After a decade without, CCM has brought the legendary Tacks skate line back! Personally, I haven’t skated in the old “Tackaberry” skates that everyone has come to know and love, but one thing that is for sure, CCM has made some huge improvements in its newest set of jets. So, what exactly do the Tacks skates have going for them? Skating in my very own pair of Tacks has given me insight on the technological advancements that CCM has implemented in its skate.
Let’s start with the biggest change to the boot: CCM’s new Attackframe technology. This frame consists of a super-stiff, carbon-composite twill that has been inserted along the heel and eyelets of the skate. I could immediately feel how incredibly stiff this boot was, compared to my older pair of RBZ skates which have gotten a bit on the softer side since I’ve been using them. When this Attackframe tech is combined with CCM’s T6 pro core, you can feel the support the boot has and the responsive, energy transfer while skating. Because it is so stiff, you can feel the boot flexing and pushing back on you, which is exactly what is helping you get that explosive acceleration.
Although this is my first extra stiff boot, I have no complaints on the overall comfort of it. The Tacks skate features a soft, felt tongue that has been integrated with CCM’s pro EPE foam to fight off unwanted lace bite. Furthermore, a durable Clarino liner has been added for optimum performance and moisture management. And, of course, we can’t forget those awesome, custom foot beds that prevent arch pain and help the bottom of your foot make the most contact possible to the midsole of the skate.
This skate is made out of materials that are extremely form-fitting when heat molded. But be weary when you are molding your skates. If you don’t follow the directions (which are located on the inside of the skate box) you may be doing more harm than good by overcooking them. It’s funny, with all of the hockey experience I have and the amount of skates I’ve gone through that I would make such bonehead mistake! Instead of heating for the recommended 3 minutes oven time at 250 degrees, I just threw my skates in the oven at a preheated temperature of 350 for 5 minutes! That’s when I realized that the materials in the skate where incredibly heat moldable. After letting the skates cool for a bit, I put them on my feet to let them mold and was surprised to see how well the skate had taken the form of my foot!
You might be wondering why my skates look a little different than regular Tacks skates. First of all, CCM did a great job with overall look of these skates, any player would be happy to rep these clean looking jets, but I decided to add my own touch to them. A little trick I learned watching YouTube videos showed me how to remove logos from my helmet, so that you can rock a clean, murdered-out bucket. I thought that it might be pretty cool to do the same to my skates, to give them that simple look. All I had to do is take a couple of cotton swabs, a bottle of acetone and gently rub off the “Tacks” logo seen just under the eyelets, along with the yellow line and white lettering that reads “Attackframe”. I didn’t stop there, I did the exact same process to the white and yellow “T” located on the heel of the skate. You may like it or hate it, but all I can say is that I am so happy with the simple look they have now. I just had to get that out there for anyone who was confused about the missing graphics.
Something more important than having aesthetically pleasing wheels that is a huge, if not the biggest factor, and hasn’t been mentioned on the overall feel and comfort of these skates…any guesses? It would undoubtedly be the correct sizing of course! If you have purchased CCM’s RBZ skate then you have probably been made aware of the fact that the sizing is a bit different than some of the other manufacturers. Obviously a skate will not feel comfortable if you are wearing the incorrect size, be sure to try on your normal skate size, as well as the recommended 2 sizes smaller than your normal shoe size. In my case, I normally wear a 9.5 D in my skates and a size 11 shoe. With both the RBZ and Tacks skates, I needed to move down to an even smaller size and grab a pair of 9 D to give me the perfect fit.
So we know the Tacks boot is strong and comfortable, but what about everything beneath? Complementing the modern look of the black and yellow accented boot, is the sleek and clean Speedblade 4.0 holder – previously featured on CCM’s RBZ skate. This boot was designed to provide a greater angle of attack, by increasing the holder’s height by 4 millimeters. Also featured with the Speedblade 4.0 holder, are CCM’s new Hyperglide runners, which are quality, polished-steel runners that improve glide for enhanced performance. I must say that I’m a huge fan of this runner and holder combo. The angle of attack, which is promoted with the Speedblade holder, helps the skater get very low and deep into those turns to give the advantage of maintaining speed.
All-in-all, I have to say that CCM’s new Tacks are one of my favorite pairs of skates. Not only did CCM design an exceedingly responsive and supportive skate, with huge changes like Attack frame tech; they made sure to pay attention to detail and the smaller components of skate that make it remarkably comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to any player looking for mad style points. If you’re looking for the most explosive first fives strides in hockey, look no further, CCM Tacks is your answer. Make sure to visit your local MonkeySports Superstore or Hockeymonkey.com to purchase your pair of Tacks.