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The Bauer Vapor APX 2 Ice Hockey Skates have raised the bar in high performance hockey skates. With an all new LightSpeed Edge holder and injected stability lacing system, the Vapor APX 2's allow you to turn tighter than ever before with unparalleled explosive power.
The signature of Bauer Vapor skates has been the X-Rib design that provides excellent structural support and stability through the entire boot. The 3D lasted Curv® Composite upper material is even more thermoformable than the previous Alive material, allowing for a thorough baking process providing a true 360° custom fit. The all-new injected stability lacing system replaces the traditional eyelets with a more durable single one-piece system. This reduces total energy lost in every stride and it can be noticeably felt when exiting turns, accelerating and crossovers.
The Tuuk LightSpeed Edge holder is a big upgrade from the LightSpeed 2 holder on the original APX skate. The Edge Holder sits 3mm taller on the front and back to prevent the skate from bottoming out and the result is a much tighter turning radius. The next improvement is the all-new quick release trigger system for the runners. Out of the box, the Tuuk Fusion runners can be removed in seconds with a pull of a trigger. Never miss a shift because of broken steel or take your game to a new level by carrying around multiple sets of runners sharpened for different rinks.
The Form-Fit 3 tongue is a 3-piece 52 oz. white felt tongue with an integrated abrasion resistant metatarsal guard. The Form-Fit+ footbed with ErgoToe allows for customizable toe protection while assisting in moisture-management and heel stabilizing. The Hydra Max 2 liner with Total Edge comfort helps to wick away moisture and resist abrasions.
- Model Number: 1041197
- Heritage: New
- Level of Play Guideline: Elite
- Fit Guidelines: General fit aspects of the Vapor boot are low-medium volume, medium ankle area, medium across top of foot and forefoot and medium toe box.
- Sizing Guidelines: Bauer skates generally fit 1 1/2 sizes down from your regular shoe size
- Quarter Package:
- 3D lasted Curv® Composite upper with X-rib pattern
- Provides a more comfortable and responsive skate
- Thermoformable design allows a true 360° custom fit for any foot shape
- Injected Stability Lacing System
- One-piece material makes it 33% easier to forward flex with the same amount of output
- Hydra Max 2 liner
- With integrated Total Edge comfort
- Ankle Padding:
- Lightweight Anaform Form Fit foam ankle pads
- Tongue Construction:
- Form-Fit 3 52 oz. 3-piece pro felt tongue
- Integrated abrasion resistant metatarsal guard
- Form-Fit+ with ErgoToe for protection and grip
- Offers customizable toe protection, moisture management and heel stabilizing qualities
- Vented carbon composite outsole
- Ultra lightweight and responsive
- Blade Holder and Runner:
- Tuuk LightSpeed Edge Holder
- 3mm taller providing a tighter turning radius without bottoming out
- Innovative trigger system allows the runners to be changed in seconds
- Tuuk LightSpeed Fusion Edge Runner -Revolutionary runner design that fuses strength of steel with the weight of aluminum reducing the weight by 27%.
- Elite stainless steel lower
- High-grade aluminum upper
- Weight of a Size 9D Skate:
- 815 grams
Comments: I tried my friends apx2 skates on before he bake them and I was impressed on how comfortable and light they were, but when I got into about 3 minutes of skating there was pain everywhere in the forefoot and little in the ankle. the tongue is insanely huge that I had to loosen my skates at the bottom so that it wouldn't cut off the blood flow from my feet. I now have the new total one mx3 skates and they are perfect, have more features to offer like the flex tongue and the flex tendon guard and for the same price. not worth buying a lightweight but painful skate for $950
From: Alex, Brisbane, Australia
Comments: These skates are one of a kind. Hands down the comfiest skates i've ever used and the one piece eyelet system is a must if youre tired of eyelets falling apart. It also gives a better overall feel to the boot. The tongue is about 3/4 in thick providing extreme comfort and the new padding on the edge near the ankle eliminates the problem I've been having with it wearing against my skin. I dont really have much use for the quick change blade system but i'm sure its a nice feature for those players at tournaments or playing a lot of games in a season. Replacement blades are relatively expensive...about $60+ a pair. This skate may be expensive but if you have the cash, its definitely not going to waste.
From: John, Pleasanton, CA
Comments: I upgraded from the APXs because I was getting some rubbing near the tongue. I had the APX for a year, and the rubbing was always
bad, tried everything, replacing tongues and punch outs. From the moment I put on the APX2, they were the most comfortable skates I ever wore. I have been using them for 2 months, and they are great. Performance is great, comfort is great.
From: Tyler, VA
Comments: I am coming from the APX skates and the transition was seamless. The comfort level, as always, is exceptional and the new felt tongue is a nice upgrade. The new lacing system is the star in my book for this release. The system allows for a much more snug feel and gives that little extra energy transfer. The one thing I am not the biggest fan of is the fusion steel. I will be moving to LS3 shortly.
