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Everything posted by dualshowman

  1. I recall a goalie buddy of mine getting custom Lefevre pads around '92 or '93 - The classics with the "L" patch on the thigh rise. Those were maybe $100 or more than custom Heaton, Brian's or Vaughn at the time. Just an observation, not a defense. Oh, and look at the price of custom Bauer stuff on the Pure Goalie website.
  2. I have always preferred a chin cup in a mask and a helmet/cage combo. A chin cup articulates, offers easy adjustability, offers some degree of affixing the mask to my head, and, perhaps most importantly, a cup offers far more suspension than a sling has ever offered (me). I propose much of the sling or cup preference comes down to the shape or prominance of the user's facial features.
  3. I have two Opt1k blockers, and I gotta say that they are the lightest, hottest, best fitting, and most comfortable blockers I have ever had. One of them is an early-production model and the sidewall is much, much more flexible than the other one. Both are off-the-shelf items (although I purchased both used), so perhaps they recognized the sidewall deficiency and made a running change. The other interesting thing about the Opt1k blocker is how simple it is in both design and construction. When I took one apart, my initial thought was, "They're making a killing on this piece!" Contrast this with Brian's gloves, which are often the most "complicated" in terms of design and construction in the context of other manufacturers. My Opt1k glove proved this out when I took it apart. That said, Brian's gloves speak for themselves in terms of closure, comfort, durability and performance, and Brian's has a good formula figured out for blockers and gloves, in general. Enjoy your Opt2ks(?). I'll chime in about these in a couple years when I find some good, used options.
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    Boddam gear

    Is this the stock backplate strapping?: If so, I find this unacceptable. I do not want to bag on any smaller manufacturer because they are typically just trying to hack it with the big boys... but this is an antiquated and somewhat cynical solution to a problem long ago solved.
  5. 7.5 to 9 seems like a huge jump in sizes. The side-foot pain may be due to your foot sitting in a part of the boot that wasn't made to accommodate that particular part of your foot. Regarding the ankle pain, I recommend tying the top two eyelets looser and the instep more snug than what you're accustom to. I do not have a lacing recommendation for the side-foot pain.
  6. If there is a market for a team sport that you can pitch to parents and kids alike as, Requiring at a time and money commitment that projects self-importance and status Establishing a 'career' trajectory that may take them you to schools and colleges of stature Teaching team values Offering positive, formative experiences not limited to an increasing diversity of youth hockey players (sex, ethnicity, ability) then you have the middle, upper-middle, and upper classes hook, line and sinker. Equipment manufacturers likely understand this better than most. As an adult, I don't mind because I am buying gear almost purely based on desire rather than need. When I was growing up, however, I paid for hockey and the equipment without any thought to the four bullet points above. There wasn't a newspaper or pizza delivered, lawn mowed, ditch dug, garbage detail attended that wasn't at least partially motivated by saving for new gear. Hockey was still expensive, but the motivation for me was to play hockey and have fun with the gear. I think the equipment manufacturers likely understand this just as well.
  7. Typically, no, Grafs would run "small", meaning that Grafs are truer to a typical shoe size: Shoe size US 10 = Bauer size 8.5 = Graf size 9. This is by no means spot-on, and @Telfo makes a fine point about foot shape having more relevance than just foot length. Is the heal pocket much deeper than your 2Xs? I can't imagine a deeper heal pocket than what Bauer is offering, so I would love to know more. "Deep heal pocket + flexible tongue + incredibly stiff boot" seems like the right formula for transferring the most energy to the ice, but maybe that's too simple or idealized. Given that, no skate manufacturer offered more stock choices in a boot than Graf did for player skates, and it was glorious while it lasted (get it?). For goalies, you were basically stuck with the "705" last for the longest time, but that was great for me. Also for the longest time, Bauer was the 'narrow foot' choice. So, if you dig a Goaler 750 Pro as I did for about 15 years, there was really no other option until somewhat recently. I actually would cut out the heal pocket on my 750s so I didn't have to tie them so tight. That said, my 1Xs required nothing that would approach a break-in period, I do not need to snug up the top two eyelets, and my heal feels like its suctioned in the boot. If I try tie them tight around the ankle, I have all sorts of problems. Other than that, zero complaints about fit and comfort. I would be very surprised, however, if Graf went in the opposite direction, as they have never been the looser skate, all things being equal... which they're not.
  8. If you wouldn't mind, post what size you purchase and what size you wear in your 2Xs? Graf has historically run 1/2 size larger and are typically a touch wider than all others. For example, I measure slightly more than a 9.5 US shoe and my foot width is also just slightly wider than a D at the mid and forefoot. Graf 9Ds in the 750 goalie boot have always been the ticket, as an 8.5 allows my toes to touch the cap in a non-athletic position. My Bauer 1Xs are 8.5EE and fit close to the same.
  9. How did someone not do this already?
  10. The Graf website lists the goalie-specific holder as an Ultra 5500, although you can clearly see that one of the previously posted pictures has an Ultra 5000 holder. Speaking of holders: The Bauer Vertexx Edge Holder is nothing to write home about. It flexes pretty easily, as does the 3mm runner (I use Tydan DLC runners). You have to assume all boots, runners and steel flex a bunch, but whatever you're giving up in overall rigidity is more than made up for by the lack of overall weight. For reasons of weight alone, I can't image I will ever go back to a cowling skate or a leg pad that weighs more than 5 lbs each. By the middle of the 3rd period, I am grateful for every ounce of weight savings. And, yes, it is the best looking boot. I do not like the look of my 1X boots, but at least a pad is covering them up most of the time.
  11. As a long-time Graf wearer that jumped ship for Bauer 1X skates once I had destroyed my final pair of 750s, I am very intrigued. Nothing really wrong with the 1X. Once you experience the Graf boot and tongue, its difficult to find anything comparable. Hopefully this is still the case. I will likely pay full price for these which is something I rarely do with gear.😑
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    Vaughn V9

