In their press event today, Bauer Hockey has introduced the new Bauer OD1N skates. What do you guys think?
The skates are extremely lightweight, and can be tuned in ways to match different playing styles. Bauer eliminated over half a pound of weight in the skate. This results in players lifting over 1000 pounds less throughout the course of a game.
This weight savings comes from several places. Bauer has optimized many components of the skates. They’ve used a new carbon composite blade holder which provides the best energy transfer possible and greater feel for the ice. The flex profile of the holder can be fine tuned based on the player’s skating stride.
Keep in mind it’s likely that this product will remain something that athletes are using for the 2014 Olympics. Regardless, it’s great to see Bauer pushing themselves to create game changing products.
The Bauer OD1N skate is the lightest hockey skate ever created and features the first ever fully composite holder. Measurable On-Ice Performance Benefit: By wearing the BAUER OD1N skate, a player is not only faster, but saves more than 1,000 pounds of lifted weight over the course of a regulation hockey game. Other features of the skate include:
- Lightest skate to ever be developed. Nearly a third less weight of previously lightest Bauer skate.
- Customized carbon composite blade holder creates lightest possible design and increases overall energy transfer, providing players with a quicker first step.
- Re-designed and engineered boot construction optimizes overall weight reduction.
- Boot features lightweight CURV® Composite material for extreme reduction in weight and increased support.
- Internal boot construction features proprietary materials never before used in skate development.
And Alexander Ovechkin’s version of the Bauer OD1N skates