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Lange/Micron Goal Skates. In the 80's they attempted to use their ski boot technology(?) for skates. The skates were a hard plastic shell with a fabric/foam boot insert.

They were grey, heavy and very uncomfortable. I gave mine away and warned the new owner.

I am wearing them in this photo.

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I have couple which I really didn't like to use.

First would be Reebok Revoke golves. They were heavy and catcher never want to close properly.

Bauer 1S skates. They hurt my ankles so bad I had to use bandages around my feet.

CCM ExtremeFlex 5 pads. Just not my style of pads - I'm more Supreme kinda guy.

Warrior G2 blocker. I had super loose glove and I was never able to properly hold my stick when playing the puck.

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Got to try some P4 leg pads long ago when they were all the rage, and I could not for the life of me get them to work the way  I wanted them to. I felt like I was glued to the ice. I believe they particular pair I was using was configured with the pre-curved core and the fact that the thigh rise would push into my thighs whilst standing up really bothered me. 

I also used a VE8 "THS spec" chest protector that was allegedly reinforced in the arms. I thought I would be alright using it for ACHA division 1 college practices because of it. It worked for about two months until every other shot to the arms straight up hurt. I'm not talking like feeling a shot a little more than I thought I would, this was actually painful. Also took a bunch of pucks off the ribs in the rvh in it. While I probably could have made it work, as the body was fine, it was just the arms and ribs that were the issue. I also found out first hand  that while the air knit material they use is very light and breathable, it absolutely does not hold up to sustained abrasion like a regular nylon fabric would. Replaced it with a Brown 2400 and haven't looked back. 

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Passau Pro-pack chestie. 

I loved the tank protection it offered but I had such a hard time moving from the bulk (weight was fine), and try as I might my mask kept on getting snagged just enough on the wings. Maybe it was too big for me, it was a custom Large made for someone else that I got 2nd hand. 

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On 11/13/2022 at 3:15 PM, ThatCarGuy said:

Absolutely hated Vaughn slr2 pro pants I had ages ago. Zero inner thigh or hip padding.

Been using these for 3-4 years. They're better than the Vision pants I was using, but they're also probably my least favorite piece of equipment in my kit not because of what you said, but because they push my cup down/out of the way if I tighten them too much. I still don't understand how people get the tuck or any of this to function without this exact phenomena happening.

On 11/12/2022 at 10:40 AM, A.YOUNGoalie13 said:

Every double tee glove I’ve ever used. Just can’t catch with them

I still don't know what T type I prefer. I lean towards double T because I find I can close them easier, but I think my favorite is the thin single (anchor T style). I waver so much on this opinion.

 

My actual answer to this thread would probably be any Lefevre/CCM built glove I've demo'd. I have never gotten to try on a 580 and would love to be convinced by a Lefevre built glove as any I've ever tried off a shelf (that they didn't explicitly make in factory) has been impossible for me to close.

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Warrior RX3 Pro+ pants, they were stiff as shit even after a bunch of skates in them.  I could barely move on the ice.  I sold them and went back to my 15 year old Bauers, just replaced them with McKinneys which seem much better than the Warrior’s.

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1 hour ago, seagoal said:

Warrior stick with the Quick/mid curve.  Felt so awkward and useless for me.  Could not play the puck at all.  That's the piece of gear I abandon the quickest........teehee.

Did you ever try an actual Martin Brodeur pattern stick? Odd like many HOF goalie sticks were. Lundquist pattern was awful too.

Great pattern? Hextall pattern. Monster curve. Plus you could hack the hell out of any unsuspecting fools standing in front of you.

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14 hours ago, MTH said:

Did you ever try an actual Martin Brodeur pattern stick? Odd like many HOF goalie sticks were. Lundquist pattern was awful too.

Great pattern? Hextall pattern. Monster curve. Plus you could hack the hell out of any unsuspecting fools standing in front of you.

I used to have 5 or 6 of these Heaton Helites with Brodeur's name on them.  I loved these back in the day.

Heaton Goalie Hockey Stick NHL Graphite Reinforced M Brodeur Jason  Labarbera #35 | eBay

My stick evolution was:

Heaton -  Brodeur

Sherwood - Halak

Bauer - don't remember which curve, but I did use 27.5 which was insane

True - matte black ones with True in silver, early model

Warrior - Quick, used for like 2 weeks before abandoning them

Warrior - Bishop/twist curve and 25 and I've had CR1, V1 Pro+, and V2 Pro +.  So happy with these.

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15 hours ago, seagoal said:

Warrior stick with the Quick/mid curve.  Felt so awkward and useless for me.  Could not play the puck at all.  That's the piece of gear I abandon the quickest........teehee.

I had been in the Warrior Mid curve forever, going back to their foam cores. Was always curious as to why I sucked at playing the puck. 

Switched over to the Bishop curve and all of a sudden I was half decent. 

Moral of the story? 

Gear > technique. 

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1 hour ago, seagoal said:

I used to have 5 or 6 of these Heaton Helites with Brodeur's name on them.  I loved these back in the day.

Heaton Goalie Hockey Stick NHL Graphite Reinforced M Brodeur Jason  Labarbera #35 | eBay

The later Sher-Wood Brodeurs had this sharp point at the heel and were just goofy to use. Again, world's best goalie at that time gets what he likes.

Fanatics Authentic Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils Player-Issued White, Black, and Red Sherwood Goalie Stick

I'm not sure if this was carry over from Heaton/CCM stick days or a later evolution of his requests. Odd as heck stick in person.

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Fanatics sells game used/issued stuff. Neat to be able to find this stuff...

Here's his CCM 'H10' (Heaton stick w/ CCM name) stick. Same pointy heel and flat tip toe.

Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils Fanatics Authentic Player-Issued Black, Red and White CCM Goalie Stick

Even his H4 Heatons had that same pointy heel:

Martin Brodeur takes rightful place in Hockey Hall of Fame

Seems like that heel was a legacy model of the old 90s Sher-Woods that he used in Juniors and as a rookie:

Martin Brodeur Hockey Card 1995 Signature Rookies Draft

Makes sense now. Those 50 pound sticks had that sharp heel.

 

 

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