The CCM Super Tacks AS1 hockey skate is the latest top-end skate from CCM’s Super Tacks line. CCM re-engineered the AS1 boot design with the end goal being an enhanced fit, reduced weight, and improved energy transfer. To build off last years successful release, CCM aimed to tweak and streamline a winning formula to create a superior skate. CCM has found new ways to cut additional weight by removing the CCM jewel and excess leather around the eyelets. CCM also improved durability by changing the carbon composite lamination process and also adding an abrasion bumper to the forefoot area.
The Monoframe 360 carbon composite boot is a one-piece construction that is a cut above the traditional two-piece boot & outsole construction. Allowing for a better foot-to-skate contact giving the player the advantage of having a better fit, and higher energy transfer throughout their stride. The AS1 carries the full one-piece carbon composite boot with a fully anatomical shaped fit running through to the toe cap but has made a change in the volume. CCM has increased the boot height proportioned to each size offering a more comfortable fit, tighter heel lock, and a better performing boot.
CCM has made an upgrade to the liner from the Super Tacks TotalDri liner to a TotalDri Pro liner. The upgrade offers a more durable liner that wicks moisture and sweat away from the boot. With the combination of the vent hole rather the exhaust system from the previous Super Tacks, the two working together keeps the boot lightweight and keep your feet feeling dry for longer.
Another upgrade that CCM has incorporated in the new Super Tacks AS1 is the tongue. CCM has used the same design and technology they have put into the CCM Jetspeed FT1 tongue. The Tritech construction featured on the FT1 skate allows the tongue to molded around the player's feet and ankles. In addition to changing the construction of the tongue, a molded lace bite protection added to the front of the felt provides another barrier from the laces and offers better comfort.
On the inside of the boot, multi-density memory foam has been placed asymmetrically to wrap around the player's foot anatomically. New smooth contour pro pad wraps around the top of the boot to relieve stress the skates press upon the leg above the ankle. The new smooth contour pro pads in the Super Tacks AS1 had become softer over the Super Tacks stiffer contour pads, allowing for more comfort in the overall boot.
A SpeedBlade holder provides 4mm of extra height from the ice to allow for up to 10% greater turning radius for a more aggressive angle of attack and the SpeedBlade Black steel provides a carbon oxide coating to cut the ice with less friction and provide a longer lasting sharpening as well as advanced performance.
With releasing the latest Jetspeed FT1 and the upcoming release of the Super Tacks AS1, CCM has made a big push to make the fit its focus. CCM has teamed up with TechMed3D to use a scanning process for more accurate foot analysis, model recognition and the option to go custom process that’s taken CCM to the next stage in fitting high-end hockey skates.