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  1. Hi there, new member.. i need help identifying the cosmetic differences, if any between the bauer profile 960 and profile 950! so I just picked up what I thought was a great deal on kijiji.. the guy told me it was a bauer profile 960 so I thought great I'll take it.. when I get there I looked it over it looked solid and in good shape but I couldn't find any profile 960 sticker anywhere.. I asked him several times if he was sure it's a profile 960 and he said yes so I took it.. but after I got home I looked some more and I can't find any way of making sure it's a 960 and not a 950.. ALL THE stickers have CONVENIENTLY been scratched off.. just wondering if any of you could help.. thanks!!
  2. Got a skate cut that is both a long cleaner cut and a few smaller ones like the blade chattered across the pad (both together, probably from the same incident, just a guy crashing in on a rush, only found it the other day so might have been a while ago). Planning on tackling this repair tonight/this week, looking for any advice for how to pull it off and make it look as good as possible. I've got some automotive goop to use, but mostly curious on if anyone has done this and how best to finish it? Do I just keep the goop inside the cut and let it bond that way, or do I spread some of it along the top of the cut as well with some kind of edge to smooth it out? I've seen shoe goo suggested, which is from the same company it looks like, and this stuff is also for like vinyl seat tears so I think it should be good for this too. (will post pics of the damage at least tonight)
  3. Does anyone know what knee guards these are? Saw them on The Hockey Shop Source for Sports bauer hyperlite pad review. They don’t seem like anything bauer offers now, so i was wondering if they are knee guards that are coming out with the hyperlite line.
  4. I was poking around and hadn't seen much on Padded Shirts. I'm currently wearing a Shock Doctor 573. It's been fine, had a shot or two get me in the clavicle, but the argument could easily be made that if I was in a better position I wouldn't have been exposed. Anyway, while I know I could run out and get a good Maltese Reiter Spec Combo for a couple hundred $, I've also thought maybe it's time for a new shirt. CCM has a pretty robust one out there, as does Verbero. Wondering what everyone is wearing and your thoughts as I look to buy a new one... CCM: http://ccmhockey.com/en/product/goalie/accessories/performance-accessories/goalie-padded-shirt#sm.001hfjf7ne79dse11gs2adejadf2v Verbero: https://www.verbero.com/products/shield-goalie-shirt Shock Doctor: https://www.shockdoctor.com/shockskin-hockey-impact-goalie-shirt
  5. Picked up some 2.0 Speed Plates to put in my new skates this week. Haven't used them yet so I'll just start by listing the main differences I can see. I used the original version for like 6-8 months or so. The fabric material now includes a thin layer of LD memory foam. It doesn't feel thick enough to give you an overly cushy feeling, but definitely softer feeling than the old ones. It also shouldn't be thick enough to really affect energy transfer, which would kind of defeat the purpose of the insoles. I didn't have an issue with comfort in the old ones since the heat forming around your foot seemed to offset their hardness. The main material feels a bit more substantial, not like night and day or anything, but doesn't quite feel like a thin plastic sheet. Don't know if it's actually any kind of comp material or they just put a weave pattern on it. Had them throw out the packaging in store so I'll have to google the materials. I didn't have an issue with the old ones cracking, but I think this change was to address durability. Also apparently the PHL guy gave me one size too big as the old ones are size 10 and the new ones are size 9 like they should be. There isn't a heel cup on the new model. I don't know that the original version was intended to have a truly functional heel cup like how superfeet stabilizes your heelpad, it just kind of looked like they decided to wrap the material around the heel. (Thought I had while writing this. Maybe this is because they are a full size too big for my skates? Not sure.) Will post an update after a few skates.
