Monday, August 30, 2010

Bauer Hockey Still The King?

Bauer Hockey, is it still the king of hockey equipment companies? I can't say for sure, but I'll weigh in on it. I think they are still doing pretty good. As of late, it really has become a two hockey gear company sport. You have Bauer which is owned by Nike and you have Reebok. Nike is such a huge brand name in sports, that they really don't have to advertise. In fact, I read an article stating that they only try to look cool now, because they are so well known. That's smart. What was even smarter was that Nike had decided to purchase a hockey company like Bauer in the first place. They already had a well established built in userbase and many hockey players gladly crossed over when the two companies had decided to merge. When two sports companies get together and decide to partner up a whole host of possibilities open up. Their technologies can combine to create the ultimate sports equipment. That is why we are at where we are today when it comes to sporting goods. I can safely say that I do believe we have the best and most useful hockey equipment at this point in time. That's only natural. So, Bauer is still doing good because of Nike, but their competition does have a slight upperhand.

Reebok followed Nike's footsteps not too long ago. With their acquistion of CCM, they paved their way to the NHL. The National Hockey League is where you want to be seen if you are a company in the sport of hockey. This is where all the players and fans see the logos and you can bet your bottom dollar that if a company's logo is on a major NHL star, they will sell some of their products to hockey players both young and old. Bauer hockey is still the favorite of many NHL players, but they are not the official equipment.

Bauer hockey makes great hockey skates. I have no problem saying that. I've actually owned a pair back when I first started getting serious in the sport of roller hockey. I'm going to assume that their ice hockey gear is just as good as their gear for inline hockey players. It doesn't take a genius to see that they established themselves very well in the sport. So, even though it is not the official gear in the NHL, Bauer hockey may still be high upon the thrown.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Warrior Hockey - Rising Hockey Gear Company?

Ok, I'm going to talk a little big about a hockey equipment company called Warrior Hockey. I'll get to them in a bit, but first I'm going to tell you how I came to find out about them. Now keep in mind that I have never used any of their equipment. When I played roller hockey regularly, most of the hockey gear I was looking at was from either CCM, Bauer, or Mission hockey. All of those 3 companies have either merged or been bought out by another hockey company. Which is probably what lead me to find this Warrior Hockey equipment company. Believe it or not, I actually frequent these online hockey stores to see what new gear is out. Some of them I have bought from before. I've purchased stuff from Hockey Giant a few years back and had some pretty good service. I also check out places like Hockey Monkey to see what they have in their selection. Most of the time you get pretty similar hockey equipment choices, but every once in a while you'll see things listed on one site that is not on the other. I have found that most of these tend to be size/color related hockey gear that is either in or out of stock.

So, I've talked about the hockey sites I visit to look at what's available. How did I find out about Warrior Hockey? I think I saw them listed in the hockey gloves section of one of online stores. Now, I was browsing the gloves section to look at Reebok and Easton hockey gloves. I actually was looking more at the Easton gloves, because I have a fondness for them. So I am looking at the gloves section and I'm like what is this Warrior stuff? I've never heard of this company before. At this point, I had not been playing for a few years. So, I took a look at the gloves and they were pretty cool looking. Since I liked what I saw, I decided to head over to the official Warrior Hockey website.

First things first. I didn't know what kind of hockey equipment Warrior produced. I was hoping to see a pair of roller hockey skates, because that is my favorite type of hockey gear. To my surprise there were not any listed on the website. From what I saw though, they seemed to specialize in more protective gear. First up I will show what I saw in their hockey stick section.

Warrior Hockey Sticks

Kronik - 420 grams
Dolomite Spyne - 440 grams
Dolomite Double D - 440 grams
AK - 475 grams
Swizzle - 500 grams
Anthem - 525 grams
Bentley - 565 grams

For me, I always went for the lightest stick. Faster players like to stick handle much quicker and this was always a preference of mine as a hockey player. So, If I had to choose a stick just based on weight alone, I would probably go for Warrior Hockey's Kronik hocky stick. They also listed Goalie hockey sticks, but I'll save that one for another post. Besides, I was never a hockey goalie and when I tried, I didn't do too well.

They also sold versions of the sticks above as seperate shafts that you can attach and remove hockey blades. They only had listed Dolomite, AK, and Swizzle as seperate shafts.

Their hockey gloves looked really cool. From what I saw, they looked to all be made of leather, but I can't be 100% positive about that.

Warrior Hockey Gloves

AK27 Pro
Eraser pro

It seems as though two gloves had both lower end and higher end versions. These you can obviously see are the Eraser and AK27 hockey gloves. This is pretty common in hockey equipment companies. I see it all the time in hockey skates.

Well thats all the equipment that I'm going to talk about for now. They do have more listed and its mostly protective gear. I'll get into that later. I will say this. It looks as though one of the top rising hockey companies in 2010 is Warrior Hockey.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Best Hockey Cage For Inline Hockey Players

I know that I've discussed hockey cages and shields before. What I haven't done is give my take on which ones are good. Basically, if you play roller hockey or inline hockey as some like to call it, then you need to have a cage on your helmet to protect your face. If you are like me, you hate having to see through the wires. There is a fix for that. You can go and buy a hockey shield, but they have their own problems. Now, keep in mind that I've never actually used a hockey shield on my helmet, I've thought about it, but I've never actually put one on there. I've heard about having to invest in defogging spray for the shields. I don't know how true that is, but apparently the breath from the player can fog up the shield and cause vision problems.

Now, some hockey companies claim to have the answer for the whole fogging in the hockey shields problem. They mix a cage and a shield. The bottom part of the mask, is the cage wire. The vision part is the shield. I can't tell you if it works or not, but it seems like it might.

Now, what can I tell you about hockey cages? I used a cooper hockey cage for years. I think it's ok. I don't know why I chose it over an itech one. At the time when I started playing, Itech shields were pretty big, but I just was comfortable with Cooper's cage. Today, I think the same type of cage is made by Nike. That's my take on the best hockey cage for hockey players.