09 23 2017

CCM Tacks Skates Review

CCM Tacks Hockey Skates

I am glad that CCM came to their senses and brought back the Tacks names. If you are a certain age, you will remember that the Tacks was synonymous with CCM. I thought it was a shame when the Tacks named disappeared. But now its back and it really is better than ever.

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I have had the skates for some time now and have really put them through their paces (in beer league hockey) and I was pleasantly surprised.  Out of the box, I couldn’t believe how incredibly stiff. I was actually really worried if they were too stiff for me. Once I baked them and got them on the ice, I could’t believe how well the moulded to my feet. I don’t think that I have had a pair of skates that were as comfortable as the Tacks. Any hot spots I felt trying them on out of the box where taken care of by the moulding. The only complaint that I had was the achilles tendon guard is incredibly stiff and I could feel it digging in but even that seems to go away quickly.

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The skates also came with custom supports. They came in 3 different profiles that depend on your arch. They consist of a 6 part arch support tat breathes well while adding that additional support. Did it help? Yeah, I guess so. But I don’t think that its going to add a ton to your game.

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On the ice while playing, I never had to worry about anything with them. They are really comfortable and my feet weren’t throbbing like they do with other new skates that I have tried. That was really important. I wasn’t cringing at the bench but was more focused on the game. It also has a nice reinforced felt tongue that helps to prevent lace bite. I took a few shots in the feet. The one in the toes wasn’t too bad. It still stung but didn’t seem as bad as with other skates. But the one I got in the arch still killed. There is no stopping that pain!

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If you are looking for a high performance skate, you should really consider the new CCM Tacks. The price, $799.99, is right in the ball park for other skates at this end of the market. I doubt you will find a more comfortable skate after the moulding process. There was little break-in time and that allows you to focus on the game. They are responsive and cut through the ice with the new Speed Blade holders. There are well ventilated through the soles and keep the skates light.

Hockey Gear Review recommends the new CCM Tacks Hockey Skates to all high performance hockey players.

Rating: ★★★★½

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