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  1. Yeah, the glove area and not the wrist area.
  2. Would this be compatible with other brands? I.e. suggesting I could pick one of these up and use?
  3. I recently purchased a V7 XR blocker used to match my V6 glove. It works well, but it's so loose around my hand I feel. I've tried pulling the tension chord and it doesn't seem to be too helpful. Any thoughts as to how to make it feel a little more snug? I'm now thinking about wearing a thin glove underneath my blocker, but ideally I'd like not to.
  4. Solid review and if I must say, a pretty dang good translation too from French to English. ;) I'm happy to see JRZ back in the game. It'll be really interesting to see how well some of this stuff catches on, given previous small companies like Kenesky making waves (ex. McElhinney in TO testing a full set) without even having much (modern) experience in the game. It wouldn't surprise me, given their close relation to Bauer, that more folks using 1X (ie. Budaj) will give these a shot. I'm a little surprised to see the knee rolls go, but it seems almost that knee rolls are becoming a thing of the past. If anything, JRZ/Bauer's most soughtafter pad was the One100 in my opinion, and this really does look like it.
  5. Sometimes I come out of hiatus. I wanted to post this for a while and with @TheGoalNet's recent post re: Jake Allen's tight Velcro strap, I figured I'd post my V2 roller pads which I converted from all leather straps to a more hybrid, lightweight, Jake Allen inspired pad. I use an old version of the Monster Hockey K Straps in substitution of the knee buckle strap and knee Velcro. I cut off the other buckle that leads to the top of the pad. I took my substitute short 1S straps, used gorilla glue (never got around to stitching the female velcro into the calf wing) and voila. Monster K strap, one loose buckle for the knee wing (I can't take that off or else the knee landing will be loose), one remaining leather strap and 2 Velcro straps. No toe ties. Absolutely love them. I've always been intrigued in strapping and changing things up. Coming from my 1S, I feel like these are nowhere near as light as they could be, but they're light enough.
  6. This is a particularly interesting thread, specifically with how much Price has been all over the place this year. I'd be curious to see if something like this can be compiled on a larger scale to document some more popular goalies changing all year.
  7. djtendy

    Vaughn Gear

    I haven't been active on the forums because I am in law school, but I saw this topic on @TheGoalNet's Instagram and had to chime in. While I'm only in my second semester of law school, litigation is tremendously expensive and probably not worth CCM's time. This is also a super-cool opportunity for me to apply my Intellectual property notes to hockey content. I am literally copying my notes from my classes, this is Canadian law. I am in no way giving legal advice, but rather just applying the legal steps regarding copyrights and trademarks (that are readily accessible to the public) to the current hypothetical problem. For CCM to win in a litigation re: trademarks, they'd have to establish 2 criteria: 1) The mark has to be distinct 2) Mark has to be used --> These two elements would be satisfied if CCM proves their distinct trademark on the shape the burden would be on CCM to prove "passing off" (when a company represents its businesses/services as someone else's benefit from using a similar mark) by satisfying three elements 1) A reputation acquired by the plaintiff (CCM) in their goods, name, mark, etc. (this would probably be satisfied in court because CCM's longstanding, non-changing look of the 590) 2) A misrepresentation by the defendant (Vaughn) leading to the confusion (or deception) (this is based on an objective standard, and the courts would ask "would a reasonable person notice the difference and would mistake the Vaughn glove for a CCM? - to the reasonable person, probably not. For gear nerds like us, sure - but we are not "reasonable persons" according to the law) 3) The misrepresentation causes damage to the plaintiff. (CCM would have to show that they actually lost money in sales and that instead of people buying their 590, they are moving to Vaughn's 590. The only way this is possible to prove is if you see a massive amount of pros switching and the ability for CCM to document this. Otherwise, no damage done.) Unless CCM has a trademark on their 590 design, none of this matters. I thought the V7 XR was a great alternative to the shape of the traditional 590. And if we shift the discussion to Copyright, Copyright protects expression only, and not ideas, schemes, systems, artistic style. For CCM just to establish that their material is to be copyrighted, CCM would have to show two things: 1) The work is original (literary, dramatic, musical or artistic) --> Originality does not mean unique; The work has to be a product of an author's exercise of skill and judgment. 2) The work has to be "fixed" in some type of tangible medium -- Copyright springs into existence at the particular moment it is written down, recorded, etc. Infringement is a different story. CCM would have to show that: 1) There has been copying 2) If copying, did the infringer take a substantial part of the work? and 3) Has there been consent by the copyright owner to the reproduction? Theoretically, CCM could prove these 3 steps fairly easily. However, similar to the trademark, unless CCM established a Copyright on the 590 shape, Vaughn is free to do whatever they wish.
