Chenner29 Posted August 18, 2020 Share Posted August 18, 2020 These arrived this past Friday. It looks like a few folks on the board have put their orders through with Lefevre, but I thought I'd put a couple words together to talk about the gear. I am also working with @BadAngle41 on doing a compare/contrast, along with Eflex 4. The CCM/Lefevre split was announced in late 2019, and by January Lefevre had started to put out promotional material on their social media advertising their new lines. The 20.1 really caught my eye as something that blends their Premier and Extreme Flex style pads, along with some new tech. I've only skated in them once, so this first write up will be a broad level overview with pictures to start. I'm hoping I have the time to dive in later to dig in on some of the features. I'll block out some space beneath to make my train of thought easier to follow. Glove I specced a 580 break, and I wanted the first picture I share to show why I think so many people peg it as a very natural glove to catch with. Here I've got my hand at 3 o'clock and the T is pointing almost straight up, as if my fingers were at 1 o'clock. Great for positioning over a rising shot. When you're in a blocking butterfly with arms tight, the T actually kicks out horizontally when your fingers are facing 6 o'clock. IIRC, this break was initially released as the Koho 560 in 1998, so it's old enough to buy alcohol and cigarettes now. Despite being over 20 years old, IMO it's the best designed glove for the modern game. It looks and feels like they re-shaped the thumb angle. It dips a little more dramatically. Backhand shot. They reworked the back protection and the cuff. There's a bit more room at the cuff to angle the glove forward now. Side shot here, you can see the floating cuff (where your hand goes in) actually comes off pretty aggressively away from the blocking cuff now. You can also see they eliminated the finger loops and replaced them for these velcro adjustable tabs to tweak your thumb and pinky finger positioning inside the glove. Inside. Not much has changed here boys. Blocker I specced the 595 upon recommendation from Lefevre. They didn't really explain what the 605 was. I pulled up the customizer just now, and it looks like you can't even order the 605 anymore. Board is nice and solid. I'm a big fan of the straightened out finger protection. Biggest change this year was the cuff. The half piece cuff opens up quite a bit (see right). Plenty of flex and room for play as I had it configured on the left, though. I also think they moved the wrist strap a little more down towards the hand to help grant more mobility here. Pads The graphic is a little meh and the logo placement leave a bit to be desired. But it's workable. I specced their new sliding material ("Fastglide") on the inner edge. I'd say it's faster than Speedskin, but not as fast as CORTech. Side profile. I miss the days of stitched on logos, don't like the look of the fully embroidered logo. They thinned it out the pad a lot on the outer edge, but the boot is still chubby (more on this later). Opened up leg channel Calf wedge side of the leg channel. There's a small soft pillow here. You can really feel the pad seal the ice at the calf with these on. I specced for a red FRS channel and velcro straps. They agreed to do it, but only got the velcro straps correct. Not too stressed about it. Backside of boot. It's totally flat, so the pads sit higher than expected. I put in for a 33+1.5 but I could realistically have done 33+1. I highly recommend the ProLace Hybrids as the extra slack lets you point your toes a little better. Top view, you can see how the pad gets thicker as it gets to the left (landing side). There's a hefty, dense chunk of foam on the landing side, presumably for stability in the butterfly. Small gripe here. I'm kind of disappointed they didn't find a way to thin out the boot. It's pretty girthy, and I don't know if a modern pad needs that much stability in the boot. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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