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dualshowman

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  1. Yes. They did not go out of business. Quite the opposite, actually. Their website has always been poor.
  2. @bunnyman666 Same. I never pay full price/buy new gear. I modify everything. Even my two jocks are modified. Recently bought new pads that were marked down to 1/2 retail, opened the box, and started cutting and sewing. Probably wouldn't feel as good about that had my name been embroidered on them. The one great thing about hockey becoming an ever-wealthier sport is that used gear isn't so used up any longer. All of the used stuff that I've bought over the last 5 years is in far better condition and the used stuff I was buying 15 years ago, and the price of used stuff has remained fairly steady.
  3. I work in the electronics industry. It seems like every material is in short supply, and the consumer has been, and will continue to, pay for the demand. Economies of scale will win, so we'll continue to see smaller manufacturers get squeezed out by or absorbed into larger ones. The cycle of post-industrial life in a capitalist society with an ever-eroding democratic general ideology. I recall some big conversation around here in early 2020 about how Lefevre's pricing was much higher than every other manufacturer, and therefore ridiculous. Um... sure... Funny how things keep normalizing regardless of how much bitching humans do.
  4. I once pushed back against people like this. Now, I say nothing or 'uh-huh' and continue to do whatever I was gonna do anyway. If I can have a private moment with the idiot, I may dispassionately tell them that he's acting like an idiot, but I would never go outta my way to do so. I won't spend one more second of my life meeting people on whatever lower intellectual plane they're on. My Dad used to say, "Scrape 'em off". I never really did get the hang of doing that until my mid/late 30s. Once I started habitually scraping off the hoards, I freed up so much more bandwidth for every other good person, good thing, and good moment in my life. Everyone deserves compassion. Sometimes little or no interaction with largely innocuous knuckleheads is an appropriate amount of compassion. More importantly, show yourself compassion by not feeling one ounce of anything for the idiot. You first - for you, your family, friends, people that rely on you. Idiots come in a distant second, third, or maybe they never show. Free up that bandwidth.
  5. Regarding getting 'zip', Zip... Twist your top wrist. Underhand, Turco-style, even backhand - it doesn't matter. Just twist that wrist. I promise you, your problems are solved. https://ingoalmag.com/technique/shooting-the-puck-a-progressive-learning-sequence-for-goalies/ - Step six
  6. KISS was required to change their logo for the German market specifically due to the stylized 'SS'. From what I understand, the German government is (rightfully) sensitive about citizens making any positive or sympathetic reference to Nazi insignia, let alone ideology. The lightning bolt 'SS' is absolutely a known Nazi insignia in Germany. I would bet you'd be hard pressed to find any German citizen over the age of eight that isn't aware of this. Greiss is a German citizen. 2+2 = 4.
  7. Definitely looks like a Wilcox/Kenesky glove and blocker. Not sure about the leg pads.
  8. Man, stock knee protection these days is so damn good. These look well designed. Interested.
  9. http://www.protectiveathleticwear.com/goaliehelmetparts.htm
  10. @RichMan Dennis also flattens the finger tip curl on when he modifies gloves. He does so in order to maximize the glove's surface area and to promote a full closure with the least amount of gap between the mating surfaces of the glove. My observation over many gloves is that 'how, where, and how tight' of the base of the T is of significant influence. All of this works in conjunction with where the glove break is located, as well. My first new glove was a Brian's Hook with an 'Anchor T', and it certainly promoted the most U-shaped closure of any glove I've had since then. Contrast that with most Vaughn gloves with a single T - prior to any deformation of the finger plastics - and they always have a long period of their life where they are pancake flat. Over time, however, I've noticed that gloves simply loosen up and become influenced more by your mechanical input and less by their design and initial construction.
  11. If you contact Graf/Vaughn directly, they will answer your first question. Graf has been and continues to be very responsive. I went through HockeyPlus/GoaliesPlus, and they will likely help you getting these done for you. They are not tall skates. I find this beneficial, however.
  12. Funny this comes up right now: Always paying the price for Vaughn arms, and I took a absolute laser off the right shoulder last night that put me face down on the ice for three seconds, and this is a pro-return unit. I got up when I reminded myself that this is what I wanted, what I conceded, when I chose this C/A.
