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  1. Agree with the advice to see if there is a way to make it work with modified clips. I had a similar issue when I swapped a Cheater cage for my old dented straight bar on my Eddy. Thought I was SOL, but supplier of cage came up with modified clips to make it work just fine. Have taken a couple pucks to the cage since installing this cage, and Zero issues with the mounting, or cage denting for that matter.
  2. I just wrapped up a skating session, 4 teams, we played 11 weeks. Had to wear a mask to enter the arena, and suggested they were kept on in locker rooms. But nothing required on-ice. There were actually a couple skaters that chose to wear a mask under the cage. We all joked about the covid 'symptoms, being short of breath and muscle aches, heck that's every week at our old person out of shape hockey games. . . . We made it thru without any players having tested positive during the 'season'.
  3. I think you could easily spend $30 on materials to prep and paint it yourself, and end up with a less-durable finish. I would suggest the powder coating and just be done with it.
  4. I had luck using a knife, but taking the cut in several passes rather than trying to get greedy and do it in one pass. It seemed to get a cleaner cut as long as I followed the first pass closely. Stray from the previous score and it got a messy edge like you describe. I have only done the job once, so I am not an expert by any means, but just sharing what worked for me. I actually used a small scissors to clean up the edges in any place where my knife work left it uneven. I was working on the Eco Pro foam or whatever they called it.
  5. Agreed, I think that you would want the elastic to be somewhat stretched to get the benefit from it. If it were laying slack between the length of lace and the skate, You would only get slight snap-back after it is stretched, before it would render itself useless being slack again. No first-hand experience using it connected as you mentioned, but it seems inefficient, IMO.
  6. I have the Warrior one mentioned above. Not because I did a lot of research, but it was available at my local shop. I can say that I have made a cup save one game, and honestly, I did not feel it, but knew it went in there. I wear that as the only level of protection there, no secondary cup or any of that, and that game I was so impressed with how it took care of me. I couldn't tell ya if it hit the padding above or direct on the cup itself, but I guess that is kind of the point.
  7. So you are still looking to take this project on? Do you feel that you need to replace all of it, or would just the pieces where you make contact? I left the ear-area pieces alone but replaced the forehead and top of head and cheek pieces. Maybe my fit is different enough that allowed that, because I don't believe that my head really touches those side panels much. Like you could leave the layer attached to the mask, yet replace the next layer you added? Id' bet there is enough in the 'stock' Eco Foam kit to do that. Comes with an assortment of stuff like 1/4" thick and some at 1/8" thic
  8. To the OP, that is a lot of foam you have in there. I recently replaced my old foam with the Eco Pro stuff and I really like how it turned out. But with that said, I do not think that the replacement kit will have the same amount of material that you currently have in your helmet. The kit I got via Goalieparts, does come with as assortment of thicker and thinner pieces, mostly rectangular in shape aside from the forehead and backplate pieces. If you need that much material to get a comfortable fit, you may want to inquire about getting additional padding somehow. Somewhat unrelated qu
  9. Wow, this thread has some interesting numbers, for sure. I have an older Eddy GT II, with cheater cage and Bauer plastic dangler attached, I get 3.2 pounds. I did re-pad the inside with the EcoPro foam. Includes chin cup, too.
  10. Heh, I donned the glove and blocker, grabbed my backup stick and had the kid take some shots at me in the driveway with the tennis ball. I really miss suiting up in all the gear, but I wasn't going to take it that far just for that little exercise. Glove hand reaction is still there, at least. Did notice that my blocker could use a little re-furb work, I may have to hit my local repair guy up after the 'lockdown' restrictions are loosened, see about a replacement glove palm maybe. Still look at my recently refurbished helmet and new cage, and dream about the days I get to get back on the i
  11. I will be watching this topic for responses, as well. I just swapped on a Cheater cage in place of the original straight-bar style on my helmet, but have not had opportunity to hit the ice with this setup yet. My original cage had suffered s few significant impacts prior to me obtaining the helmet, and I was finally getting tired of looking thru the slightly wonky bent bars. I shopped both Cheater and Cat Eye styles, but ultimately landed on the Cheater, it felt to me that it would provide a bit better protection from stray objects coming around my head. As mentioned, I haven't used it
  12. Did just get set up to work from home. Will do that for a while. Hoping to eventually get back to the office. Architectural designer, so I can do some of my work remote, but so far finding it cumbersome to collaborate with co-workers when needed, it was always so easy to just walk over and ask a question or whatever, now it is at mercy of e-mail and response time is so much longer. Did take some time to refurbish my helmet, cleaned and polished the shell, added new padding and a new cage to replace the old one that was all bent from a few puck impacts. Now I am really looking forward
  13. Interesting, I just did this same job over the weekend. I have an older Eddy GT, and it had what I would imagine was the original foam. Getting that out of the helmet was slightly challenging, for a couple of the pieces. But overall, not too difficult of a task. I actually had ordered the same foam kit from the same source. I went with the blue color instead of the black. I had similar issue fitting the backplate piece to my helmet, the configuration of straps was just a little different, not as much as the O.P had to deal with. I would definitely recommend taking some pictures of t
  14. A reply to an old thread, but with a different slant. I acquired my gear used, and like others, found it to be very smelly. ☣️ I went to a local shop that offers Ozone cleaning, and was able to have everything thrown in the machine. 'Bout an hour later, stuff came out, and the stink was gone. I would say that my gloves smelled like leather again, definitely nothing awful anymore. I've played net probably a couple times a month for a bit over a year, and they still smell decent. I do spray them with a odor reduction product I got at Pure Hockey, and have been putting them on the
  15. Thanks for the responses. I have a set of older TPS Xceed pads, that are sized appropriately for my height (34") according to online sizing guides. They have a y-shaped lower calf strap system that was apparently supposed to lend itself to good pad rotation (in their day). But the rest of their strapping is typical of most every pad set as far as I can tell, at the knee and thigh. I would say that I do still have to work on the driving downward, I feel that I do still push outward toward oncoming shot instead. Nice to hear that working on that one aspect might in turn have effect on t
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