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I've been in Boddam long enough that i figured i should really do abit of a review.  This thread is also for all things Boddam.

Im now on my third set of pads and fourth blocker.  Still haven't tried the glove but maybe someone else can comment.

I play beer league against everyone from life long rec players to former pros.  I grew up watching Ed Belfour, Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur.  I play butterfly but get up on the wrong foot alot and sometimes not the smoothest moving around the crease.  I end up throwing up a two pad stack once in awhlie but never a kicksave as my groin and abductors are shot from arthritis in the hips.

The blocker

I love Boddam blockers.  All 4 i have owned have been stock except for the intermediate palm for my smaller hand.  I disagree with people who say a blocker is a blocker.  The balance is great on the Boddam blocker.  I find the hand placement just right as well.  Its more in the center of the board and with the curved face, i can deflect pucks well over the net if im a bit behind tracking the puck and just get a piece.  Rebounds dont fly off the blocker but do go to the corners without having to punch it that way.  Figure protection is good.  Ive never had any issues with it.  No injured fingers.  Weight is good.  I dont place a premium on weight but this blocker is as light as any ive put on in the store.  The one thing about Boddam blockers is you cant get a bindless one. Jason just doesnt like how it turns out so he hasnt bothered to offer one.  

Pads - Hybrid model

As you can see from who i followed when i was younger, a hybrid pad is ideal for me.  A narrow butterfly is the reason for a double break.  The pad is soft but it is firmer than the original version.  Very soft boot break and the pad has lateral flex in the shin.  The pad internals are more traditional which does contribute to alittle more weight than most pads today.  As mentioned, i put a premium more on comfort tham weight.  Im sure the Patriot or Refuze pad would be much lighter.  I like my pads locked down to my foot so i continue to use an open toe and boot strap.  Tapered toe and thigh rise.  I move so much better with the taper.  I havent had issues with pucks through the 5 hole as the pads are 34+3.  I use sno seal on them and am able to slide well.  Perhaps not as well as a pure butterfly pad but works well for me.  The straps are all adjustable or removable so ive been experimenting with different strapping.  I asked for a softer knee landing since the old knees are wearing out and i do notice the new pads are softer than the last pair i had.  Jason was good to work with.  My new pads are the same as the first ones i had which lasted 5 years.  He is open to making a pad that works for you.  I did have some issues getting him to do open toe again but he was able to get it done.  

Quality has been good on both the pads and blockers ive owned.  They are well put together and ive faced some really good players without any issues.  

Let me know if you have any questions.

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@RichMan you are correct.  His Liberator blocker was bindless.  That model is no longer in production.  The current blocker he makes is the one he doesn't like how the bindless looks yet.  

@bunnyman666  I've had arthritis in the hips since I was 27 and still going.  You can always talk with him to see what will work for you.

As for pricing, I believe his website says $1,100 for Hybrid pads.  Mine were actually less since I had to sell my last pair I didn't like.  Jason wanted to make a pad that worked for me and did full custom for less than list price.  This is a special case though as the last pads just didn't work out.  I used my new ones in a game last weekend for the first time and felt great.  Very happy with them.  I believe if you have custom options you want done, he doesn't up charge for them.  

Overall Boddam has been good to me and will stick with this set for awhile.  

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Ok here is the run down on the new Boddam chest protector.  The key here is options.  Beef up kit already included so not extra upcharge.  The unit is stock pro spec but if you want wider shoulder floaters then you can make that change.  Whatever adjustment you'd like you can do.  Custom colors and name embroidery at no extra cost either.  You can switch arm length. My arms are medium with a large belly.  The unit comes with two loops on inside of belly and one on outside.  Unit is very mobile.

So basically any change you want for one price.  I believe retail will be $499cdn.

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11 hours ago, daffy said:

Ok here is the run down on the new Boddam chest protector.  The key here is options.  Beef up kit already included so not extra upcharge.  The unit is stock pro spec but if you want wider shoulder floaters then you can make that change.  Whatever adjustment you'd like you can do.  Custom colors and name embroidery at no extra cost either.  You can switch arm length. My arms are medium with a large belly.  The unit comes with two loops on inside of belly and one on outside.  Unit is very mobile.

So basically any change you want for one price.  I believe retail will be $499cdn.

Nice, good to know!

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3 hours ago, Korppi32 said:

What "pro spec" means? I thought one piece shoulder floaters are illegel. It looks quite cheap without logos.

You would have to give Jason a call on the pro spec and he can expand on that.  As with all the Boddam gear i've had, i can not complain with the quality.  The unit looks well made.

@GoalieTimmy33 yes it does, yes it does.....  I will note that i did not see the new unit before the order.  I had spoken to Jason and went over what I was looking for and he said he would send out his new unit.  It is what it is i guess.  

On another note.  The forearm padding tends to interfere with my catcher.  My old Vaughn is rounded more so it fits in the glove easier.  I notice vaughn does this on their new units too.  This unit has more squared forearm protection.  Trying to decide on whether that will break in alittle with use or whether i should ship back. All in all, im happy with the c/a but just a touch concerned with the comfort of the glove.

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