The following is a guest equipment review written by Mark Russo.
The saying “What once was old is new again” certainly applies to the hockey glove category these days. While styles of gloves in recent years have moved to more ergonomic and streamlined looks, there has also been a movement among hockey purists to return to the basic, old-school designs that many of us grew up using, while still providing some of the enhanced safety built into the newer styles.
Bauer (formerly Nike-Bauer Hockey) first introduced their version of the classic 4 roll glove in 2008, and their newest version in 2009 is exactly what the hockey purist and safety conscious player will love.
One of the first things you will notice about the Bauer 4 Roll is the room to move within the glove, while still providing consistent fit. While many of the ergonomic gloves are made to fit the hand and its shape while holding a stick, they fall short on overall comfort and have a tight feel that makes stick handling and natural hand movement difficult at times. The Bauer 4 Roll gives the freedom to allow the hand to move without feeling restrictive, yet not so much room that the glove feels loose.
Flexibility and Palm Durability
In addition, the flexibility of the glove is outstanding – the Bauer 4 Roll allows you to open your hand up wide without having to force the glove open, making it feel like a part of your hand when you have to grab a stick on the ice – or a part of your opponent’s jersey. The palms are a nash-clarino material that is extremely comfortable and provides excellent feel. However, players that tape the shafts of their sticks for grip will find that the palms will pick up a good deal of wear on the top hand, so be prepared for the black marks (if using black tape) and more wear overall in comparison to other types of palm material like goatskin (used by CCM).
Padding and Protection
The padding in the Bauer 4 Roll is professional grade, with solid thumb and wrist protection in addition to reinforced finger padding. Each roll has an insert just under the fabric that provides protection without sacrificing flexibility in the glove. Having taken a couple of slashes and pucks off of the hands, I can tell you that these gloves pass the impact test with flying colors while still remaining very lightweight.
Depending on their level of play, the player should weigh the cost-benefit of the Bauer 4 Roll against what type of protection they are looking for in a glove. But having worn the CCM Pro Tacks gloves as well as the RBK 9K gloves, the Bauer 4 Roll is as good as anything on the market. Retailing for $94.99 in most places on-line, the Bauer 4 Roll is not cheap, but succeeds in providing NHL-level protection, outstanding mobility, excellent stick feel, and classic, old-school looks.
Where to Buy the Bauer 4 Roll Gloves Online
One of the most used sticks in the National Hockey League today is the new Bauer One95. As the 2008-2009 Season wears on, more and more Nike Bauer sponsored players are switching from the Vapor XXXX and the One90 sticks to the new Bauer One95 stick.
The new Supreme One95 is designed with the powerful player in mind. The stick is very rigid in the lower third of the shaft and can withstand substantial loading. The Monocomp technology helps to optimize weight and balance by reducing the need for additional composite at the joints, without sacrificing the integrity and strength of the stick.
The rigidity of the lower portion of the shaft on the One95 offers a low-mid flex, developing additional
energy transfer and increased velocity – especially using the Slapshot. Reduced torsion is accomplished by using the .520 Power Taper that also helps to enable the loading of the stick.
The feel and aesthetics of the stick are highly advanced from the One90 as well. The One95 offers a matte black finish with detailed, but subdued graphics along a double concave shaft to enhance grip and feel. An advanced tactile texture also offers a 10 gram reduction in overall weight versus comparable sticks.
Buying The One95 Stick
The One95 retails for $219.00, but can be found for well under $200.00 online at Total Hockey.net.
A little while back, we had a request to compile our hockey skate reviews into one article.
That has turned out well and we have received a great deal of feedback from readers saying that they appreciate being able to find what they are looking for by comparing the top models and brands all from one article.
Therefore, we have decided to bring all of our hockey stick reviews into one place as well. We hope that you find this collection of reviews useful.
You can find good deals on these and other hockey sticks at Total Hockey.net
What to Do With Your Old Sticks
We would also like to remind you that there are great ways to recycle your old hockey sticks.
I recently profiled the Nike Bauer One 90 stick and I have had requests to take a look at the One 90 skates as well. Many NHL Digest readers have commented that they like the Bauer One 90 skates better than the new Vapor XXXX skates.
I think that both skates have a lot of great functionality to them. However, many players these days buy skates for their looks.
I like the look of the One 90 as opposed to the new Bauer Vapor XXXX, but I never really liked the Nike styling to begin with. It certainly seems that the company has moved toward Nike styling with the Vapor XXXX.
Here are the specifications for the Bauer Supreme One 90:
- 3D thermoformed Tech Mesh Quarter Package
- Hydrophobic Clarino synthetic leather lining
- Exterior dual density heel wedge
- Lightweight Insta-form foam ankle pads
- Precision molded anatomical tongue with high-density metatarsal guard
- Composite power channel construction
- Full upper thermoformable footbed
- Perforated, full texallium composite outsole
- Tuuk Lightspeed 2 POWER with solid steel runner
If you are looking to buy the Bauer Supreme One 90 skates, the cheapest place that I could find them was on Total Hockey.net.
If you cannot find your size on Total Hockey, Hockey Giant.com offers great prices on new Bauer One 90 skates as well.
The Vapor XXXX stick has recently been released to pro players and Eric Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes was one of the first NHL players seen using the stick.
Benefits and Features
Preliminary analysis says that they are good for wrist shots, but people are preferring the Nike Bauer One90 Stick for slapshots. However, this is always a personal preference and most people will enjoy the performance as well as the look of the new Bauer Vapor XXXX Stick.
The Vapor XXXX stick features a long tapered shaft and thinner shaft walls for easier loading and a very quick release. The news Direct Energy Transfer technology allows for great feel of the puck on the blade and more accurate shooting.
Vapor XXXX Stick Design
The walls of the shaft are concave and feature rounded corners that feel more natural when holding the stick. All in all the Vapor XXXX is a well balanced high end hockey stick that measures up to the Stealth S17 and the RBK 9K-O.
Purchase the Vapor XXXX Stick
For the best price and great service, buy your Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX Stick at Total Hockey.net