Might be weird, but I LOVE SHAFTS! ABS Blades too. Two-Piece Sticks are still the way of the outdoor hockey game.
My first shaft was made of Aluminum. A Silver and Black Easton made popular by Wayne Gretzky. At the time I had no preference of sticks, but when my parents gifted that to me, as a Gretzky fan and hockey nerd I was in love.
After school I would run home, grab my skates and stick, and head a block over to my uncles house where I kept my net. His street had the smoothly paved alley. I scored hundreds of Game 7 overtime goals on that rickety plastic net. I loved it so much I left the house in middle of the '94 Game 7 Stanley Cup final to go and play. Luckily for me, I missed watching the Rangers beat Vancouver. I would always rather play than watch!
I'm reminded of these times now, with most people stuck at home due to the virus, the rinks and leagues closed, school out.. We're seeing hockey kids everywhere in the backyard and street with ball or a Green Biscuit and spending hours using their body and imagination!
That's where I found my real love of hockey.
The local outdoor games still have a few people using the Aluminum shafts. They don't seem to break down as much as I wish they'd disappear from the game! I respect their frugality and comfort with them, but it makes me cringe, thinking of how heavy and stiff they are compared to new composite products. Lots of us don't wear pads in our outdoor games and taking a whack from one of those to a bare shin is quite memorable.
Company after company has been ceasing production of shafts making them harder to find. Right now True is the only mainstream hockey company making great shafts anymore. Their shaft is very popular, The True A6.0 Shaft is available in 75, 85 and 95 flex with Grip. It's super light, packs a bunch and is quite affordable.
Our Outdoor Hockey Shafts:
We made our CTC Weston Shaft in Silver and Black as a throwback to the Kings/Greztky era. It's the only Low-Kick flex shaft we know of on the market. We made it in 70, 85 and 90 Flex with Grip and Non-Grip options. Made with a blend of Carbon fibre and fibreglass.
Now you get the style of the 90's with the modern tech! Faster hands and less bleeding shins too! I've been using it for a few months. Took some time to figure out the low kick but now I love the pop I get on quick shots and passes. A few chips in the shiny silver paint but holding up very nicely!
Grip or No Grip?
Grip has become the norm these days, it's almost impossible to find any high quality composite sticks without it. I know there is a group of players that still prefers the feel of a slippery, non-grip shaft, myself included.
We originally created the CTC Standard Shaft to fill that gap and offer a wider range of options. It was available in 55, 65, 75, 85, 95 and 105 Flex with Grip and Non-Grip options. Super-light 18k Carbon fiber. Mid-Kick flex Profile.
Senior shafts with lower Flex?
I dropped from an 85 and am now shuffling between 65 and 75 flex and feel like I can get a bit more zip out of my passes and shots(still muffins).
Most sizes are currently sold out and some of the early users are already looking for more! We are working on a redesign of the shaft graphics and hope to restock by the end of 2020.
From working in the shop and changing hundreds of ABS blades for customers we realized most people were not using and ideal flex Flex in their shaft. Plenty of customers, under 5'7" would be using a 110 Flex stick that had like 10" cut off of it. That would make the stick like 150+ Flex. Insane! We thought these players would get more power from their stick if they were actually able to flex the shaft.
The CTC Standard uses different lengths of shafts to better suit the players.55 Flex - 50 Inches65 Flex - 52 Inches75 Flex - 54 Inches85 Flex - 54 Inches95 Flex - 54 Inches105 Flex - 56 Inches
All flexes are Sr Shaft Dimensions and will fit a full size Sr blade.
Finding Jr and Tapered blades is getting harder so we wanted it to maximize the options available for blades.
ABS Replacement Blades:
Most of the big guys are still making ABS Blades.
CCM still has their CCM Ultimate ABS Blade (which isn't the same as the old, super popular 1k / 4k /10k)
They are all solid and each have their own unique construction. The shortfall is that besides the Sher-wood, which has 2 curves available, they all use the same curve. Generally a "Sakic" pattern.
What's wrong with that? Well, most players using ABS blades are playing with a ball. The Sakic pattern is 'open faced', which means the blade twists in the middle, aimed to help players raise shots. Raising the ball is not as challenging as a puck, and with the open face, we always found it much harder to control.
