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Heaton Pro90Z Leg Pads: Modernize or not?


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So I got these Heaton Pro90Z leg pads years back (2013?) from someone on the GSBB, Northstar35 (?). The goal was to see if I could play more stand-up style with them. When I was younger I played in pads similar to these and was comfortable. However, over the years my game has changed and these pads are just too awkward for me to play in as they are constructed. Specifically the lack of landing gear to allow some rotation. 

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I’m wondering if I should have the pads modernized by adding landing gear with a jenpro knee-wing. I would also be interested in having a jenpro covered calf protector with a wedge similar to what later Heaton models had. Perhaps the current knee wing and calf wrap could be moved to the outside of the pad since there is no protection there. 

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But would having these adjustments be blasphemous since pads like these are scarce now? Would it be too costly? Who would be willing to do the work? Is there too much wear to the pads to justify this work? Should I just get John Brown or Kenesky to build a model similar to these?

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I’m not having this done anytime soon if at all. 

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I would sell them to fund a Brown or Kenesky build. There is almost nothing mechanically desirable about these or any  similar pads relative to a pad that is designed for rotation - deep leg and boot channels, knee lock, medial rolls, heavy, no flat surfaces, etc. I have wanted to do something similar, but if I'm gonna go back and play that style of goaltending, I'm not going to do it all half-measured and into more uncharted territory.  

I never committed for the reasons I just outlined PLUS there is always some goalie out there that still plays with 'old' equipment. Those fellas deserve these beauts as is. 

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10 minutes ago, dualshowman said:

PLUS there is always some goalie out there that still plays with 'old' equipment. Those fellas deserve these beauts as is. 

ME ME ME, thaaaaat would be me!  LOL

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On 4/1/2020 at 11:09 PM, WillyGrips13 said:

Okay, I’ll start small. What could be used to treat the wear spots, if anything?

Check out CooperGoalie on Youtube. He has a video of how to restore the original leather colour. He uses acrylic paint I think. Leather paint is another option, I will try to paint the wear spots on my H10's next week. I can let you know how it went once I'm done :)

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4 hours ago, saitagoalie said:

Check out CooperGoalie on Youtube. He has a video of how to restore the original leather colour. He uses acrylic paint I think. Leather paint is another option, I will try to paint the wear spots on my H10's next week. I can let you know how it went once I'm done :)

Yes, I did indeed use his method. I posted results in the thread about what we’re doing during the pandemic. Forgot to post here. I am a member of the Vintage goalie gear Facebook group. I tend to like the content there a bit more than here.


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7 minutes ago, WillyGrips13 said:

Yes, I did indeed use his method. I posted results in the thread about what we’re doing during the pandemic. Forgot to post here. I am a member of the Vintage goalie gear Facebook group. I tend to like the content there a bit more than here.


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Wow, they look great! Do you think the paint will hold? I think I'll try CooperGoalies method as well.

I'm also a member of the Vintage goalie gear group.. It's a great community :)

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3 hours ago, saitagoalie said:

Wow, they look great! Do you think the paint will hold? I think I'll try CooperGoalies method as well.

I'm also a member of the Vintage goalie gear group.. It's a great community :)

He added a step since posting the video. Atsko Silicone Water-Guard after finishing painting and before Snoseal. I think they will hold up.  

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3 hours ago, WillyGrips13 said:

He added a step since posting the video. Atsko Silicone Water-Guard after finishing painting and before Snoseal. I think they will hold up.  

Those look amazing. Second String Leather Co would be drooling to have them!

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