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  • Leg Pads
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
  • Glove
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
  • Blocker
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
  • Chest & Arm Protector
    Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Pants
    Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Mask
    Bauer 950X
  • Stick
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro (P20 & P31)
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    Bauer Reactor 9000
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    Bauer Supreme
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    Bauer Vapor

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  1. Kid’s first skate with the 2X Pros after 15 months with the 1S. Initial impressions: 1. Very lively rebounds. We opted with the stiff thigh flex on the 2X Pros — definitely stiffer than the 1S, but the 1S pads may have softened-up a lot over the past 15 months. 2. Given the thin profile of the 2X you’d think the pads would be lighter than the 1S, but in fact they’re more heavy by about 8 oz. 3. Glove is definitely game-ready. About the same as the current condition of the 1S, but the latter required 15 months of use, and a lot of baking, to reach that state. 4. Terrific controlled rebounds off the blocker, but much quieter than the ultra-loud 1S blocker.
  2. Arrived today — black/orange/silver colour scheme (just in time for Halloween). We got a decent deal: $0 for the custom options, and 15% off the whole set because we bought three pieces of gear.
  3. My gear (finally) landed in a warehouse about 2 hours away, so I should have it by tomorrow. I'm willing to look past the 18 (!) weeks for delivery, but Bauer needs to do a better job communicating with its customers. I had to keep bugging Bauer to give me an expected delivery date, and after each date had passed, I had to bug them for a new date. On the bright side, I'm pretty sure the quality of the product will make me forget about all the tedious delivery delays ...
  4. The wait wouldn’t be as bad if Bauer would make it easier to get real-time updates. Knowing whether the gear is “Being Assembled” or “In Transit” can offer a clue as to whether I can expect to wait another 5 days or 5 weeks. This would also allow me to know how many more layers of duct tape to use on my kid’s 1S pads to prevent them from disintegrating mid-game.
  5. Anyone else pulling their hair out while waiting for their custom (not "pro custom") 2X gear to arrive? I'm currently at Week 17 of "The Waiting Game" . I ordered a full set of 2X Pro's on June 10 -- they were initially promised by Sep 15, and now they should arrive sometime between Oct 14 and 21 -- which would bring the total wait time to over 18 weeks. They should take a cue from the pizza industry: "Your gear delivered in under 30 weeks, or it's free!"
  6. We picked-up a couple of 2X Pro sticks this summer, as well as a (much less expensive) X2.9 to be used exclusively for practices. Both have had some decent use, so it’s a good time to examine their durability. For fun, we also compare them to some other sticks we had lying-around. All the Bauer sticks below have a 25” paddle, P31 curve and similar tape job. I weighed each stick using a kitchen scale. Weights are a bit higher than official numbers due to the weight of the tape, which probably adds 20-30 grams. The sticks, from left to right, with weight (in grams) and retail price (in C$): 1. 2X Pro (unused); 700g; $299 2. 2X Pro (used for about 50 hours of ice time, both games and practices, over two months); 700g; $299 3. X2.9 (used for about 30 hours of practices over the last month); 800g; $179 4. 2S (heavily-used over four months; has a broken blade); 750g; $229 5. S190 (used sparingly over 18 months); 775g; $150 6. 2003-vintage Koho 580 foam core, with 26” paddle (used mostly for road hockey with plastic pucks and balls); 825g; $50 WEIGHT: Advantage 2X Pro The 2X Pro is 100g lighter than the X2.9. Surprisingly, the X2.9 is almost as heavy as a 16-year-old foam core stick. Clearly, the ACL technology in the 2X Pro paddle has a lot to do with the weight difference. PADDLE DURABILITY: Interior issues? When new, the 2X Pro made a sweet TWACK! whenever the puck hit the paddle — it almost made people in the arena jump out of their seats. After about 20 hours of ice time, however, that sweet sound was dampened. We suspect there must be a small crack inside the paddle, but thankfully it hasn’t (noticeably) impacted the stick’s performance. To be safe, and to prolong the life of the 2X Pro, we picked-up a X2.9 for practices, since the shape and feel of that stick is very similar — albeit in a heavier package. In terms of exterior durability, both sticks have the usual puck marks and scratches, so no concerns there. BLADE DURABILITY: 2X Pro is aging quickly The second picture below shows the heels of the 2X Pro (black) and X2.9 (white). Admittedly my kid is rough on his heels, but the blade of the 2X Pro is starting to crack in a way that the X2.9, 2S and S190 have not. If water continues to seep in there, we expect this particular 2X Pro stick will have a short life. CONCLUSION: The 2X Pro is definitely a good stick, but among all the Bauer sticks my kid has used, it seems to be wearing-out the quickest. The lightweight blade and paddle seem to have durability issues. In terms of overall durability, the 2X Pro is still a lot better than the 2S Pro (we’ve seen a lot of those break after taking a puck off the shaft), but in terms of value for money, the 2S seems to be a good compromise among Bauer offerings: It’s $70 less than the 2X Pro, only 50g heavier, and overall more durable (ours only broke after 200+ hours of use when a skater stepped on the blade). This probably explains why it was so hard to find a 2S stick for a while earlier this year, since a lot of the stores we visited had sold-out.