  6. I am currently looking into getting a new pair of skates. i currently wear a Bauer Supreme 2sPro size 8.5D, i am having issues with the depth of the ankle area of the skate, my inner ankle bone specifically. i have these little ankle socks with silicone pads i wear to even just put on the skates, as my inner ankle bone has gotten so bruised, the ankle pads help, but only so much. i went to my nearest source for sports here in Winnipeg, and tried on a set of pro return True 2-piece custom skates. right out of the gate they fit me surprisingly well, they were hard to get on, and the skate was pretty snug width and depth wise overall, and i had much much more ankle depth which felt great. but i have a few questions regarding the Trues. 1. since they are pro stock, would i still have a warranty on them? they are brand new never used. only reason im asking is because ive heard a mix of good and bad reviews with the durability. 2. Will they form well to my feet if they were built for someone else? 3. What thickness is the step steel on the 2-piece holders? 4. Is the maintenance as important as im reading? ie. taking the footbeds out after every skate, putting them infront of a fan, etc. 5. when baking them, how many times should i bake them? i baked my 2spros 3 different times to get them feeling somewhat okay. 6. does anyone else have any experience with pro stock true skates? if so, how have they been? i have tried ccm skates, and my foot just does not fit in those, at all, even after baking them, i used to wear Grafs and those were so comfy, i have not tried vapor skates, but id imagine id have a similar issue with those as im having with my 2spros. id also rather not drop a grand on vapor skates if i can get these trues for half the price, and they end up fitting me better anyways. Edit*: doing some digging, I have also found that Goaliemonkey.com sells true pro stock skates for about 700$ U.S, reading the reviews off of that, it seems like the skates bake well to other peoples feet, which I guess would make sense considering the way the skate is built. That does bring me some sanity lol. I had also called my local store about warranties, and got some good news. “ the boots have a 90 day warranty, the holders and steel have a 1 year warranty” which is good since I’ve read the rivets like to come loose on these skates! thanks for the read! any help/guidance would be awesome!!
  7. I am well aware of popular social media Instagram accounts getting paid/ free gear to say good things about the companies equipment. With that being said there are Really no good social media accounts that goalies looking to get new gear can really rely on, due to the fact that these main stream accounts have to say good stuff or they won't get anything free no more, hockey reviews CA is good and so is TRAV4 but Travis job isn't to just review everything and im not expecting him to anyways he wants to focus on pro hockey which im totally ok with, hockey reviews CA I have to really take with a grain of salt like the other ones because he doesn't really move good in the crease so his reviews are kinda mush mush. Id love to see a popular account that has reliable reviews to people on gear however companies aren't gonna just blow out gear to ppl that are gona say bad things about their gear just doesn't make sense, wish stuff could change but realistically just going to the local store retailer for info is always the best for the honest truth and try everything on and fell whatever is good for you. and in pretty sure store reps get free gear as well but that's another topic to talk about
  8. I'm in the market for new skates and I'm interested in the True two-piece and Bauer 2xPro's. I've been leaning True as my left foot is about a full size bigger then my right and trying to get skates that fit and feel comfortable on both feet has always been an issue. That would probably be solved with True's, but I've heard lots of durability issues with them. I've seen a lot of conflicting thoughts on them. Next year I'm playing high level U15 and I'll be skating 6+ times a week when the season starts (hopefully) so they will take a beating. I've always worn Bauer skates so I'm a bit hesitant to change. I've never had any huge issues with Bauer skates besides some ankle pain and an awkward fit. The tech on the 2xPro's looks pretty sick and seems like a great skate I'm just thinking the custom boot from True is more up my alley. If I go with True, I was thinking I'd go with the Vertex holder as it would give me some familiarity to a Bauer skate. If anyone can tell me about their experience with True's or 2xPro's I'd highly appreciate it. Also if you had True's please touch on the durability and the holders.
  9. So I’ve used the Bauer S29 pads for two ices now, and I’ve had a pretty bad experience with them so far. The inner parts of the leg channel constantly get stuck inside my skates. This stops them from rotating properly, and really just messes up my game completely. Is there any fix to this?
