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  1. Koho 580 Pads: eBay, Donate, or Trash?

    So, I just got my first new set of pads in 13 years, and I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with my old ones. They're a pair of pro-level Koho 580's, pretty sure they're 36" (maybe with a +1), white with maroon and silver accents. They are everything you would expect a well-worn pair of pads to be: the straps are a worn-down mess, there are a few cuts in the leather, one toe-tie is skate lace and the other is string, the velcro has lost all elasticity, one of the plastic loops that attaches a strap to a calf pad is broken, and the inner boots are worn down to the point that the insides are starting to show. Oh, and they have my first name embroidered on the side. There is nothing glamorous about them. Unless... some people still love older brands like Koho and Heaton, and are partial to particular models. I know there have been times where I would have considered paying a couple hundred bucks for an old Heaton pad if I liked the size and colors and thought it had potential as a fixer-upper. Who knows, someone out there might see something in them. So, I'm trying to decide between these options: Sell: I have no idea if pads like this still find buyers on eBay, or whether they'd sell for enough to make posting them and shipping them worth it. I suppose if I believed I could net $100-$200 for them after shipping, I'd do it. I'd imagine the only person who would pay anything for these would be someone who has a thing for old Koho pads. Donate: I have no problem with donating them if selling them doesn't seem worth the time/money. I love the idea that someone who wants to play in goal but can't afford to invest in gear could use them. Still, I bet most programs that want second-hand hockey equipment want things that are more youth-sized, and pads that fit someone who's 6'2" might not fit the bill. And around Boston, I wouldn't be surprised if second-hand gear programs have tons of newer stuff in better condition. Trash: These things have been through the ringer, and it's possible that they're so old and worn down that it would borderline insulting to donate them. The idea makes me a little sad, but it's possible that they've just seen their time, and nobody's going to want to wear them. TL;DR: I need to get rid of my old Koho 580s, which are very worn down. Not sure whether I should sell them, donate them, or throw them away. I'd love any suggestions. Thanks, everyone!
  2. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    I was watching Varlamov the other day and I couldn't believe how poorly his mask matched the Avs uniforms. It's less egregious with the white away uniforms, but the blue is just so off. I know sometimes masks can get away with being a bit off, color-wise (I often think of CuJo's Toronto masks, where that lighter blue really popped next to the true-blue Leafs uniforms), but I think Varlamov's just looks bad: the flat rust-red and the royal blue just don't look good with the Avs jerseys. Coupled with some pretty dull white pads with colored logos (the glove looks cool), I'm pretty disappointed with Varlamov's look. I still think the Avalanche have one of the better color palettes in the league.
  3. Thank you - I don't own these yet, but I'm planning on buying them and I believe they're JenPro.
  4. You've automatically become the boards acetone expert (until another more knowledgeable comes to take your place): -Any particular brand? -Based on the labels you removed, think it would work removing the Bstar from these kneepads?
  5. Doobie, for a second I thought your rug pattern was your toe ties, and I thought "I know some people like a lot of slack to tie around their ankles, but that's just ridiculous...."
  6. Coming in hot from Kenesky. Mike really made my vision happen: a 90's pad, but with lighter materials, and more protection in the back. I stuck with my usual white/black/silver-grey color scheme to match my glove and blocker, and went with my own interpretation of the R-Series graphic, which I thought was pretty handsome. Still, the colorway and the side of the pads are definitely meant to be a subtle wink to Brodeur's old look. I'm very pleased with how they turned out, and I can't wait to get them in the mail.
  7. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    It has to be white, no question about it: "NHL Rules and Regulations for Goal Keeper Sticks: Stick Shaft Protection At the top of the stick shaft, there must be a knob of white tape or some other protective covering, which is approved by the league. The knob of protective material should be equal to or thicker than 1/2″. If a player refuses to make adjustments to the covering, he will be deemed “unfit” for play. Failure to comply with this provision of the rule will result in the goalkeeper's stick being deemed unfit for play. The goalkeeper's stick must be changed without the application of a minor penalty." The last time I remember someone getting called out on this, it was Ben Scrivens in 2014, and that was because the opposing coach pointed it out to the refs. I'd imagine the referees simply didn't notice that Jarry's knob was yellow. It's also possible that referees would only go out of their way to correct it if it was brought to their attention. Either way, I'm sure non-white knobs have gone under the radar before, and it will happen again.
  8. Kenesky R Series Set Review in 3 parts

    Very cool review. I have a set on the way from Kenesky that I should have in about a week. Mike helped me draw up a beautiful combination of an older 90's pad with a lot more modern bells and whistles. My first pair of new pads in oh, 13 years or so. I'll likely post a review and a bunch of pictures once I've got them.
  9. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    I never heard that about the post-lockout agreement, though it sure aligns with what I've noticed on my own. Are there any articles or 'rules' you can point to? Not doubting you, I'd just like to read more about this. Better late than never, but I always resented how poor the hockey coverage was growing up. The Devils were appearing in/winning championships and had a roster with several Hall of Famers (including a loquacious goalie who loved to do interviews, a rarity to say the least), and yet you could barely find any coverage of the team that wasn't game footage. Sometimes FSNY would show some practice footage or a super-rare look at something dry like the team's new weight room, but that was about it. NHL Cool Shots was great, but it was short lived and hard to find. It always frustrated me that there was so much good stuff going on, and so little interest in recording it and popularizing it. I guess some of that can be blamed on the NJ market, but still...
  10. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    Yup -- I remember trying to find out what mask Brodeur wore when I was a kid (this would be like, 1997-2002), and I could never find out! I remember a few guys who worked in hockey stores telling me it was a Heaton (no doubt they saw the sticker), but I knew that was wrong. I forgot all about it, and then when I was in high school and I had learned to use the internet just a little, I did a search and found out that it was a Protechsport in like, a minute. Probably on GSBB (pours whiskey on sidewalk). I'm just turning 30, so I'm sure a lot of people here have some funnier stories about how difficult it was to find out about gear back in the day. But all I knew about gear came from older goalies at camps, looking at pictures in goalie books I collected, and the Don Simmons catalog. Goalies' World magazine was great, but they did a relatively small amount of gear coverage.
  11. Knee Pad Thread

