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2 hours ago, TheGoalNet said:

If you plan to keep the pads for 1-2 seasons, I think you should be okay. Any gear will break down with 3-4 ice sessions a week after a couple years. That's just life.

@TheGoalNet True. That's life as a goalie! I just wanted your 2cents on them after watching your unboxing. Your pads look awesome and I hope to order a set soon 👍

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16 minutes ago, TheGoalNet said:

Deep Dive video:

Will Pro Laces attach to that Stock Toe Bridge?

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Very glad to see the abrasion zone inside the calf wrap. That's literally the only area on my 1x pads that shows any wear whatsoever.

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How flexible are the pads? Also, do you have any idea what the stock colors will look like? Are the pads/glove similar to vaughn at all?

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@Peter36

Glove = 60 deg AKA 590

Boot Strap = Per video, it ships loose in the bag and is easy to take on and off

Flex = Boot equals soft, rest of the pad is stiff

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On ‎4‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 12:35 AM, goalieThreeOne said:

Very glad to see the abrasion zone inside the calf wrap. That's literally the only area on my 1x pads that shows any wear whatsoever.

@goalieThreeOne I have 1X pads as well and was wondering if you had any issues with your pads not rotating back completely when you stood up?  After playing with strapping all season, I think I'm to the point where it's the best I will get with them.  I really liked the freedom around my knee guards by having the knee strap down to the calf wrap as well as the rotation going down to the butterfly however not having the pads rotate back very well forced me to place the knee strap behind the knee.

According to The Hockey Shop's 2X review on their website, Bauer fixed this by adding elastic straps to attach the bottom of the calf wrap to the pads to help the pads rotate back.  I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same issue I've had.  I wonder if I could add an elastic strap to my 1X pads in that same location.  Here's the quote from the site:

Elastic in Boot Channel

The 2X Pro leg pads have added in a bungee feature in the lower boot to allow more ankle/leg mobility as well as create a more reactive pad. Another reason for this interesting feature is to allow the pad to fully rotate and come back to its original position when dropping into the butterfly and standing back up. This is a major improvement over the 1X that had some complaints stating they don’t rotate back fully.

https://www.thehockeyshop.com/blogs/goalie-gear-reviews/bauer-vapor-2x-pro-leg-pads-review

@TheGoalNet How did you find the 2X to rotate back?

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40 minutes ago, Deltadre said:

@goalieThreeOne I have 1X pads as well and was wondering if you had any issues with your pads not rotating back completely when you stood up?  After playing with strapping all season, I think I'm to the point where it's the best I will get with them.  I really liked the freedom around my knee guards by having the knee strap down to the calf wrap as well as the rotation going down to the butterfly however not having the pads rotate back very well forced me to place the knee strap behind the knee.

According to The Hockey Shop's 2X review on their website, Bauer fixed this by adding elastic straps to attach the bottom of the calf wrap to the pads to help the pads rotate back.  I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same issue I've had.  I wonder if I could add an elastic strap to my 1X pads in that same location.  Here's the quote from the site:

Elastic in Boot Channel

The 2X Pro leg pads have added in a bungee feature in the lower boot to allow more ankle/leg mobility as well as create a more reactive pad. Another reason for this interesting feature is to allow the pad to fully rotate and come back to its original position when dropping into the butterfly and standing back up. This is a major improvement over the 1X that had some complaints stating they don’t rotate back fully.

https://www.thehockeyshop.com/blogs/goalie-gear-reviews/bauer-vapor-2x-pro-leg-pads-review

@TheGoalNet How did you find the 2X to rotate back?

What they're referring to is the HAL Bungee toe ties, not a calf elastic. I've never had rotation issue on my 1X pads. They have HALs installed too, so that might correct your issue.

My strapping:

- Medium tunefit strap with the tab roughly 3 inches from the top of the velcro loop patch on the calf wrap

- Knee elastic down to the calf wrap

- No boot strap, no extra calf strapping

- Bungee toe ties, snug

Recently I've added a professor strap kit from Kenesky and I don't think I'll ever go back. I've never been more connected to my pads. I can finally close my five hole. I will probably remove the Tunefit strap altogether to save a step getting dressed. 

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@TheGoalNet if I am currently in VE8 intermediate, but feel that they are too soft, do you think these would be a good option? I want something stiffer, but not something that barely flexes. I’m on the ice practicing about 5-6 times a week during a season.

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On 4/16/2019 at 9:40 AM, Deltadre said:

@goalieThreeOne I have 1X pads as well and was wondering if you had any issues with your pads not rotating back completely when you stood up?  After playing with strapping all season, I think I'm to the point where it's the best I will get with them.  I really liked the freedom around my knee guards by having the knee strap down to the calf wrap as well as the rotation going down to the butterfly however not having the pads rotate back very well forced me to place the knee strap behind the knee.

