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On 1/19/2024 at 6:22 AM, Puckstopper said:

CCM's pros are also younger and possibly a little less set in their ways than the True guys.   I've always found it interesting that, despite having access to new toys with a much lower bar to entry than your average Joe, an awful lot of professional hockey players seem to cling to what they know as they age.   They'll update their training methods, eat better, work with new coaches to try different drills, etc.... but cling to the same old gear they've used forever.   And it's not just goalies.   The example I'm most familiar with is Filip Hronek.   Last year with Detroit he went from using a stick with a flat toe and a heel curve to a standard P28 curve and stuck with it all summer.   The result was his best offensive season and he netted a 1st and a 4th from Vancouver at the deadline.  At the start of the year we were hoping we'd get a 2nd for the guy!  

New gear certainly isn't a panacea for guys, but you really only see guys make a switch and try it out long term if they're in full blown desperation mode like Jack Campbell or Antti Ranta (who's already gone back to Brian's).  

To bring it back to CCM, removing the wrist strap makes the glove much more functional.   The easy range of motion was the best thing about Warrior gloves back in the day, and the CCM version I tried on last year felt amazing as well.   There's very little loss of attachment and much less resistance moving the glove around.    

An article came out on the Athletic about how pro gear reps influence athlete decision-making in November.

https://theathletic.com/5075492/2023/11/22/nhl-equipment-bauer-ccm-warrior

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6 minutes ago, Chenner29 said:

An article came out on the Athletic about how pro gear reps influence athlete decision-making in November.

https://theathletic.com/5075492/2023/11/22/nhl-equipment-bauer-ccm-warrior

There was another slightly older, Athletic article - https://theathletic.com/4285023/2023/03/23/nhl-goalie-pads-gear/

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Pad manufacturers have reps that pair with goalies when they enter the professional ranks. Most will partner with that goalie for their entire career, or for as long as they stay with the company. Unlike reps for the skaters’ equipment, which are divided by region and work with the teams as a whole, goalie reps work with each goalie on a one-on-one basis. Even if a goalie is traded, he keeps the same equipment rep.

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Bauer has three goalie reps in North America who handle every goalie wearing their gear, from the NHL to the American Hockey League.

 

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Probably the most interesting thing for the Shadow pad is the toe tie.

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Looking at the literature, the Shadow stick seems like a pretty decent update to the Supreme sticks. Reinforced paddle with a foam fill in the blade.

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I didn't notice anything super interesting with the rest of the Shadow stuff (as of posting this, may edit more in). The blocker sidewall is massive though, and the glove has a wrist strap (it seems).

 

Editing in non-Shadow things/later items...

Usual 960 improvements. The changes from the XPM to most recent other 960 were nice, I'm interested to see how this feels (though I'll miss the Poron XRD).

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More colors for the Konekt liners, I think that's neat.

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19 minutes ago, coopaloop1234 said:

I think the best we have right now is the practice video of Lundqvist. 

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I still find it odd that we haven't seen much of this line leading up to release. Especially zero adoption in any Pro league. 

To add to my confusion. 

Vasy still using Mach glove and blocker. 

 

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5 hours ago, TheGoalNet said:

Sorry... I want to inside the Shadow blocker. I believe the backhand of the internal glove is different. I Cannot find a pic, but was hoping someone else had it

 

This is all that's in the catalogue.

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