  10. I was asked generously by @TheGoalNet to review my James Reimer pro return 1S. I'm going to try to make it as detailed as possible to address questions or concerns people have with the pad, considering there is both a ton of hype and criticism about these pads. I apologize for the size of the pictures, as I took them with my new phone and have no idea how to scale them down. Hoping their size helps people see, with as much detail as possible, what I am trying to articulate here. I encourage as many people to read the full thing. I will discuss what I love about them, some of the mods done to the pads, as well as how I wear them, what I'm not crazy about, I'll address some wear areas, and conclude. I have loved these pads since the day I bought them. I found them on GGSU and the guy who had them initially bought them from BAHR in California. These were Reimer's pads when he was traded from Toronto to SJ, and made their way to BAHR. He wore NXG skinned 1S for a while, then wore the retail graphic 1S around Christmas, and returned to these shortly after. I am not sure why, but he wore these until he got his all-white, current graphic 1S in SJ. I acquired them in August of last year (2016). As a huge Reimer fanboy, I gawked at these the moment I got them. The Canada post people couldn't even believe they were transporting pads in the box due to how light they are. I assume many people have had a chance to see the retail production model, but for those who have not, you should try to at least try these on in-store. They are the lightest pad I've ever worn. I have worn Vaughn pads exclusively since I can remember. I wore V2s, V3s, and most recently, 35+1" V5 7800s. These 1S are a size Medium, and I do believe there are Reimer returns in a size small floating around some where. *Interesting note: These pads do not have the KW signature. Either it was rubbed off somehow, or something else happened. Who knows. However, they can be photomatched. There's also no chance they can be custom with 'Reims' embroidery and his specs with the NXG graphic. Just not possible. They did come with the teal padwrap on, but I removed it as I like the blue much better. They also don't have the JRZ stamp in between the inner leg landing area and the leg pillow on the inside. Not sure if they were or weren't made in Canada, because they were early gen 1S. I don't think they were, as I believe the early gen 1S were all off-shored. Now, custom 1S (depending on what is ordered) sets are made in Canada.* Let's start with what I love about the pads, and highlight some of the Reimer-specific specs. First, there's the weight factor that I just mentioned. Coming from stuffed Vaughns, picking these up and feeling their weight (or lack thereof) almost felt too good to be true. I am aware that the Warriors have these beat for weight, but transitioning from a soft, double break Vaughn into a stiff, light 1S was a huge change. However, I found it to be a fairly easy transition to make. Because the pads don't weigh much, their stiffness (in my opinion) did not affect my play style. I could still play my athletic, quick moving style without worrying about wearing a pad that would restrict my movement. If anything, my movements improved with these. A lot of this is due in part to the second reason why I love these pads, which is the CRS strapping the pads are fitted with, which is pretty much stock other than the knee wrap, which is nylon velcro as opposed to the stretchy, stock velcro. This allows my leg to sit tight in the channel, provide support across my calf while letting my knee sit freely in the knee channel. All of the CRS straps are long straps (you can order short and long). However, when I received the pads, the "CRS" strap that runs from behind your calf, through a loop on the inner knee landing, back around your calf and velcros to the leg channel, was a modified version, and was significantly shorter, thus allowing the pad to be worn even tighter. I am not sure if they could not get short straps at the time he was playing in these, but they look to be pretty much homemade by one of the TOR/SJ equipment managers. Here's a pic of them side by side, with the original CRS being the top, and the modified one on the bottom: I ordered a new set of long straps because I'm a stickler for aesthetics, and didn't like the off-white-sweat color from the modded one. It also appeared that the thick velcro stitched in black contributed to some inner leg channel wear. I'll get to that soon. I also wear the CRS strap "backwards", technically. The strap is meant to be worn where the CRS logo is visible on the outside of the pad. However, I wear it with the CRS logo on the inside, with the plain white velcro showing on the outside. I do it because I actually get a tighter feel with the strap switched, and wasn't a fan of how tight the original strap was. Here's a pic to illustrate what I mean: Sticking with the strapping, I am unable to wear the knee strap around the back of my knee and attach it to the knee wing due to the fact that the knee wing is stitched into the outside of the pad, and has 2 velcro "reinforcement" strips that force the knee wing to protrude outward. This is what the strips look like: This reinforcement prevents the knee wings from flapping around but actually remaining in place while you play in them. I've never worn the knee wrap angled down to the calf before I acquired these, and am glad that reinforcement is there. I'm sure it has flopped around and annoyed many. On his current sets, Reimer does not wear the outer knee flap, as it has probably annoyed