Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Reebok Hockey Equipment

Everyone out there knows that Reebok hockey equipment or whatever gear they choose, can make or break a serious hockey player. Reebok hockey skates are more and more popular each day. Reebok is a company that is zooming full speed ahead at obtaining supremacy in the competition for best hockey gear manufacturer. The National Hockey League thinks that they are good enough to be called official equipment of the NHL. This company went from being a mere shoe company to dominating sports equipment. Think about that for a second. It doesn't take a genius to realize that Reebok is giving it there are all. The way I see it, hockey players both professional and recreational, will only benefit. While Bauer has reigned supreme all these years with CCM coming in at a very close second, they now have to up their game. When you see what's mostly known as a shoe manufacturer starting to gain speed in the hockey equipment department, you know you are in for a tough road ahead.



Lets take a look at Reebok's hockey skates for a second. We'll focus on the RBK series. They have included one of their old famous shoe designs, known as the pump, into the skate. The pump when you think about it, should be ideal for a hockey player. They need their skates to be extremely tight on their feet if they want optimal control. You can't be a fast player without some sort of control and in theory, the pump would be great for that. Are there drawbacks to the Reebok pump skate? There could be. I'm not familiar with all of the inner workings of the skate, but the pump probably works by trapping air in the boot of the skate. What happens if this breaks. Will it deflate and be left unstiff or loose? Will you also have to go out and buy a new pair of hockey skates? I don't know, maybe not though. Remember, they are endorsed by the NHL, so they most likely are a quality skate.



Remember when I said that CCM was always a close second and that Bauer had to get a move on? Well, CCM was bought out by Reebok. That is why you only see the official Reebok logo on the NHL jerseys now. While the fact that they obtained a quality hockey company should improve their products, I am always worried about the fact that us hockey players are having smaller and smaller choices when it comes to equipment. You have to look at the flipside though. Now that the two companies are under one roof, the technology for making hockey gear should vastly improve.



There were some dark spots on the company in 2008. Reebok had to recall around one thousand helmets because of faulty chin straps. The RBK helmet models HT4K up to HT8K were the ones that were recalled. I'm pretty sure even with this minor setback, there were no reported injuries with the defective helmets. I can forgive them for this little blunder and I'm sure most hockey players will too.



The RBK Inline Series of Equipment



Their current line of skates are:



Crimson Shadow



- The Pump

- TRI-DI Lite Aluminum Chasis

- Rink Rat Hockey Wheels



Resurrektion



- The Pump

- TRI-DI Lite Extruded Aluminum Chasis

- Rink Rat Hornet Wheels



Dusk



- The Pump

- TRI-DI Lite Extruded Aluminum Chasis

- Rink Rat Hot Shot Wheels

- Skatelock



Forsaken



- The Pump

- TRI-DI Lite Extruded Aluminum Chasis

- Rink Rat Hot Shot Wheels

- Skatelock

- Side Vamping with air intake



Azure



- Rink Rat VT 733 Wheels

- Side Vamping with air intake

- Embossed tendon guard

- Vented toe cap



Anyone who's familiar with roller hockey would be able to tell which one is the best skate. I'll help out a bit. I'm going to go ahead and say that I think it is the first one. The first skate seems to be their top of the line one too. I've got no idea what the actual retail price is, but I've seen these skates going for upwards of four hundred dollars. If you search for your online hockey stores, you may be able to get it on discount. Sometimes if you have a certain size foot, they'll have an extra pair that usually is hard to sell and they may mark off the price on the inline skates.

So, there you have it. With all the hoopla regarding Reebok as the number one hockey equipment manufacturer, I can very well say that they atleast seem to be trying their hardest. With a brand name like CCM under their belt I have faith in them. I've been dying to try out a pair of their RBK skate series, maybe one day I will.

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