AdamL Posted November 5, 2021 Author Share Posted November 5, 2021 Well I've actually been on the ice twice since my last post and, knock on wood, the hips are actually doing okay at the moment. I'm not quite ready to jump back in full time, but I'll be taking some sub opportunities here and there to see how things go. That's given me some more time to evaluate the V9s and overall I'm happy to say I'm incredibly pleased with the set. Despite my comments about the weight - and I still think they could be lighter in the context of what the 12.2s or Hyperlites weigh, for example - I absolutely love these pads. With the stiff thigh rise but overall build of less stiff pad, these are absolutely perfect for me. Softer pads are known to have some lift in the thigh rise doing post integrations or even just down in the butterfly, but the seal on these is as flush as it gets, even in the RVH. That said, these things really aren't that soft. I can see why some NHLers haven't moved on to a V9 build if they're really used to squish. But I never find myself to be fighting against them, they move really well with me, and I credit most of that to the professor strap. The glove has been a major improvement as well, coming from a 590. My first game back I wasn't tracking the puck all that well, surprise surprise, but what a difference a week makes. My second game back I was seeing everything, and I didn't have a single popout all game long. I probably made 7-8 glove saves during the game and that was as confident in my glove as I've been probably since my high school and college days. The closure is still not as comfortable as the 590 style, but it's worth it for how well I catch with it. It has a better seal on the stick than my old 590 as well so, in conjunction with the reinforced tee, I feel I have better control over the stick and noticed some extra zip on my passes last night. It's also broken in really nicely now. I've stored it fully open - upside down with the tee at 180* - and tied closed, and now with a couple more games in it it's getting pretty snappy, even with the pro palm and the extra Shock Shield padding. The blocker is probably the only "meh" reaction I'll give. I love the fit and balance, but the rebounds don't have much pop despite the full carbon face option. Videos with the SLR blockers (of Ned, mostly) would seem to indicate those have a stiffer face and I don't have much preference either way as far as board profile. I probably should have gone the SLR route for the blocker like I'd initially planned to, but it's not a huge deal. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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