CCM Axis A2.9 Intermediate Goalie Leg Pads – Special Edition
All new for 2022 is the Axis A2.9 goalie leg pads. The A2.9 is noticeably different from the original Axis A1.9 in a few key areas. The first thing we noticed on the Axis A2.9 goalie leg pads was a more pre-molded s-shape in core of the pad. The original Axis A1.9 was built with an almost straight profile. This was great for a goalie with a really wide butterfly but not so good for a goalie with a regular or narrow butterfly. The new pre-mold core along with the Goalies Plus break in the vertical roll really allow goalies with regular and narrow butterflies to use this pad. A goalie with a wide butterfly will not really notice this however a goalie with a narrow/regular width butterfly will feel a huge difference.
Also new in 2022 is the new Dynamic Response System knee stack. This knee stack system integrates into the core of the pad which allows for more stability and control and therefore a greater performance benefit to the goalie. This has been a feature that nearly every NHL goalie has been modifying on their pads and now it is available at the retail level.
Special Edition Single Break: Some customers may be confused by our Special Edition Single Break description. The Special Edition is our way of giving customers better spec options that are not normally available. When we initially saw the CCM Axis 2 pads, the stock version has an inner break but not a break on the outer roll. In our opinion, we feel this stiffens the pad in an unbalanced way and takes away from the natural flex of the pad. With an inner break and not outer break, the inside half of the pad wants to flex but the outer half of the pad wants to stay stiff. This makes for an unbalanced vertical flex in our opinion. With an unbalanced vertical flex, the pad will not seal properly because the pad will now have a twisting effect on the lateral flex. By adding the break in the outer roll, the natural flex is restored and butterfly coverage creates a better pad to ice seal. In generic terms, unless you have a super wide butterfly and do not need any flex, you will need the pad to flex and seal the five hole in the butterfly position. By adding this break, we feel it greatly helps with this in many ways.
Especially with younger goalies, we feel that more flex helps even out the added stiffness of making cores smaller. As the core and foams get smaller in intermediate sized pads, they have the tendency to get stiffer. The added break in vertical roll helps eliminate this issue.
Special Edition Inner Weave Sliding Edge: We have heard varying accounts on how customers felt about the Speed Skin material on the inner edge of the original Axis pads. There seemed to be the feeling that the Speed Skin did not slide as well as other brands. Goalies Plus has made the decision to change the inner edge to a weave material that has been proven to slide better and faster – especially on second and third period ice surfaces (since most youth and adult games do not get ice cuts between periods). We feel this feature will dramatically help goalies using that use the CCM leg pads.
Special Edition Unique Custom Colors:
- Red W/ Black Vertical Roll
- Royal Blue, Black & White
- Vegas Gold, Black & White
- White, Navy Blue & Red
- All Black
- Black, Orange & White
- All White
Core Construction: The CCM Axis A2.9 pad utilizes the LiteCore Technology. The LiteCore is an extremely lightweight yet durable with a pre-curved shape. This core along with specific layers of HD and LD foams gives the Axis2.9 goalie pads the most explosive rebounds of any CCM goalie pad to date. This is the lightest core CCM has produced to date.
Flex Profile: Pre-curved single break and at Goalies Plus – an additional break on the vertical roll below the knee.
Knee Cradle: The Axis A2.9 goalie leg pads will have an open and removable knee cradle. This allows for optimal interaction with almost all goalie knee guards.
Knee Stack: New for 2022 is the DRS knee stack (Dynamic Response System). This is a one piece landing zone built for excellent seal and stability. This knee stack allows for more power and lateral speed with enhanced impact absorption.
Strapping System: The Axis A2.9 gear will use the Quick Motion Strap System 2. This is an all elastic/velcro strapping system (which has become the industry standard). The Quick Motion Strap System 2 allows the pad to be worn 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 System, pads will shift downward and actually start to fall down and over the front of the goalies skate creating a very sloppy fit.
Bungee Toe Tie: The CCM Axis A2.9 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.
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.
