CCM RBZ, Tacks, & Ribcor: Which One Is Right For Me?

Posted by Drake Martin on Feb 26, 2016
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Not too long ago, we made a comparison article for Bauer Vapor, Supreme, and Nexus equipment lines and had several requests to make one for CCM. Ask and you shall receive! This article will give you a brief overview of each line of CCM gear and will show the closest equipment line from Bauer. Let's get started.

Skates

Beginning with skates, as of February 2016, CCM has three skate lines: JetSpeed (formerly RBZ), Tacks, and Ribcor. The top-of-the-line models from each line are as follows: JetSpeed, Super Tacks, and Ribcor 50K.

JetSpeed

CCM's JetSpeed motto is trademarked as "Fit to Fly," which means they are designed for players who are looking to maintain high rates of speed after "takeoff." These are CCM's first full composite skates which makes them incredibly lightweight.

Unlike the original RBZ skates that launched in 2013, the JetSpeed skates have a medium-volume, snug overall fit that's similar to the anatomical fit found in Bauer Supreme skates. However, the JetSpeeds have a lock-tight fit in the heel, which is more similar to the tapered fit found in Bauer's Vapor skates. If you are looking for a stiff skate that's more of a "Vapor-Supreme hybrid," look no further than JetSpeed skates.

NHL players wearing CCM JetSpeed skates: Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Connor McDavid (EDM), Pavel Datsyuk (DET), Nathan MacKinnon (COL).

Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings skates down the ice with his CCM JetSpeed skates. Photo credit: Bill Wippert, Getty Images.

Super Tacks

Featuring MonoFrame 360 technology, Super Tacks skates are a one-piece boot frame providing a fully anatomical heel-lock with a 360° fit around and under the foot. The Super Tacks construction eliminates the need for an outsole, providing greater foot-to-skate contact area and an unprecedented direct force propulsion system to help generate maximum power.

The last generation of Tacks skates had the widest toe box, highest boot volume, and stiffest outsole of the three lines, so they were geared towards players with wider feet or towards those who want a little more room inside the skate - similar to Bauer Nexus skates. Now, the current generation of Super Tacks skates fit much more snug

NHL players wearing CCM Super Tacks skates: Tyler Toffoli (LA), Brent Burns (SJ), Seth Jones (CBJ).

Tyler Toffoli of the Los Angeles Kings uses the acceleration power of his CCM Tacks skates to get a breakaway against the Colorado Avalanche. Photo credit Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports.

Ribcor

CCM Ribcor skates are geared towards players looking to make agile, quick, and extremely tight turns. The ComfortFrame™ technology provides a customizable boot with a regular stiffness profile, designed to adapt to your every movement for excellent agility on the ice for a close, comfortable fit.

Similar to Bauer Supreme skates, the CCM Ribcor skate line has a slightly narrow, low-volume overall fit but with a very tight-fitting heel like a Bauer Vapor skate. The main difference between the Ribcor and Bauer skates is the Pump™, which gives players full customization of the tightness of the heel.

NHL players wearing CCM Ribcor skates: Sidney Crosby (PIT), Matt Duchene (COL), John Tavares (NYI), Carl Hagelin (PIT).

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche in his white CCM Ribcor 50K skates. Photo credit Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports.

Sticks

CCM has an incredibly fast turnover time with their sticks, meaning they usually release an updated version of each one of their stick lines every year. As of July 2016, the top-of-the-line sticks in each family are as follows: RBZ Revolution, Super Tacks, and Ribcor Reckoner.

RBZ Revolution

CCM's RBZ Revolution features the same custom kick point found in all of its predecessors, such as the RBZ, RBZ Stage 2, Superfast, and Speedburner. This custom kick point means the stick's shaft will flex wherever the lower hand is placed when shooting or passing. This will result in hard, accurate shots and crisp passes time and time again.

The biggest new feature found in the RBZ Revolution is the FacePlate Technology with Power Alloy found on the blade. The Power Alloy works in the same way as a Taylor Made golf driver - it adds strength and stability for a hotter face to maximize power.

While the RBZ stick line is great for shooters, it's not really ideal for danglers or puck handlers because it doesn't have great puck feel. Although CCM made some improvements to the Revolution's blade to improve it, both the Tacks and Ribcor lines have much better puck feel. 

In terms of kick point and shooting, the RBZ stick line is most similar to the Bauer Nexus stick family.

