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  1. Thanks everyone, Makes me wish I had started years ago with custom paint jobs. This was my first and likely be the only one I do. I originally came up with this idea as the ultimate Bauer print but I didn't like the gloves when I tried them so no point getting the custom set. But the back plate would have been the pads, Death Star and X-wing on the blocker and then Star Destroyer and Leia's ship on the Catcher.
  2. Very excited to show this off. Coveted mask painted by Erich - Resurection Custom Painting in Oshawa. I gave him a mock up of what I wanted and he ran with it and killed it. Can’t wait to get back on the ice one of these days. May have to wear old mask during warm ups though 😂
  3. Before abandoning the glove, play around with the hand position inside the glove. It's possible he isn't getting hand inside far enough to have strength to close it. If needed look at loosening the thumb loop and see if he can find a more comfortable position in which he can close it. Also try heating the glove a bit with a blow dryer or in front of a heater just to see even with the glove warm he has any problems closing it. If he can't close it warm or with change of hand position then it may be time to change gloves and search for one with easier closure. It may be a characteristic of the line. My Vision 9580 which to me the SLR line came from is very stiff even after 5 years when I first put it on. Usually by the time I take first pucks in warm up some heat has been transferred into it and it's loosened up. I also would sometimes wet my hand a touch before putting it on to soften it up as well. My new VE8 glove closes perfect the second I put it on.
  4. I considered this as well but the string was a lot easier. I was worried about the air mesh ripping over time doing the pinch and sew
  5. When I wore a Lrg V4 I think the end of the cuffs stopped in the right spot in relation to my gloves and wrist mobility. The problem was the elbows were too low and I bashed mine many times. I had to cut an old chesty and add 2nd set of elbows in to cover mine. It was also to short and I added a few inches to the belly. This XL has been perfect once I got the sleeves up to where the lrg stopped. Elbows are perfectly in place now too. I do wish Vaughn put some sort of adjustment built in to the arms but this was the quickest and easiest way to take care of it.
  6. I had the same issue with my SLR Pro Carbon chesty in XL. I measured vs the LRG were the arms hung and considered cutting and re-sewing them shorter. In the end I tied spare laces from the shoulder and through one of the eye-loops near the elbow and adjusted the length. I have used it for nearly a year like that now. I'll try and get a picture when home.
  7. Really there isn't much they can do other than try and recognize and anticipate when an attempt may be made and react to it. It will be used more commonly now but still less than a full wrap around or pass out. I haven't noticed it in my end but I did see a chance at the other end when I thought my player might try it as he had the time and space. I asked him between periods and yes he thought about it but didn't think he could pull it off. Us beer leaguers may not have the practice time to play around and practice those moves as much as the minor hockey kids where all the good players will have that in their bag of tricks just like they all have the between the legs shot now too
  8. We use a Facebook group for local Shinny Hockey with about 500 people and have a pool of about 30 goalies it seems. It's worked pretty good since 2013, anyone can post when they are in need of a goalie and it's usually filled unless there is not enough notice. Few of us have each others numbers too as we want to try and guarantee quality replacement.
  9. That's my last resort, posting here is second last lol,
  10. Need some help! My beer league team The Blues is getting the Adidas Retro jersey with the red. Trouble is I can't find it in a large enough Goalie sizing. If anyone has any knowledge on where to order one that would be great, even if it's blank without the logo. I don't want to keep wearing a navy practice jersey and not matching the team lol. for reference the Athletic Knit 4XL G is perfect sizing. Thanks!
  11. It must be that you're lifting your leading leg a bit as your sliding. If your leading knee is on the ice then your blade shouldn't be catching. I could maybe see if you have zero slack in toe ties and it's forcing your foot to angle up and your heel is catching the ice. The bungee style toe ties your waiting on will help with that and allow your foot to get flatter on it's side and relieve stress on your hips which you may not feel yet.
  12. Almost Hip

    Vaughn V9

    Not at all inspired by the graphic. Looks ok on the pads but on the gloves it looks pretty week compared to how good the VE8 graphic looked The thining of the pads and updated strapping look promising but once again. Vaughn needs a greater demo program or if it exists the word needs to be spread. As a beer leaguer I am not about to drop 2K on pads without being able to test them first. I think that is another reason Bauer has gotten stronger sales with 2S and 2X. You can walk into almost any store and take a set home to try. I really wanted to buy a set of SLR2's because I loved the look of them but I had free access (brother's gear) to 1X and 2X Pro to try out. I ended up in the 2X mainly because of getting them for a good deal slightly used. So the product may not need testing but the market for looks should have been and there are a lot of potential sales out there that would be swayed with being able to test it.
  13. I used padskinz material to patch up the cracked boot areas on the 1x It took me two skates to get the 2x dialed in, swapped in the longer straps and adjusted all their lengths etc as well as toe ties. I strapped everything in the same location but fresh straps compared to well used stretched out ones is probably why it took the few skates rather than just put it on and go. I don't think I would have ended up in Bauer pads if not for the opportunity to try the 1X's. I only did it while I was getting some Velcro repairs on my Vision 9500. When I put them back on they felt like boat anchors and I immediately went back to the 1X's, it's a shame Vaughn doesn't have a trial program like Bauer does with stores.
  14. There are upgrades but the overall performance is very much the same. If your 1X are in good shape then your really just doing it because the deals are good and or style of the pad looks better. I have 2x pro's I wear for games and a set of beat up 1x that I'll throw on for pick up and no issues going back and forth.
  15. I think you said it when you said you feel like you are pushing out towards shots. It's not an easy position on the body. Be mindful of stretching properly before gearing up and even again once on ice. Practice your butterflies during warm up or even when play is in the other end standing on top of crease or another line and compare where you end up when it works and when it doesn't. You may also need to widen your stance. It's not the end of the world if you can't end up getting it to work, just make sure your knees are protected and keep having fun.
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