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BCZ

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    Simi Valley, CA
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    Simi Valley, CA

Current Equipment

  • Leg Pads
    Optik 2 - Max Core
  • Review:
    Love 'em; slide like a dream. Good balance of flex in the boot and stiffness in the upper portion.
  • Glove
    Optik 2
  • Review:
    Really like the boa on the hand. Also like the custom options - was able to get an INT palm to better fit my hands. Feels more secure than my old Vaughn glove
  • Blocker
    Optik 2
  • Review:
    Lighter than my prior blockers. The board produces good distance on rebounds similar to the leg pad.
  • Chest & Arm Protector
    Bauer 2x Pro
  • Review:
    Love it; absolute tank. Great mobility, great protection.
  • Pants
    CCM E-flex 2
  • Review:
    Good pants. Really like the internal belt.
  • Mask
    Bauer NME8
  • Review:
    It works. Nothing special.
  • Stick
    True 4.5
  • Review:
    Really like it; a lot lighter than my old Warrior pro model. We'll see how it holds up.
  • Skates - Boot
    CCM AS3 Pro Goal
  • Review:
    Won these at GM. Have had a limited amount of on-ice time, but I love the feel and stiffness. The difference between these and my S27s is very noticeable.
  • Skate - Cowling
    None
  • Skates - Blades
    Step 3mm
  • Review:
    A huge upgrade from the stock steel on my S27s. Although I put in 4mm steel before I won my AS3s, after going back to 3mm on the AS3s, I think I'm going to stick with the narrower steel...easier for me to move without losing much on the side/side pushes.
  • Knee Pads
    Brians pads
  • Review:
    Came w/ my O2s. Like them and they work well with my leg pads. Not as stout as my Warrior knee pads, but they're a good balance between size/coverage.
  • Neck Guard
    Bauer S18
  • Review:
    Significant upgrade from my old Vaughn model.
  • Jock
    Vaughn SLR Pro
  • Review:
    Bulletproof.

Wish List

  • Mask
    Sportsmask Pro3i
  • Stick
    True AX 9 / CCM EF4

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  1. Hoping to revive this topic, but looking for some feedback on the calf/upper/TFC/professor strap or whatever silly name it's been given. Has anyone: (1) purchased a set of US, (2) installed the strap, and (3) had issues with the strap coming undone while playing? I just got my set 2 weeks ago and without fail the calf/upper/TFC/professor strap has come undone on the attachment point in each of the four skates I've used them. My solution was to run some tape around the connection point, but unsure if anyone (a) else has a different solution or (b) knows if the mount on the Hyperlite is different/same, and if so, whether the strap will be available with the new mount at retail?
  2. So - humor me on this: are they essentially moving toward each other, albeit incrementally? And is the fused block the next “big” innovation? Also - weight wise, there’s a decent difference between the lines, with supreme being heavier/firmer, no?
  3. FWIW, technically we’re discussing/comparing a known with an unknown. So there are just rumors, right? I just happen to trust the collective knowledge/know how here more than my local shop.
  4. Anyone have any thoughts/insights to offer re differences/rumors surrounding the upcoming Vapor line vs. Ultrasonic. I’m currently in O2s (very much love them but I’m still looking for a 2nd similar set) but I’m also incredibly intrigued with the stabilislide knee block and it’s impact on rotation/seal/etc. as I’ve heard the cortech slides similarly if not better than Brian’s primo. I’ve heard the new Vapor line will have the fused knee block, so I’m trying to decide on which of the two is worth the $$$, if at all. Or do any of y’all have any thoughts positive/negative on the stabilislide-revolutionary? Evolutionary? Unnecessary gimmick? Lastly - any thoughts on the strapping differences (what led me to O2s over 2x) between Ultrasonic and hyperwhatever Vapor 3.0 will be called? I recall the O2s felt considerably better than Vapor 2x. Is this endemic with Bauer’s straps across lines? As always, everyone’s input is very much appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Wow - autocorrect is atrocious Lefevre...thanks to Apple, the California public school system and those 6 concussions that I can recall.
  6. Saw something this was to be confirmed today 11:30 am Pacific, 2:30 pm Eastern. Anyone else confirm this but o’ news???
  7. BCZ

    Lefevre going solo

    Apparently solo no longer. Just saw something confirming the Lefevre/True partnership. Anyone else see/confirm this?
  8. Interesting topic. Understanding this is an ordering thread - but how much (if any) do ordering patterns/customer input/retailer input get accounted for in the design of the various lines? Are these things that are driven by the designer, the professionals or something where players/retailer opinions are actively solicited to create gear that works for the position as a whole, not just something that either (a) is concerned with being innovative for innovation's sake, or (b) suits pro needs that will ultimately trickle down to players who pay a premium for their gear? Did you see any trends in design based on what sold/what received positive (or negative) feedback?
  9. Has anyone tried out the Ultrasonic leg pads on ice? I'm really interested/curious in the impact/performance of the stabilislide knee block. Is this something that'll be "revolutionary" or something that'll end up like a gimmick like the magnetic buckles on the VE8? Thanks in advance for opinions.
  10. Sweet colors - thanks for the update.
  11. Lemme know how the pants turn out - looking to get a new pair, but not sure which to get.
  12. I find the chest/ribs super protective - I had a couple guys this past weekend who caught me in areas that would have left a mark in my old Vaughn unit. The arms aren’t as mobile (as my 2x pro) or beefy like the chest - took a nice welt off of the upper biceps the first time I wore the unit.
  13. @Chenner29 big thanks for the link. I've been having a hell of a time finding blank Adidas jerseys.
  14. I can’t speak for prep level players, but I have a 2x pro that I love - super mobile, comfortable right out of the box. I like it a lot more than my prior Vaughn (mobility issues) and CCM (fell apart on me in the aughts). I also just grabbed an Optik 2 (GM has a glitch that discounted it by like 30%). Super beefy but stiff and immobile out of the box compared to the 2x pro. I also have questions re the stock arms on any chestie as I have had ongoing issues with the occasional welt on the upper biceps area. Good luck on the purchase.
  15. That’s flattering but also messed up. I get that imitation is flattering but create your own damn graphic.
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