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1 hour ago, cwarnar said:

I'm sure @Kirk3190is the best fit to answer this officially... But velcro will always eventually wear out.  I have it on my vest for work and the fuzzy (loop) side always wears quicker.  But I'm using it 5-6 times a day, for a 12 hour shift.  Strapping for the pads is only happing 1-2 times, a few times a week max.  And I'm sure they're using high grade commercial hook and loop velcro.

All of which I'm assuming was wear tested for months before the product is launched.

Plus who keeps their gear long enough to wear out the velcro!?!?!?!

We've got original G3 test sets built in 2013 that are still going strong on their original velcro.  This has not been an issue for any sets both long term prototype or sets in the market.  One little tidbit I like to pass along to goalies is to always strap your pads up after you take them off.  As you carry them in/out of the rink, in/out of the car or toss them in your basement, it's good to have the velcros secured rather than open to catch against shirts, jerseys, carpet etc.  Small detail, but one that I think makes a big difference over time!

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1 minute ago, Kirk3190 said:

We've got original G3 test sets built in 2013 that are still going strong on their original velcro.  This has not been an issue for any sets both long term prototype or sets in the market.  One little tidbit I like to pass along to goalies is to always strap your pads up after you take them off.  As you carry them in/out of the rink, in/out of the car or toss them in your basement, it's good to have the velcros secured rather than open to catch against shirts, jerseys, carpet etc.  Small detail, but one that I think makes a big difference over time!

I've been doing this with my RGT's as well... Can't wait to get my custom set tho... If only someone at Warrior had some pull 9_9

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Ok, got my first couple hours of ice time in the G3's this morning. 

First impressions: Very happy with them. I went in knowing that this was probably going to take an adjustment period to get comfy in, not just because the new pads but also because I'm moving from very soft pad to a much stiffer one. So the first hour was definitely awkward, but not as much as I had expected. Saturday mornings I play a game followed immediately by an adult skills clinic (I just fill a net for free), so it was a perfect opportunity to get accustomed to the new setup. By the end of the clinic I was definitely feeling a lot more dialed in.

My main impressions largely stem from the first time for me in a stiff pad, rather than anything specific to the G3 (though it could be that the G3 is a great pad to transition with). What struck me immediately is the stability I have in the butterfly now. My soft Simmons UL6's really didn't have much support, and so in the butterfly I could never really sit upright with my weight forward over my knees (I'd usually fall forward). So I was usually more slouched down and back, which meant that when I wanted to push out from the butterfly, the only part of the skate I could get leverage from was the heel. And this worked ok, but I really couldn't get a ton of power from it and really couldn't angle myself in a desired direction.

So the G3's are a massive difference here. When I actually got on the ice, I tried a few butterfly pushes and couldn't actually do them because I still had my weight backed up and was digging in my heel (and with the flat boot with no taper, the pad would slip out off the ice before my skate blade could find purchase). But I very quickly found that I could now comfortably move my weight forward, directly over my knees, and stay perfectly stable. Not only am I sitting up much taller, but now it's super easy to dig in with the toe of the skate and push from there. 

So right off the bat, my pushes and slides are hugely improved. Felt like I was rocketing around the crease, while having a lot more control. I'm not sure if it's the pad itself that slides so well, so much as it's the pad making my pushes so much better.  It's going to take some time to get used to though, I found I was frequently still not putting my weight where it should be. Will no doubt have to retrain a lot of that muscle memory. 

Beyond that, all the stuff everyone else talks about is pretty spot on. Super light weight. I love how rebounds just blast off the face of the pad, and with predictability. 

There was a bunch of small stuff I'll need to get used to. I normally rest my hands/gloves on the thigh rise of the my pads, and even will stay like that as I glide out into position for a play. But with the G3's, doing this just pushes the boot toe down into the ice rather than letting it naturally push up and off, which caused my skate to slip out a few times. Also because of the stiffer face of the pad and how much faster I can push, I had a few instances where driving aggressively into the post, rather than the pad compressing into the post to slow me down it would connect but my momentum would keep me moving and I'd pivot around the post. 

But that will all be part of the learning experience, and I'm happy to evolve my game. This definitely feels as much of a game changer to me as when I got my first real butterfly pads. We ended our clinic with a shootout, where I normally have supreme confidence but wasn't sure if the new gear might put in in some awkward spots. But went 17 for 18, and I felt super solid the entire run.

Definitely looking forward to getting more ice time in these guys. 

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Also, about the Warrior Knee guards that came with my G3's. Tried them out in an earlier game this week and didn't love them. I'm replacing a pair of Bauer Supremes that, while bulky, have been really great (but the durability on them is horrible. Only took 1 month for them to start coming apart, and by now they are just barely holding together). I found the Warriors just moved around and slipped down too much, even while under my compression pants. 

I'm not a big fan on using garter belts  or tape, but I still wanted to see if I could keep the Warrior's more in place.

