Bauer Hockey Skate Fit Guide
Since its beginnings in 1927, Bauer Hockey, Inc. has been one of the most recognisable brands in hockey. Bauer’s two major families of equipment were Vapor and Supreme since the early 2000’s, and in 2012, Bauer came out with its third line of gear: Nexus. While these are all incredible lines of gear that can provide elite levels of performance, having the wrong type of gear for one’s playing style can be very detrimental. So, what’s the difference between the three? Let’s take a look.
As of May 2016, Bauer’s three top-of-the-line skates from each equipment line are as follows: Vapor 1X, Supreme 1S, and Nexus 1N.
Below Shows the different fits between the 3 families:
Width / Footbed
The Vapor Range
The Vapor 1X skates are the most popular skates in the NHL – being worn by roughly 60% of all players. The reasoning behind this is the fit. Vapor skates have a tapered fit, meaning they have a standard-shaped toe box and a very snug (almost glove-like) heel. The low-volume fit eliminates unnecessary space in the boot and allows for pure performance. They are geared towards players looking for high speed and will fit the majority of foot shapes.
NHL players using 1X skates include: Patrick Kane (CHI), Steven Stamkos (TB), Anze Kopitar (LA).
The Supreme Range
Supreme skates offer what’s called an Anatomical fit, which means they have a medium fit from the heel to the toe box. The biggest feature of this fit type is that the 1S skates have slight outward protrusions near the top of the skate in order to give your ankle bones the necessary room to be comfortably locked into place inside the skate. Supreme skates make sure the player is able to extend and give a full stride every time.
NHL players using 1S skates include: Alex Galchenyuk (MTL), Jeff Carter (LA), Jack Eichel (BUF), David Backes (STL).
The Nexus Range
Nexus skates offer a classic fit, which means the boot is wide throughout. These skates are geared towards players with big, wide feet or just looking for a skate that’s a bit more comfortable. The high-volume boot allows the skate to wrap around the athlete’s foot and give a natural-feeling glide.
NHL players using Nexus skates include: Victor Hedman (TB), Brayden McNabb (LA), Tomáš Plekanec (MTL), Erik Karlsson (OTT), Mike Richards (WSH).
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