    I always feel like I missed something when people bag on Vaughn gear. I know Mike Vaughn has a negative reputation in some folks eyes, but I don't see what it has to do with the gear. I don't understand why Vaughn would get anymore crap than any other manufacturer about innovation. They have a largely unbroken line of revision with most of their stuff just like Warrior, Brian's and Lefevre. Bauer would be right there, too, if they hadn't broken up with JRZ. Is innovation always a slam dunk? Not in my experience. Looking at the same photos as everybody else, I see a pad with: A very stable, minimally-featured sliding surface A wide leg channel with enough strapping options and nothing superfluous A thin profile Probably very light A blocker with: Too much binding in high-wear areas A nice sure-grip palm Great finger protection Probably not the lightest weight blocker on the market A glove with: Everything someone either loves or hates about Vaughn gloves A familiar break angle (either one) Well-placed internal straps Probably light in weight Somewhat light in palm protection, but... Zero learning curve - you're gonna catch the puck in the pocket (2-piece cuff model) Frankly, I understand why a number of paid goaltenders do not want to switch out of a certain piece of gear or an entire set, and I'm not shocked that these goaltenders are typically in Vaughn gear. If anything, the incremental revisions that Brian's and Vaughn roll out regularly are more of a testament to commitment rather than innovation for innovation's sake. Warrior does the same thing and I never read or hear anyone dump on Pete for staying on script. I wouldn't doubt that CCM stifled Lefevre in this area over the years, and Bauer essentially makes leg pads for those that are not necessarily looking for longevity (although I have no first-hand experience with them).
  13. dualshowman

    Warrior G5

    There we go... all fixed!
  14. With the terry cloth, off-white straps, you essentially have three good options to prevent the ends from unraveling: Sew over the ends Coat/Dip the ends in 5-minute epoxy Coat/Dip the ends in cyanoacrylate (super glue) Any of these has worked very well for me over that past 20 years. I prefer epoxy as it is easy to trim the excess material off. Also, wash your mask harness occasionally (by hand) using normal detergent and air drying when finished. It will easily increase the life span of the harness two-fold, if not more. Burning the ends, by the way, will accomplish little or nothing - the harness material is mostly cotton and latex rubber, neither of which will melt and harden like poly, nylon, etc.
  15. Is this the slot the Bauer is hoping people stuff $100 bills into or is it a chip reader?
  16. Sound old??? Aren't you gonna ask how I feel?
  17. I didn't watch it the game at all, and I turned off the competition prior to the one thing I should have watched - the women's 3-on-3. As a fan of the game of hockey over a fan of shenanigans on ice, equipment sitings, or anything glitzy, I cannot abide. This is what it looked like that last time I cared:
  18. Based on specs and warranty, the Bridgestone is far and away the better choice of the two. The warranty delta between the two is astounding - 20,000 miles (Bridgestone over the BFG). Compared to the BFGs, the Bridgestones are a better value either through longevity or warranty. Plus, the TireRack data and reviews lean towards the the Bridgestones.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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