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Friday, April 30, 2010

Bauer Supreme TOTAL ONE Hockey Skates Review

Bauer continues to push the hockey skate market with breakthrough technology and innovation. The new Bauer Supreme TOTAL ONE Skates are fully loaded with every feature at Bauer’s disposal. Leading up to the release of Bauer’s 2010 Supreme line there was plenty of hype surrounding the TOTAL ONE’s, but there were also many skeptics who had a hard time justifying the projected $800 price tag. For anyone who has had the opportunity to skate with them, or simply try them on in the store, the question is no longer “Why would I spend $800 on skates?” but instead “What should I cut out of my budget this month so I can grab a pair?”

If you haven't had a chance to try them on yet, I'd highly recommend grabbing a pair ASAP. But in the meantime, I'll go ahead and lay it out on paper for you. The big question is "What makes the TOTAL ONE better than its predecessor, the Supreme ONE95?" First off, at 695 grams in size 8 the TOTAL ONE skates are lighter than the ONE95's which were well over 700 grams. The Anaform boot is constructed with a lightweight, Alive composite quarter which is thermoformable for a great fit. The TOTAL ONE offers a superior, contoured fit which has been optimized for weight reduction, comfort and support.
Lightspeed Fusion Runners

One of the other major weight-reduction contributors was the implementation of the new Tuuk Lightspeed Fusion Runners which are 30% lighter than the Lightspeed 2.1 Power runners which were used on the ONE95 skates. The Fusion Runners are constructed with lightweight aluminum (upper portion of the runner) and high grade stainless steel which are fused together with epoxy and rivets. The breakthrough concept was first explored by CCM with the Rocket Runner and has been optimized by Bauer with their substitution of aluminum in place of the plastic which was used in the upper portion of the Rocket Runner.

Another new feature of the TOTAL ONE skates is the customizable reflex tongue. The tongue is constructed with a channel for composite inserts which provide varying degrees of stiffness to deliver maximum recoil with each stride. The inserts are available in Mid, Stiff and X-Stiff to accommodate the personal preferences and needs of each player, determined mainly by their weight and the aggressiveness of their skating style. This is a new approach to boot customization, which previously had not been placed so conveniently in the hands of consumers.
Total One Reflex Tongue Inserts

The outsole of the boot is made with texalium composite and is well ventilated with 4 strategically placed perforations in the base of the mid-foot. The boot has an incredibly comfortable interior with Hydrophobic liner that provides a secure fit with a textured grip that locks your feet in place. Another feature which provides added comfort is the comfort edge on the top portion of the quarter package. Pro players and custom skate users have been fortunate enough to enjoy this feature for quite some time, but with the TOTAL ONE it comes as a stock feature.

If you're not convinced yet, just listen to what some of the NHL's top players have to say about the Bauer TOTALONE Skates in this special feature video provided by Bauer Hockey Inc.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Official Launch of the Blog

First off, welcome to the blog. We're proud to announce the official launch of our blog, and since this is a new venture we would like to take a few moments just to bring everyone up to speed. The plan is simple: to provide an open forum for hockey players, hockey fans, hockey moms, hockey dads, hockey coaches and newcomers to the sport.

Hockey Giant is the #1 online hockey equipment source, and we hope to become the #1 source for all things hockey-related. We believe that our customers are intuitive and well-informed, and that's why we would like to encourage everyone to get involved. If you think that you have something to contribute, then by all means feel free to share your thoughts and insights.

The hockey community is tightly-knit but it's growing quickly... So in order to help you keep up with the high-speed pace, we would like to give everyone involved in the world's greatest sport an opportunity to interact, learn, teach, rant, rave and discuss the topics that are most important to them.

The blog is a place where you can read about your favorite hockey sticks, catch up on NHL trade rumors, preview the newest hockey gear, share training tips and connect with other hockey fanatics just like you. At this point, pretty much anything even marginally relevant to hockey is fair game for discussion.