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Old 11-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #2101
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Wearing a cage is no issue once you get used to it.
Lost count of the number of times that a puck/stick has hit my cage over the years.
I'd highly recommend getting a titanium one - its almost weightless.
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Hi all, I don't normally post here but I frequent this section and read up on reviews/advice. I guess I am a lurker and i've learned a crap load.

Just picked up a new visor/cage so I want to get rid of my Bauer deluxe visor to recover some cost. I've made a FS thread linked in the spoiler ... #shamelessplug

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Time for a new pair of skates and sport ckek has some ccm u+ 08/12 on sale. Never has ccm skates before. How are these skates? Are these wide , narrow? Is sizing 1 or 2 sizes down? Like to get an idea before heading to a store. Thanks
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Time for a new pair of skates and sport ckek has some ccm u+ 08/12 on sale. Never has ccm skates before. How are these skates? Are these wide , narrow? Is sizing 1 or 2 sizes down? Like to get an idea before heading to a store. Thanks
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Compared to what? Bauer?

IIRC CCMs run wider than Bauer Vapors throughout the foot. Flatter arch. Similar to a Reebok fit. Sizes are comparable to other skate manufacturers.

Some Sport Cheks should have enough selection from most of the manufacturers to make an informed decision. Stack a deal with some TeamAssist coupons!
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CCM's run at least 1 to 1 1/2 size smaller than your shoes.
I wear size 9's and my RBK's are 7 1/2's, as were my old CCM 852's.
Ball of the foot is slightly wider than a Bauer and definitely less arch than the Bauers.
Also, the CCM's have a V styled heel whereas the RBK's have a U shaped heel so the fit is different. Definitely have to test fit them.
CCM changed their book designs when RBK bought them and the RBK's fit more like the old CCM tacks.
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I have a team assist coupon to use and skates is something I want to see in person before purchasing.

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Compared to what? Bauer?

IIRC CCMs run wider than Bauer Vapors throughout the foot. Flatter arch. Similar to a Reebok fit. Sizes are comparable to other skate manufacturers.

Some Sport Cheks should have enough selection from most of the manufacturers to make an informed decision. Stack a deal with some TeamAssist coupons!
I actually am coming from a Bauer Vapor XXII. If CCM's run wider, sounds to me they aren't for me then.

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CCM's run at least 1 to 1 1/2 size smaller than your shoes.
I wear size 9's and my RBK's are 7 1/2's, as were my old CCM 852's.
Ball of the foot is slightly wider than a Bauer and definitely less arch than the Bauers.
Also, the CCM's have a V styled heel whereas the RBK's have a U shaped heel so the fit is different. Definitely have to test fit them.
CCM changed their book designs when RBK bought them and the RBK's fit more like the old CCM tacks.
Hmm...with this info I may pass on CCM's then. Maybe if I have time this wknd, I'll swing by a store and try on a pair. Thanks!
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I tried on a bauer IMS helmet today.. jesus that thing is sweet. also tried one on with a titanium cage (i think it was a reakt one), and those who said it is unnoticeable is right. this thing is super light and so thin that i could get used to it pretty fast... but unfortunately i won't be wearing a bird cage until something happens

the easton e700 helmet is sexy and comfortable as well... should have gotten that when i was debating between that and the bauer 7500 i ended up getting
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except for bauer stuff that they can't ship, Vaughn gear that isn't allowed to go on sale, and pretty much anything else worth while.

Hockeymonkey and goaliemonkey just aren't what they used to be, especially now that the hockey shop is matching HM and GM pricing.
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I tried on a bauer IMS helmet today.. jesus that thing is sweet. also tried one on with a titanium cage (i think it was a reakt one), and those who said it is unnoticeable is right. this thing is super light and so thin that i could get used to it pretty fast... but unfortunately i won't be wearing a bird cage until something happens

the easton e700 helmet is sexy and comfortable as well... should have gotten that when i was debating between that and the bauer 7500 i ended up getting
Which IMS? I'm currently in a Reakt, and would actually give it up for the IMS 9 (I think that's the Reakt shell with VN padding). It felt so much comfier on my head (and the reakt is super comfy to begin with), with minimal weight gains.

Why wait to put on the cage? Dental bills can easily cost 10-20x the cost of the cage. And like you noticed, you really don't see it when you're out there on the ice. Give it a shift and you're gold the rest of the way.


6thGear: If Vapors almost fit you perfectly, then I'd stick with them. I'm in X60s as the Supremes were just a tad wide in the heel (but perfect everywhere else). The Vapors are a nice compromise for me. The only other skate manufacturer that came close to fitting my feet perfectly were Eastons, which I may revisit with their Mako skate.
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Which IMS? I'm currently in a Reakt, and would actually give it up for the IMS 9 (I think that's the Reakt shell with VN padding). It felt so much comfier on my head (and the reakt is super comfy to begin with), with minimal weight gains.