  8. DISCLAIMER: I do not work for, or will promote one company's product over another. This is solely my review based on my experiences. Anyone and everyone is allowed to both agree and/or disagree with what I have to say. This review is quite overdue. Better late than never, though, right? "But, what are you reviewing?" Let's set up some context: Recently, CCM released their new line for 2017, their third installment of their Extreme Flex series. CCM's basic mantra in their 2nd, and now 3rd gen of Extreme Flex lines has been fairly simple: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The EFlex 2 saw few improvements and upgrades from the original line. However, the 3rd gen offers a few new changes to the pad, including the material which makes up the "skin" of the pad, which CCM has appropriately named "Speedskin". The new line has been out for a few months, so I assume a large majority of the community here has had a chance to at least see the pads in person. The skin has an almost nylon feel to it, as the goal of the skin is to reduce friction between the pad and the ice, allowing it to slide easier. Fellow contributor @Hills just did a great in-depth review of the pads. If you haven't checked it out, I would recommend you do so. *A quick side note; the CCM Premiers can be custom-ordered with Speedskin now through their customizer, so it is available on both models. "Get to the point." Sit tight. Not so recently, Bauer released their Supreme 1S OD1N line, which was a complete 180 from traditional goal pad construction, offering state-of-the-art, never-before-seen technology in a goal pad. Numerous goalies made the switch from "traditional" pads to the 1S line, considering the vast amount of hype surrounding the pad when it was first released. What makes the 1S pad so special? Specifically, Bauer's CORTech skin. I won't get into specifics about the skin, but InGoal Magazine graciously has. If you want specifics about the skin, this link is super helpful: http://magazine.ingoalmag.com/publication/index.php?i=301695&m=&l=&p=53&pre=&ver=html5#{"page":54,"issue_id":301695} And before I get people commenting saying "the CORtech skin on the front of the pad has nothing to do with them sliding", this is false. The knee landing and stabilizers are wrapped in the CORtech skin. Some goalies, including Frederik Andersen (who switched from heavy Reebok XLTs) noted how the pads slid too much when they first tried them. As a 1S user myself, I can comment and confirm that the ability to slide on these pads is truly incredible. I switched from heavy, double break, 3-year-old Vaughn V5 7800 pads to James Reimer pro-return, NXG-skinned 1S pads. That "pad"/"transition" review is in this forum thread somewhere. As I am sure we can put two and two together, this review will consist of a comparison between the CCM Eflex3's Speedskin vs. the 1S CORtech skin. I'd like to say this review has been highly anticipated, as these two companies are the only companies (as of right now) who have abandoned traditional jenpro in the skin/material construction of their current-gen pads. -- So, now for the review. It's important to refresh yourself with my disclaimer featured above before you continue reading. 1S: I've been wearing the 1S pads since August 2016. To say they slide incredibly well would be an understatement. There are two comparisons I can use to explain how the pads slide on the ice: 1) Ever played out in hockey, and have slid on your shinpads? Imagine this sliding, just for a goalie pad. They are that good. 2) Ever stepped onto really crappy ice and have been barely able to slide because the ice sucks? This doesn't exist with the 1S. Whether you are skating on NHL-calibre ice, or crappy, overly-wet creases in Southern California in July, you will still slide incredibly well. I can confidently say this because I've been exposed to both great and crappy ice, and I don't find my slideability to decrease when I play, and I play against Junior/Major Junior/NCAA calibre shooters often. The pads have had some durability issues that Bauer has actually addressed mid-production (no company has ever done this while still manufacturing a current-gen pad), and carry over the same performance properties in the Vapor 1X OD1N pad, the more flexible, tighter-fitting option from Bauer. From a performance, and strictly sliding perspective, these pads perform incredibly well. I am honestly surprised why not as many goaltenders have made the switch. I understand goalies have contracts with equipment manufacturers, but