I think the Closed face curves are the best for hockey with a ball. A more consistent curve with less variability in loft and twist we believe leads to more accurate shots and passes.
So, we decided to make 2 curve options with a closed face. The Bao curve, is aimed at playmakers. Very little curve on this one. Easy to handle on the backhand and make accurate passes. Will resemble a PM9 curve.
The Straker curve has a deeper curve, but still closed face. Better for players who are shooting more and like an easier toe drags. Close to P88 pattern
We also have the Scholcz curve, which has an open face. Just to please those who can handle the twist and like their shots to get up in a hurry. That's like a Sakic or P92.
For playing on smooth or indoor surfaces. The CTC Crossover ABS Blade is lightweight but strong with hosel reinforcements. 1 layer of fibreglass on the forehand and backhand over an ABS core with wood insert.
Made with the old school Koho and CCM ABS blades in mind. We missed them so much we went on a quest to bring them back. Customers have been loving these, we think they turned out great. Highly recommend trying them out
For a rougher surface, the CTC Strong ABS Blade is made with 2 layers of wood and fibreglass reinforcement on the forehand and backhand. The result is a very stiff and beefy ABS Blade that we believe will wear down slower than any of the others.
A bit heavier than the Crossover, but better value for the roughest courts and streets.
Both blades are made in the 3 curves: Straker, Bao and Scholcz
Our plan is to keep providing high quality products that are always available to keep the outdoor games affordable and fun!
Wanna chat shafts n blades? Have any questions? Ready to order? Send me a message!
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.
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.
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!
Players taking their first steps into inline hockey often have a few key questions about gear - especially if they’re coming in from an ice hockey background. We’re here to tackle a couple of those questions and help you take solid first steps into the sport!
While much of your ice hockey equipment is transferable, one element that’s got a little less utility in inline hockey are ice hockey pants. The standard pant and hockey sock combo work incredibly well for the impacts and rigor of ice hockey, but are far too insulating and bulky for inline hockey. Players will find themselves sweating without the cooling effect of the ice, and may find that the bulkier protection limits mobility and agility while you play.
For that reason, we have the inline girdle. Made of a flexible, multi-density foam foundation, the protection is tailored to the needs of an inline player, while providing a solid degree of mobility and breath-ability to keep you cool and comfortable during your games. Hugging close to your body and made of moisture-wicking material, inline girdles also help manage sweat and temperature. A coverall-style mesh pant goes over the girdle and shin guards, providing a bit more protection and a cleaner protective shell over your equipment, made of a polyester and mesh fabric that promotes further airflow, such as the Alkali RPD Quantum pant below.
The fit and finish across brands varies, from Bauer’s tapered fit Vapor pants, to Mission’s generous-fit Inhaler pants. With a large variety of features and styles across a wide range of price ranges, being properly fit is key to maximizing your comfort and performance in-game. Coupled with a high-performance girdle such as the CCM Super Tacks Girdle, a player can really maximize their protection and mobility, drawing from the best of both worlds.
Indoor vs Outdoor Wheels
Most skates come with one or the either, and both have their place. The aim of the game is to maximize your performance and durability, regardless of surface - so here’s the breakdown.
Indoor wheels are made of a softer base material, providing a great deal more grip and control on smooth indoor surfaces, such as sport court or ice court. Without the natural friction and traction from the grit of an outdoor surface and the debris build up commonly found on it, the extra softness of the wheel allows a player to perform all the movements and techniques required without worrying about slipping. The Labeda Addictions pictured below are one of the best-performing indoor wheels available on the market.
The caveat here is that they’re a fair bit less durable than harder wheels, and will very easily get shredded up on rough surfaces. Furthermore, the extra grip coming from indoor wheels will slow you down on the extra grit of outdoor surfaces, reducing both the performance and lifespan of your wheels. For those looking for a value-conscious rendition, the Labeda Grippers are spectacular.
