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Reebok 20k Ice Hockey Skates
- Updated: September 28, 2011
The all new Reebok 20k ice hockey skates aren’t scheduled for release until April 2012, but we have a sneak peek below. The Reebok 20k skates will continue to use the Reebok pump technology, as well as the lace-lock system. The skate looks real sharp in black and shades of grey, with a much more subtle Reebok symbol on the boot that blends in nicely with the color scheme.
Reebok’s 20k skates will use a new Dynamic Support System, or DSS, to help maximize power transfer. This is done by creating an optimal balance between boot flexibility and stiffness. This will effectively take place in two areas on the boot, the spinal zone and the flexion zone. In the spinal zone, the heel and back of the skate, composite fibers were wrapped at ninety degree and zero degree angles to support the players heel and help keep it in place. In the flexion zone, the composite fibers were placed at a forty-five degree angle to help enhance forward flex as the player takes each stride. To help further increase energy transfer, as well as improve durability, Reebok has reinforced the Reebok 20k quarter package with metal mesh.
As I previously mentioned, the Reebok 20k skates will utilize Reebok’s Pump technology. The Pump has been used for several Reebok skate releases now, and is still considered by many to be more of a gimmick or source of frustration. When functioning properly, the pump should work to fill gaps between the skates padding and the players ankles, thus creating a better fit and helping to keep your foot locked in place.
Another new feature to the Reebok 20k skates is the flexible tendon guard. It is designed to improve agility by giving the skater a greater range of motion. This is something Bauer has done on their Supreme skates for some time now, but only recently has it become more widely adopted.
Quickly running through the remainder of the specs on the new Reebok 20k skates, you’ll find the quarter package is still constructed of Reebok’s Pro Armour IV materials. It contains strategically reinforced areas which will provide additional support and stability. The dual zone liner will be part tacky nash and part clarino. The tacky nash will help keep the foot locked in place, while the clarino will help keep the foot dry. Reebok’s 20k skate will continue to use a combination of pro felt and EPE foam to create a tongue which is comfortable and provides good protection. The outsole on the Reebok 2ok skates will be lightweight carbon, and low-profile as well. The carbon will help maximize energy transfer, and the addition of vents in the outsole will help keep the foot dry.
What are your thoughts on the new Reebok 20k ice hockey skates?