New for this season in the CCM Jetspeed lineup is the FT4 Pro skate. The newest rendition of the popular skate model has some legacy features matched up with several new additions to the skate. The one piece boot common across the CCM Jetspeed and Tacks paired with the new asymmetrical toe cap maximizes energy transfer through the boot.
Also new this year for CCM after the recent acquisition of Step, the FT4 Pro will come stock with the Step Blacksteel for the XS holder.
Skate Fit Profile
CCM has followed suit within the industry and made their skates more accessible to different foot shapes and profiles. New for the high-end Jetspeed line, and those to follow, will be tapered, regular, and wide fit options. The new system fits are a result of the most common shapes amongst the 3D Scan system introduced a couple of years ago. The Tapered fit will be most similar to the previous Jetspeed fit, whereas the Regular will be most like the Tacks line, and the Wide most like the previous Ribcore skates.
Boot Construction & Stiffness Profile
The quarter package on the CCM FT4 Pro features the One-Piece Boot Speed made with RFM Composite, the latest in their technology, focusing on overall performance of the boot, energy transfer and acceleration, and reduced weight. The one-piece design reduces empty space within the boot for a better fit to maximize the energy from the body through the skate and onto the ice.
The Jetspeed boot will continue to feature the middle stiffness level amongst CCM skates. This promotes a hybrid between speed and agility to maximize overall quickness on the ice. On their stiffness performance index, the FT4 Pro comes in at 195, coming in between the Ribcore index around 180 and the Tacks index of 215.
The tendon guard continues to feature flexibility to increase the overall range of motion of the boot. The tendon guard flexes slightly forward and back to not limit the skater’s stride length.
Liner & Internal Padding
The liner on the top of the line Jetspeed skates is the TotalDri Pro+ liner. The moisture-wicking liner keeps your feet dry and the skates light during an ice session. The liner also helps in the post skate drying to help the boots be ready for the next time they’re put on.
The TotalDri Pro+ liner also features several sections of reinforcement in the common high-wear areas. This will increase the overall durability of the boot and maintain the long-term comfort inside the skate.
The internal padding features multi-density memory foam comfort pads to provide a comfortable wrap around the fit and to optimize the comfort of the skate. The injected smooth contour pro pad at the top of the boot provides additional comfort in a potential high pressure point area.
Asymmetrical Toe Cap
New to CCM is the asymmetrical toe cap attached to the boot. Maintaining the same level of protection, the redesigned toe cap decreases the amount of negative space in the boot, improving the overall fit and again focusing on energy transfer.
Stock on the CCM FT4 Pro skates comes the Metatomic tongue. This is similar to previous renditions of the Jetspeed tongue, with the multi-layer metatarsal guard and 7mm white felt to improve ankle and foot wrap, as well as provide advanced lace-bite protection.
However, the tongues are interchangeable on the new Jetspeed FT4 Pro skates, to allow a more customized fit and protection level. The available replacement options, or custom options, are the Pro tongue with 10mm black felt, and the Lightweight 4mm tongue.
The Molded CCM Ortholite Ultralite footbed in the FT4 Pros is an ultra-lightweight insole to provide maximum comfort and support for your arches.
The Jetspeed line continues with the tried and true standard eyelet lacing system. The top eyelets are also reinforced for increased durability.
Steel Runner, Holder & Blade Profile
After the recent acquisition of Step, high-end CCM skates will feature Step steel off the shelf. For the FT4 Pro, the ever popular Step Blacksteel will be the stock steel. The carbon-coated steel is regarded as one of the highest quality steel on the market, providing superior edge hardness and glide. The Blacksteel is also 4mm taller, increasing attack angle and turning radius.
The CCM XS holder is mounted on the FT4 Pro skates, providing the sturdy quick release system that has become standard amongst top end players around the world.
The new graphic for the CCM Jetspeed line features a flashy pair of red and white stripes that will be only seen as a light trail with the speed you’ll be moving in the FT4 Pro skates.