Sunday, October 18, 2009

Discount Hockey Equipment Good or Bad?

I know every hockey player out there wants to know how to find cheap hockey equipment. As I said in a previous post, buying cheap equipment can have negative consequences. This post is different from that. That is why the title is Discount Hockey Equipment. Most people think that both subjects are the same, they can be, but not necessarily. Some hockey gear is better than others, that is why it is more expensive. There are times however, when this so called expensive gear is discounted at stores. The reason I'm posting about this is because we are getting close to the so called "discount product time" in sports. Through out the years, I've seena pattern that all online hockey stores seem to follow. What is that pattern? Read below to find out.

The retail hockey stores and online hockey stores both seem to start discounting items around late October and All through parts of November. Why is that? I'm not sure exactly, but I think it has something to do with the Christmas season. In all my years of playing hockey, these were the times when I got the best deals on my hockey equipment. So, to all the inline hockey players out there, be on the look for discount coupons and coupon codes for all your favorite hockey stores. You can get some great deals when all the hockey gear goes on sale. I find that this time of the year is a particularly great period to pick up a pair of brand new inline hockey skates for an extremely low price. I'll be doing some searching soon, and I just wanted everyone to know that they should be on the look out for such offers. There is nothing worse than searching for a hockey coupon code, finding it and then learning that you missed the deal by a day or two. Trust me, I've had things like that happen more than once. So, I'm warning everyone to keep their eyes and ears open during this time.

Usually this is when I get the most expensive and important gear on sale. I hold out on buying hockey helmets and skates for as long as possible until I reserve this time of the year for my hockey shopping. If you are a hockey player, then those will most likely be the two pieces of equipment that cost the most for you and you are going to want to get those when they are on sale. For goalies, you may be able to get a discount on goalie pads, waffles, chest protectors or gloves. Goalies have to deal with the most expensive gear all around I think, so they may want to take extra special attention here. There's no secret, just be on the look out and search your favorite search engines for hockey codes and hockey coupons for your favorite online hockey stores. Now is the time of the year when you can start to find some great discount hockey equipment.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Old Hockey Equipment

I've written a post about old used hockey equipment before. This post will be a little a different. It's more of a setup for a series of upcoming posts in which I show some of my old hockey gear. I was originally going to just lump all the pictures of all my old equipment here, but I figured why not include them in seperate portions it would make more sense. So this is just the first little article in which I'll talk about the equipment as a whole and then next few will break down each individual piece.

Before I forget, I came across a cool little blog called The Lind Hockey file. I recommend everyone check it out. It has some nice NHL information on there and an interesting discussion in the comments regarding Detroit's ability to make it to the stanley cup finals for the 09-10 season. Are the Red Wings too old to pull it off? I'm not sure, we'll have to wait and see.

The used hockey gear I'll be talking about is atleast 7-8 years old. Some of it is even older. The funny thing is, some of it is not even used anymore by anyone. What I mean by that is some of the equipment companies were bought out by others. I know you can't find my old jofa gloves anywhere anymore. They were actually a very good pair, one of the best I had owned and from what I remember, weren't too expensive. They were actually a gift, but I saw the price tag at the store.

My helmet is possibly the newest piece of equipment in the bunch. It's a Mission carbon helmet. Recently, the Mission Hockey company was bought out by Bauer. My second newest piece of gear was my Mission hockey pants. These were very good as well. It seems as though I was on a Mission kick towards the end of my hockey playing. Both those pieces of gear were purchased at an online hockey store. I had great experiences with purchasing them. Well, not the hockey pants. They actually had to be returned at least once, because they didn't fit me properly. That was more of a mistake by me and not the online store. Now I did have a problem with a pair of skates that I purchased not too long ago, but I won't mention the store here. I will say that the store itself did give me a refund for the hockey skates after I had asked for it with no problems whatsoever. That is why I won't give them a hard time.