    I'm going to be in the market soon. My current setup is not great -- I wear very old/cheap Bauer knee pads that are small, fairly thin, and need to be taped to stay on at this point. I also wear the thigh guards that came on my Koho 580's. Neither are very protective, so I've been wearing them in combination for many years. It was actually a good setup for a while, but the elastic on the thigh guards is so shot that they're starting to sag and move. Since my new Keneskys are just around the corner, it's time for me to reconfigure my knee setup. Knee protection is very important to me -- I've skimped on pants and C/A's in the past, and never minded a few stingers and bruises. But knees freak me out, and even the idea of having "just" knee guards (and not thigh guards on top of that) makes me a little apprehensive. I'm going to wait until my new pads come in and see what kind of coverage I need between them and my pants. I am interested in the Brians Pro and CCM Pro knee guards, but I'll have to see.
  12. Outdoor Games -- What to wear?

    Also not a problem for me -- I pack my bag the night before, including the water bottle (which is pretty much the only thing I can/do forget from time to time). Besides, when the water's too cold my stomach can cramp up a bit. I'm all for room-temperature water.
  13. Packing your bag

    Here's my packing breakdown, which I've developed over the years. It's not impressive, but I've put a lot of thought into it. Consistency is key, and once you have your setup nailed down, it's almost difficult to forget anything. The basic strategy behind my packing setup is a two-fold: I pack the bag so that I can take things out of it in the order that I put them on (more or less) I pack the bag to protect the equipment inside Note that I use an old-school canvas bag (player-size) with interior pockets on both sides. One pocket contains a small drawstring bag with tape, screws, odds and ends, and my water bottle. The opposite pocket is wear I put my socks, long-johns, t-shirt, and socks. Note that I keep my clothes away from my water bottle (one learns from accidents), and that one pocket is harder stuff, and the other is softer stuff -- I'll get back to that later. I am a pads-on-the-outside guy. 1. Chest protector, jersey, and neck guard on the bottom. They are among the last things I put on, and they lie pretty flat on the bottom of the bag (I have the chest protector face-down). More importantly, they are not fragile, so I don't have to think twice about plopping my bag down on the parking lot while I fumble for my keys. 2. The next layer is comprised of "the goods". My (bagged) mask is on one side of the bag, near the pocket with the soft goods. My glove and blocker are in the middle, providing the mask with 360 degrees of padding. On the other side of my gloves are my skates, which are next to the pocket with the 'harder' stuff. I told you I put too much thought into this... 3. The final layer is the get-started layer: pants, knee guards, and jock. I often place the knee guards and jock inside the pants to make everything compact (I also want to keep it away from anything that goes near my face!). I am very disciplined about spraying my gear and airing it out when I get home, so breathing room inside the bag is not so much of a concern. So when all is said and done, I plop my bag down, and grab my under-clothes from the side pocket. Then I have my jock, pants, and knee guards (I put on my skates before my knee guards, but it's no issue to place the knee guards aside for a minute). I buckle up my pads after that, and then I just have my C/A, neck guard, jersey, gloves, and mask waiting for me at the bottom of the bag. Pretty efficient! As for packing a towel and shower supplies, I've been fortunate to play at locations that are very close to wear I live for the last few years (~7 minutes away), so I generally do not shower at the rink. It's just not worth the hassle or cold-water discomfort when a hot shower at home is only a few minutes away. Our bathroom is not next to our master bedroom, so my wife doesn't mind me showering at 1am. EDIT: For those asking about how we pads-on-the outside people carry our pads, I simply loop my two top straps and throw them over my shoulder. I have an "old-school" leather strap setup, and the new pads that I ordered do too.
  14. Outdoor Games -- What to wear?

    Thx ULTIMA. I assume the picture infers that I should wear a beanie and smoke pot before I play... I usually have that covered, but appreciate the advice nonetheless.
  15. Outdoor Games -- What to wear?

    So my team's joined a new league where the games are all played outdoors. I live in Boston, so we're talking your typical New England winter (though it's showing a low of 39 degrees F for my first game on Thursday). I've somehow never played outdoors, so I'm really not sure what to expect, or how to dress under my gear. I was hoping you all might offer some advice on how I can prepare for outdoor hockey. I could see it being not very different from playing indoors, once I get a sweat going... or I could be totally wrong. Am I going to be just fine? Freezing? Do I need (thin) wool socks? Do I want to play in a turtleneck, as opposed to my usual t-shirt? Do I need to worry about my ears freezing off? Any and all help would be much appreciated!