According to The Hockey Shop's 2X review on their website, Bauer fixed this by adding elastic straps to attach the bottom of the calf wrap to the pads to help the pads rotate back.  I'm just wondering if anyone else has had the same issue I've had.  I wonder if I could add an elastic strap to my 1X pads in that same location.  Here's the quote from the site:

Elastic in Boot Channel

The 2X Pro leg pads have added in a bungee feature in the lower boot to allow more ankle/leg mobility as well as create a more reactive pad. Another reason for this interesting feature is to allow the pad to fully rotate and come back to its original position when dropping into the butterfly and standing back up. This is a major improvement over the 1X that had some complaints stating they don’t rotate back fully.

https://www.thehockeyshop.com/blogs/goalie-gear-reviews/bauer-vapor-2x-pro-leg-pads-review

@TheGoalNet How did you find the 2X to rotate back?

I struggled a bit with rotation back to center with the stock Monster laces. It felt better with the Pro Laces. I have changed my strapping basically every time I have used these pads, so it's hard to have a definitive answer here. There might be a good strapping to make this work.

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On 4/16/2019 at 10:41 AM, Peter36 said:

@TheGoalNet if I am currently in VE8 intermediate, but feel that they are too soft, do you think these would be a good option? I want something stiffer, but not something that barely flexes. I’m on the ice practicing about 5-6 times a week during a season.

The boot flex, book break angle, and shape with be very similar to the Vaughn. The rest of the pad will be stiffer. If that sounds like it would work for you, you should be in good shape. If you are concerned Bauer is too stiff, I would go with EF4. You should be able to dial something in with the CCM customizer.

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On 4/16/2019 at 11:25 AM, goalieThreeOne said:

What they're referring to is the HAL Bungee toe ties, not a calf elastic.

They actually did add some elastic to the bottom of the calf wrap, basically instead of stitching it to the boot. I feel like that would help with 1 issue I have from time to time where the inside leg channel wall will end up sitting on the very top of my skate at the ankle. 

Probably not a game changer but an interesting spec at least

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1 hour ago, Mroy31 said:

They actually did add some elastic to the bottom of the calf wrap, basically instead of stitching it to the boot. I feel like that would help with 1 issue I have from time to time where the inside leg channel wall will end up sitting on the very top of my skate at the ankle. 

Probably not a game changer but an interesting spec at least

I agree. I think that it’s a very intuitive little option, but I do not know if it makes a world of difference or not 

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3 hours ago, Mroy31 said:

They actually did add some elastic to the bottom of the calf wrap, basically instead of stitching it to the boot. I feel like that would help with 1 issue I have from time to time where the inside leg channel wall will end up sitting on the very top of my skate at the ankle. 

Probably not a game changer but an interesting spec at least

I noticed that the second time i read through the THS review. I never had any problem with that area. I know the Supreme has a tendency to get the calf wrap stuck in the top of the boot unless you cinch it down. I'm glad it's there but it doesn't really change anything for me.

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On 4/21/2019 at 10:36 PM, Peter36 said:

Would the glove feel similar to a VE8 one piece glove?

Believe so, yes 

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Edit not working on my phone, had to add another pic in a new post instead of the previous reply 

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How similar does the 2x blocker feel to the 1x? I really liked the 1x when I tried it on, but shied away from buying it because two people working at the LHS told me it had durability issues. Was this your experience, and if so, does it seem like those issues are addressed in the 2x?

Which retailer did you order your 2x set through? You can PM me if you can’t say publicly.

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20 hours ago, Teezle said:

How similar does the 2x blocker feel to the 1x? I really liked the 1x when I tried it on, but shied away from buying it because two people working at the LHS told me it had durability issues. Was this your experience, and if so, does it seem like those issues are addressed in the 2x?

Which retailer did you order your 2x set through? You can PM me if you can’t say publicly.

Only used the 1X for like an hour, so I can’t be soo much help. My gut says pretty different though. This has a very thin board and a different sidewall. Maybe try and go launch do and you’d be able to see both if they have a 1X on clearance?

if you’re going custom, I recommend going to a dealer that does lots of custom. There’s a lot of sneaky new options options available and someone with experience helps. I always do my custom through The Goalie Crease 

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On 4/29/2019 at 2:33 AM, TheGoalNet said:

Only used the 1X for like an hour, so I can’t be soo much help. My gut says pretty different though. This has a very thin board and a different sidewall. Maybe try and go launch do and you’d be able to see both if they have a 1X on clearance?

if you’re going custom, I recommend going to a dealer that does lots of custom. There’s a lot of sneaky new options options available and someone with experience helps. I always do my custom through The Goalie Crease 

Eventhough the board etc is different, having played both, they feel similar. Similar hand placement, similar weight distribution, similar opening for the stick.

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