CCM Axis A1.5 Junior Goalie Leg Pads
All new for 2020 is the CCM Axis equipment line. Since we all know goalies are the center of the hockey world, what better name for a new line then the Axis. The Axis brings CCM into the newer generation of goaltending equipment with a much more modern style that is becoming increasingly popular with younger goalies. We will take a detailed look on this page at the Axis leg pads explain in detail the different specs and new features of the CCM Axis.
New LiteCore Technology: A recent trend in the goalie world is for the goalie pad to have extremely active rebounds. The CCM Axis A1.5 junior pad utilizes the LiteCore Technology. The LiteCore is an extremely lightweight yet durable pre-curved core. This core has been proven to work very well with junior sized goalies and this generation of the LiteCore has a more explosive rebound then past generations.
Speedskin: The CCM Axis goalie pads will continue to use the popular CCM Speedskin for the outer material. This material is quicker and more explosive when sliding side to side in the butterfly movements. Speed Skin reduces friction between the pad and the ice and there gives the goalie a better glide. This is very important late in games when the ice conditions are at there worst. In testing, Speed Skin performs better than Clarino and is just as durable.
Knee Riser: The knee riser on the Axis pad will feature the Nylon with PE Foam. In the past some companies used very stiff landing blocks for the “butterfly” style pads to increase the speed of sliding side to side. With the Speedskin technology, the side to side speed is no longer an issue so CCM could concentrate on a more forgiving knee block.The PE foam is particularly important as is takes pressure off the goalies joints and back when going into the butterfly technique.. The Nylon material in the knee cradle is ideal for younger goalies as allows the pad to rotate with very little friction .
Strapping System: The Axis gear will use an all elastic/velcro strapping system (which has become the industry standard). The quick motion strap along the back calf area helps keep the pad snug to the goalies leg while allowing for proper rotation. This is very important as it help keep the pad properly positioned on the goalies leg. Without the quick motion strap, pads will shift downward and actually start to fall down and over the front of the goalies skate creating a very sloppy fit. The elastic/vecro strapping is also great for parent as it makes getting a young goalie dressed very easy.
Bungee Toe Tie: The CCM Axis A1.5 junior goalie pad comes stock with a bungee toe tie system. For years manufactures have used a skate lace to connect the toe of the pad to the toe of the skate. In recent years, after market bungee toe tie products have become very popular because they allow the toe of the pad to stretch from the toe of the skate with an elastic type effect. This stretching and recoiling improves the recovery process and creates more power pushes for the goalie. This toe system also takes pressure off the goalies ankles, knees and hips because it eliminates the quick stop and jerk process that skate lace has when it runs out of slack. Again this makes a parents job of dressing a young goalie much easier compared to the old skate lace method.
Boot Flex: One of the first things we noticed on the CCM Axis pads was the very soft and flexible boot of the pad. This has become an extremely popular feature in recent years because it greatly increases flexibility in the butterfly recovery process. The boot is built on a 90 degree angle with a flat (table top) foot channel.
Junior Proportionate Sizing: For 2020, the Axis junior pads are built on a height to width proportion. In years past, all junior pads would be built with one width. If the width was proportionate for a 28 or 30 inch pad, it would be too wide for a 26 inch pad. On the flip side, if a pad width was ideal for a 24 or 26 inch pad, it would be way too narrow for a 28 or 30 inch pad. With the Axis junior A1.5 line, the 26+1in. pads are 8.5 inches wide. The 28+1in. pads are 9.0 inches wide and the 30+1 inch pads are 9.5 inches wide. It may not seem like much but it really makes a big difference. Too wide will cause a goalie to loose mobility, too narrow will compromise size and techniques then cannot be properly performed. With younger goalies, a properly proportioned pad is essential for player development.
CCM Axis A1.5 Goalie Leg Pads are recommended for Rec thru AAA levels.
CCM Axis A1.5 Junior Goalie Leg Pad Features:
- Model Year: 2020
- Inner Flex – Pre-curved with single break in the core.
- Outer Material – Speedskin for increase ease and speed in the butterfly slide technique.
- Boot Angle – 90 Degree angle creates flexibility for power pushes.
- Boot Channel – Deep Ultra Soft for comfort and increased pad rotation.
- Leg Channel / Calf Strap Option – Shallow Loose fit
- Knee Strap Option – Removable 2″ elastic knee for a custom fit.
- Knee Cradle – Recessed foam with removable knee cradle wrap. Deeper knee cradle for 2020
- Knee Raiser – 3D Grip / PE foam helps to seal the pad to the ice
- Core – LiteXCore Technology. – Most active rebound core in CCM’s history
- Proportionate height to width sizing