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  1. +1 on the SLR pro carbon. very protective Loved my old Bauer Pro as pictured above. Extremely comfy and very protective without taking up too much room. Only problem is that a lot of the protection in it is from the air bladder, which deflated over time. If you can get that model, its effectively new old stock at this point, so I would check it for air before buying if you can
  2. That's a shame for the prices of these twigs. I remember when (old man rant alert) a $30 Sherwood would last me years. I had to convince my mom once that all the little splinters along the edges of the paddle were "dangerous" so she would buy me another one in (so exciting!) white, as I was sick of my woody but it had zero structural problems and could have kept on trucking for another season no problem. I can't imagine what it's like for parents like the OP trying to outfit their kids with gear as they grow these days. Hopefully my two tykes never want to be goalies! (can't believe I'm saying that...)
  3. It's funny how "heavy" is such a relative term. I just picked up an X2.9 just last nigh at my rink's pro shop because, on top of the outrageously good deal the guy gave me on it, it felt super a amazingly light when compared to the Warrior Swagger Pro that broke in my game 30 mins prior to walking into the shop. Admittedly, the shop didn't have any pro level composite sticks to compare it to, though. The warrior had lasted me 1.5 years of 1-2 beer league games per week and was just starting to feel a little soft. Glad to hear the 2.9 has been ok for you durability wise -- hopefully I can get the same kind of life out of it as I did with my old Warrior
  4. big_tommy68

    New leg pads

    I remember going to a goalie school in 90 or 91. I had never really played goal before. I was wearing some borrowed old brown leather pads that were probably from the 70's, but most of the kids were wearing pads that were still fundamentally the same design concept as my antiques -- lots of leather straps through the pad face, little if any calf wraps or landing gear, etc. It was even pre-thigh boards. But it was Montreal at the "start" of the butterfly era, and kids were doing all sorts of stuff with their strapping to get their pads to present a more vertical pad face when they went down (by using what I know now as the torsional flex of those old, soft pads). Kids had their friends tugging on the boot straps for them to make the bottoms super tight then leaving the tops of the pads to flop around, they were crossing straps behind their legs, strapping their top thigh straps way down behind their calves, and more. I had never seen any of it before. But as a result I strapped my pads just like the Lalime pic until about a year ago when I finally tried a professor strap...!
  5. I didn't even know stick repair was a thing? I've loved the couple of (albeit super cheap) composites I've tried, but when I go to buy myself a new stick I always seem to get drawn in by the affordability/durability combination of foam cores. Like you say, I have trouble paying the $200+ for a decent composite that might experience sudden and complete failure on any given shot (it seems). This might tip me over in the future
  6. Man that mask brings back memories! My first real mask was a GT -- same exact shape, same cage, same shaggy blue sweat band I'm pretty sure (only my mask was black with triangle vents). It weighed a TON, but man could it take an impact without letting you feel it! Unfortunately it cracked in a potentially dangerous spot and I had to retire it. Had 2-3 masks after it that weren't nearly as good, one of which had its chin literally disintegrate on a shot that my Eddy would have simply laughed off. Maybe it's because I've spent more of my life in football helmets than hockey helmets in my life, but there was something really comforting about the heftiness of the Eddy. It just felt like it could take a beating and keep on going. My current Coveted has proven to be just as safe (maybe safer) and durable and I have ZERO complaints about it, but nothing I've had has matched that "feeling" of being protected that old Eddy had...
  7. I haven't seen the optic either, unfortunately. The Warrior I have seen but not worn -- I can tell you that I wasn't worried about movement in it, but I was worried about getting my pants up over it. The Warrior looks/feels like it would be a tank protection wise, but the covering "board" piece sticks out enough so more on the Warrior than it did on my last jock (Bauer Pro) that I ended up getting the Vaughn instead
  8. My experience exactly! haha Happened once and I've been double/triple cupping ever since!
  9. I just moved to the Vaughn SLR pro carbon double cup a few months ago. It fits over my compression shorts with player's cup just fine. The inner cup (or I guess middle cup, in our "triple cup" setups) is removable. It's also surprisingly (to me) protective -- my prior jocks all had "boards" in front of the cup (late 90's D&R, Bauer Pro) kind of like the Warrior pro one does, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the more "basic" double design, but it's working out fine.
  10. When he did mine, he didn't custom mould to my head but he did make a "custom" size shell as my measurements/photos said I needed the equivalent of an XL when all he was making at the time was L (an "overlay" he called it). He also cut the sides a bit long to accommodate my big melon, and I think lengthened the chin to keep it proportionate. All that was for the standard charge. But he may have changed his custom pricing since then as he was in way way fewer stores at the time and I know filling those retail orders can be a challenge for a small shop...
  11. Congrats! Ron made me a custom sized 3:13 about 18 months ago. It has proven well made and very protective from both shots and at least one very hard elbow. And he was definitely great to work with. Highly recommended.
  12. You know what they say about a goalie with big pants, right? That he's probably a former college offensive lineman trying to relive the athletic glory days his youth now nearly a quarter of a century in the past in a sport that allows him to continue playing past his 20's with minimal risk of exacerbating the CTE he probably already has, and that he probably enjoys the beer (and nacho/chicken wing/pizza/etc.) aspect of "beer league" a bit too much for his own good. That was just too much to fit into a username, so Big Tommy it is... 😉
  13. I have a pair of McKenney 870 senior pant 3XL in Habs colours taking up space in my basement. They have been used just enough that I am sure they are not for me (7-8 skates). I'm happy to let these go to someone on this forum who is willing to cover the shipping costs from Toronto. Note if you're considering these that these are really big pants -- I've heard this size is referred to as BFPs (Big F***ing Pants), and it's no joke. I'm a big guy to begin with, so the McKenney website fit guide suggested I was between XL and 2XL. I went up another size to see if I would enjoy tucking for a change (I did not). On top of that, when the pants arrived it turns out that the thigh padding is def wider (less contoured) than it would be in an equivalent size Velocity pant (which is that I am used to). Result = BFPs for sure.
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