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The Bauer Vapor X3.0 ice hockey skates are an excellent buy for a recreational level player. The Vapor 3.0 skates offer an some higher end features which can be hard to find in this price range. The Bauer Vapor X 3.0 is the first model in the vapor line to offer the felt tongue with a meatarsal guard, as well as the top end LS2 blade holder.
The dense nylon based quarter panels offer good support with some great durability. The 3.0 skates feature a traditional white felt tongue for a more traditional feel. The Pro-8 beveled TPU outsole offers a light weight feel while providing a responsive but slightly forgiving feel.
- Model Year: 2011
- Model Number: 1037002
- Heritage: Bauer Vapor X20
- Level of Player: Ideal for the recreational to intermediate level player
- 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: Sublimated tech nylon with thermoformed X-rib
- Thermoformable - Material will mold to the players foot for a precise fit
- The X-ribbed design (seen from looking at the back of the boot) was designed to enhance the performance of the patented Vapor monostructure quarter for unparalleled response and dynamic movement. Developed to enhance key support zones throughout the ankle and foot delivering quicker acceleration and greater stability.
- Brushed Nylon
- Heel Support:
- Exterior embossed heel cup/ankle suport
- Ankle Padding:
- Anaform foam ankle pads
- Tongue Construction:
- Anatomical, 2-piece 40 oz. felt with metatarsal guard
- Molded with Integrated heel support
- Lightweight, Pro-8 beveled TPU
- Blade Holder and Runner:
- Tuuk Lightspeed 2 with Tuuk Super stainless steel runner
- Optimized height for tightest turns - 3mm increase in height on the Lightspeed holders delivers the tightest turning radius in the industry
- Weight of a Size 9D Skate: 861.8 grams
- Made In:
Comments: My son, who is a second year Mite defenseman and a solid skater, puts about 10 hours a week
on these skates. These are his second pair as he outgrows them quickly, but are a great price
point for what you get. The steel keeps a good edge and the increased runner height (over
the x2) allows for tighter turns. The last remained stiff for over a year until he needed the
next size up. While there are mixed reports of heat molding these, every pair of his skates
have been molded with reasonable results (one boot required molding twice).
We may upgrade to the X4.0 next year for an outer that is more water resistant, as after a
couple of hours of play, the boot tends to be soaked with water/ice. He is also getting big
enough where he might appreciate the increased stiffness of the higher end skates, though to
be honest I really don't think stiffness matters for younger players, both because of their
lighter weight but also because smaller feet/legs just can't apply as much leverage to the
skate to make it flex.
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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.
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