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The Vapor X800 skate carries on the Vapor legacy as the most popular family within Bauer's 3-fit platform. While the Vapor fit may not work for every foot type, those who do benefit from its fit characteristics often swear by its “second skin” fit and feel. Its standard v-fit profile consists of a standard width through the toebox and forefoot with a low-volume, narrower fit in the heel and ankle.
The OD1N concept skate provided the inspiration behind the updated X-Rib pattern that can be found throughout the Vapor line. In addition to providing structural support to the skate, lab tests, designed to measure performance, showed that the X-rib pattern led to improvements in heel and ankle lock which resulted in quicker cross overs and tighter turns. Purposely built with a measured balance of lateral support and forward flex, Bauer uses its incredibly lightweight and responsive Curv® composite in the quarter of the X800. This technology is typically reserved for Bauer's flagship skates, so to find it at this price point is truly an added value. The 3D Lasted design provides a head start to a great fit while the fact that the Curv® composite material reacts so well to heat molding provides the final touch to get you an amazing 360° fit with minimal negative space and significantly reduced break in time.
With a reputation for its durability and moisture management properties, the X800 uses the tried and true HYDRA MAX mesh liner, which can also be found on the higher end X900 model. The 3-piece felt design of the Form Fit tongue features comfortable 48 oz white felt on the top and 30 oz white felt on the sides and includes a relatively robust and protective metatarsal guard that consists of high density foam and a plastic insert.
The boot sits atop a pro TPU outsole, which is a commonly used material that also provides a stable platform for which to mount the Tuuk Lightspeed Edge holder. This holder design provides an added three millimeters of height, in comparison to the Tuuk Lightspeed 2 holder which allows the skater to get lower to the ice for sharper, tighter turns without “bottoming out” or in other words a greater angle of attack. The other huge benefit of this holder is the ability to change the runners in seconds with the pull of a trigger. Carrying an extra set of sharpened steel in your bag could mean the difference between getting the game winner or sitting on the bench with a bad wheel. The X800 comes stock with the very popular stainless steel Tuuk LS2 EDGE runner, which contributes to it being lighter than the stock 1X and X900!
If you want to experience the performance of a Vapor skate that is equipped with Curv® composite technology at a fraction of the price of higher end Vapor skates, then you've got to check out the Bauer Vapor X800 model today!
|Player Profile||Designed for agility, superb heel and ankle lock allows for quicker cross overs and tighter turns. Ideal for the fastest of players.|
|Fit Profile||Anatomical - snug|
|Quarter Package||3D Lasted Curv® Composite upper with OD1N-inspired X-rib design|
|Heel Support||Anatomically designed heel counter|
|Ankle Padding||Lightweight form fit foam|
|Tendon Guard||Stiff flex|
|Lining Material||HYDRA MAX Mesh|
|Tongue||FORM-FIT, 3-piece white felt (48oz top / 30oz sides) with high density metatarsal guard and PE insert|
|Footbed||FORM-FIT+ with grip, moisture management and heel stabilizer|
|Outsole||Pro TPU with sublimated graphic|
|Blade Holder||TUUK Lightspeed EDGE|
|Runner||TUUK LS2 EDGE Stainless Steel|
Skate Weights are determined using a size 8.0 regular width senior skate, a size 3.0 regular width junior skate, or a 11.0 regular width youth skate.
Bauer Skate Sizing Chart - Senior
|US Men's Shoe Size||7.5||8.0||8.5||9.0||9.5||10.0||10.5||11.0||11.5||12.0||12.5||13.0||13.5|
|EUR Shoe Size||40.5||41.0||42.0||42.5||43.0||44.0||44.5||45.0||45.5||46.0||47.0||47.5||48.0|
|UK Men's Shoe Size||6.5||7.0||7.5||8.0||8.5||9.5||9.5||10.0||10.5||11.0||11.5||12.0||12.5|
Actual Shoe Size as determined by a Branock Shoe Sizing Device. Size information listed, is directly from the manufacturer.
Before purchasing these skates I had the Reebok White Ks. I love those skates. I was forced to switch to these skates because Reebok stopped making the White Ks, and I must say I was not disappointed. I was choosing between these, and the Supreme 180s. I typically go for a wider skate, but I liked the feel of the Vapors way better than the Supremes. Once I tried these on I knew they were the best choice. They fit my foot very well. I heat molded them and skated the next day. They were a little stiff at first, but then they fit like a glove.Review by Long John Silver (Posted on 7/24/2016)
I have had these skates since September, and I can say they have held up very well. There are a few scratches on the outside, and there are only a few wear patches on the inside liner.
There are two cons to these skates. The first thing is that these skates take long to dry. I even tried taking the footbed out to allow for more moisture to exit the boot, but it still takes a long time. I play high school hockey, so I am on the ice almost every day for at least an hour. I need to my skates to be dry and ready to use every day and sometimes they are still sweaty from the last day. The second con I have about these skates is the big plastic insert on the tongue. Every time I tie my skates the laces get caught under the tongue in between the fourth and fifth eyelets. Also, the plastic part is starting to come apart and move in the mesh that is holding it on the tongue.
All in all, I think the Bauer Vapor X800 skates are a good buy and are worth the money.
The Skate Boot is covered against defects in manufacturing and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase.
The Holder is covered against defects in manufacturing and workmanship for a period of 365 days from the date of purchase.
The Runner is covered against defects in manufacturing and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase.