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  1. I've seen some discussion around the various options for replacing mask foam in other threads, but given that it's on my mind now, as I'll be looking to replace the foam in my Hackva once my season is over, I thought it would be helpful to start this thread as a repository for what's out there right now and what everyone's experiences have been. The engineer in me would ideally like to see data on energy absorbing abilities of different foams, but that's probably wishful thinking at this point. To start, for the DIY route, I've seen A&R rubatex kits ECOproFOAM kits Foam kits from Resilient I've seen a few refurb places as well, but I'd like to see recommendations from people who have had positive experiences before losing any of those here.
  2. After coming across Paul Campbell's "New Aesthetics of Goaltending" series, particularly https://ingoalmag.com/news/the-new-aesthetics-of-goaltending-vol-2/, I realized I've been strapping my pads like a curmudgeon. I just figured I struggled with butterfly slides because my technique sucked, but after reading that article, I was amazed I could do them at all. Given that newfound knowledge, but worried about how strapping my skate straps loosely enough to let my skate drop would feel in game, I started thinking about how I could adapt some sort of elastic solution to my pads. One $3 pack of mini bungee cords later... After playing with this setup for a few games, the bungee cords are performing as I had hoped. My pads move around a little more than I'm used to, but it hasn't been a big adjustment in that regard. My butterfly slide technique still definitely needs work, but now it's legitimately a tool in my goaltending toolbox. I'm still using my leather straps and buckles, so I can adjust the tension of the bungee cords by just adjusting where I buckle my straps. This same concept would likely work for the calf straps as well if anyone wanted to experiment with elastic pad straps without dropping 4 figures on a brand new set of pads. Also, if the bungees break, I can get another 10 pack for $3 at the local hardware store, not to mention that the mod is entirely reversable, so if you hate it, you can always go back with no harm done.
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