Bauer Supreme Ignite Pro+ 2018 Junior Ice Skates
Bauer Supreme Ignite Pro+ 2018 Junior Ice Skates
The Bauer Supreme Ignite Pro+ ice skates are a rare and exclusive product made for Sports Excellence stores like Discount Hockey. They are an upgraded version of the second-tier Supreme 2S model with features found in the top-of-the-line 2S Pro model. The Ignite Pro+ skates will give players a nearly identical level of comfort, performance, and durability as a top-of-the-line skate at a fraction of the price.
The 2018 Supreme skate line features new graphics, using mostly charcoal grey for the boot and reflective gold accents near the heel, eyelets, and ankles. This is a very clean design compared to last generation’s, which used lots of lines on top of a lighter grey quarter package. These Ignite Pro+ skates still have those lines or accents but they are much subtler on the darker boot.
The key upgrades found exclusively on the Bauer Ignite Pro+ skates include the Comfort Edge ankle padding, TUUK LS3+ black carbon-coated stainless steel, and LOCK-FIT+ liner with wear patches.
The Ignite Pro+ skates use a 3-D lasted Curv® composite quarter package, which is carried over from last-generation’s Supreme 1S and S190 models. This quarter package is also found on this generation’s 2S, makes the Ignite Pro+ a very stiff skate. Curv® is very lightweight yet protective, so players’ feet will stay protected when blocking shots.
All-new this year is the LightSpeed 3+ black steel. This is a Sports Excellence exclusive, which means you can only find it on the Ignite Pro+ skate model. Players looking to buy this steel “aftermarket” are out of luck - It is ONLY found on this skate.
LS3+ has a 10-foot radius and is covered in a matte black powder coating which is a very popular look in today’s game. It is highly durable, maintains an edge for a long time, and just plain looks nice. It’ll give players who don’t want to shell out $950 for the 2S Pro skates with LS5 carbon an opportunity to have that same look.
Next, the 3-piece 48oz. Reflex tongue with metatarsal guards is thinner and much more flexible than the 2S Pro’s. The metatarsal guard is stiff and gives players protection only where needed. The Reflex tongue feels more protective, but just as thick, as 2016’s S180 tongue. At the same time, it feels about as protective as last generation’s S190 tongue, but much softer. So, it’ll feel a hybrid between the S180 and S190 tongue from 2016.
These use standard, non-locking, textured eyelets. This is a pro-preferred specification, so players who have used pro stock skates or who don’t like how tight the T-shaped eyelets on top-of-the-line Bauer skates feel will definitely see this as an improvement.
These use the same tendon guard as the 2S. It’s quite stiff but still flexible. This design allows the tendon guard to be responsive while remaining comfortable, thanks to the cushioned liner on the inside.
Moving on to the inside of the skates, the Ignite Pro+ skates are upgraded to have the LOCK-FIT+ liner. This is actually the same liner as the Vapor X900 skate’s, so it’s interesting to see how this crossover technology holds up on a Supreme skate. Also, this liner features black wear patches (found on the 2S Pro model) where it makes contact with the tongue. These are soft, prevent abrasion, and provide a good amount of comfort. They are made of the same material as the Comfort Edge padding, as well.
Bauer Supreme skates are best known for their superior ankle wrap and the 2S Pros deliver. The memory foam ankle pads are thicker than last-generation’s 1S and have appropriately-placed indentations for the ankle bones, specifically the lateral and medial malleoli. This allows the 2S Pros to completely wrap around the ankle and leave zero negative space.
The Ignite Pro+ skates use the same LOCK-FIT footbed as the 2S. It is designed with a rubbery grip material on the arch and around the heel that keeps the foot dry and stabilized within the boot. This footbed is removable, so players can easily swap it out for SpeedPlates, Superfeet, or any other model of their choice.
The Supreme Ignite Pro+ skates retail at Discount Hockey and DiscountHockey.com for $449.99. For just $50 more than the 2S skates ($399.99), these are a huge step up and are much more affordable than the 2S Pros ($649.99) while still being a very comparable skate.
Be sure to check out the Bauer Supreme Ignite Pro+ ice skates at Discount Hockey today!
3-D lasted carbon Curv® composite with Total Edge Comfort
Reflex Pro with custom lacing
Lightweight memory foam ankle pads
Reflex Pro tongue, 3-piece 52oz felt tongue with moldable inserts
C-Flex technology with custom inserts
Anaform upper and footbed
Ultra lightweight vented composite
TUUK LIGHTSPEED EDGE
TUUK LS5 carbon-coated stainless steel
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