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About dualshowman

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    California
  • Hometown
    Chicago

Current Equipment

  • Leg Pads
    Vaughn Ventus LT98 Pro Carbon, Reebok P3s, CCM Vector Pro Belfour
  • Review:
    Lightest pad I've owned, my first truly modern pad, and the craziest pads I've owend
  • Glove
    1x Vaughn V1/7700 Single-T pro return, 1x Vaughn V1/7700 Double-T pro return, 2x Vaughn V1 pro return, 1x Vaughn V1
  • Review:
    Pancake goodness
  • Blocker
    Vaughn Ventus SLR Pro Carbon, Vaughn V2 pro return , Reebok P3
  • Review:
    SLR is great, V1 is great, P3 is heavy and sloppy
  • Chest & Arm Protector
    P1 and Passau Gen.2
  • Review:
    P1 is a mess now, Passau is great. Don't not like a lot of C/A - don't mind a bit of pain
  • Pants
    Vaughn V4
  • Review:
    As comfortable as my underwear and nearly as protective
  • Mask
    Ancient 961, New Image Shark 954 on the way
  • Review:
    961 is going into retirement
  • Stick
    More than 1... more like 20...
  • Review:
    I break them whenever I don't score a goal
  • Skates - Boot
    Two pairs of Graf 750s
  • Review:
    Great
  • Skate - Cowling
    Reebok/CCM
  • Review:
    Very Good
  • Skates - Blades
    Step Steel
  • Review:
    Great
  • Knee Pads
    Passau
  • Review:
    Tried everything - these are the Holy Grail
  • Neck Guard
    What's a neck guard - I mod neck guards and stitch them into C/As
  • Review:
    Oh, that's a neck guard
  • Jock
    Reebok 8k under a Vaughn V4
  • Review:
    Waiting for sperm count results

Wish List

  • Leg Pads
    More
  • Glove
    Every V1 pro-spec I can get
  • Blocker
    V1 Pro Spec is pretty great
  • Chest & Arm Protector
    Got 'em
  • Pants
    New Vaughns
  • Mask
    Harrison
  • Stick
    Christian Curtis Curve - just kidding
  • Skates - Boot
    Got 'em
  • Skate - Cowling
    Got 'em
  • Skates - Blades
    Got' em
  • Knee Pads
    Got 'em
  • Neck Guard
    Quit asking me about a neck guard
  • Jock
    What did you call me, you nerd?!?

