old_gregg Posted February 9, 2019 Share Posted February 9, 2019 After coming across Paul Campbell's "New Aesthetics of Goaltending" series, particularly https://ingoalmag.com/news/the-new-aesthetics-of-goaltending-vol-2/, I realized I've been strapping my pads like a curmudgeon. I just figured I struggled with butterfly slides because my technique sucked, but after reading that article, I was amazed I could do them at all. Given that newfound knowledge, but worried about how strapping my skate straps loosely enough to let my skate drop would feel in game, I started thinking about how I could adapt some sort of elastic solution to my pads. One $3 pack of mini bungee cords later... After playing with this setup for a few games, the bungee cords are performing as I had hoped. My pads move around a little more than I'm used to, but it hasn't been a big adjustment in that regard. My butterfly slide technique still definitely needs work, but now it's legitimately a tool in my goaltending toolbox. I'm still using my leather straps and buckles, so I can adjust the tension of the bungee cords by just adjusting where I buckle my straps. This same concept would likely work for the calf straps as well if anyone wanted to experiment with elastic pad straps without dropping 4 figures on a brand new set of pads. Also, if the bungees break, I can get another 10 pack for $3 at the local hardware store, not to mention that the mod is entirely reversable, so if you hate it, you can always go back with no harm done. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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