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Abraham Simpson

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Abraham Simpson last won the day on July 30 2019

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    Nova Scotia

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  • Leg Pads
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
  • Glove
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
  • Blocker
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
  • Chest & Arm Protector
    Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Pants
    Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Mask
    Bauer 950X
  • Stick
    Bauer Vapor 2X Pro (P20 & P31)
  • Skates - Boot
    Bauer Reactor 9000
  • Neck Guard
    Bauer Supreme
  • Jock
    Bauer Vapor

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  1. Based on a sample size of one, they seem very willing to make things right. I’m sure they’re learning from this, and will be correcting their manufacturing and ordering process to ensure this doesn’t happen again, since they won’t stay in business long if they keep producing two sets of pads for the price of one.
  2. About 16 weeks for the first pair, and 12 for the second.
  3. I specified that BLACK lacing be used through the welting of our custom 2X Pros, but Bauer unfortunately used white lacing — hardly a deal-breaker, but I still notified Bauer of this snafu. Everything else on the pads was perfect, and we’ve been using these white-laced pads since October. I would have been ecstatic getting a $50 gift card as compensation for the error, but instead they redeemed themselves and sent us a new set of pads with the correct BLACK lacing. Nice to see a company stand behind their work to ensure 100% satisfaction.
  4. Lower lie worked for us — switched to a P20 from a P31 (13 lie vs 14), and now the whole blade is making contact with the ice instead of just the heel. Useful for goalies who are often crouching down to look through traffic.
  5. My post must have been prophetic, since the 960xpm is in Pro Hockey Life's clearance bin this week -- just ordered it for $350 less than last week's price.
  6. Does anyone know if Bauer is planning on updating/tweaking its 960xpm mask in the next 12 months? I need to invest in a new bucket before next season, and was wondering whether a new model might be in the offering (in which case I could get the 960xpm at a discount).
  7. Great story (in French) on Lefebvre, from their beginnings (how they modified some Koho pads for Roy in 1992-93), to their future plans (they intend to be in the NHL next season, and will introduce their first chesty): https://ici.radio-canada.ca/sports/1455591/chronique-martin-leclerc-hockey-famille-lefebvre-equipement-gardiens-jambieres?depuisRecherche=true
  8. Kid’s first skate with the 2X Pros after 15 months with the 1S. Initial impressions: 1. Very lively rebounds. We opted with the stiff thigh flex on the 2X Pros — definitely stiffer than the 1S, but the 1S pads may have softened-up a lot over the past 15 months. 2. Given the thin profile of the 2X you’d think the pads would be lighter than the 1S, but in fact they’re more heavy by about 8 oz. 3. Glove is definitely game-ready. About the same as the current condition of the 1S, but the latter required 15 months of use, and a lot of baking, to reach that state. 4. Terrific controlled rebounds off the blocker, but much quieter than the ultra-loud 1S blocker.
  9. Arrived today — black/orange/silver colour scheme (just in time for Halloween). We got a decent deal: $0 for the custom options, and 15% off the whole set because we bought three pieces of gear.
  10. My gear (finally) landed in a warehouse about 2 hours away, so I should have it by tomorrow. I'm willing to look past the 18 (!) weeks for delivery, but Bauer needs to do a better job communicating with its customers. I had to keep bugging Bauer to give me an expected delivery date, and after each date had passed, I had to bug them for a new date. On the bright side, I'm pretty sure the quality of the product will make me forget about all the tedious delivery delays ...
  11. The wait wouldn’t be as bad if Bauer would make it easier to get real-time updates. Knowing whether the gear is “Being Assembled” or “In Transit” can offer a clue as to whether I can expect to wait another 5 days or 5 weeks. This would also allow me to know how many more layers of duct tape to use on my kid’s 1S pads to prevent them from disintegrating mid-game.
  12. Anyone else pulling their hair out while waiting for their custom (not "pro custom") 2X gear to arrive? I'm currently at Week 17 of "The Waiting Game" . I ordered a full set of 2X Pro's on June 10 -- they were initially promised by Sep 15, and now they should arrive sometime between Oct 14 and 21 -- which would bring the total wait time to over 18 weeks. They should take a cue from the pizza industry: "Your gear delivered in under 30 weeks, or it's free!"
  13. We picked-up a couple of 2X Pro sticks this summer, as well as a (much less expensive) X2.9 to be used exclusively for practices. Both have had some decent use, so it’s a good time to examine their durability. For fun, we also compare them to some other sticks we had lying-around. All the Bauer sticks below have a 25” paddle, P31 curve and similar tape job. I weighed each stick using a kitchen scale. Weights are a bit higher than official numbers due to the weight of the tape, which probably adds 20-30 grams. The sticks, from left to right, with weight (in grams) and retail price (in C$): 1. 2X Pro (unused); 700g; $299 2. 2X Pro (used for about 50 hours of ice time, both games and practices, over two months); 700g; $299 3. X2.9 (used for about 30 hours of practices over the last month); 800g; $179 4. 2S (heavily-used over four months; has a broken blade); 750g; $229 5. S190 (used sparingly over 18 months); 775g; $150 6. 2003-vintage Koho 580 foam core, with 26” paddle (used mostly for road hockey with plastic pucks and balls); 825g; $50 WEIGHT: Advantage 2X Pro The 2X Pro is 100g lighter than the X2.9. Surprisingly, the X2.9 is almost as heavy as a 16-year-old foam core stick. Clearly, the ACL technology in the 2X Pro paddle has a lot to do with the weight difference. PADDLE DURABILITY: Interior issues? When new, the 2X Pro made a sweet TWACK! whenever the puck hit the paddle — it almost made people in the arena jump out of their seats. After about 20 hours of ice time, however, that sweet sound was dampened. We suspect there must be a small crack inside the paddle, but thankfully it hasn’t (noticeably) impacted the stick’s performance. To be safe, and to prolong the life of the 2X Pro, we picked-up a X2.9 for practices, since the shape and feel of that stick is very similar — albeit in a heavier package. In terms of exterior durability, both sticks have the usual puck marks and scratches, so no concerns there. BLADE DURABILITY: 2X Pro is aging quickly The second picture below shows the heels of the 2X Pro (black) and X2.9 (white). Admittedly my kid is rough on his heels, but the blade of the 2X Pro is starting to crack in a way that the X2.9, 2S and S190 have not. If water continues to seep in there, we expect this particular 2X Pro stick will have a short life. CONCLUSION: The 2X Pro is definitely a good stick, but among all the Bauer sticks my kid has used, it seems to be wearing-out the quickest. The lightweight blade and paddle seem to have durability issues. In terms of overall durability, the 2X Pro is still a lot better than the 2S Pro (we’ve seen a lot of those break after taking a puck off the shaft), but in terms of value for money, the 2S seems to be a good compromise among Bauer offerings: It’s $70 less than the 2X Pro, only 50g heavier, and overall more durable (ours only broke after 200+ hours of use when a skater stepped on the blade). This probably explains why it was so hard to find a 2S stick for a while earlier this year, since a lot of the stores we visited had sold-out.
  14. If you like pro-level gear at decent prices, take a close look at the clearance section of any store: You can get monster discounts when new models are released. For example Goalie Monkey has some decent pads that have been discounted by almost 70% from original list price: https://www.goaliemonkey.com/clearance/leg-pads/senior.html
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