Category: Equipment

Review: Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag ★★★★☆

Review: Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag ★★★★☆
Hockey requires a lot of equipment. It also requires a bag large enough to haul all that equipment to and from the rink. A typical hockey bag is cumbersome and takes up a good share of floor space. Most hockey bags are designed to either be held in by one hand or worn over one... Read more »

Review: No Sweat helmet liner sweat absorber ★★★★★

Review: No Sweat helmet liner sweat absorber ★★★★★
There was one thing that I was not prepared for when I started playing hockey: getting sweat in my eyes. I soon found that it was necessary for me to bring a towel to the bench. Between shifts, I had this whole routine where I would have to set down my stick, remove my gloves,... Read more »

Review: Sweat X Sport Xtreme Stain Remover ★★★★☆

Review: Sweat X Sport Xtreme Stain Remover ★★★★☆
How extreme is the Sweat X Xtreme Stain Remover? I decided to do a product test with the nastiest thing I could find: a hand-me-down chest protector from a donation bin at a local ice rink. Parents put gear their kids and teens outgrow into rummage bins for others to take for free. I snagged... Read more »
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Review: Fresh Wave Sport Fresh Wash ★★★★☆

Review: Fresh Wave Sport Fresh Wash ★★★★☆
The Fresh Wave line of products is familiar to me because they are endorsed by the Chicago Blackhawks. I was able to place its smell in my memory as being the mysterious lingering scent I sometimes notice in locker room #5 at Johnny’s Ice House West, where female players get to dress, change and shower,... Read more »

A Classmate Killed My Skate

A Classmate Killed My Skate
I was excited for the scrimmage at the end of class and stayed out on the ice for the first shift, but I only lasted about forty seconds. An opposing player ringed the puck around the net and I swept it up in the corner. I figured I had 2 or 3 seconds to turn... Read more »

Review: Mediclean X5000 Sports Gear Odor Killer ★★★★★

Review: Mediclean X5000 Sports Gear Odor Killer ★★★★★
X5000 is specifically made for sports equipment. The product label advertises it for use on hockey gloves, skates, helmets and protective pads. It can also be used on equipment bags, lockers and “anywhere you store your smelly gear.” The ingredients are listed as: water, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol, surfactant and benzalkonium chloride. The benzalkonium chloride is... Read more »
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Review: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover ★★★☆☆

Review: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover ★★★☆☆
I know, I know… this is what people buy for when the dog pees on the carpet or barfs on the sofa. It’s not just for pet messes and can also be used for your hockey equipment. Nature’s Miracle is actually a broad spectrum cleaner for organic messes, including blood and perspiration, which are listed... Read more »

The Stench of Hockey. You CAN Wash Your Equipment!

The Stench of Hockey. You CAN Wash Your Equipment!
Gentlemen, we need to talk. We have a problem. Some of you smell really bad. Really, really bad. You need to know that you can wash your equipment. I know some guys are panicking right now. I will de-mystify equipment care and give all the information you need. We can get through this together. MYTH... Read more »

New equipment will feel better with time

New equipment will feel better with time
Thank the Hockey Gods, I’m finally at a place where I’m not burdened by the distraction of all my new gear. I have gotten used to how it all feels and no longer notice any weight or bulk. Even better, everything has been worn enough times that my gear has broken in, becoming less stiff... Read more »
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Review: Bauer Concept II Full Face Shield ★★★★☆

Review: Bauer Concept II Full Face Shield ★★★★☆
Anyone learning how to play hockey should wear full facial protection. Not only is getting hit by the puck an ever-present danger, but your opponents and even teammates are dangerous to you too. It is all but a given that, sooner or later, you will collide with someone or get hit by an errant stick.... Read more »