him, too. However, I remember quite a few people talking about Reimer's "flap" on his pads, and find it cool that there is actually some substance behind a simple "flap". I don't think it helps stop any pucks by itself, but it might allow for some extra half-save that the puck might barely graze to win a game. Who knows. All I know is that I barely notice them when I play, and he no longer wears the flaps. Here are pics of him with the flaps in his stance, and without the flaps now: I added a velcro loop strap behind where the knee wing is to help slightly with pad rotation when I was butterflying. Lundqvist used these straps on his demo 1S and NXGs. This strap is extra from a pair of rollerflys and I found a way to make it work. It doesn't do much, but I like the security of having a little more around my knee area. As you can see in the above pic, the knee foam is recessed, giving maximum space for bulky knee pads. I wear the Reebok Revoke tie-in knee pads (and don't tie them in, obviously) and I find I have ample room in the knee area, and it's a quite comfortable pad to wear. It rotates well, doesn't over-rotate when I butterfly, and the strapping makes sense to me. It allows the light pad to move with me, and while the pad is super light, I still know I'm wearing a pad and unlike heavier, stiffer pads that feel like an extra piece attached to my leg, these feel very much like how the Vaughns felt on my leg: like they're part of my leg. You'll also notice in the picture above that there is no Poron knee landing. On a majority of the 1S pads I've seen, the Poron material wears down on the knee landing. On these pads, it's just a nylon covered standard soft foam knee landing that isn't stiff. In comparison, I have heard that Reimer's Vaughn returns (recent Ventus models) had super, super stiff knee landings. This knee landing is stiffer than Poron for sure, but not overly stiff that it hurts to butterfly by any means. Next, what I'm not crazy about. I love these pads. I really do. But, there are some aspects that I just can't figure out and it bugs me. For one, the velcro CRS boot strap is useless in my opinion, and because these have the velcro CRS strap stock, I can't put a leather boot strap in, even just to try. "But djtendy, just don't wear a boot strap. Nobody wears a boot strap anymore?" Fair point - however, I recently bought HALs and now the only spot I can think to carry them from, without stretching elastics that matter is the boot strap. And no, I don't want or use the 1S pad bag. I'd be interested to see how people carry the pads w/ HALs and no boot strap. The CRS stretch lace didn't serve much purpose for me. When I got them, they were basically cut in half, so I am assuming Reimer only put the lace through 1 or max 2 holes in the cowling. I used them once and reverted to skate lace, and recently bought HAL straps. While I did mention me liking the nylon knee strap, I can't experiment and put the knee strap behind my knee and have it attach at the knee wing. Due to the fact that the knee wing is stitched in + the reinforcements, it pulls awkwardly behind the knee and flexes almost when I butterfly. Even with a replacement set of stock long straps, it does not work. While I am fine with placing it below the knee, it sucks that I can't try something that I've always done. Probably the thing that bugs me the most is the very bottom of the leg channel flap, where my index finger is placed in the picture below. I'm not sure if it's my skates (Reebok 10ks) or the flap itself, but almost every time I butterfly, and get back up, the flap is stuck on my skate boot. I've tried skate lace toe ties, even HAL straps - the HALs work a bit, but in tight situations, I don't have time to think about how to recover while making sure my pad doesn't get stuck on the skate boot. I've contemplated buying 1S skates and seeing if the boot of the 1S works better than the 10ks in this situation, but that's an expensive investment for it not to work. I have yet to try the no bootstrap. When Reims wore these, he put clear tape around his boot/ankle. I'm not sure if the tape prevented the flap from getting stuck on the top of the boot. I've yet to try this method, and am interested if anyone else wearing these had this issue/found something that works to prevent this from happening. Now, for everyone's favorite topic re: the 1S. Wear and tear. I'll admit, these pads came with some wear on them. I don't wear them 5 times per week, but I do play against Junior/Major Junior/Pro calibre players and feel some input is needed with respect to how the pads wear over time. I've worn them anywhere from once to three times per week since I got them in August, and all of these pictures you see in the post are current. Let's start with the infamous sticker logos. On the demos, the Bauer logo is actually not a 1 piece sticker like it is on the new pads. Rather, the letters are like jenpro with an acrylic covering which outlines the logos that keeps them in place. No logos have fallen off, nor will they unless you try to peel them off yourself. I tried to use some of the sticky backing of my padwrap to keep the logos stuck to the pads (in the corners of the letters, where they have somewhat begun to peel), but it hasn't worked great. When I received the pads, the logos were already like this. Close to 1 year later, I am happy to report little to no changes in the logo adhesiveness. I'd like to think puck marks over the logos are testaments to their durability. Yeah, sticker logos are corny, but on these, I don't really care enough to make a big stink. Sure, they shouldn't