I often fathom, for example, how much quicker someone like Pekka Rinne would be in a set of 1S pads vs. his CCM Premiers. CCM: For those who know me, I am not exactly CCM's biggest fan, especially considering their common wear areas (and in my opinion, critics of 1S gear who wear CCM gear should not be allowed to critique Bauer's shot at creating something new and running into some problems along the way). The wear and tear isn't the point. I am not CCM's biggest fan. But wow. The E3s were honestly one of the lightest pads I've ever worn. For once, the pad felt a part of my leg (something I detested about any Reebok pad and even the early gen Eflex lines - they felt like separate pieces on my legs, rather than a part of my legs. My Vaughns were amazing in this category, and the 1S took some time to adjust). Moreover, the simplicity of the strapping allowed me to dial in a comfortable preference in the dressing room before my first go with them - something I could not achieve immediately with the 1S. I felt like I was wearing my old Vaughns. A softer pad that I could get a good feel with almost immediately. I was super excited to try how they slid on the ice during my ice sessions with them. When I eagerly butterflied and pushed side to side in my butterfly, however, I felt really let down. It felt like I was wearing my old Vaughns, and effortless pushes didn't accomplish much, where I barely even have to try to push in my 1S pads to achieve a considerable slide. In game situations with the E3s, and where I had to put a good amount of effort into my slides, they slid great, and even better than my Vaughns. Compared to the 1S, in my opinion, however, they don't even come close to achieving the same thing. "But, when are you ever not trying to push hard to achieve a good slide?" Fair point - but, with my 1S, I found there was an adjustment period where I could almost develop muscle memory for how much I had to push (minimal vs. just above minimal vs. considerably) to get a good slide in. I knew immediately, and developed confidence quickly in how hard I had to push and how much (little) energy I had to exert to get across the crease. With the E3s, I felt like I always had to push myself to get a good slide in, for fear that I would not make it across the crease in enough time to get square in the butterfly. This is energy consuming, and while the pad is considerably lighter, I still feel like the "sliding" aspect of the industry belongs to Bauer. "But, you only wore the E3s a handful of times compared to almost a year with the 1S". Also a fair point. They were also a tad too big for me (34+2, and I need a 33+2). Maybe my knee wasn't hitting properly and it took away from the slideability of the pads. Let's also not forget to mention durability; the speedskin may be a huge leap with respect to durability, and may fix alot of the common problems (inner knee wear, toe binding wear) associated with their brand, while Bauer still has a considerable "?" beside their OD1N line with respect to the durability. Let's see how the 1X and yet-to-be-released 2S do re: durability to make this comparison. Overall, I believe CCM has created a great product to compete with other brands, and they have a leg up on the competition (i.e. Vaughn, Brian's, Warrior), brands that have not tested a "new" material to increase slideability). However, the weight of the 1S, (and now the 1X as it uses the same skin) combined with the CORtech skin and its overall composition, for me, are superior in the sliding category compared to the Eflex 3s.
  9. V6 core at least, as his pads were marked "V6". Vaughn will skin their gear, but you'll always see the original markings. I.e. Quick's glove, you can see the V4 graphic on the backhand; Quick's blocker has also been a V4 as the V4 graphic is on the inside sideboard; Scrivens' blockers are all v5 7800 indicated by the sideboard, and not to mention the countless number of goalies using Epic/Vision gloves where the words "epic" or "vision" are on the T. Even on his most recent set before he got hurt (silver inside), they're marked V6. So he wears the V6 pad, just with his mods (v2 leg channel, etc, etc).
  10. Keep in mind recently he switched to the V6 core which allowed for a much softer, flexible top roll with a single break. Rask made the change from the double to single for the same reason. Quick very well could have been wearing a double internal, single external break Vaughn w/ is V4, V5 skinned V4s, etc, and wants to see how flexible the CCMs really are.