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  1. Rob, I would strongly recommend the various Facebook groups that trade in vintage goalie gear. You will almost certainly find what your looking for in short order.
  2. What font should I use for sarcasm again?... I was lightly commenting on how Price could probably make saves while he was asleep that we never could. I experience this just enough to know that must be doing something right, but not enough to go to any tryouts.
  3. Growing up as what we now would call a 'hybrid' goalie, I see the transition as the perhaps the most important part of the equation. It's no wonder that guys don't just blast off slappers from the slot much any more - a goalie that is gradually taking away bits and pieces of the net from the puck's angle is much better prepared for anything than a single 48"x24" block of net. Maybe I'm seeing this wrong... In what could be classified as a normal situation (not a breakaway, below-goal line play, 3-0, etc.) I have stood up taller as I have gotten older. I also have decreased how far out I will move from the crease. I try to go no more than 18 inches from the top of the crease, but also I try not to fall back in the crease with as much speed and urgency. As the play transitions into the zone, the same transition rules apply. However, I would rather economize movement and angles to better read the play. I also concentrate on better quality skating and footwork over the quantity of either. I've never had amazing ROM in my hips, so my butterfly is not very good. I have for years and continue to work on ROM in order to keep what I have. As a result of my narrower stance and poor ROM, I have chosen to concentrate on '"active ROM", so strength and control at the end of my mobility range. I sometimes surprise myself when I make a pad save that requires a good amount of hip internal rotation. Believing that I can do it if I put the work in before is perhaps the biggest hurdle.
  4. Fully agree with Coop: Too many variables exist for a simple 'if-then' statement. I'm gonna leave out... ...because it all matters, and it all makes the conversation long and multi-faceted. My simple take: What has mostly worked for me over about 30 years of (learning) goaltending is to place priority on situational awareness rather than puck tracking whenever seeing the puck proves difficult. Of course I wanna get eyes on it ASAP, but it just isn't possible all the time. I find that when the puck and some skaters are behind the net in an area in which it is difficult or nearly impossible to see the puck, the scenario doesn't often require that I'm even looking at the puck. There is no chance that this puck is going directly into the net, so I try to be aware of who is in a position to receive a pass, who's in front of the net, and who's below the goal line, etc. If I get terribly burned by a play that happened below the goal line and some sort of offensive sorcery was not employed, chances are I was over-thinking, moving my head around a whole bunch, and generally overreacting.
  5. *Disclaimer: I am not in any way, shape or form an equipment guru. I have, however, been repairing my equipment since I started playing in goal as a kid for reasons of curiosity and economy. I've taken apart and reconstructed more pads, blockers, gloves, C/As, etc. than I care to remember. As a result, I have made a handful of observations that I believe are pertinent to this discussion* Before I go on to why I believe this is happening, I also suggest putting a puck or a stick or something in the base of the palm and wrap tightly. Some gentle heat will move things along quicker, but you should see lasting results in 2-3 days without any heat. I have always experienced a positive outcome with this method. - - - The migrating break/crease on a glove is very common, regardless of the price point. Most goalies either do not care or do not realize that some form of break migration is happening with their glove(s). Usually what I find is that the glove has broken down or malformed due to the relationship between the 'finger' plastic and the 'thumb' plastic creating a second crease in the break. This finger-portion plastic, along with the felt, foams and/or additional plastic attached to the finger-portion plastic, may or may not allow for a wave, bulge or belly along the crease of the break as seen in this photo that I lifted from InGoalMagazine.com (https://ingoalmag.com/gear/ccm-extreme-flex-3-glove-bigger-deeper-double-t-pocket/) : It looks like CCM attempted to mitigate this by creating more of recess in the break (EFlex 3 glove on the left). This was not a feature of 590-break gloves that I have owned in the past, nor is it a feature of the EF2 glove in the photo above. Also, it should be noted that the EF3 break is wider overall and extends further down to the palm (orange arrows on each). Also, it appears that the crease of the break on the EF2 glove is breaking down (orange lines) I'm not here to ruffle anyone's feathers, but the lack of little feature is what has distinguished Lefevre-designed gloves from almost every other glove. Vaughn and Brian's, for example, have (for a very long time) done one or more of the following: Used a wider, reinforced 'thumb plastic-to-finger plastic' gap -> (Brian's Sub Zero) Used a mid-break laced portion in this area -> (Vaughn T5500) Used a fully laced break -> (Brian's Optik 2 & Vaughn 7700) My theory is that, regardless of the manufacturer, break migration may be inevitable depending on the relationship between how you subconsciously close your catching hand and the design of the glove. The best example of this relationship that I have found is this Warrior Removable Liner graphic: Warrior is actually conceding a lot about how any glove, not just their own, will eventually break in and break down. Initially, the newness and tightness of the materials (and the position of the finger or palm break) will have an influence on how the glove breaks in and how your hand closes around the catching