  7. If you like pro-level gear at decent prices, take a close look at the clearance section of any store: You can get monster discounts when new models are released. For example Goalie Monkey has some decent pads that have been discounted by almost 70% from original list price: https://www.goaliemonkey.com/clearance/leg-pads/senior.html
  8. Here's Part 2 of the S190 vs 1S durability comparison, which covers the blockers and gloves. As before, many of the variables were similar in terms of usage of the gear: -- S190 glove and blocker were used for about 250 ice sessions from July 2017 to July 2018 -- 1S glove and blocker were used for about 250 ice sessions from July 2018 to July 2019 (gear purchased at 40% discount from list price in summer of 2018) -- Shooters were mostly 14 to 17-year-olds Some key differences: -- S190 glove and blocker are INT, while 1S glove and blocker are SR -- 1S glove and blocker were made in Canada by JRZ. Production of the 1S line was eventually moved overseas, so this suggests we may have early production units of the 1S gear. As with the pads, the 1S blocker outperforms the S190 blocker (it's lighter, has better padding and protection, and sends the puck far from the net with little effort), but it also suffers from lower durability (the stitching is a problem, and the palm has more wear). Meanwhile, the gloves are wearing-out at roughly the same rate, although the 1S binding is wearing-out faster. However, the performance gain of the 1S glove just isn't there: Although it has a thicker padding to reduce stingers, it's been impossible to break-in, even after 250 ice sessions. 1. Blockers Here's a view of both blockers. The additional finger protection and inner padding of the 1S are key benefits over the 190. The 1S is also light, and sends pucks far into the corners with little effort, so in terms or performance and protection, the 1S is the clear winner. I circled the palms to show some of the wear (hard to see in black), and both palms are wearing-out at roughly the same rate. However, some problems are found with the durability of the 1S fingers: Small holes are beginning to appear, while the thumb is completely worn-out. It's starting to look like a hobo glove: Another area where the 1S has problems is the stitching, which we also found faulty on the 1S pads. My wife had to break-out her needle and thread mid-season to fix the top of the blocker, and was at it again to fix a larger tear in the same area two weeks ago (her blue thread is circled in this picture). This part of the blocker is hard to fix when the stitching comes apart, since there's not much surplus material to stitch back together. An area where both blockers suffer is the side wall near the thumb, which rubs against the shaft of the stick. Visible, and nearly identical, holes (that can't be fixed with needle and thread), exist for both blockers: 1S: S190: 2. Gloves Here are side-by-side pictures of both gloves. Based on puck marks, it looks like they've seen a similar amount of action. However, an obvious difference between the two is the inability of the 1S to fully open. We've had a lot of success in getting gloves game-ready by baking them, but the 1S would never cooperate: We've baked it twice, but it was still impossible to fully close. Then we resorted to soaking it in hot water, which has helped to close it, but it never opens as wide as it should. Even today, if the glove dries-out, it needs to be moistened before hitting the ice. The main reason the 1S glove is being used instead of the 190 is the extra padding in its palm -- the 190 is just too thin for the type of shots that my kid faces, and the stingers are very real. So performance-wise, the glove has been the only disappointment in the 1S line. In terms of durability, both gloves have minor issues: The lacing on the 190 is thinning (although it hasn't yet ripped), while the black binding on the 1S is wearing-out, much like it is on the 1S pads. This is surprising, considering the binding only comes into contact with the ice when covering the puck. Makes me wonder whether Bauer is using a thinner and lighter binding on the 1S in order to shave a few grams off the total weight of the gear -- but does so at the cost of lower durability. Conclusion: In terms of performance and protection, the 1S pads and blocker are fantastic. The 1S glove is good for protection, but performance has been terrible: Pucks initially were bouncing out when the glove wouldn't fully close, and now that it doesn't fully open, it leaves more of the net exposed. In terms of overall durability, the 1S gear is worse, or at best no better than, the 190. This raises a question about the old rule of thumb: Use cheaper gear if you're on the ice 2-3 times per week, and higher-end gear if you're on the ice 5-6 times per week. Clearly, if you're on the ice 5-6 times per week, don't expect to get more than one season out of your 1S gear. Some of the durability issues of the 1S have undoubtedly been addressed with the 2S and 2X lines, thanks to a stronger version of Coretech and less exposed binding, which are two problem areas in our experience. Unless Bauer is also now using a stronger thread, I still expect the stitching will still be an area of concern due to similarities in the design of Bauer lines. We'll monitor the stitching closely on any new Bauer gear that we get. On that topic: The kid recently demoed the 2X gear at the Bauer store in Burlington, MA -- expect our one-year 2X durability review next summer ...
