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By Adam Cooper
I picked this stick up the other week at Scotiabank Arena's shop where they sell used gear by the Leafs. They sell everything from skates, helmets, sticks, gloves, pads, etc. It's not often I see a stick like this in such great shape and for only $200 CAD. A stick for Andersen is about triple that cost and to be honest, I probably would not use one of his sticks for my hockey. This was one of two sticks left by Curtis. The other one was all taped up and I preferred this one so I could see if there was any damage.
Anyway, I've never had a high end stick like this before. My most expensive goalie stick probably only cost me about $120 CAD so this is a nice upgrade from my current Bauer S27. The 1S is just so incredibly light. It almost feels like I'm using a player stick it's that light. It is going to be really hard going back to a low end stick again.
I'm extremely happy that I stumbled onto this page while researching my first new set in nearly a decade. I'll do my best to keep this short. I'm hoping some people with personal experience can guide me into a 'correct' decision.
Looking to get into a set of Warrior GT Classic, but I'm having trouble deciding what size makes the most sense for my game/size. I'm right between where the Warrior Sizing guide recommends a 32+1.5" and 33+1.5". I'm a hair over 5'7" with a FTK of 19.25".
In high school, with growth anticipation (lol), I was in a set of Vaughn V3 7500s at 35+1". After never hitting a growth spurt, we made some minor configurations to make the pads 'work'. I'm used to pads being loose and sitting very low as a result. But it's been about 6 years since getting shot at, so I figure now is the best time to get into a new set of properly-fit pads and build new muscle memory.
I'll be playing 2-3 week in men's league and random ice time. I'm a predominately butterfly goalie with some hybrid tendencies.
Through my research I've found a common consensus to be - Warriors are stiffer (which is fine for me) and they sit a bit higher on boot than typical (can anyone confirm?).
Does anyone have any knowledge/recommendations on which route I should go - 32+1.5" or 33+1.5"?
My fear is that since I'm used to a bigger pad, the 32+1.5" will seem like an extreme difference. But I'm not sure if the stiffer, .5" and higher boot sit might make it closer to a 32+2".
Any suggestions, questions, feedback, personal stories, etc. would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again for any and all help. I'm excited to be a part of the group!