area. A glove is the passive mechanical device, the hand inside is the active device, so... As certain areas of the glove break down, the glove becomes more 'influenced' by how you close your hand -- which may not be exactly how the glove was designed to 'break'. My experience with gloves has been that the more a glove is like a baseball/45*/60*/590/600 index-to-thumb tip break angle, the more the break of the glove will vary as the glove breaks down. This, in my opinion, is why the Vaughn 5500-style glove (and most Vaughn gloves) has been viewed as a moving target for many goalies over many, many years - no two ever seem alike because no two goalies ever break their 5500-style glove in the same exact way. Try individually closing each finger to your thumb tip - it's almost as easy to close your index-to-thumb as it is your pinky-to-thumb. Now do the same thing 1000 times in a glove and see how it breaks in and breaks down. Conversely, the fingers-to-palm closure, which I would broadly categorize as 75-90*/580/Vaughn V1/most Brian's gloves, appear to break far more consistently across the palm and do not suffer the same fate. Try closing all four fingers to your palm. Notice your thumb is largely stationary; it isn't squeezing into your fingers as it would if you were closing fingers-to-thumb tip. Also notice that you will not have the same articulation (and therefore the variation) in how your fingers close towards your palm. Look at the 5500 photo above and ask yourself, "Where's the break?" Exactly. It's user-defined. The same can largely be said for 590 gloves I've owned. I gonna make the assumption that a 600 is likely similar in fate because it is even more '5500' like than a 590 glove. Again, this has been my experience. This is just something that I believe we all have to work with. It may simply be a sign that the glove you're using is kinda working against the natural way your hand closes when you catch a puck. I'm not approaching whether this means one glove design is better than another.
  6. Absolutely this ^. As much a goalie may have difficultly with backhanders, about 99% of the folks confident enough to fire one off don't even know where the puck is headed.
  7. This is entirely dependent on what level of beer league you may be playing. I currently play in two different that are both dramatically different in terms of skill level. That, in itself, is sometimes difficult for me to navigate. On one of these teams, one of the defense pairings is typically the best player on the team with the worst player in the league (not hyperbole). I wouldn't dare tell either of them what to do - one guy is just gonna do the job every time and one guy finds an acorn occasionally. On this same team, another d-man is very receptive to coaching. He's solid, but he often plays angles too tight, so I get screened. I have no problem being screened if the guy can block a shot, but this is beer league... blocked shots are merely a coincidence.
  8. Max! I know it sounds like I'm reading this off of a poster on the cubicle wall, but have a positive mental attitude. I try to remind myself that the reason I can judge whether I'm doing well or doing poorly with anything is because I already have experienced times in which I have been really, really good or... really, really bad. You haven't just all of the sudden gotten worse, lost experience or intellect, or changed in any dramatic way, right? I suspect not, so try to apply some of whatever you believe prefaced your best times on the ice and see what shakes out. Additionally, I suggest that you 'don't care': Don't absorb so much from a rough patch that you become the rough patch. Leave it right where it is. Yeah, I know that's a little cerebral, but this is likely all in your head anyway, so... Finally: I, too, am going through a rough patch. I have felt rickety out there due to some light fatigue and lack of attention to adequate preparation. This is what happens with greater responsibility to other things and advancing age and injury. I could get mad or depressed, but I'd be much better served trying to find a way to fix these things, trying to be better, and trying be happy that I even have the opportunity to play hockey. Each time on the ice could be viewed with the dread that I may play, or just feel, terrible, but each time is too precious to dwell on either of those negatives.
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  10. Portland is a very cool city. You can throw a dart and find a good place to eat and drink. Don't 'bro' it up too hard, please. When in Rome, as is often said...
  11. Here's my gear buying method: If new gear: The least expensive, pro-level Canadian or United States manufactured stuff I can find. Patience, persistence and the complete lack of desire for the latest-and-greatest has allowed me to routinely outfit with either Vaughn, Lefevre-made RBK/Reebok, or Brian's gear for 1/3 to 1/4 of original retail. I then beat the tar out of it until I see fit to buy something else. If used gear: The best condition, often high-market value, pro-level Canadian or United State manufactured stuff I can find. I have a gear sanitizing protocol I have been working on for years that does a lot to make the used gear option a real boon. Patience, persistence and the complete lack of desire for the latest-and-greatest has allowed me to routinely outfit with lightly used demo Vaughn, Lefevre-made RBK/Reebok, or Brian's or pro/college return gear for 1/5 to 1/10 of similar retail. I then beat the tar out of it until I see fit to buy something else. So... I'm willing to wait a few years for Bernier returns...
  12. I just checked your profile: B.C. 😑... Stateside, it appears right in-line with all others due to the exchange. So, yes, I wouldn't be excited about a 10+% bump, either. Now, perhaps with distribution that normalizes, so we'll have to see whether Lefevre's pricing is simply MSRP vs. everyone else's MAP. I'm not holding my breath, however.
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