The most obvious difference between last year’s NXG and the 1S is the removal of the VERTEX 2.0 cowling in favor of the VERTEXX EDGE holder. While useful in the past, the cowling is an outdated feature for today’s goaltender. The only part of the skate that really needs reinforcement is the toe, and thankfully the 1S fully accommodates that need in the beefed up toe cap. The removal of the cowling serves many purposes, not the least of which is giving an increased attack angle. The VERTEXX EDGE holder sits 5mm higher than the NXG’s 2.0, which when combined with the removal of the protruding aspect of the cowling, gives a 10% sharper attack angle. The NXG already had the best attack angle on the market, so a 10% increase pushes the envelope even further. With this increased attack angle goalies get stronger lateral pushes and a faster recovery from their butterfly slides, giving a dramatic improvement in performance.
VERTEXX EDGE holder gives a 10% sharper attack angle for stronger pushes & faster recovery.
Among the many highlights of the 1S, one of the most overlooked would be the significant reduction in weight over the previous model. While the already ultra light NXG weighed 1.9 pounds (size 8), the 1S has bested it by weighing in at a feather light 1.7 pounds. Despite this only being a reduction of around 3 ounces per skate, it’s still a noteworthy amount, especially when considering how many upgrades in protection and comfort the skate has received. So how did Bauer pull this off? Well, the skate features a full composite outsole, which is the first of its kind. The increased stiffness and lighter weight brought by the superior composite material provides unparalleled energy transfer, meaning you’ll get more push for your effort. The 3D anaformable Curv® composite boot furthers the trend of reducing weight while increasing stiffness. In the hockey world, Curv® composite is something unique to Bauer, and they’ve implemented it into almost all of their top end gear.
*Graphic shows amount of sweat evaporated per hour vs leading competition*
On any given day I’ve got at least one piece of 37.5® material on me. This is the most comfortable and effective moisture evaporating material I’ve ever used/seen, so whether I’m at the gym or playing hockey, nothing but 37.5® touches my skin. It would only make sense for Bauer to include this awesome technology on the 1S skate, where water buildup has made many a leg feel as if it had concrete for feet.
There are some other nice features both new and old seen in the pictures below. The left most picture highlights the new trigger system for the removable 3mm LS3G steel. Nothing is more annoying than blowing out your steel and not having an option for a quick replacement. By having the steel easily replaceable, a sharpened backup pair of blades in your bag is finally a viable option for any mid-game issues. The second and third pictures highlight the asymmetrical boot cut with comfort foam along the top edge. These skates are obviously built for the goalie who wants a sharp attack angle and deep crouch, so the shorter cut along the outside edge of the ankle is designed specifically with that in mind. And because Bauer wanted to create the holy grail of goalie skates, they made sure that it was both functional and comfortable by way of the Comfort Edge foam.
All in all this is definitely the most complete goalie skate on the market. Masterfully catering to the very specific and demanding needs of a goaltender, Bauer has spared no expense in bringing their most exciting offering to date.