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Figure Skating Roller Blades

Friday, June 11, 2021 2:41:08 PM America/New_York

Jackson has officially launched their line of figure skating roller blades, and we got them to offer. These unique skates are built just as ice skating models are, but with a unique chassis, inline wheels, bearings, and a stopper upfront for tricks. Check them out now.

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Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Reveal | Stick & Skates

Monday, June 7, 2021 2:30:08 PM America/New_York

June 4th marks the official reveal of the Bauer 2021 Vapor Hyperlite Hockey Stick and Hockey Skates! These new top models in the vapor line are decked out with new chrome graphics mixed with the classic red vapor designs.

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Waterloo's Newest Skate Shop

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 12:05:01 PM America/New_York

We are Waterloo's newest skateboard shop! Find new complete skateboards, decks, trucks, wheels, bearings, gear and more! We also carry a variety of longboards and cruiser-boards. 

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Top Elite Hockey Sticks For Holiday Shopping 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 1:05:56 PM America/New_York

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Our stick shop has the clearance and cheaper models of hockey sticks. You can find them all in our stick shop here

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Best Christmas 2020 Goalie Gear | Sales & Deals

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:02:52 PM America/New_York

Find the deal your looking for this holiday season with some of our top 2020 Christmas On-Sale Goalie Gear Items!

On Sale Goalie Gear Christmas 2020

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Best Christmas 2020 Hockey Sticks | Sales & Deals

Monday, November 9, 2020 1:50:34 PM America/New_York

Find the deal your looking for this holiday season with some of our top 2020 Christmas On-Sale Hockey Sticks!

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Bauer Nexus Geo Ice Hockey Stick | The 5 Sided Stick

Thursday, November 5, 2020 1:44:51 PM America/New_York

Making its reveal as of November 6th 2020, the Bauer Nexus Geo Hockey stick replaces the previous 2N model stick with various improvements in weight and new energy loading technology. Coming in at 390g (SR), it is 20 grams lighter than its Nexus predecessor.

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CCM RibCor Trigger 5 Pro Hockey Stick | 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:44:10 PM America/New_York

The Trigger 5 Pro is a top prospect for being the best stick of the year. The Ribcor Trigger 5 Pro is the elite quick-release hockey stick from CCM. Coming in at 395 grams (SR), and loaded with the latest tech from CCM's lab, this twig stands above previous RibCor stick models. Be sure to check out the new features of Trigger 5 Pro, you won't regret it!

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Inline Skating vs Ice Skating

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 10:57:20 AM America/New_York


Yes. There are differences but they are very similar. If you practice with skates off-ice, your on-ice skating will likely improve. The skills aren't 100% transferable but you're using most of the same muscles, improving your balance, and will likely improve shooting ability if you practice shooting in inlines. 

Ice Skating vs Inline Hockey Skating

When it comes to the history of both these sports, ice skating dates thousand years back while rollerblading, which is only a few hundred years old, evolved from ice-skating. While there are many similarities between the two, they also have differences as well like the skating surface and how you stride .

If you look at the ice skates, they have a blade like bottom which slides on the ice whereas, in rollerblades, there is a line of wheels. Both look very similar though! Inline skates don’t slide like Hockey skates do make turning and stopping different.

Here are some more differences between the two different types of skates:


The way you stop is probably the main difference between ice skating and inline skating. In inline hockey skates , you need to transition your weight too the back quickly and make sharp turns or you can also drag your back foot.

In ice skating, you have to maintain your weight more towards the middle of the blades. This way, you can use that particular section of blades to shave the ice nicely and finally stop. It is not easy as it may seem because shifting your weight too much on either side will throw you out of balance and you’ll have a hard fall.


As mentioned above, inline skates have wider wheelbase which offers a good balance and helps you to learn rollerblading easily. Also, rollerblades have multiple locking systems which secure your feet in place and helps build the confidence to skate.

Whereas in ice skating, there is a thin blade underneath your boot and balancing is quite tough. It takes quite a while to master it and to stop is even harder.

What can I do to practice?

There are a number of drills which can be used  on the ice which transition very well to the rollers. The reason for this is that there are certain strides which is found  to be almost exactly the same whether you are on the ice or inlines. For example, turning maneuvers and some transition moves are almost identical. Again, however, the key to making inline skates work for the ice hockey player is to try to create new habits, or what is referred to as making “perfect practice.” So proper techniques are vital!

The following drill can be used in both arenas and the pavement:

Two-foot crossunders

This drill is designed to keep the feet low while turning and to build up the strength in your inside, crossing-under leg so that it can tug harder to allow you to accelerate better in your turns. Be sure and perform this exercise both forward and backward and in both directions while going in a circle. The techniques:

• Bend the knees so they are 2” over the toes of your skates.

• Keep both skates touching the ground or ice at all times.

• Make a half-moon cut (C-cut) with the outside foot, maintaining it on an inside edge.

• The inside foot should cross under forming a letter “y” but again never leaving the surface (this leg is actually performing a half-moon cut on an outside edge.

• Put 100% body weight over each push.

• Don’t get frustrated. This is a difficult exercise in the beginning. Keep trying it and it will begin to sink in.