So I got a pair of compression pants with the velcro tabs for attaching socks. I found the tab on the back of the leg is in the perfect spot for the top knee pad strap to wrap over. When I tried this at home, it was almost perfect, however the elastic strap doesn't have a ton of support so it wound up bunching up at the bottom of the velcro tab. So I tried sewing in some extra velco right into the middle of the knee pad strap, so that when I wrap it around my leg, it will sandwich together perfectly with the velcro tab on the compression pants. 

And on the front of the knee pads, I laced in a small velcro loop to the little leather tab so that I can sandwich that into the front velco tab on the pants. 

After my 2 hour play session this morning, I'm very happy with how this turned out. With the top knee pad now anchored in at 2 spots, it is absolutely locked in spot, didn't budge at all. Felt just like part of my leg, didn't notice them at all. And since it's just a little velco, it goes on and off just as fast as the unmodified knee guards, no need to fuss with tape or a garter belt. 

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41 minutes ago, Puckducker said:

Also, about the Warrior Knee guards that came with my G3's. Tried them out in an earlier game this week and didn't love them. I'm replacing a pair of Bauer Supremes that, while bulky, have been really great (but the durability on them is horrible. Only took 1 month for them to start coming apart, and by now they are just barely holding together). I found the Warriors just moved around and slipped down too much, even while under my compression pants. 

I'm not a big fan on using garter belts  or tape, but I still wanted to see if I could keep the Warrior's more in place.

So I got a pair of compression pants with the velcro tabs for attaching socks. I found the tab on the back of the leg is in the perfect spot for the top knee pad strap to wrap over. When I tried this at home, it was almost perfect, however the elastic strap doesn't have a ton of support so it wound up bunching up at the bottom of the velcro tab. So I tried sewing in some extra velco right into the middle of the knee pad strap, so that when I wrap it around my leg, it will sandwich together perfectly with the velcro tab on the compression pants. 

And on the front of the knee pads, I laced in a small velcro loop to the little leather tab so that I can sandwich that into the front velco tab on the pants. 

After my 2 hour play session this morning, I'm very happy with how this turned out. With the top knee pad now anchored in at 2 spots, it is absolutely locked in spot, didn't budge at all. Felt just like part of my leg, didn't notice them at all. And since it's just a little velco, it goes on and off just as fast as the unmodified knee guards, no need to fuss with tape or a garter belt. 

I've been on the ice twice with my G3s and I found that the straps on my knee pads aren't the same length, resulting in the right kneepad lower portion sliding down my shin. The one that stays in place is great, I'm just going to have to shorten some straps on the other.

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On 7.2.2018 at 3:08 AM, coopaloop1234 said:

Glove wear on T

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What happened to your glove? That´s quite bad.

My gloves are totally wear free. There is some minor wear areas in pads. 

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3 hours ago, Korppi32 said:

What happened to your glove? That´s quite bad.

My gloves are totally wear free. There is some minor wear areas in pads. 

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The only reason I can think of that happening is because I push in my tee with my blocker everytime I get set. Aside from that, it's not like that area sees any contact with ice or posts, so it's the only conclusion I could come up with. 

I'm definitely not too thrilled about the wear. 

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On 10/02/2018 at 3:46 PM, insertnamehere said:

I've been on the ice twice with my G3s and I found that the straps on my knee pads aren't the same length, resulting in the right kneepad lower portion sliding down my shin. The one that stays in place is great, I'm just going to have to shorten some straps on the other.

They are adjustable on both sides, you make sure those are in the same place before changing the strap sizes? I ask because I know a lot of people aren't aware of that.

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12 hours ago, Hills said:

They are adjustable on both sides, you make sure those are in the same place before changing the strap sizes? I ask because I know a lot of people aren't aware of that.

yep. I just threw some tape on over the strap to fix the problem, easier than doing a warranty return.

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Ok, this might stir up the tank but I gotta ask...

I'm looking at gear on Pro Hockey Life and comparing prices. The SR warrior pads are $999 whereas the Pro SR is $1949. That's nearly double. I know the shops set their own markup but the prices are pretty standard to what I quoted wherever you look. So I ask you this (Warrior), I, being aware that there is a slight difference in the internals used to fabricate the Pro model, are the materials used that much more expensive to justify the huge gap between the SR and Pro stuff? And don't feel like you're the only one I'm questioning here. Vaughn, CCM, Bauer - they all are doing the same thing.

Just curious to know, understand.

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1 hour ago, RichMan said:

Ok, this might stir up the tank but I gotta ask...

I'm looking at gear on Pro Hockey Life and comparing prices. The SR warrior pads are $999 whereas the Pro SR is $1949. That's nearly double. I know the shops set their own markup but the prices are pretty standard to what I quoted wherever you look. So I ask you this (Warrior), I, being aware that there is a slight difference in the internals used to fabricate the Pro model, are the materials used that much more expensive to justify the huge gap between the SR and Pro stuff? And don't feel like you're the only one I'm questioning here. Vaughn, CCM, Bauer - they all are doing the same thing.

Just curious to know, understand.

Stir up indeed....

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