CCM Axis A2.9 Intermediate Goalie Catch Glove – Special Edition
New for 2022 is a redesigned Axis 2.9 goalie catch glove. CCM was thinking outside the box when they built this glove. Starting with break angle, the Axis 2.9 has a new 591 break closure. This glove is based on the 590 / 60 degree break angle that has been the benchmark of CCM goalie gloves going back to the Koho, RBK and Reebok eras. However, the 591 has a redesigned closure that allows the Axis A2.9 glove to open and close with greater ease then past generations. The new 591 break also allows the glove to open wider then past generations which takes up more blocking area and allows the goalie to be “bigger” in glove coverage of the net. The cuff of the Axis A2.9 catch glove will use LiteCore in the cuff and thumb which is the lightest cuff and thumb CCM has ever produced.
Now to a few things goalies are going to immediately notice with Axis A2.9 catch glove. Gone are the traditional finger stalls. Now the inside finger area is one open piece with the Suregrip material on the inside. This allows the goalies fingers to get maximum grip while closing the glove. Although a bit odd at first, you can really feel how having this design allows you to have grip on every part of each finger. CCM also designed the back wrist area with the Cross Foam Strapping system. Unlike a tradition strap the runs across the back of the wrist, The Cross Foam Strap has three anchor points along the back cuff/wrist area which allows this strap to be worn very tight with extreme comfort.
The palm area will continue to use the layered foam design that has been proven to be extremely protective. The inside palm will continue to use the Suregrip material. The Suregrip is extremely popular as it allows the goalie to have complete control internally in the glove no matter how wet it may become.
Special Edition Skate Lace Pocket: Goalies Plus has replaced the traditional nylon cord on the sides of the pocket with skate lace. We feel that this gives the glove a softer pocket and therefore helps minimize pop outs out of the glove.
CCM Axis A2.9 Goalie Catch Glove Features:
- Model Year: 2022
- Cuff/Thumb – Litecore construction. One-piece to maximize coverage
- Break angle – 591 is based off the 590 angle and shape but redesigned for enhanced closure, feel and responsiveness.
- Palm Stiffness – Game-ready fit with layered felt and foam for puck absorption.
- Strapping – Cross Form Strap secures the back of the hand at multiple attachment points for greater responsiveness while allowing for greater wrist mobility.
- Finger Area – Form fit design for customized feel.
- Pocket – Double straight-tee with skate lace.
- Cuff – Flexmotion 2 Design has strategic flex points and layered protection for greater range of motion.
- Back Hand Guard – HD Flexmotion 2 Backhand has a tri-flex design with strong impact protection along with excellent mobility.
- Palm & Liner – Suregrip palm has the comfort, feel and responsiveness that goalies are looking for.
- Regular – Glove goes on the left hand.
- Full Right – Glove goes on the right hand.
CCM Axis A2.9 Intermediate Goalie Blocker – Special Edition
New for 2022, CCM has made some modifications to the original Axis blocker. Starting with the blocker board, the Axis A2.9 will have the Litecore board. This is CCM’s lightest blocker board ever and has an extremely active rebound off the face. On the sidewall of the blocker, the Axis A2.9 has a free-floating design which is velcro’d to the side palm. In years past, the sidewall was sewn into the side palm area. Although this is a stiff sidewall, the new attachment gives this blocker more mobility and flexibility compared to past generations. The back cuff has also been redesigned with the Flexmotion cuff. This segmented design allows for greater range of motion while a goalie is making a blocker save or stick handing the puck. CCM will continue to use the popular reinforced nash in the palm of the Axis A2.9 blocker.
CCM Axis A2.9 Intermediate Goalie Blocker Features:
- Model Year: 2022
- Palm Position: A centered palm position for a balanced feel.
- Material: Speedskin.
- Cuff: The Flexmotion design allows for optimal adjustment and flexibility.
- Palm: A Reinforced nash palm that provides a great feel along with durability.
- Sidewall: Stiff sidewall with curved finger protection.
- Lock Thumb Protector: Molded thumb for enhanced protection.
- Finger Protectors: High density foam wrap designed for increased protection.
- Blocking Board: Litecore techonolgy which is extremely light and balanced.
- Regular: Blocker goes on the right hand.
- Full Right: Blocker goes on the left hand.