No-Cowling Bauer Supreme 1S Skate Gives Goalies Edge (Literally)
From new techniques to constantly improved training methods, goaltenders are always looking for the next thing to give them an edge on shooters.
Now Bauer is giving goalies that edge – literally.
The new Bauer Supreme 1S goalie skate is finally available at retail stores today, giving goaltenders everywhere the same advantages that NHL stars like Henrik Lundqvist and Tuukka Rask have enjoyed all season: a lighter, cowling-free skate that significantly improves attack angle and makes it easier and faster to quickly grab a push edge and move laterally.
Bauer accomplished the improved attack angle by reinforcing the toe cap and removing the white plastic cowling that has traditionally wrapped around the front of goalie skates, thinning out the profile of the skate to make it easier for goalies to dig their blade in from more extreme angles before the inside edge of the skate makes contact with the ice, which can cause them to lose that edge and slip out. By removing the cowling, which was the first point of contact before, goalies are able to hold an edge from a lower, wider stance and still be able to push with power.
Bauer also raised the height of the skate by 5 millimetres with the new Vertexx Edge holder, which may make look like a player skate holder but was designed specifically for goalies. The net result, according to Bauer, is an attack angle improvement of 10% compared to the previous Vertexx 2.0 cowling, and 38% compared to other traditional cowlings. So what does that really mean?
While InGoal Magazine is only a couple week into testing, and will publish a full review the July 1 edition of the digital magazine, we did get a chance to measure and compare the attack angle and do a little math. InGoal measured the attack angle of the new Supreme 1S at 30 degrees compared to 38 degrees for the Bauer skate it replaces.
To give you an idea of how significant that is and what it really means on the ice, consider this: For a 6-foot goaltender with an average 20-inch floor-to-knee measurement each degree means they have to raise their knee roughly 0.41 inches less off the ice to grab an edge for a lateral push.
That means goalies wearing the new Bauer Supreme 1S skate have to lift their knee roughly 3.25 inches less off the ice before they can establish an edge to push from side to side compared to previous models. That’s more than three inches less the pad has to come off the ice at the knee in order to get an edge to push left to right in the butterfly.
That can be a difference maker, one that NHL goalies certainly noticed this season.
“The way I can move in my new skates and new pads has definitely helped my game,” Lundqvist, who also wore Supreme 1S OD1N pads this season, told the New York Post amid a dominant first half. “Maybe it’s a small point, but what can I say? I really like the new skates. … I feel that I’m lighter on my feet. I feel I’ve moved better around the net. It’s been easier for me to recover.”
Vancouver Canucks No.3 goalie Richard Bachman was one of the first to get in the new Bauer Supreme 1S skates this season, and said he was ready to the new skates in a game after just one practice, and was easier to do so because of how much easier he could get a push edge from his knees.
“Popping into the butterfly and then going for a recovery push I am taking two inches off that lift of your leg,” Bachman, who is 5-foot-10, told InGoal. “You can get your edge with the heel, toe, anywhere you want, and it feels like you are in control the whole time and can really grab it and get a solid push every time.”
The improved attack angle may be the biggest change from removing the cowling, but it’s far from the only improvement in the new Bauer Supreme 1S skate.
The new Bauer Supreme 1S skate is also 11% lighter than its predecessor, and the new Vertexx Edge Holder also features Bauer’s innovative trigger release system, which makes it easy for goaltenders to swap in fresh steel in a matter of seconds, a really convenient option for the growing mummer who have multiple sets of steel to cut down on trips to the sharpener.
Speaking of sharpening, the Supreme 1S comes stock with 3 millimetre LS3G steel in the Vertexx Edge Holder, which includes a a better surface finish for a longer lasting edges.
The fit is similar to past Supreme goalie skates, but the 1S is the first time Bauer has used a full composite outsole for goalies. It creates a stiff skate that reduces lost energy transfer during movements patterns, whether on the feet or on the ice, by improving the relationship between what the foot is doing and how much of that transfers directly to the skate blade. Further to that goal, Bauer continued to use their proprietary CURV composite on the boot of the 1S skate, which allows it to be moulded to each goalies foot to lock them in for improved energy transfer.
Bauer also continued the asymmetric design first seen on its Supreme TotalONE NXG skates to make it easier and more comfortable for goalies to get into a deeper stance and take advantage of those improved attack angles. And the inside of the skate maintains the use of Comfort Edge foam and Bauer’s 37.5™ Technology in the liner to keep the feet dry and cooled.
InGoal Magazine will have a more in-depth look at the Supreme 1S goal skate in the July 1 edition of the magazine, but just as they did as the first company to start cutting out the sides of old goalie cowlings to reduce slip outs and improve attack angle in the original Vertexx cowling, Bauer is giving goalies another huge edge – literally – on shooters with their newest skate.