I would like to start a discussion on the pro and cons of the 3 major types of hockey chassis's.
I would prefer not to get into the manufacturers debate, but would like to hear from experienced players about what concept they think works the best. I will start off with my opinions
The rocker blade theory will only be that way until the wheels start to wear and then it should start to turn into a straight chassis.
Vapors look like they should be great. In theory you should get a longer stride and a quicker turning radius. But does the mechanism have a high occurrence of breakage.
What is the difference between the 2,3,4 6,8 etc. is it the quality of the boot?? Or what??
Vibes--not sure they have been out long enough to get a good opinion. I think that the shock giving you extra speed because it will spring you forward is a load of %$#@. But again the stride should lengthen, but I suppose only 2 wheels would be on the rink--is this better than 3 (in the rocker). Also the skate should have a better turning radius because of the piston effect.
Can we here from players, who have tried these different skates, please no bauer/mission/easton bashing--just good old hockey experience?
Look forward to hearing your views
Rockers- I think from my past experience with this chassis wasnt what i expected when i first purchased this skate awhile ago. Its not any better then a normal Hi/Lo chasses.
Vapor- I think is a slight different version of a Hi/Lo setup. It doesnt really do anything different then any other basic run of the mill chassis ive used.
Vibe-Well I've never heard of the shock theory as listed earlier but i bought the team VSI Vibes about a month ago and it was a bit weird cause the chassis is tight..unlike normal Hi/Lo chassis this chassis causes more wheel to hit the ground in return more powerful strides. I think of the 3 the Vibe is the best. Throw a Vibe chassis on a fishbone boot, now thats quite a skate. Also another decent chassis is the redline chassis produced by tour.