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Will futuristic gear make Patrick Kane even better?

Kane is testing out the gear. (©GettyImages)
Kane is testing out the gear. (©GettyImages).

Six top players in the National Hockey League has agreed to to test out futuristic gear rumoured to increase agility.

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, who is currently second in the NHL with 46 points, is one of the most notable players who will be wearing the OD1N gear after it was revealed on Thursday by Bauer Hockey.

Bauer claims the space-age gear, which ways several pounds less than the current NHL gear, will improve mobility, speed and performance.

New materials, which have been used to construct skates, a form-fitting body suit and pads, and goalie leg pads, increase protection by staying in place better.

Other players using the gear in this test phase are Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux.

"The (design) team set out to completely reinvent speed, to completely reinvent performance, to completely reinvent the safety of the game," Bauer President and CEO Kevin Davis told ESPN. "It's game-changing technology."

The new skates weigh 550 grams each, compared to the current high-end skates, which on average weight around 750 grams, that's a massive reduction.

Bauer have utilised carbon composite blade holders with flex patterns customized to skating style, thus improve energy transfer.

"You fall in love with (the skates) right away," Kane said in a video statement. "As far as turning and skating, you feel like they're like a lot quicker."

Toews added: "They're so quick and light you can pretty much get on your feet, on your toes and start running on the ice."

The body suit uses an optical scanner to measure the player's anatomy and customize the fit. Using new materials, the suit including custom-formed shoulder pads, shin guards and elbow pads, is four pounds lighter than current pads.

"In a 50-foot sprint blue line to blue line, players are a foot faster," said Craig Desjardins, Bauer's general manager of player equipment. "In a game of inches, that's a monumental advantage. And we're elevating the amount of the protection because the protection stays in place throughout the impact,"

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