  11. This OG Epic graphic glove works surprisingly well with the Pro Vs. Solid choice on his part.
  12. I'd ask Keith: - Why a double boot strap in 2017, when many pros are gone away from wearing boot straps entirely? - Are all Devils goalies mandated to wear Vaughn? (Mackenzie Blackwood switched from CCM/Reebok to Vaughn as soon as he got into their system - How "reasonable" the pro reps are re: custom graphics and specs? Due to some companies being more hesitant to offer them at the retail level, I'd like to know if they are also hesitant at the pro level.
  13. djtendy

    Fighting my skates

    Thanks for the tag @TheGoalNet The above suggestions are all worthy of attempting. Skates are argubably the worst thing to break in gear-wise, and it really doesn't get much easier. Sure, the liners are improved, but if you're used to such a soft skate like the 7000s, there is almost nothing like it nowadays. @coopaloop1234's suggestion of the CCM Ribcor would honestly be the closest thing to a soft "modern" skate. From my experience, @TheGoalNet has hit the nail on the head. You're used to a super soft skate and as a result, any increase in stiffness is going to make skating feel completely different. From having something work with you to having a skate work against you is completely backwards. The whole point of a stiff boot is that the boot flexes less and thus you get better energy transfer when you push. Stiffness reduces the flex and it allows for a faster push because the skate is basically not giving at all. I'm sure you are familiar with this, I just figured I'd point it out. There are a few things I'd suggest, with my experience around skates, and customers transitioning between skates (I work at a hockey store, am not an equipment manager, and this is all anecdotal on my part. You are free to disagree with me at any time). 1) Try loosening off as TGN mentioned. Don't go too loose, but loose enough that you almost retain that feel of freedom within your skates. It may work wonders. I used to always wear my skates loose and didn't find wearing them loose to hinder my performance. But, too loose can obviously be dangerous from an injury perspective. Take some time to play around with the tightness. 2) Do you wear insoles in your skates? Wearing a specific insole, like Superfeet for example, may help. You may be fighting the stiffness of your skate because your foot is not properly supported in the skate and is sloppy. Not a plug for Superfeet at all, but I do know that they work and when fitted properly, alleviate all types of problems. Superfeet work by preventing your feet from elongating and widening out when you step (or, in this case, push, bend your knees, or put pressure on your skate). The elevated heel cup and arch position of Superfeet (the Yellow ones are recommended for skates) could help you out tremendously by supporting your foot and preventing any movement of your foot in the skate, and preventing any of your foot to press uncomfortably against the sides of the skate. Best thing with the Superfeet is that you can wear them in your skates for 60 days, and if you don't like them, you can return them. Again, I'm not a rep for SF by any means, I just know their products work. This is a great potential solution that, if you don't like them, you're not stuck with them by any means. 3) Try a different skate. I hate saying this because you'd have to spend more money on skates and selling skates can be a hassle. VH would be a great starting point, as the skate is completely custom to your foot. With that being said, however, I do know that the skates are fairly stiff, and they cost a pretty penny. I'd try other methods before dishing out $800 (not sure if it's less or more, I'm Canadian so I have no clue about conversion rate for them) for a custom pair of skates. the Vaughn skates, from what I've heard, fit and feel much like a Graf skate, which are known for their comfort, rather than performance properties. If you can find a used pair of Grafs or Vaughns to try, I'd give them a go. If you like the Supreme 7000s, there is nothing wrong with stocking up. I'd buy a few replacement, modern Bauer cowlings (modern meaning Total One/Performance/Pro/Reactor era) and do a few cowling swaps so that you aren't bogged down with heavy cowlings. Also, replacement 7000 era cowlings are tougher than "modern" era cowlings to find. I may not have all the answers by any means, and I'm sure others will chime in too. Hopefully these solutions can help.
  14. I've always wanted to try the FM gear. Something about the looks and functionality has had me gawking for some time now. Great review!
  15. I think that new premier graphic looks like hot garbage to me.. Idk. I think there's WAY too much going on. I'm sure if it's properly done, it can look really good. Otherwise, count me out.
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