Why wait to put on the cage? Dental bills can easily cost 10-20x the cost of the cage. And like you noticed, you really don't see it when you're out there on the ice. Give it a shift and you're gold the rest of the way.


6thGear: If Vapors almost fit you perfectly, then I'd stick with them. I'm in X60s as the Supremes were just a tad wide in the heel (but perfect everywhere else). The Vapors are a nice compromise for me. The only other skate manufacturer that came close to fitting my feet perfectly were Eastons, which I may revisit with their Mako skate.
i will be honest.. i don't want to look like a kid wearing a kid... just doesn't have the aesthetic appeal.. i know it's bad
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6thGear: If Vapors almost fit you perfectly, then I'd stick with them. I'm in X60s as the Supremes were just a tad wide in the heel (but perfect everywhere else). The Vapors are a nice compromise for me. The only other skate manufacturer that came close to fitting my feet perfectly were Eastons, which I may revisit with their Mako skate.
I guess I want try something different? Assuming it fits of course. Funny you mention the mako, those were suggested to me. Hah
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I guess I want try something different? Assuming it fits of course. Funny you mention the mako, those were suggested to me. Hah
Makos are actually retail (with new modifications, but likely dumbed-down) versions of the MLX skate (too lazy to explain, but Google will satisfy your curiousity).

From all accounts that I've read, they are off the charts with moldability (and therefore fit). Eastons have always fit me the best, but as with any Easton skate (Mako included), I'm worried about durability.

The Halloween colours don't help, either. But if it fits and performs, who am I to talk
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I love my ccm rbz 60 and how it has multi flex points. Good stick for the price, my snap shots are more crisp compared to before.
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sportchek richmond Centre is doing their private sales event again next tuesday November 12th. 25% off regular and 10% off Sale.

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loving my stage 2. had to get used to and still am getting more used to the lightness, but i love how it has little to no taper.. i can really get the load on the clappers.. and there isnt as much lag due it its variable flex than other true mid flexes for snappers and wristers. not sure how much of the variable flex is a gimmick though, but the stick itself feels amazing.... they need to make one with a full black blade though
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Damn.. the stage 2 must be godlike compared to my 60 lol. Yea I've used my stick for like 8 games and my
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Interesting. I've got teammates who complain about the stage 2. They liked first one better.
For me, I still like the Nexus 1000 better than the first RBZ, but then I am more a clapper from the point than a down low sniper.
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I loved the first RBZ stick but unfortunately it broke. I tried out the RBZ Stage 2 and didn't really like it, ended up choosing Easton V9E. I've never really been a fan of Easton sticks, and have always picked something different, but the V9E felt great compared to a few of the other top-end sticks out there. I guess time will tell on the durability.
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I never tried the first gen rbz so I can't compare it to the stage 2... happy with the stage 2 and I got it for 200 taxes in, so I am not complaining.. so far it is holding up very well.
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I never tried the first gen rbz so I can't compare it to the stage 2... happy with the stage 2 and I got it for 200 taxes in, so I am not complaining.. so far it is holding up very well.
My biggest complaint on the RBZ 1 is that I can't find the sweet spot for my clappers. As a sniper type stick, wrist shots have a quick release. I use the RNK curve and I can ping it off the cross bar on a pretty regular basis.
But when it comes to clappers from the point, I can't find the same consistency that i get from my Nexus or even the older Tone's.
I've actually gone back to using up my stash of Tone's.
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Thats probably your best bet anyways (assuming your a dman) you're not going to be ringing it off the bar in the slot very often. What happens when your reserve runs out? *Knock on wood* lol

The RBZ's are durable sticks. I absolutely love their type of blade, and i believe the stage 2's is very similar to the first gen..atleast thats how it felt. For $200 you can't really go wrong.

I know i just got an Easton lol but it really pisses me off when the blade goes before the shaft. It was the exact opposite with the RBZ.
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My biggest complaint on the RBZ 1 is that I can't find the sweet spot for my clappers. As a sniper type stick, wrist shots have a quick release. I use the RNK curve and I can ping it off the cross bar on a pretty regular basis.
But when it comes to clappers from the point, I can't find the same consistency that i get from my Nexus or even the older Tone's.
I've actually gone back to using up my stash of Tone's.
your problem is that pinging shots off the x bar isn't going to get your goals
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sportchek richmond Centre is doing their private sales event again next tuesday November 12th. 25% off regular and 10% off Sale.

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and for non members I think entrance is by donation, $5 to a foodbank or smth like that
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