fall off, but if they do, it's not the end of the world to me. I know for some, it may well be, and it sucks to pay $$ for logos that fall off, but a pilot, 1st-2nd gen pad that is still very new, and still being tested, and updated, will face shortfalls. On the new S190 retail gear, the logos are no longer stickers, but rather heat press. On the 1X gear, the logos are textured, but not stickers. See where I'm going here..? Next, the burned corners should be addressed. My pads came with the corners already burned out, and I put padwrap on the corners to prevent future rubbing. It's no doubt that they rub, and the padwrap jenpro has rubbed quite a bit, seen in the pics below. Bauer has addressed this issue on the new 1S and 1X pads, with a thinner top profile and a binding that covers the entire top part of the pad. It's just the fact that earlier versions didn't have the binding all the way, so I had to get creative. It's white and the pad is white and is barely noticeable to me. I have changed the padwrap once because the first time, it didn't stick properly. So, this is basically one and a half applications of padwrap over the corners, and the issue is solved. Next, skate cuts. I frequently get asked if the CORtech skin increases the chances of skate cuts. No, it doesn't. Any pad is susceptible to a skate cut. If a guy falls on his butt and slides into you feet first on the ice, a 1S pad and a Vaughn Pro V Elite will not react differently - sure, the Pro V Elite's stitched graphics might help reduce the severity of the cut, but both pads may be cut in the process. I've incurred no skate cuts (knock on wood) since I bought these. There are 2 minor, hair-strand width cuts on the boot and shin that I covered with padwrap because I just want the pads to last, and don't want anything serious happening because of the "cut". Nothing since. One of my only real concerns with these is at the corner of where the shin meets the boot on my right pad. The skin was cut and exposed is the actual pad. I've contacted Bauer about this, and they say it's an issue that was addressed and fixed with newer generation 1S' plus the new 1X. All I can do is put a piece of padwrap over it and ensure it adheres to the skin. There is red residue around it because I tried super-gluing the padwrap down and used a red winter glove to prevent the super glue from bonding my fingers together, lol. This, I believe, is the issue that allowed the picture of the puck stuck in the boot of someone's 1S pad to happen (not the picture, the puck in the boot). It sucks, but again, as a first-generation pad owner, I can only assume these risks as the new models continuously get updated. I think it's pretty cool that Bauer sees wear issues, addresses and fixes them within the same period that the pad is considered current. As I mentioned before, the knee foam is all recessed in the knee area, giving me maximum kneepad area. Due to this, and I think in due part to my own knee pads, and that I don't wear socks over top of my knee pads, there's a little fraying of the top of the knee area where my knee pad makes contact. Although it's begun to frat slightly, don't see this as an issue. The last wear spot comes from the inside of the pad, where the CRS strap is mounted. Due to the pad being comprised of all velcro staps, there's a fair bit of rubbing and friction that occurs between the velcro, the calf wrap, and the leg channel as a whole. As a result, the 37.5 Liner that liens the inside of the pad has begun to wear on both pads. It is all cosmetic and doesn't affect performance, but I've heard this is a fairly common issue. I assume this is something the 1X will address with their more simplistic strapping. Otherwise, I would hope Bauer changes how the CRS is executed in the newer 1S that will hopefully come soon! Conclusion: Overall, for a first generation pad, this has been a fantastic performing pad. For an off-shored, pro model used in NHL games, the pad has held up well. Considering this is a pro return pad, it's difficult for me to compare it to the retail models, and I know that. However, considering that Bauer's manufacturing process is practically identical on all 1S pads, I can't help but think that the only thing that differentiates the two is the quality control. Considering Bauer has made on-the-fly changes to its 1S line, I'd be interested to see how newer-model 1S hold up, especially pro-return models. This first gen pad is a sweet keepsake that I'll always hold onto, being a Leafs and Reimer fan. It performs like no other pad I've ever worn. Light, reactive, rebounds shoot out like its nothing, and the transition from a soft Vaughn was almost minimal. The mods done to the pad are unique and aren't normally offered at a retail level, giving this pad a distinct feel that makes it seem like it was made for me. It's truly fantastic! I'm sure I've missed something in the review, as I've gone through both his mods and what I like about them, and how I wear them. If there are questions or concerns about the pads, my experience, or anything I've missed, feel free to ask! It's been a long review, but I really haven't seen many in-depth 1S reviews. I hope this has been a unique review, but also an informative one.
  11. Wondering what anybody knows about the Bauer custom skate program. I was going to get True Two-Pieces as my feet are are a full size different, but after hearing lots of other people's durability issues, I'm now looking into Custom 2x Pro's now. there isn't much info on Bauer's custom goalie skates but I'm just interested to hear what other have to say about it.