Not always a two-way street

One of the major problems I see involves body weight and getting it adjusted to new skate. The reason for this is that you have a much more solid grip when digging an edge into the ice than you do when trying to dig in on an edge on inlines. Therefore it is natural for you to feel awkward when it comes to how long to keep your weight over a push. Do not worry, because everyone feels this slight instability when leaving the inline for the ice. This will be corrected the more often you get on the ice.


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Best Softball Bats 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:47:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, we will present some of the best softball bats 2020 has to offer.

Sports Zone is committed to providing softball enthusiasts with the highest quality equipment and apparel available, all at unbeatable prices. Visit us today to get your next bat.

Now, let's dig in and take a deeper look at the best softball bats for 2020.

Best Softball Bats 2020

Sports Zone offers close to 50 softball bats for you to choose from before taking to the field this season. But how do you choose which one is best for you? First, check out our softball bat sizing guide, and then consider the following top options.

1. Miken Freak 54 Maxload

Miken is a very popular name when it comes to softball bats, and for good reason. They have a reputation for creating some of the best softball bats out there.

Brand new for 2020 is the Miken Freak 54 Maxload. This is a limited edition bat featuring two-piece construction.

The 14" barrel features Miken's Maxload technology that gives this bat a powerful end loaded weight with a large sweet spot and excellent pop. Also, the Freak 54 offers an optimal handle flex for increased swing power.

If you are a slowpitch player looking for an elite end loaded slowpitch bat, look no further than the Miken Freak 54

2. Worth Krecher XL Ryan Harvey Best Softball Bat 2020

Ryan Harvey was selected 6th overall by the Chicago Cubs at the 2003 MLB Draft, and turned to softball after giving up his big league dreams back in 2013. Harvey became an internet sensation in 2016 after launching a softball into the American flag at Tropicana Field in Florida.

Today, Harvey's name is on Worth's latest softball bat. The Krecher XL is a two piece 100% composite bat that comes equipped with a 13.5" barrel. The Krecher bat series features Worth's 220+ Advantage, which makes for a larger sweet spot for max performance throughout the barrel, as well as CF100 Carbon Fiber for top notch durability.

The Krecher also utilizes Flex 50 Technology, which gives you a thinner handle for increased whip and hitting power.

Start mashing like Ryan Harvey with his namesake bat

3. Miken Psycho MaxLoad Corey Briggs Bat

Miken is back on our list of best softball bats 2020 has to offer.

Corey Briggs is another prolific softball player who, along with Harvey, is a member of the 2020 USA Men's National Slo Pitch teamHis signature Miken Phycho MaxLoad is a two-peice, end-loaded composite softball bat which comes equipped with a 14" barrel length.

The Psycho line brings Miken's Triple Matrix Core+ Technology. This enlarges the sweet spot for maximized performance throughout the 14" barrel.

For this bat, Miken also uses their signature composite material for unmatchable durability. 

The Psycho features a Flex 2 Power handle which ensures optimal flex and whip for barrel loading through the zone

4. Mizuno Crush 12" End Load

The legendary Mizuno Crush is more powerful than ever!

Featuring a smaller 12" barrel for more compact hitting surface, the 2020 Crush is constructed with Black Onyx Carbon and a Triple Wall barrel to increase durability with a shorter break-in period.

A thin Micro-Whip™ Grip gives you a better feel, while 2-Piece LINK™ technology reduces vibrations to the hands to give you the amazing feel of solid contact every at-bat.

Engineered details like an Optimized End Cap create a booming sound and an increased sweet spot!

The Mizuno Crush features end Loaded swing weight for added distance

5. DeMarini Uprising

If you're looking for one of the best softball bats in 2020 but are working on a tighter budget, DeMarini has you covered.

The DeMarini Uprising sotftball bat is a great aluminum piece at a great value.

It features revamped DX1 Alloy and Hybrid Performance gripand and has been greatly tested to ensure that they have the perfect balance of performance and durability at a more affordable price.


Rise up with the 2020 DeMarini Uprising Slowpitch Bat

Best Softball Bats 2020 - Find The Best Option For You

Softball bat sizing

When looking for a softball bat, you want to select:

  • A comfortable weight
  • The correct length for your size
  • The right weight distribution for your ability level

Click here for a step by step guide, and follow these basic tips:

1. Select a bat that you can hold outstretched for 30 seconds: You need a bat that is an appropriate weight in order to increase the power in your hits. 

Hold the bat in your dominant hand in front of you at a 90-degree angle for 30 seconds. If your arm starts shaking or even begins to drop, the bat is too heavy. Repeat this process until you feel comfortable with the weight.

2. Pick a bat that is an appropriate length for your height: Here's a general idea of what length you should use based on your height.

  • If you are 5ft 5in (1.65m) - 5ft 8in (1.72m), opt for a 32 inches (81 cm) or 33 inches (84 cm) bat
  • If you are over 5 ft 9 in (1.75m), opt for a bat that is 34 inches (86 cm)

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Best Softball Bats 2020 - Get yours at Sports Zone!

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands with high-quality softball gear, and we can do the same for you.

We’re a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big box retailers.

Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%! We also offer free shipping on all orders over $100!

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Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

You can also order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area!

Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.


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