Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Armada Hockey Equipment Company Signs Gerald "Gerry" Osterkamp

So, I was just checking out some youtube roller hockey videos, when I happened across one about Gerry Osterkamp.  Osterkamp, for those who do not know, is a MLRH player for the LA Pama Cyclones.  The Cyclones are known for their major successes in pro roller hockey tournaments as well as Itan Chavira, one of the best roller hockey danglers and a former ECHL player.  I also mentioned Gerry Osterkamp a few months back as one of the top ten hockey players on youtube.  Seems like I was right.  A brand new hockey equipment company called Armada Hockey has just signed him to promote its products.  It looks like he will be wearing some prototype skates with Mission or Labeda chasis.

While that's great news for Osterkamp, what's even better is the fact that we are getting a new roller hockey equipment company.  I've been saying for years that all this buying out of one another in hockey gear companies limits players choices and now Armada Hockey has just thrown its hat into the ring as something new and fresh.  If you pay close attention to the video you can get a sneak peak at some of the products that they will be selling.  I saw some sleak hockey sticks with a white blade in a golf bag, some multi colored pucks on an office desk and a skate boot design.  The names of the skates were seen on a board and I glimpsed  AR-9, AR-7, AR-5, and AR-3.  The numbering seems simliar to the way Abec makes it's bearings Abec 3 - 9.  Anyways, I'll be on the look out for more information regarding Armada Hockey and what their product line is.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Is The Bauer Straight Cut Tinted Visor Better Than Oakley?

Recently, I just bought a new hockey visor.  It is a tinted one by Bauer.  I think the official name of the line is Straight Cut Pro Half Shield.  I was debating on if i should buy this or the grey Oakley visor.  In the end, I decided to go with this and I'm happy.  It's not overly dark in tint.  You can still see the players eyes and it cuts down on glare.  I haven't had any problems with it fogging up either.  One of the positives that I found over the Oakley one is that the one made by Bauer is about 12 dollars cheaper.  So I don't have to go and spend 70 dollars on Oakley's grey tinted visor.  While I do have a bunch of positives to say about the visor, there are some things I don't like.

If you have a Bauer 4500 hockey helmet, the shield will not conform to the helmet, but the helmet gets pulled out to the shield.  I think it is because the sheild plastic is alot stronger than the helmet's plastic.  The helmets plastic tends to bend and get pulled out when you tighten the visor on it.  This isn't too bad, it just looks a little odd.  I'm sure with  one piece helmets that have strong plastic or carbon it won't do that.  In any case, I recommend you be careful when tightening or apply the visor to any hockey helmet.  If it is too tight, you may crack it.  I read somewhere that the visor will also move or slide up and down on the helmet a little bit, but I don't seem to have this problem.  Hopefully it won't crack, it hasn't yet.  All in all the Bauer Straight Cut is a good brand and I highly recommend it to anyone out there playing roller hockey.