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Hey I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations on how to replace the Velcro on a Maltese neck guard? I’ve used it for two years and it’s still in great shape and really don’t want to buy a new one. I wouldn’t mind taking it somewhere to fix but I need to do something about it.
I've had one skate in this so far, so here are some early impressions.
I haven't worn a neck guard in 13 years, so the initial feeling was a concern. My neck measures 16 inches and I got the size medium, which puts me at the top end of the size range, but I can wear it either fully snug or looser with the amount of Velcro to play with.
I switched out my padded Bauer base layer shirt for one without any padding (but bonus grippy elbows) because of how it fit stacked up inside my c/a. It felt surprisingly comfortable given my 2S c/a is only 2 skates old so I'm still breaking it in and everything is still settling. I was definitely aware of it though.
The entire thing is vented with holes for anyone worried about it being hot. I sweat like crazy anyway, so I can't really tell when something is actually hot while I play, everything is drenched in sweat by the end anyway. It did dry out nicely by the next day, so I don't think there are any moisture retention concerns. And the holes don't seem to affect the overall stability, it doesn't feel flimsy by any means.
Overall, any initial discomfort I am currently chalking up to 13 years without anything around my neck and the brand new c/a. We won the game and I didn't notice it at all during play. It was also my first game ever without a dangler which felt preeeeeeeettty sweeeeeet.
For those of you who are like me...
Wear a short chin mask Hate wearing a dangler Tired of getting a bruised clavicle Read on...
In a nutshell, in spite of wearing a neck guard, I've taken some good shots to the neck and clavicle over the years. This past year in particular I had two redirections that caught me by surprise (mind you I stopped them) and left some nice welts. After looking in the mirror at what kind of looked like the state of New Jersey near my throat I realized 2 things:
My Premier Pro C/A was ill fitting, not as mobile as I'd like, and needed to be replaced. Time to invest in a neck guard.
I reached out to @Chenner29 letting him know I was interested in demoing a unit. He sent it out and I wore it a handful of times in some year end tournaments. It felt and performed great, so I ordered one. The results is this...
Should help me stay classy with the new C/A unit as well... also with Maltese...