Super Tacks

The new Super Tacks stick is considered to be CCM's true all-in-one stick. Trusted Tacks performance has been taken to the next level with its two distinctive loading zones. It allows for maximum loading on both wrist and slap shots due to the different stiffness zones. The Aculite blade is even lighter than the Ultra Attack Frame from the Super Tacks and the durability of the shaft has been increased. The new Super Tacks is a stick you can rely on no matter what the game situation.

The Tacks line features a mid-kick point with great puck feel which makes it ideal for heavy and precise slap shots, accurate saucer passes, and incredible stick handling. It is also perfect for players who are looking for a durable stick that will be put to the test game after game. CCM Tacks sticks are most similar to Bauer's Supreme stick line.

NHL players using a CCM Super Tacks stick: Connor McDavid (EDM), Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Seth Jones (CBJ), Evgeni Malkin (PIT).

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks for a pass with his CCM Super Tacks stick in the 2016 NHL Playoffs. Photo Credit Janine Leech, Icon Sportswire.

Ribcor Reckoner

The CCM Ribcor Reckoner brings players a low-kick point with amazing puck feel, thanks to the Ascent blade. This blade has a soft heel for puck handling and a super stiff toe for shooting power. Therefore, the CCM Ribcor line is designed for players who like to stick handle through traffic and snipe one home with a lightning-fast release.

If you have been looking to replace that Bauer Vapor stick for a while, a stick from the CCM Ribcor line would be a great place to start.

NHL players using a CCM Ribcor Reckoner: Vladimir Tarasenko (STL), Matt Duchene (COL), Sidney Crosby (PIT), Nathan MacKinnon (COL).

Sidney Crosby skates with his CCM Ribcor Reckoner stick. Photo credit Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports.

Pants

CCM does not have a Ribcor pants or protective line, so from here on out, we will just be comparing QuickLite and Tacks lines.

QuickLite / RBZ

CCM QuickLite pants (the next generation of RBZ pants) are a more traditional fitting pant, meaning the legs are straight, have a more high volume fit, and offer a great amount of protection. QuickLite and RBZ pants are known to sit a little higher above the knees, but the QuickLite, QL 290, RBZ, RBZ 150, and RBZ 130 pants all have a zipper along the waist that gives taller players a 1" length extension option. This extension is also ideal for those who like a longer fitting pant.

In comparison to Bauer, CCM RBZ and QuickLite pants fit similar to Nexus pants.

Tacks

CCM Tacks pants have a very similar fit to the RBZ pants, but they have a lot more foam (D3O specifically - described below in the Tacks Protective section) throughout the legs and hips. This makes them geared primarily towards defensemen who block a lot of shots or forwards who like to screen the goalie and look for those rebound goals.

Like the RBZ pants, the CCM Ultra Tacks, 6052, and 4052 pant models also have a 1" length extension option.

Protective

RBZ 

CCM's QuickLite protective line (the next generation of RBZ protective) brings players a lightweight, low volume, and highly mobile line of pads. They use CCM's new molded DryFoam technology, which is foam that absorbs less sweat to keep the player dry and the pads as lightweight as possible.

With its low profile fit, CCM QuickLite protective gear fits the closest to Bauer's Supreme protective line.

Tacks

CCM's highly-protective Tacks line offers D3O™ SmartFoam which changes its rigidity depending on impact intensity. With a soft impact - such as a gentle bump into another player - the pads will stay soft and flexible. With a hard impact - such as a slash or blocked shot - the pads will harden on impact and quickly return to its flexible state.

In regards to fit, Tacks pads have an unhibiting anatomical fit, like Bauer Supreme pads, where the pads will move with the player without inhibiting motion, but are extremely protective like Bauer Nexus.

If you are in the market for the protection of Bauer Nexus pads but with a little less bulk, then look for protective pads in the CCM Tacks family.

Summary

In conclusion, each type of pad, stick, and skate is designed for a specific playing and shooting style. When shopping for new CCM gear, the fit type should just be the starting point for your research.

Every level of product in the same CCM family will have the same fit type, but will just have different features. For example, the mid-range JetSpeed 280 skates will be a little heavier than the top-of-the-line JetSpeed model and won't have features like a full composite boot or HyperGlide steel runners.

The gear that will work the best for you is the one that fits you properly. Feel free to come into our Superstore location in Woodland Hills to have one of our helpful associates get you fitted in your next setup.

You can find all of the items above in our store and online at DiscountHockey.com. Thanks for reading and we'll see you on the ice!

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