  13. My pleasure. If this carries any weight for anyone: These skates are my favorite piece of equipment. I've had multiple 75 to 120 minute ice sessions in these, and I don't even think once about my feet. The mental and physical relief of NOT thinking about the potential pain you're gonna feel is priceless. All of the maladies that my feet and ankles were experiencing when I was skating in the 1Xs have disappeared. I still have a tiny bump from lace bite, but it is slowly going away and isn't painful any longer. Now I'm thinking of replacing my forward skates with a pair of Grafs. I've been made aware that Canadian buyers DO NOT receive the new Graf heat-moldable orthotic that American buyers receive, so take that into consideration. I've ditched my custom orthotics for the new Graf versions because they're incredible.
  14. Here are some photos of measurements of the Graf runner, A Bauer Vertexx runner, and a Tyden DLC Vertexx runner. Not deadly accurate measurements, but at least there's some scale. Graf runner: Bauer Vertexx Tyden
  15. There is nothing about printed graphics that I find appealing. That said, there's pretty close to nothing about any graphics on goalie gear that I find appealing. The 'neatest' thing I've seen recently are Shesterkin's ceiling-of-MSG graphic pads, and that's only because its pseudo-Art Deco. Heaton really started the trend that was, in theory, distracting for shooters. Unfortunately, I find it generally distracting.
  16. Saw this on Instagram. I can see most of this, but putting the Bauer 960 up there is a tough sell. For starters, this was a product that Bauer bought. While they have developed it further, and while other mask makers have copied the shell shape, there is absolutely nothing about a time-traveled Jerry Wright-built 960/961 from 1991 that wouldn't suffice in the NHL today. Plus, the Lefevbre 590 glove would like to have a word with you regarding being the most derivative goalie product.
  17. I am shocked... SHOCKED... that CCM gear is having material QC issues. I'm no real help, here, but I would warranty-claim the hell out of this ASAP.
  18. They likely will if you give them specs or the originals to pattern.
  19. This is a job for a double internal threaded brass lacing junction/needle... which I don't think exists. If it did, you would effectively be lacing in new lace as you unlaced the old. This is the best I can come up with: https://www.mcmaster.com/standoffs/gender~female/od~1-8/thread-length~1-2/
  20. 🤦‍♂️ Didn't think of that...
  21. I think you're heading in the right direction. I had to play with the height/drop of the back plate in concert with the placement of the side straps that velcro at the ribs. Having infinite adjustment EVERYTIME I put the thing on was kinda frustrating at first, so you learn by feel. Not my preference, but learnable all the same.
  22. I have a large arms/large body Passau off-the-shelf unit. It is the snuggest Large-size chest protector I have ever owned in every dimension. The Passau is loosely based on the old Vaughn VP5500, fwiw. If I bought it over again, I'd go with XL arms, L body with 2" belly extensions. I've played in leagues with former heavies, and never thought I needed the Pro Pack, but I don't mind feeling the puck. The great thing about the Passau is that you know your ribs are protected. The velcro holds up way better than you expect. I don't like the non-segmented floaters. The package as a whole is very, very good and fairly mobile. The elastic isn't really gonna loosen up, in my experience. The whole thing took some getting used to. I've stopped using mine in favor of a heavily modified pro-return Vaughn V3. I did the mods myself, so its like a custom C/A.
  23. I have done this on and off since I started playing as a goalie. I still do this now, and I love the challenge, although it's not as physically demanding as being in the net. I love skating super hard for about a minute, then getting off. Not a fan of the five minute coasting-around shift. One thing that is an issue for me, in particular: Skating out with lower-level skaters is risky. I feel the same way in net, but less so for obvious reasons. If I'm skating out, and I don't think the the hockey IQ and the level of fundamental ability is good enough to ensure a baseline level of safety, I'll split.
  24. Roller and floor hockey is how many of us in the States east of the Mississippi got our start playing organized hockey: Cheap, fun and available all year. While we couldn't wait for the retention ponds to freeze over in early December, we had plenty of roller and floor opportunities almost every time we wanted them. Once most of us were able to play organized ice hockey, we never looked back. We owe a debt to roller rinks and the like for being there for us and our parents when the money wasn't. Thanks for sharing.
  25. My experience with Grafs and Bauers over 20+ years: Bauers are a 1/2 size larger and slightly narrower than Grafs. Keep in mind that Bauer toe boxes are very roomy, Graf has always featured a more tapered toe box.
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