BAUER HOCKEY UNVEILS MOST ADVANCED SKATE IN COMPANY'S HISTORY

VAPOR APX Skate's Technical Materials and Proprietary Manufacturing Process
Deliver Unprecedented Elite Performance

TORONTO, May 3 /CNW/ - Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of ice hockey equipment, unveiled its most advanced skate, the BAUER VAPOR APX.  The combination of technological advancements and new materials combined with a proprietary manufacturing process has created the lightest and best-performing VAPOR skate ever.

"The VAPOR name has become synonymous with elite-level hockey performance and with the BAUER VAPOR APX, we raised that bar even higher," said Ken Covo, Sr. Director, Research & Development, Bauer Hockey. "The result is the most technologically advanced skate we have ever made in our company's 83-year history."

The VAPOR APX is constructed through a proprietary manufacturing process designed and developed solely by Bauer's technical team. This 3D compression molding process creates a design that no other manufacturer in the industry can duplicate. The result is a better fitting, lightweight skate that delivers unprecedented performance.

The new BAUER VAPOR APX skate features:

  • Curv® Composite Boot - Built to provide players with distinct VAPOR attributes while reducing weight, the Curv® composite material and X-Rib design pattern provides structural support and stability throughout the boot allowing for faster acceleration and tighter turns.

  • Form-Fit 3 Tongue - Designed and engineered to enhance lace bite protection, the Form-Fit 3 Tongue features an exposed metatarsal guard to enable the laces of the skate to slide up and down the tongue rather than compressing the internal foam. The result is enhanced comfort and a reduction in the skate's overall breakdown.

  • Hydra-Max 2 Liner - The moisture wicking liner combined with an integrated comfort wrap now delivers a superior liner that keeps the foot dry and cool while locking the heel tight in place. The comfort wrap also helps alleviate abrasion high on the ankle that is common during the break-in process and adds comfort throughout the life of the skate.

  • TUUK LS FUSION Runner - The runner design fuses strength and performance of BAUER's elite-level stainless steel with high-grade aluminum, reducing weight of the runner by 27 per cent and delivering increased speed and power with every stride.

  • FORM-FIT+ Footbed -The new FORM-FIT+ footbed system provides players with dual density foam performance with added comfort in the toe area. The toe protection feature can be customized to specific player's needs for an overall, more enjoyable playing experience.

The VAPOR APX is the latest elite edition of the widely successful VAPOR line of skates, which has become the choice of top players throughout the world. Currently, star players such as Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Nic Backstrom all wear VAPOR skates.

Bauer Hockey also launched the "We Advanced the Skate, So You Can Change the Game" campaign, which provides an inside look into the revolutionary development process of the highly anticipated VAPOR APX. In addition to television, print and in-arena advertising, the campaign features a comprehensive digital experience and an opportunity to win custom manufactured skates at BAUER's Research & Design Center in St. Jerome, Quebec.

The BAUER VAPOR APX is currently available at retail locations throughout the world. For more information, visit www.bauer.com

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About Bauer Hockey
Bauer Hockey is the world's most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927, Bauer developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer has continued to develop the most sought after products in the industry, including the widely successful Supreme ® and Vapor ® lines of products. Bauer Hockey, Maverik Lacrosse and Mission Roller Hockey are brands under Bauer Performance Sports, a publically traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BAU).

SOURCE BAUER HOCKEY, INC.

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