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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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6 comments:

  1. I was just in Singapore and I saw a shop that was fairly large and had a lot of hockey equipment and a great selection of high-end hockey skates. When I saw the TotalOne skates from Bauer, I couldn't believe the price- under $250.00 USD! I know they're designed in Canada, but many less expensive skates are made in Asian countries. What's the story? Are the mfr.'s back-door selling excess or defective product? I bought a pair and I must admit, they seem real, not copies.

    Ken Cottrell

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  2. That's interesting. I wish I had an answer for you, but I haven't the slightest clue what's going on there. They could very well be authentic. One question: did you notice if other items in the store were proportionally cheaper, like the Total One skates? For instance, did you see any Reebok 11K skates or CCM U+CL Skates for $190?

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  3. what most closely resembles the boot of the total one supremes? i have total ones and im getting some roller hockey skates to mess around with and they dont have any total one boots. and i dont want to stray to far away from my ice skates.

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  4. Well, you're probably going to have a tough time finding a pair of inline skates that fit like your Total One's. Unfortunately, Bauer (nor anyone else, for that matter) doesn't produce an inline skate that offers the same fit as the Total One. But, what you could do is get a pair of Supreme One80 or One100 ice skates and then remove the holders and mount on a set of inline chassis. Sticking with the Supreme line is your best bet, and if you go with the One100 or One80, you'll get the closest fit to the Total One boots. If you decide to go that route, I'd recommend going with a Vanguard Hi-Lo chassis.

    Sorry for the delayed response. I guess I didn't receive an alert when the comment got posted. Hope all is well, and let us know if you have any other questions.

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  5. I am just curious which other skates fit like Total ones and the other Supremes. They fit awesome on me (the D width), but I just want to try some other things.

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  6. Hey Trev,
    The TotalOne skates and the rest of the skates in the Supreme line, provide a regular heel fit, regular instep, and a slightly narrower toe box fit. Vapor skates tend to be a little bit more shallow and narrow from heel to toe, and they also put you in a more aggressive forward stance. The fit of the Vapor skates isn't too different from the fit of the Supremes, and I've had great experiences with both.

    The closest fit to the Supreme line from another manufacturer would probably be the Reebok 11K Skates in standard D width. I just tried a pair of 11K's recently and they felt great. The toe box is a little wider than the Supreme skates, but the heel is just a hair narrower. The instep is also just a little deeper. If you like the fit of a Supreme D, you should do well with an 11K D width.

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