From: Rich, PA
Comments: I replaced my TotalONE NXG skates with the new vapor APX2 about 6 weeks ago. Performance wise they are similar to the NXGs. I feel like I can make harder cuts and turns with the APX2s. The new pro felt tongue is an upgrade over the original APX skates. The tongue is fairly bulky so I had to tuck the tongue under my shin guards in order to get a good fit between my shin guards and the skate boot (on my NXG and APX skates I had the tongue over the shin guard). The boot does not protect very well against pucks hitting the composite material compared to the NXGs. I'm not sure if the boot is thinner in the APX2, but I have blocked a few shots with the APX2s that have turned most of my foot black and blue. Lastly, not a fan of the quick release trigger for the runners and will change the holders after the warranty is up on the skates.
From: Matt, Chicago, IL
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The Bauer Vapor 1X Pro Stock Skates boasts pro-exclusive features that the retail version did not include. These 1X Pro's have a stiffer Curv quarter package, a more traditional 52oz, three-piece white felt tongue and upgraded FormFit+ footbeds (even though these still come with SpeedPlates). Just like the standard version, the 1X Pro's come with the new X-Rib design that was inspired by the OD1N project which not only reduces weight but increases stability and support.
The Bauer Vapor 1X Ice Hockey Skate is Bauer's most advanced hockey skate to date. Derived from the OD1N Skate Project, these Vapor 1X's showcase a redesigned X-rib pattern on the new Aluminzed Curv™ quarter package. These skates also come with cutting-edge Speed Plate Technology, which provides unparalleled balance and energy transfer by forming the footbed to the bottom of the foot.
The Bauer Vapor 1X LE Skate showcases a blacked out, 3D-lasted Curv™ quarter packages that delivers some of the most explosiveness and power around. These Limited Edition 1X's debut an updated X-Rib design and Curv™ composite ankle support that derives directly from Bauer's OD1N project, helping the 1X to shed weight, increase support and improve energy transfer through each stride.
The Bauer Vapor X900 Ice Hockey Skates feature a full pro-spec setup like the flagship 1X, just with more traditional features. The X900 showcases a full composite outsole, a 3D-lasted Curv™ composite quarter package and a thick traditional white felt tongue. Bauer also gave the X900 skate with pro-preferred LS3 steel that is taller than LS2 or Fusion runners, providing a stronger overall build with a longer sharpening life.
The Bauer Vapor X800 Ice Hockey Skates boast the same high-performance, Curv™ composite quarter package as the flagship Vapor 1X, making it the only sub-800 gram skate at its price point (size 8.0D). This 3D lasted, composite material provides top notch stiffness and support; directly translating into powerful explosiveness and agility. Working with the signature Vapor X-Rib design is Bauer's premium Hydra-Max Liner; it not only works to keep feet dry but it helps to keep the foot from sliding around internally.
The Bauer Vapor X700 Ice Hockey Skates are loaded with pro-preferred performance features but won't break the bank. The pro-level Tech Mesh Nylon quarter package has a traditional "soft-boot" feel that produces modern-day performance. The three-piece, 48 oz. white felt tongue has an integrated high-density metatarsal guard that provides ample lace-bite and impact protection.
The Bauer Vapor X600 Ice Hockey skate is a high-performing, intermediate-level skate. This Vapor X600 showcases a Tech-mesh Nylon quarter package that's popular with the pro's because of its traditional build with it's high-end support. The 40 oz, two-piece white felt tongue carries on the pro-preferred theme; boasting injected high-density foams for ample impact and lace bite protection.
The Bauer Vapor X500 Ice Hockey Skates are a great choice for a recreational to intermediate level player. The Vapor X500 skates are the first model in this Vapor Line to showcase the innovative Tuuk Edge Holder. This Edge Holder has a quick release trigger system that allows players to swap out broken or damaged steel in seconds, while also offering one of the tightest turning radius' around.
The Bauer Vapor X400 Ice Hockey Skates are perfect for the beginner who wants more than entry level performance out of their skate. For exceptional support and stability, the Vapor X400 utilizes the signature X-Rib design in the quarter package. The tongue features a pro-style, two-piece design with integrated medium-density foams for lace-bite and impact protection.
The Bauer Vapor X300 Ice Hockey Skates are an excellent choice for the entry level player that wants extra performance and support. This X300 skate features the same thermo-formed, X-Rib quarter package design as the flagship 1X, which provides great stability and response through each stride. The exterior is made up of a Tech Nylon material that's popular at the pro-level for it's traditional look and feel.
The Bauer Vapor X200 Ice Hockey Skates are the entry-level model in the Vapor Line, making them ideal for the beginner or casual player. The Vapor X200 is constructed of a premium nylon quarter package and an Injected TPR outsole that provide forgiving support. The Bauer X200 skate also comes with a White Felt Tongue and a Tuuk LightSpeed Pro Holder, offering sweet pro-inspired looks.