ZeroGravitas Posted September 15, 2022 Share Posted September 15, 2022 (edited) I wasn't planning on writing this originally, but the forum post lamenting the lack of activity on these boards made me want to do something to generate some discussion. New for 2022 is CCM's Axis 2 line. It was highly anticipated by yours truly because I was interested in how they would incorporate their new knee system - dubbed Dynamic Response System Pro by CCM. Also new for this year is the launch of CCM's new custom program. CCM now offers tiers of custom - Total Custom and Total Custom Pro. We won't talk about All Out here - that is essentially Total Custom Pro with a custom graphic. With Total Custom, you get reduced custom options at a slight (inflationary?) increase in price over the prior CCM release - the Extreme Flex 5. Essentially, you're paying more for less. Less custom options and less color/material options. With Total Custom Pro, you get the full custom options that you're accustomed to from prior CCM releases at an additional cost: +$50USD over TC for the catcher, +$50USD over TC for the blocker, +$100 USD over TC for the leg pads. The big draw with TCP is that your equipment is to Pro-Spec, which includes the lace on the inner landing edge. But a bummer is that you don't truly get all of the custom options. For example, the pros get some custom options with EFlex that us mortals cannot get, such as having options beyond Control Rebound or Max Rebound, or getting Soft/Stiff options for the pad flex. Even with TCP, you cannot choose a Face Foam Option - you'll be stuck with MaxRebound+. In my opinion, this is understandable as a retail stock option and even as a Total Custom option (should have renamed this custom tier though...), but not at the Total Custom Pro level. But enough yammering. Let's get to the gear. Full disclosure: I am employed at a hockey store and paid less than retail for this equipment. All thoughts are my own, malformed and pulled from my ass, and not my employer’s. As far as I know, CCM does not know or care who I am - though with my obnoxious colorways, I have no doubt they could find me and pee-pee whack me. I have no relationship with CCM beyond working at a retail store and selling their (and other manufacturer's) equipment. Leg Pads Category Retail/Stock Option My Specs Notes Knee Cradle Recessed Foam w/ Removable Knee Wrap Recessed Foam w/ Removable Knee Wrap Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. Toe Arrangement HD Toe Bridge w/ Bungee Lace HD Toe Bridge w/ Bungee Lace Additional options with TCP. TC has optional skate lace. Knee Landing 3D Grip 3D Grip Changeable with Total Custom Pro only (Suregrip). Flex Options Pre Curved/Single Break Core/No Outer Break Pre Curved/Single Break Core/No Outer Break TC allows same as stock, but with a single external break. TCP allows numerous options. Knee Strap Option No (Leather) Strap, 2" Elastic Only No (Leather) Strap, 2" Elastic Only TC allows a leather strap below knee. TCP allows a leather strap at the knee. Inside Leg Channel and Calf Strap Options Loose FIT QMSS Tight Fit QMSS TC allows Loose and Tight fits with QMSS or with 2 leather straps. TCP allows numerous options. Leg and Boot Channel Shallow Soft Shallow Soft Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. Boot Strap Options No Strap Under Heel Angle Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. Thigh Protector Tab No Lace Tab No Lace Tab Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. I ordered my set as a 33+1.5 with all white weave, except the landing area, which is red weave, and the center zone, which could only be Speedskin or Jenpro. Surprisingly, the CCM customizer let me do tone-on-tone for the logos so I ran with that. I think it came out pretty solid. I never wore Axis 1, but these pads are stiff. CCM literature states it's approximately twice as stiff as Axis 1 and that the knee landing, with the introduction of the DRS Pro knee, is about 4 times stiffer. Meanwhile boot stiffness is only slightly stiffer than Axis 1. But even with all that stiffness, rebounds off these pads are nothing like Mach. Sometimes shots seem to die a foot away from the pad, or right next to the pad. Mach seems to send everything away with a vengeance. I've absolutely let goals in that Mach could have saved me from. That said, I appreciate the S-curve on these pads as it definitely helps me close the five hole better than Mach. A big surprise to me was that the boot strap came as a leather strap instead of the QK5 strap that came with older CCM models. Here, you can see the mismatch of colors between the white Speedskin and the white weave. Below is the DRS Pro knee. Instead of having a wedge integrated with the knee block like Bauer and inserted into the core of the pad, CCM has a stiff wing built into the side of the pad, which is Velcro'd to the knee stack. The inside edge of the pad, with the telltale lace in the inner gusset. The foams used on the landing area are very stiff. Sliding is pretty good. I'd say about 70-75% of CORTech sliding. How of that is up to the weave and how much of that is up the stiffened landing area foams? Who knows! Catcher Category Retail/Stock Option My Specs Notes Palm Size SR/Regular SR/Regular Cuff/Thumb Options (Break) 591 One-Piece 580 One-Piece Tee Pocket Double Tee Double Tee Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. Palm Material AX Suregrip Grey AX Suregrip Grey Hand Position No (Leather) Strap, 2" Elastic Only No (Leather) Strap, 2" Elastic Only Pinky Loop No Pinky Loop With Pinky Loop Stiffness Game Ready Pro Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. I ordered a 580 catcher. Mostly because I was tired of customers asking me what a 580 was like and not having something to let t hem try on. Closure was, surprisingly very good out of the box. I threw it in a baseball glove steamer and worked it in. It was much easier to use out of the box compared to my Bauer Mach - which also has a pro palm. Using it has not been a big adjustment from the 600-esque closure on the Bauer Mach. The pocket seems huge and it really feels like it just gobbles up pucks. Minor quality nitpick - there is some excess black thread in the tee - you can see it in the first picture below. If you opt for any break besides the 591 break, you do not get the new backhand and new strapping system, so I can't comment on the new Cross Form strapping system. My custom order seems says that I specced for AX Suede Suregrip Grey, but I seem to have gotten the Beige? Blocker Category Retail/Stock Option My Specs Notes Palm Size SR/Regular SR/Regular SR/XL is available with TCP. Palm Material AX Suede W/ Black Palm AX Suede W/ Black Palm Finger Protection Curved Finger Protection Straight Finger Protection Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. Hand Fit Options Regular Regular Changeable with Total Custom Pro only. Blocker feels pretty good on the hand. The palm does feel tightened up over prior CCM models, taking a page out of Bauer's book. The palm isn't quite as tight/luxurious feeling as a Bauer palm, though. Overall, performance so far is kind of middling. It does not shoot out rebounds like a Bauer blocker does. The new sidewall construction is very stiff. They have some very stiff foams in the black weave part of the photo below. I've been missing the blocker cuff, which Mach eliminated.You are able to change tightness of the cuff by Velcroing both sides of the cuff - the piece that has the Polygiene tag and the opposite side are Velcro'd in. Minor nitpicks with the quality, see below. Let me know if you any questions or want additional pictures! A long-term review is unlikely to follow. Edited September 15, 2022 by ZeroGravitas 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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