• 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

  • Alkali Protective Products - 2017

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    Our friends at Alkali Hockey have launched new updates to their RPD line of inline hockey equipment, bringing their products up to date with the current performance and fit needs of the modern inline hockey player.  With us being reloaded with Alkali’s new range of equipment, let’s dive into the new pieces that have hit our shelves.

     

    Base Protective

    Alkali RPD Visium Padded Shirt

    Coming in at Alkali’s premium padded shirt offering, the Visium shirt is built with a 360-degree 3D flex padding that maximizes protection, mobility and comfort.  The cell-pattern flex padding situation across key areas in the chest, back, shoulders and ribs provide a non-restrictive pro-level protection. All while being attached via the 16-way Stretch Lycra to an increased-length shirt, an update that keeps the shirt mobile against the body, while constructed to remain tucked-in to your roller pads to maintain a secure, protective fit.

     

    Alkali RPD Visium Girdle

    To complement their premium padded shirt, Alkali introduced the Visium girdle.  Made of the same 360-degree 3D flex padding foundation, ergonomic foams on the thigh guards and the 16-way stretch lycra round out this high-mobility girdle.  A reinforced waistband and stitch lycra seams lock the girdle to the body, providing a secure, comfortable fit augmented with the moisture-wicking properties the materials bring.

     

    Alkali RPD Quantum Girdle

    For the more budget-minded or traditionally-inclined inline hockey player, the Quantum girdle offers ventilated, single-layer full flex protective padding for a more traditional fit and feel.  Updated with 16-way stretch mesh lycra, comfort leg straps and a nylon locking belt; the Quantum girdle brings modern performance to a more traditional protection package, with good coverage for beginner to intermediate play.

     

    Pants

    Alkali RPD Visium Pants

    Alkali's top-of-the-line offering in their next-generation RPD line uses a multi-directional stretch nylon, maximizing mobility and breath-ability throughout every stride; while providing comfortable-fitting and sleek looking coverage. Dual-layer knee panels ensures a pro-level durability, and a quick and easy dual-cinch setup makes this easy to adjust on-the-fly.

     

    Alkali RPD Quantum Pants

    Alkali's value-conscious offering in their RPD pant line features a lightweight mesh body with dual-layered knee reinforcements to provide a pro-level performance pant at an affordable price point - resulting in a lightweight, breathable pant that's built with a better lifespan. A more expansive crotch gusset for increased mobility and stride extension, and vented mesh pant legs for better airflow round out a pant that's offered in two designs - Striped and Chevron.

     

    Helmet and Facial

    Alkali Visium Hockey Helmet Combo

    A classic-fit shell construction with traditional VN foam, the Alkali Visium Helmet provides a familiar fit with improved airflow and tried-and-true protection at an affordable price point. Combined with a steel cage with good visibility and breathability, the Visium helmet provides solid impact protection tailored to the roller hockey player.

     

    Alkali Visium Helmet Visor

    Where would we be without the traditional visor?  Alkali’s Visium Player Visor is a straight-cut, pro-style hockey visor with anti-fog and anti-scratch properties; a lexan and polycarbonate construction maximizes the optically correct visuals, reducing the vision warp commonly associated with hockey visors.  All while coming in at an affordable price point.

     

    You can find all of Alkali’s new products and more with us here, at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop, situated on Main St - Vancouver, BC.

    Look forward to our blog on Alkali’s new player skate offerings!  

  • 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!

  • Padded Shirt Guide – Summer 2017 - CCM RBZ, Mission, Tour, Alkali

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    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!

  • CCM Super Tacks and Tacks 7092 Hockey Girdle

    Posted by Jeremy Edjan

    CCM’s new Super Tacks Hockey Girdle marries the protective package of traditional hockey pants, with the mobility, performance, and close-to-the-body fit of roller hockey girdles.  Using the NHL-favourite Reebok 9K Pro girdle as a foundation, CCM redesigned the girdle from the base up, using their patented D3O smart material - an adaptive material that reacts to a full range of impacts - to maximize comfort and protectiveness, while slimming down the profile to remove excess bulk.  High-density foam thigh guards, molded JDP/D3O hip caps and spine guards, and a Pro-level 400-Denier nylon shell (for those using the pant both in ice and roller) round out the shell, providing elite performance and a 360-degree custom fit.

     

    Background

    Being accustomed to the protectiveness of traditional ice hockey pants, and having worn the Reebok 9K Pro girdle for the past few years, I was excited to find that CCM were adding a girdle to their 2017 update to the Tacks line of protective equipment.  With Warrior and Easton’s (now-defunct) modern girdle offerings, the 9K Pro ice girdle was a bulky suit of armor, compared to the competition’s slimmer bulletproof vest.  Furthermore, it’s ice-hockey-first design meant that it didn’t breathe as well as other girdles that toe the line between the two sports - we were due for an update.

     

    First Impressions

    CCM D3O foam never ceases to amaze.  The girdle out of the box was a much lighter, slimmer and sleeker rendition of the elite-protection girdle, bringing back the heritage of the 9K Pro girdle in the multitude of velcro straps that allow the girdle to be adjusted in length, width, and circumference around the body.  The fit is now much more refined, and much more in line with the compression inline girdles.

     

    Setup took a bit of time to get fully dialed-in to get the length perfect and the desired snugness.  But after 15 minutes of work, the girdle held well against my body even without cinching up the waist belts.  I was able to walk around the house, and up-and-down stairs with no restriction to my range of motion.  Pads held where they were supposed to hold, and slid where they were supposed to slide, all without any gaps in coverage that can often occur when padding shifts during movement - we were good.

    The girdle felt secure and mobile, and airflow was significantly better than comparable hybrid girdles I’ve tested in the past.  Taking shots, slashes and even a skate blade at one point to the thighs and hip guards, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I didn’t feel the impacts much at all.  The girdle, getting its first run-throughs has held up well and provided that low-profile, elite-performance protection and fit as advertised by CCM.

    For the more budget conscious player, the Tacks 7092 girdle is available from our shop.  With D3O foam found throughout the girdle, circumference adjustability in the thigh, waist and hips, and the same multi-density foams found on the Super Tacks girdle; the Tacks 7092 girdle is a spectacular option for the performance player.

    The new CCM Super Tacks Girdle is a product we are very excited and pleased to offer here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop.  For more information, please contact us or come into the store, and one of our expert staff will find you your best fit.

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