• 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/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!

  • Konixx Hockey Wheels - 2017 Line Up (Now in Stock!)

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    The newest additions to the wheel line-up offered here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop are the Konixx lines of inline hockey wheels.  We pride ourselves on having some of the widest selections of wheels in Canada, right here in our home-grown Vancouver, BC store!

    Designed by hockey players, for hockey players, Konixx strives to create some of the best roller hockey wheel at player-friendly prices.  We’re excited to have them in stock and to be able to continue to offer players the widest range of wheels available, so every player will find their needs filled.  Let’s take a first look at Konixx’s lines.

    Konixx Pure
    At the top end of their spectrum, the Konixx Pure wheel is the no-compromise, performance-focused model from the three.  Designed for spectacular speed and balance through a harder construction than comparable high-end wheels, the Pure wheel compliments that with great traction and solid grip for a pro-level control and stability through every stride, start, and stop.  The Pure wheel’s harder construction improves durability, making it one of best in class for longevity, all while housed in a lightweight, organic urethane build.  The Konixx pure comes in three stiffness ratings (0, +1, and +2) to optimize the hardness of choice to better accommodate weight and skating style.

    Konixx Electron
    A fresh take on the mid-tier wheel, the Konixx Electron wheel debuted at NARCh West this year as Konixx’s reimagining of their performance-value balanced wheel.  An incredibly lightweight, but superbly dense wheel thanks to their Ultralight Core technology, the Electron wheel was coming in at just a handful of grams lighter than an equivalent hardness and size Labeda Addiction (often cited as a gold standard for indoor performance wheels), all while being a solid wheel.  The result is a balanced blend durability and performance, while retaining Konixx’s signature Tile-tack formula for great traction and stability.

    Konixx Catalyst
    A great value option while still seeing the technology of higher-end Konixx wheels trickle down, the Konixx Catalyst hockey wheel is built with a single-pour urethane construction, balanced with the weight-saving and structural support of the Speed Hub.  The result is a durable, grippy wheel with a solid speed structure.  As with the other wheels in Konixx’s lineup, it features additives in the urethane as part of their Tile-tack formula that improves the grip and control the wheels bring to the table, for those quick starts and stops.

    Extras
    Pair your brand new Konixx wheels with Konixx' Pro and Elite Bearings.  Swiss performance in a standard 608 hub, these bearings have excellent performance at their price points.  Finally, complete the Konixx swag box with one of their Squeeze Water Bottles - a high-quality replacement for the ever-loved Gatorade bottles.

    Come into the store and check out the new Konixx wheels and more; online and on-location here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop.

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