improving the fit and finish of every skate.
As with the top-of-the-line 1XR, the XR800 features the new LockFit dual-zone grip liner, with a tackier, grip-material bottom designed to securely lock the foot in place, while the familiar Hydramax 2 liner keeps the skate cool and dry with its patented moisture management properties. The new FlexLock tongue combines a pro-grade felt tongue with a thermoformable smart material that improves forward flex and durability, while maintaining that range of motion through the boot's overall asymmetrical design.
The Bauer Vapor XR600 Skate features a pro-level spec-sheet and materials, while remaining friendly to the wallet. A tech-mesh fiber composite boot provides a lightweight, responsive upgrade from traditional, older tech-mesh, while retaining the new asymmetrical last design Bauer created for this updated Vapor family.
A new one-piece heel and ankle support built into the internal structure of the boot improves stability and fit throughout the anterior portion of the foot, using Bauer's tried-and-tested AnaForm ankle pads and a moisture-wicking microfiber liner to provide a secure wrap and heel lock; all while maintaining a cool, dry boot through ample ventilation and moisture management.
The Bauer Vapor XR500 Skate starts with a reinforced TrueForm Tech PU boot, a material that provides a performance stiffness and responsiveness at a reasonable price. A one-piece, internal heel and ankle support structure is a new feature implemented by Bauer to provide an improved heel fit and secure lock, while increasing the durability of the skate.
An upgraded tongue with an integrated metatarsal guard helps serve as protection from lace bite and minor impact energy, while a heatmoldable AnaForm ankle pads serve as a structural basis for the hydrophobic microfiber internals. The result is a great fit package with moisture-wicking properties.
The one-piece Aluminium Hi-Lo frame is found at this price point, with its seamless construction improving the durability and responsiveness of the skate, while Indoor Hi-Lo Clinger wheels and Abec 7 bearings round out the skate.
The Bauer Vapor XR400 skate is formed from Bauer's PU Trueform Tech Mesh boot, that provides a performance-minded degree of stiffness, durability and impact protection at the recreational price point. The AnaForm ankle pads are heatmoldable to provide a customized fit from the first fitting at the shop.
A standard pro-felt tongue and microfiber liner fill out the internals of the skate, while the Hi-Lo Court wheels, Abec 5 bearings and Ventilator frame provide a solid, stable foundation for turns, strides and glides.
A great option for the casual skater looking for the hockey skate feel, or the rookie player looking to get into the game, Bauer's Vapor boot design offers a secure heel lock and adaptable fit to provide stability and support throughout every stride. Unique at this price point are the Heat-adjustable internal foams, allowing for some heat moldability and fit customization from the first fit at the shop, while reducing break-in time.
Hi-Lo Street Outdoor Wheels, Abec 5 bearings and a Two-Piece Hi-Lo chassis produces an aggressive pitch perfect for maneuverability and maximizing skating technique.
The new Bauer Vapor XR Vapor line takes the best elements of the familiar Vapor skate, and injects each skate with performance upgrades to keep up with the technological and skill advancements in roller hockey. The result is a much better value product at each price point, ensuring that every player is getting the support, performance and fit they need.
See the new inline hockey skates in-store and online here, at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop - your Vancouver-home-grown inline store!
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.
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!