Outdoor wheels are made of a comparatively harder, more durable material. The stiffer wheel provides better energy transfer and speed in a skate, and makes use of the naturally occurring friction on outdoor surfaces. This maximizes the durability of your wheels, making them more resistant to damage and wear. Our in-house brand of outdoor wheels remain a popular option for those venturing into the sun for their games.
On the flip side, the reduced grip of the outdoor wheel means that you’re going for a bit of a slip-and-slide on indoor surfaces, especially polished concrete or sport court surfaces The loss of control and hold makes it easier for you to “blow out” an edge and injure yourself in more aggressive movements. Outdoor wheels such as the Revision Hi-Lo Clinger below are often found on lower-end inline skates, which serves as a great budget-friendly option for those using their skates for other outdoor activities.
Each style of wheel has its place in the sport, and carrying a set of each means that you’ll be prepared regardless of the surface you’re due to be playing on; carry each set with its own set of bearings and spacers to make those frequent changes easier. Nevertheless, even within each category of wheel, there are a large variety in wheel stiffnesses, qualities, and styles - swing into the shop here at the Vancouver-grown Coast to Coast Hockey Shop and be professionally fit for the best set for your needs.
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.
With the introduction of Alkali’s RPE skate line, the successor to their innovative RPD family, the inline hockey player skate game has changed. Featuring innovative thermoformable materials, an improved fit, and a redesigned boot structure, Alkali has upped the ante by bringing their new technology to every price point. Let’s take a look.
Fit and Form
The biggest improvement in Alkali’s skate line is in the fit. Focusing on a much more traditional, comfort-oriented fit profile, Alkali’s RPE skate line features a high-volume, wider fit profile designed to accommodate the wide-footed player better than the options offered by competitors. For those familiar with CCM’s previous RBZ skates, and Bauer’s Nexus lineup of boot, the Alkali RPE family will feel as familiar as home from the get-go, offering a generous volume to compliment the high instep most players with wide feet have.
For those currently in Alkali skates, never fear! The 9-minute heat-molding process makes the skate of the best custom fits in the game; wrapping the already anatomical boot last for a close-to-the-foot finish to fit a wide range of foot profiles.
New to the RPE line across the board are improved HyperLock L pads and Activ Wick grip liner to improve heel lock and dial in the support in a generous fitting boot. Coupled with a low-profile, hybrid felt/injected foam tongue and an chassis pocket recessed into the outsole, the new RPE skates have been redesigned from the ground up to improve your range of motion and energy transfer through your skating.
The Zenith+ is Alkali’s new flagship skate. A hyper heat-moldable quarter package made from ultra-lightweight Purlyn (a light, thermoformable impact composite) is paired with a stiff, light one-piece Aluminium chassis and Labeda Addiction wheels to provide that pro-level performance, maximizing grip, speed and stability. The Purlyn boot form’s super stiff and super heat-moldable nature maximizes the surface area contact and energy transfer in each skating stride, while Alkali’s recessed chassis pocket, full-composite outsole and all-80mm setup contributes to the balance and stability of the skate.
Clocking in at their mid-price point, Alkali’s RPE Visium+ skates features a pro-stiffness composite boot with Purlyn strategically spaced throughout for a stiff, responsive boot form. The Activ-wick moisture wicking grip liner and Hyperlock heel pads out found in the boot, which connects to a fiberglass outsole that provides the high level of stiffness needed for high-performance or heavier players. Alkali’s Movement chassis is paired with Swiss Lite bearings and Labeda Dynasty wheels for that performance grip and speed, all without breaking the bank.
Despite its price tag, the Alkali RPE Rival+ skate is nothing to scoff at. A lightweight ballistic nylon boot with stiffeners strategically built in provides superb support and performance in this entry-level skate, while retaining the heat-moldability the RPE family has brought to the table. The same Activ Wick moisture-wicking grip liner and HyperLock ankle pads found in the higher end models are found in the skate. The Movement Chassis and Labeda Millenium wheels carry on the balance and speed profile from the top-tier models, making the Rival+ skate an absolutely spectacular performance-for-value skate.
You can check these skates out and more, in-store and online here at Coast to Coast Hockey Shop, located in Vancouver, BC. Our skate experts will help you find your best performance fit.