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    2020 - My Bauer Custom Goal Gear Catalog (UltraSonic & 2X) 1.0.0 Leg Pads ....................................... pg 4-6 Catch Glove .................................. pg 7 Blocker .......................................... pg 8 Goalie Sticks ................................. pg 10-12 Skates ........................................... pg 14-15 Chest & Arm ................................. pg 17-19 Digi-Print ...................................... pg 21-23 Supreme Sketch Sheet ............... pg 24 Vapor Sketch Sheet .................... pg 25
  13. In the beginning... and in this case that's early March 2019... I made the decision to not only move from CCM to Bauer... but that if I was making the switch I might as well go all out and go True Design. While unavailable for retail customers at the time Bauer had already committed to doing so and I wanted to get ahead of the game. I contacted Vince Arnone (@thevincenzoarnone on IG) who had already done a litany of custom designs for NHLers, KHLers, Juniors, College, and Beer League goaltenders. After a number of iterations we arrived at a relatively simple vintage design... my intention being an homage to vintage gear while embracing the minimalism of modern pads... so textured brown leather... traditional vertical/horizontal lines... but none of the strapping or waffle you'd see on other vintage sets... Fast forward to early June 2019 I was finally able to start working w/ the True Design team at Bauer. With my design in hand we started. For those of you who haven't looked into the process much... it goes like this... You submit an image/sketch of what you're looking for to Bauer. It can literally be a scanned doodle on a napkin, a sketch on one of the templates from a My Bauer Custom Goal Gear catalog, or like in my case a digital image. Included in the price of True Design, you get 3 revisions w/ Bauer. Their designer's render your initial submittal onto the pads and you can reply w/ changes you'd like to have made... move stuff... change colors... or start over entirely... but you only get 3 renderings. My advice to anyone looking to do this... read the True Design Brand Guide to understand what MUST be on there... then start off w/ a good image in the first place. Doing so will reduce how much you have to change at all. Some of you may remember I posted some images for feedback on my final mock up and they were very minor... logo colors and faux patch colors... the rest I was already good with. Also, having the functional specs ready helps the renderings as well... 45 degree knee blocks... boot strap etc... that will all be included in the renderings. Wait. Given I was one of the first at retail to get a design in... and that every Pro Bauer was working with was likely doing it at the same time I was... and that this is a new process... I knew it would take some time. Bauer never quoted a lead time up front but once the order was in SAP I received a date from my retailer... ~15 weeks from the date it was entered. Long... but again... it's new territory so I waited. The actual delivery was at 14 weeks... so Bauer did it right IMO... they didn't over promise. You'll notice some clear differences between the vision Vince and I came up with and V003. One of the main driver's was the size and contrast demands for Bauer's Branding... both the Bauer name and Series. The Bauer and Series logos themselves are a raised heat transfer so color options were limiting as well. In digesting that news I looked at images of vintage gear and realized that really... branding on the face of the pad was only on knee rolls or patches... so I moved Bauer to the roll and added a simple patch with the series at the top of the pad. In my research I also came across a Saginaw Spirits set of pads in which Bauer printed an American flag at the top of the pad only to have it be partially covered by binding... so I made a point to tell Bauer to locate it lower on the thigh to avoid that from happening to me. The same went for the glove and blocker... I opted to move things around to make it work within the branding guidelines. Aside from that... I went with black backing on everything and said GO! The process itself through Bauer was smooth. I'd receive a rendering... analyze/obsess every subtle nuance I could find... make a good list of changes I wanted to see... send it back same day or next day. Bauer held to their 72 hour or less return on changes with a new mock up... so from Design 001 to Design 003... it was 10 days... June 18 to June 28. With the cosmetics decided... and while I had functional specs already laid out for the most part... next you finalize those specs. In the time I went through the process Bauer tweaked their excel file from a r1.A to r2.0. I'm not sure what Rev they're on now but I can't imagine it has changed much. You'll reference your Custom Graphic number found on the lower right of the rendering... and from there start clicking. Screenshot of my spec sheet... 14 weeks later... I received this pictures via text while excitedly speaking with the shop and all that anticipation and joy was gone in a flash. You'll notice something wrong here... the faux Bauer patch on the face of the outer roll... well that should be on the outer gusset of that roll. Not ok. I reminded myself that this is a new process... new territory... and that I trusted the retailer and more importantly Bauer... to make it right. The shop contacted Bauer and relayed my disappointment and desire to have the pads remade correctly. The question was asked if I would accept them for a reduced price... but that discussion ended quickly as reminded them that if I didn't care about the aesthetics much I wouldn't have gone w/ True Design. With no push back Bauer advised the shop to release the equipment to me and that they would get cracking on a new set of leg pads printed correctly. In the mean time I was free to use this set and would return them upon receipt of the new ones. I cannot speak to whether that is standard practice for Bauer... but I can say that I think it's fair. I have no issue in paying for the product in full so long as it's the product I ordered. For now I will leave you to bask in the images below of the set... more to come on initial overview (specs, weights, dims, etc)... and on ice impressions from someone coming from a CCM EF1 Retroflex to a much more firm pad...
