Bauer Hockey recently shared a picture via its social media channels of the company’s upcoming top tier Vapor skate. Given the name of the Bauer Vapor 1X skates at the premier level, we can be assured these skates will pack some new features into an already powerful skate line.
The Bauer Vapor 1X skates were shown off to attendees of Bauer Momentum 2014, and perhaps even worn there for on ice demos as well.
The Vapor line of skates has long been the go to series of skates for many NHL players, and that certainly doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon. The new Bauer Vapor 1X skates will likely be worn throughout the upcoming NHL season, but we have a full look at the skates a bit ahead of time.
Thanks to our friend Lane Sim, we now know the specs of the new 1X skate as well.
The Bauer Vapor 1X skates will feature a brand new Form Fit Lite felt tongue with CURV composite insert. The felt tongue will be a combination of 52oz and 40oz felt construction to help improve the overall integration of your foot and the skate. Bauer has also reduced the weight on the Form Fit Lite tongue, and added Curv composite inserts in order to provide increased protection as well as additional support.
For the first time in a skate, Bauer will be introducing their new 37.5 material into the liner of the skate. This new technology will help to regulate your core body temperature and keep your foot dry throughout play. It will also help to keep your foot locked in place for improved control. According to Bauer, their 37.5 fabric dries up to five times faster than similar moisture wicking fabrics. Moving that kind of material into your skate liner will be an awesome new feature.
The Bauer Vapor 1X skates will also see some technology that originally made an appearance in the OD1N development. The 1X skates will have a new alumunized Curv composite upper and Curv ankle support. This brand new type of boot construction will raise the standards of on-ice performance and out of the box customization, according to Bauer. The lighter weight Curv composite combined with updated X-Rib pattern will improve heel and ankle lock, which will then allow players to cross over faster and perform tighter turns.
Beneath the boot, Bauer will be introducing their new Bauer Speed Plate technology on the Vapor 1X skates. This new and proprietary technology will feature a recovery allow technology to help provide players with revolutionary customized fit characteristics for the whole foot. This new technology will help the skate to become more of a part of your foot, and enable you to achieve customized balance and stability. The result, according to Bauer, is higher top end speed.
Finally, you’ll notice that the Bauer Vapor 1X skates are going to come stock with a new Tuuk LS4 runner, rather than the LS Fusion from the APX 2 skates. This new stainless steel runner will help to maximize energy transfer throughout each stride, while also providing a better finish for a cleaner and stronger edge after sharpenings. The profile height has also been increased by 3mm in order to improve the angle of attack and allow you to perform tighter turns.
After seeing the catalog picture below, the design of the Bauer Vapor 1X skates is really starting to grow on me. I’m sure that in person, it looks and feels absolutely incredible with all of Bauer’s new technology and enhancements.
What do you guys think of the Bauer Vapor 1X skates? Will you be willing to drop the money on a pair? Drop us a note in the comments with your thoughts and expectations for the Vapor 1X skates!