bunnyman666 Posted July 9, 2021 Share Posted July 9, 2021 (edited) I have been called a fierce traditionalist, even a “retro grouch”, if you will. Let me tell you this: if that is what you think, you have got me dead wrong. Certainly- I have a great collection of retro gear: Northland Makita helmet, a variety of Jofa helmets (pronounced “Yo-fah”, not “Jo-fuh”), a few Cooper helmets, early Vaughn stuff, etc., etc. None of these items are being used. I am preserving the past rather than letting these things become wallets. But I thoroughly recognise that the game has changed, and that it’s for the better. My preference is for softer pads, but I think this can be carried out with modern flavour. Skates can (and in my opinion will) have characteristics of past designs with modern materials. Gloves, both catch and stick, are items that in my blunt opinion items that very much benefit from new material technology. Yes- one of my primary catch gloves is a “Hoho” rebadged, Jeff Salvi built Helite Z clone, but the Factory Mad gloves are back in rotation. I used my FM modded Brian’s Alite and it was okay yesterday, though this very glove could be on the sale block as early as next week. But one item that I think is nearly perfect as is? My new Bauer 2X Senior blocker. I am not a “blocker is a blocker” bloke. A LOT of thought goes into what my stick hand goes into. I admit that it is one of my favourite pieces of gear. If the board is shaped wrong, it can get you into trouble. My stick hand is my BEST defence against right handed shooters. I like a blocker to feel like an extension of my right hand. If the glove is too low, paddle down may not seal the ice for me; too high and my wrist could be exposed. Where one of my quirks that get my called a “retro grouch” could be is my preference for natural Hyde palms. I like cattle, equine or goat. I don’t want to repalm gloves, as it is a frustrating thing to do; the new palm materials do significantly reduce break in. The palm on this blocker is a revelation. It is not gigantic on my hand (which is why a stock Brian’s is not for me), plus it feels like one of Bob Ross’ fluffy little clouds. It also feels like something I will replace with a natural Hyde within a few years. I give the palm a 4/10, mainly due to it likely breaking down quicker; however, feel is 9/10. I could sacrifice durability for the broken-in and overall nice feeling. Value for money spent: of course this is a discounted item. But even at the mid-price point, it’s got value. Curv composite is in the face of this blocker, which used to only be in the top of the line Bauer stuff. It performs EVERY bit as well as my 1X did for the same amount spent! Value for money is 9/10. Performance: as covered above, this blocker performs every bit as well as my 1X. It’s even lighter. The shape is pretty cool, as well, and light as a feather. I actually subscribe to the “wearing lighter gear makes you perform better over an hour’s worth of a game” theory. One SHOULD do their off ice work outs and “do some more weights”. I won’t discount that; however- you will be less fatigued over a full game wearing the lightest stuff you can buy. Shots pop right off the face. In general, buying a lower end blocker in this line does not come as a penalty. Performance: 9/10 Appearance: blocker of the future. Looks like a blade. 9/10. Overall, this gets a 7.75 out of 10. Take out the palm (highly subjective area), and it’s a solid 9/10. These are being blown out for around $189 USD on different sites. Edited July 9, 2021 by bunnyman666 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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