The Bauer Vapor 1X skate will still be constructed using the ultra-lightweight Curv® composite material, which reduces the overall weight of the skate while keeping the durability, strength, and support that players are used to with the top end skates. The X-rib pattern will continue the heel and ankle lock design to keep the skaters foot in place for quicker crossovers and tighter turns. The top of the 1X skate will also feature Bauer’s Comfort Edge padding, which alleviates high ankle abrasions that can happen with a stiffer boot.
New designs on the Bauer Vapor 1X skate further the locking features to make the 1X feel like an extension of your foot. The Vapor 1X boot will still keep its tapered fit, with its narrow heel and standard toe, but with a redesigned quarter panel. Next, the ankle of the skate will be moving from the older fit to a new asymmetrical fit. These design changes on the Vapor 1X will better align the skate with the player’s natural ankle position. Adding more to the inside ankle of the Vapor 1x skate not only makes the skate fit better and more comfortably, but give more for the skater more push off on.
Continuing the locking theme of the skate, Bauer introduces its Lock-Fit Pro facing and liner, along with the Flex-Lock Pro tongue. The Lock-Fit Pro liner is specifically designed with two parts to not only keep your foot dry, but in place throughout the game. The lower part of the liner will have a more locking grip, and the upper will have added material in the high wear areas of the ankle. The injected Lock-Fit facing features a softer flex and reinforced lace locking system to keep the laces from losing their form during the game. The tongue contains thermoforming inserts to provide increased protection over a traditional tongue, while allowing a locked forward flex to help provide maximum speed. The back of the tongue will also feature the same liner as inside the skate to help keep it locked onto the skater’s foot. These new features will not only lock the player’s foot in place, but allow a better forward flex needed to achieve a faster speed.
Bauer Speed Plates will come standard with the 1X skates. The Speed Plates are moldable foot beds that will help remove the dead space from inside the skate and provide the best fit available. A full carbon composite outsole will be attached to the Vapor 1X boot. This ultra-stiff outsole will provide maximum energy transfer from the boot for a more efficient stride. The ventilation helps keep the skate dry on and off the ice.
Moving from the outsole will be Bauer’s Lightspeed Edge holder. This revolutionary holder uses a trigger system to make swapping out damaged or broken steel quick and easy. The holder will also sit three milometers higher than older model Tuuk holders. By raising and narrowing the holder, skaters can get lower into turns without bottoming out. The LS4 runner adds height to the steel and allows skaters to get a better turning radius. The added height also gives it a longer sharpening life, and a polished finish gives each edge longer life in between sharpening.