This was my 3rd time using them, and they are getting better with each skate. The first time out, I tried strapping them like my EFlex4's and used the stock ARS toe and boot straps, but that did not work so well. The second time I tried strapping to the outside of the knee, but no boot strap, and it worked better but they didn't come back "true" after a recovery from the butterfly as well as I'd want. This iteration was nearly perfect - I have to dial in exactly how loose to make the knee strap, but they seal really well and the thinned out thigh rise is very good at not interfering with the other pad. I liked the ARS toe straps on my G2 pads, but these ones feel shoter/tighter. I felt that caused the pads to sit too high up/too far back on my skate for my liking. The hybrid prolaces have just the right amount of wiggle room, and allow the pad to sit more forward off my skate (as opposed to on top of it).
The sliding has been great so far, and I haven't noticed it decrease in performance on "third period" ice; at least no decrease that could be attributed to the pads and not to me just being tired (no sticking or anything like that).They definitely kick out rebounds further than my old pads, and make a very satisfying noise when the puck hits them and bounces off The goalie at the other end even commented after this skate how he could hear it all the way down at his end. And they are very light! It is worth mentioning again that my 32+2 pads are just barely over 4 lbs each - nearly 10 oz lighter than the 32+2 EFlex 4 pads (which also had no leather straps, no outer knee wing, etc).
The catcher feels much more like a G3 break. I've talked about this before, but to me when you close the G3 glove it feels like it's only two pieces (the palm and the fingers) and they have a single hinge so it feels like your hand is gripping a \/ shape. The GT2 glove feels like it has two hinges and closes like a U - I got used to this but did not like it as much. I also found it harder to get a solid grip on the stick shaft for shooting the puck with the GT2. This could be because of the different thumb angle between the two lines. I do have to get more practice with how the G5 glove is shaped compared to the GT2, but that's just a matter of time for reaclimation. It closed great right out of the box and is now basically completely broken in after just three uses. The back hand portion opens up fully, which is nice for cutting drying time.
The blocker is very light for how thick it looks. I've noticed that the flatter board is more consistent in directing pucks where you want them. I don't know if it is the overall shape or the coveredge+ working, but I did notice two blocker side saves last night that I would not have made with the Bauer 2X - one off the very bottom corner and one off the very top edge. I'm not a very tall fellow, so anything that extends my reach even just a little bit is appreciated. It is my opinion that the Warrior blocker finger protection is the most protective out there, but it does come at the small cost of not bending as much around the shaft of the stick when you go paddle-down. That's really my only complaint, but I've had it with every Warrior blocker and it hasn't stopped me from continuing to get use and enjoy them!
Here are two clips of saves in last night's pickup: