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The highly anticipated update to CCM’s Tacks line is finally here. Engineered specifically for the elite power skater, the AS-V slots itself at the second highest price point, and highest stock price point for younger players. Some materials and tech to make note of include the RFM composite material, D3O Lite foam, Powerflex tendon guard, and one-piece boot.
Skate Fit & Stiffness Profile
The AS-V has been designed to fit closer and much stiffer than other CCM lines. To provide the most support to strong skaters, the skates bolster a 190 stiffness rating, one grade down from the AS-V Pro. Stiff skates may be tough to break in and use at first, but they are best for skaters with big strides and won’t wear down as easily, even if you are skating most of the week. With the Powerflex tendon guard, new to the Tacks line, you can still achieve a wide range of motion despite the skate’s stiffness. The tendon guard not only adds that extra maneuverability you need, but it’s also tough and lightweight to keep that area protected.
The AS-V comes in the following fits:
This skate is completely thermoformable, meaning it is moldable and responsive to heat. Baking and fitting the skates while heated will allow them to fully adapt to your foot shape.
The one-piece boot is constructed with premium-grade RFM composite with a Lite Core reinforcement to withstand intense skating sessions and strides while giving you a closer, more connected feel to the skates. This is an NHL-grade boot construction that is both tough and lightweight to greatly enhance energy transfer and overall durability.
Liner & Internal Padding
CCM included memory foam ankle padding, a Seamless Comfort finish, and a TotalDri Pro liner into the AS-V to keep the skates feeling close while eliminating as much potential discomfort as possible. The memory foam and comfort liners provide that closer, more comfortable fit you want in a stiff skate.
The AS-V uses a replaceable asymmetrical TriTech tongue equipped with D3O Lite foam for superior protection against impact and lace bite, as well as excellent mobility. D3O is a military-grade foam material used in all of CCM’s highest-end protective equipment; its unique molecular structure makes it soft and memory foam-like when taking in low-speed impact and when pushing on it, but at high-intensity impact, it quickly solidifies and reflects that force away from the point of impact. The tongue is 7mm.
The AS-V has been outfitted with an ultra-lightweight midsole and molded CCM Ortholite Ultralite footbed. CCM integrated recycled EVA foam in the footbed to enhance cushioning while supporting efforts in sustainability through reusing material. Both the midsole and footbed have been engineered for toughness and comfort to better support powerful strides.
Steel Runner, Holder & Blade Profile
CCM constructed the AS-V with their Speedblade XS holder and blade lock system. This holder is ideal for keeping your blade locked in place while making it easier and more efficient to change the steel in a pinch. This skate requires you to choose your own STEP steel. The options available include:
STEP Blacksteel: The highest-performing in the renowned STEP steel line, STEP Blacksteel is made of the highest quality steel and coated with a layer of carbon nanoparticles to achieve a finer, harder edge that can withstand more and perform better. Make sure that if you are using a skate stone, you use one that is compatible specifically with blacksteel and mirror finishes.
STEP V-Steel: This polished, mirror-finished steel is engineered to enhance glide by minimizing friction between the runner and the ice. The finish also strengthens the steel, so it can endure more skating and longer ice sessions. With a better glide, you will be able to reach your destination on the ice much quicker and with more efficiency. Similar to Blacksteel, make sure you are using a skate stone that is compatible specifically with mirror finishes.
STEP Steel (standard): Just because it’s the “standard” STEP steel runner doesn’t mean it’s any lower quality. STEP has always set a high standard in their blades, and that is no different here. Whether you go for a more specialized runner or the standard, you can rest assured you’re getting runners of the highest quality.
One of the most noticeable updates made to the AS-V was the amended outer design and graphics. CCM rolls out new colours and text logos to represent a fresh start to the line in 2022. In addition to the modern, techy styles on the side of the boot, you’ll also notice the new gold graphics to replace the old yellow, as well as the clean “Tacks” and “AS-V” redesigned logos all throughout.