So stay tuned for for the upcoming hockey posts. They will have pictures and a little information about each in them. Who knew old used hockey equipment could be so interesting?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Reebok Hockey Jerseys

As you all know, I'm fascinated with the Reebok Hockey company. Being a hockey player myself, I know that the technology that is used with making the equipment for the sport can make a huge difference in one's playing abilities. I believe this is true in inline hockey more than ice hockey, but that is besides the point. Their relatively new RBK Edge premier hockey jerseys are extremely cool in concept. They supposedly repel moisture so you don't have to be soaked when playing long hours. If that isn't cool enough they also are very lightweight and allow the player to have a better range of movement and conformatablity. I don't know of any other company in the sport of hockey that has come up with something like this.

Reebok's Play Dry system is supposed to make water collect in beads and then repel from the jersey. When I first heard about this, like most hockey players, I thought it was great. It sounds like something that would be made for a racing sport. Who wouldn't want to play a game of hockey in a jersey that is less restrictive and won't collect sweat from playing all day long. All seemed great, because both roller hockey players and ice hockey players could utilize this hockey jersey and help themselves be one step ahead of their opposing competition. I mean having great hockey gear is essential to having an edge in the sport. The whole RBK Edge jersey would've been a great addition to my hockey equipment. Or so I thought. I still have yet to buy one. What is the reason that an avid roller hockey player such as myself would be hesitant to go out and get one of these cutting edge jerseys? Well, it turns out the technology of water repelling itself is keeping from going out and trying on the RBK Edge.

How many times have we seen things like this in the world. A brand new thing comes along that fixes one problem, but creates another. Stuff like this has happened in other sports. Usually, the equipment manufacturers find a way around the problem and fix the issues at hand. In all fairness, this the way things are. In a sport like hockey, you have multiple choices. Now granted, the NHL players have to wear these jerseys when they play. Remember, Reebok is their official equipment provider. They have a pretty big deal with the NHL, so you won't see players not wearing these jerseys when you go to a game. If you read about the problems themselves, you may not think it is a big deal and I don't think it's as huge as some hockey players think it is. But, complaints are complaints. Sports leagues are full players that complain. Some are valid and some are just downright petty. That's not to say people are whiners, depending on the way you play hockey, it may affect you or others differently.

I've read complaints about NHL players having their hands and gloves soaked while playing hockey. It makes sense, if the jersey is getting rid of all the moisture, where does that moisture go? It has to repel somewhere. In a high intense sport such as hockey, there will be alot of moisture and having that all gather in one spot can be annoying. Who wants to stick handle with soaking wet hands. What kind of effect will this have on the hockey sticks? Will this screw up slapshots or wrist shots? These are all very valid questions for those who play the sport of hockey. Will this keep me from going out and buying of these jerseys. In short, no it won't. I will eventually get around to purchasing a RBK Edge jersey, but I won't be rushing out to obtain one. I'll get one when I am good and ready to or to be more precise when I can afford one.

I don't want to take anything away from Reebok though, because they did have an extremely good concept here. The thought of having a jersey be a performance enhancing piece of equipment and comfort is a great one in my opinion. No doubt that players today are increasingly having much better hockey equipment that will lend to giving them more of an edge against yesterdays players. This almost reminds me of that whole swimsuit debacle that was happening this year. You know, where all the swim records were being broken because of the new streamlined swimsuits. I don't quite think anything like this has happened in hockey yet, but we probably aren't far from it. The RBK Edge jerseys are just bringing us one step further I think. One day, we will have hockey gear that will truly seperate us from the days of old and I'm talking significant.

I believe any future hockey gear enhancements in the industry will mostly be speed related. I've always said speed is essential in the sport of hockey, especially roller hockey. When players increase their speed, they increase chances of scoring goals. They increase their likely hood of getting to the puck or taking out an opposing player. They increase probably almost every aspect of their game. Just as Reebok has done with their pump skates series, they have taken hockey jerseys to a creative new level. That's one thing I like about this manufacturer as a hockey equipment company. They think outside the box when it comes to not only what players want, but what they need and will benefit from as well. What will be next? I'm not sure. The sport of hockey has declined in popularity over the years. I mean, I love the sport and I do know of many that are diehard players and are huge fans of the NHL. I think it's long overdue for a jump start. Will this happen sooner rather than later. Who knows. All I know is that the idea of these Reebok hockey jerseys is a good start and will help push the momentum forward.