  9. As a gear purchaser for a growing goalie, I inadvertently performed a long-term experiment on the durability of high-end and low-end Bauer gear, with a lot of variables being kept constant in each experiment. This allows us to see exactly where durability problems exist, and whether Bauer addressed them in the 2S and 2X pads. Here's the background: --- Both sets are SR L -- Gear gets spread-out to dry at the end of each day, but often is still moist before the next ice session. -- S190 pads were used for about 250 ice sessions from July 2017 to July 2018. -- 1S pads were used for about 250 ice sessions from July 2018 to July 2019 (got them at 40% liquidation discount last summer). -- Shooters were mostly 14 to 17-year-olds Performance-wise, the 1S pads are lighter, slide better, and send rebounds farther; however, in terms of overall durability, the S190 dominates. The three problem areas on the 1S pads are: (1) pad face; (2) binding; and (3) stitching. I think (1) and (2) should have been addressed on the 2S and 2X gear thanks to the new Coretech ST skin and lack of binding on the sliding surface, but (3) might still be an issue based on the similar pad designs. (1) Pad Face Puck marks are nicely visible on both sets, although 1S looks "dirtier". Some yellowing on the S190 is unexplained, although I've heard of other goalies having a similar issue. The first cut in the 1S pad face occurred after about one month of use, and was joined by three other serious cuts over the next 12 months. Cut locations suggest that they can't all be blamed on wayward skate blades. Bauer kindly sent us a free pad repair kit (see below), but unfortunately the first two sets they sent us had no white patches -- they finally got it right by the third set of patches. You just cut the patches to size and stick them on, and they've held up pretty well. However, the patches look like the same synthetic leather you get on the lower-end pads, so repeated patching of the 1S pads slowly turns them into S190s. No cuts are found on the face of the S190 pads. Hopefully the Coretech ST skin used on the 2S and 2X pads is more cut-resistant. On the positive side, the 1S pad face is still as responsive as it was one year ago, with rebounds being nice and lively. (2) Binding The binding on the sliding surface of the 1S pads is deteriorating, and there's no easy fix for these pads. On the 2S and 2X the binding is no longer present on the sliding surface, so this should no longer be an issue. Interestingly, the binding on the S190 shows no sign of wear: (3) Stitching Thank goodness my wife is handy with needle and thread, since she's had to repair a lot of the stitching on the pads and blockers. The picture below is the kneestack on the 1S, with the blue stitching showing my wife's repair work. All the stitching came apart here, with the result that snow was getting lodged under the Coretech skin. The stitching on this area of the S190 remains intact. The lacing in the toe of the pads is also prone to wearing-out (or getting cut by skates). You can see this issue on both the 1S and S190 pads, and will likely also be an issue on the 2S and 2X pads due to the similar design. 1S: S190: Bottom-line: A a general rule, upper-end gear should deliver better performance AND durability, but in the case of the 1S line it clearly only delivered on the performance side. This is already pretty well-known, but our experience shows exactly where the durability flaws on the 1S pads exist. By all accounts the 2S and 2X pads have addressed SOME of the durability issues, but I still expect that my wife will need to break-out her needle and thread on the kid's 2X gear, which should arrive in a few weeks ...
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