• 2020 New Konixx Indoor Roller Hockey Wheels: Pure-X, Pulsar and Rebel

    Posted by sean @ CTCHS

    Konixx had a very strong 2019 at Coast to Coast. The Original Konixx Pure Wheel has been approved by the shop for all indoor surfaces and was easily our most popular wheel last season. The high end grip and speed combined with price-point best durability makes it a no-brainer for beer league players who want to perform. We have been recommending these to a lot of players and have received tons of positive feedback.

    So, when we heard they were replacing the Pure with a new model, we got a bit nervous. This new Pure claiming better grip, speed and durability again?! HOW?!

     

    New Konixx Pure-X Wheels

    The Konixx Pure-X Wheel is the new high performance dual pour wheel from Konixx. Their NEW U-base4™ urethane formula claims to improve the grip and stiffness of the wheel while extending the window of optimum performance (more durable, grippy for longer). Generally wheels start to lose their mojo after a certain amount of games, will begin to lose grip or split and chunk. We have found most Konixx wheels to go the furthest.

    We believe the hype and expect the Pure-X to be the wheel of 2020.

    Try them out for yourself. There is a wheel hardness for each player size and style. Available now in 80mm and 76mm at +2, +1, +0 hardnesses.

    They dropped the 72mm, 68mm and 59mm, but those sizes will be well served by the Konixx Tachyon and the new Pulsar.

    Konixx Pulsar

    The Konixx Pulsar is a grippy single pour indoor wheel. The new K-Core which adds stiffness and speed, preventing the wheel from over-compressing.

    Aimed at players under 185lbs. Excellent for Youth and lighter adults for indoor on a smooth surface. Available now in 80mm, 76mm, 72mm, 68mm, 59mm at +0 hardness.

     

    Konixx Rebel

    Aimed for entry level youth players under who need an affordable indoor wheel.  The Konixx Rebel is made with a Single Pour construction and will get you rolling indoor with good control. These will be a step up from the stock indoor/outdoor wheels on the entry level Mission or Bauer Skates.

    Available now in 72mm, 68mm, 59mm at +0 hardness. If you need the bigger sizes just shoot us a message!

     

     

    Ask us Anything!

    With so many options on the market, it can be confusing and difficult to get the right wheels. We have been working with a variety of wheels every day for years and would be happy to lend our advice. Email us or message through live chat, tell us about your surface, weight and budget and we can give you our recommendations. Our goal is for you to have the best experience playing roller hockey as possible.

    We don't want to stick anyone with a product that isn't working either, give us your feedback. If you are not loving your wheels... Feeling slow, slippery in turns, breaking down fast.... get in touch with us and we'll figure out how to fix that!

  • 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.

    Thanks for reading. Save a few bucks off Tacks products with coupon code "newtacks"

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