CCM Hockey is back with another flagship skate that'll turn heads both on and off the ice. On June 25, 2021, the company will release the CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro skate. It's the latest model in its popular Jetspeed line and it's being released with some substantial new features, as well as a brand new fitting system that will be used on all models.
CCM's brand new fit system
Before talking about the FT4 Pro, it's important to discuss one of the biggest changes that comes with this release -- CCM's brand new fit system. Instead of having different models of skates, such as the Jetspeed, Ribcore, and Tacks, that are D and EE width, players can now select from three different fits that will be standard across each skate family. Many of CCM's new skates moving forward will come in a tapered fit, regular fit, and a wide fit.
Since the three new fits are consistent with each skate family, rather than being designed for narrow or wide feet, players will be able to select a skate based on its benefits and build -- they'll no longer have to worry about fitting into a particular family. It also means that they can expect a better fitting skate right out of the box.
CCM has also done a fantastic job of breaking down its three different lines and explaining how they're built different, as well as what kind of benefits players can expect. The Ribcore line, for example, is designed with more flexibility and the Tacks line is designed with a stiffer boot. The Jetspeed family sits right in the middle, as a skate that's not too flexible yet not too stiff. And without further ado, here's a breakdown of what you can expect with the CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro.
The CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro
The CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro brings back many popular features from the FT2, including the brand's one-piece boot. The monocomp boot doesn't have an outsole and allows players to feel more connected to their blades and the ice, encouraging better energy transfer.
Since one-piece boots don't have an outsole or excess materials, one-piece CCM skates are often able to eliminate excess weight. Not to mention, the removal of excess material means that players will have a much better fit after heat molding.
One new feature is the introduction of an asymmetrical toe box. It's slimmer and features less negative space inside your skate, resulting in a more comfortable, natural fit for your toes. Another small, yet noteworthy feature on the boot is the inclusion of brass eyelets throughout the entire skate. This will add more durability to the boot, which is essential for players that are on the ice multiple times a week.
Another major change is CCM's brand new XS tongue. This allows for additional customization, giving players the option to swap between three different tongues -- slim, regular, and extra thick. Skaters will have the option to increase or decrease the amount of volume in the boot, as well as the amount of protection and flexibility that the skate tongue has.
The inside of the boot also includes CCM's molded Ortholite insole. It features a carbon composite bridge, which allows for better energy transfer, as well as inserts that can change the height and support the arch of your foot.
The last major change can be found on the bottom of the skate, with the inclusion of Step Blacksteel. Not only does the skate blade have a sleek, chrome finish but it's much higher quality and more durable than conventional skate steel. This means that blades will be able to hold an edge much longer. The blades also include a 2 mm height increase, which not only lasts longer but allows players a better turning radius.
Overall, the CCM Jetspeed FT4 Pro revamps some popular features and introduces some welcome upgrades. For more information or to try it on for yourself, be sure to check out Larry's Sports Shop both in-store and online.