  14. Hi The Goal Net forums! So since I own both Bauer lines as custom sets, I thought it would be nice to make a detailed analysis of both lines. As a sales advisor and goalie fit expert in a retailer, people often ask me how the vapor are different if both lines offer hard as hell rebounds. Most of the time I simply answer that I feel Vapor or Supreme is more a spec than anyother thing. Basically, most of teh ones who prefer a connected feel will be drawn towards the vapors, and those who prefer otherwise the supremes. There are more diffences but we will dive deeper within the "review". Let's start by showing both sets. First up, the older brother, the 2S Pro. So this was my first custom Bauer set, I won't dive into the lackluster custom options for colorways, I love this graphic and I am pleased of the way it turned out. I went all stock for this one, except for the intermediate fit for the blocker palm. Now my 2X Pro, which is a first again for me, being my first dark based set. So here I went with a lot of custom specs, here is the list; Square knee block, Powerlite core (single break below the knee) , vapor thin insert (stock option), offset CRS laces (yup, no bungee for me). Intermediate fit for both gloves. PADS So the pads are pretty similar all things considered, main diffrence would be the boot break. The Vapor has a thinner, flatter boot which is much softer that the Fused boot which is stock on the 2S pro. Furthermore, the pad is much thicker on the boot area in the Supreme. This makes the supreme less connected and makes it sit higher on the leg. This is one of the things that I liked at first but liked less and less as the season went on. Now the sliding surface. As you can see, both a extremely similar except that the calf piece on the vapor is rounder and features an embossed cortech ST logo. The knee block has thankfully gone away from the binding this year, even if the nylon used on the 2x seem to be of better quality. This explains why the sliding is (according to me at least) much much much better on the 2X pros. However, the thickness is the same on both models on the sliding edge, which brings me to one of the most unique design element of the vapor pad, the tapered core. As you can see above, the core of the vapor is slightly thicker on the inside edge than the outside edge. This pulled from the 1x, and is to aid rotation while keeping the strapping tight. Speaking of strapping. The tune-fit (vapor) is much softer and wraps the leg a lot more, the CRS is looser and stiffer. I'm not really picky on strapping, but the vapor is simple and comfortable, both things lacking in the supreme's CRS. The calf wraps on the vapor are longer and hug the skate much more, and have elastic joints at the bottom. On nitpick in the supremes, the strapping did not have any color option (not even white), but again, the set looked good nontheless. The leg channel in nylon on the supremes and has the quattro material from AX Suede on the knee block. On the vapor, we find the quattro in the leg channel as well. Overall, I love both pads, but the vapor suits more my playstyle, mainly because of the snuggier, tighter fit and the softer boot, while keeping the really hot rebounds. Now the catch gloves. I won't talk about the breaks, the vapor is more of a finger oriented closure (similar to a 590 but feels really close to a 580 somehow) and the supreme is more of a full-hand closure, which is a 600 in ccm language. Supreme Vapor Now that the inevitable (Thanos is inevitable) break question is addressed, let's look at best feature on both gloves; the cuff. Back in november when I saw the gear, i saw that the took insperation from the supreme for the backhand of the 2x catch glove. The cuff is now shorter and feels much more open than on the 1x ans 2s pro, but keep the flexibility that the 2s pro had with the FREE flex cuff. Supreme Vapor Now a few pictures of the gloves side by side. They present a somewhat similar shape (big pocket, smaller cuff) but they feel completely diffrent, props to bauer for that, because I always felt more comfortable with supreme type break because of their shape, but never like the feel of the break that much, it's nice to have a glove that just feels like the best of both worlds for me. (2x pro has a great closure out of the box, highly recommend the game ready ) Blockers The 2X pro blocker feels like a variant of the 2s Pro, it's the weird friend that just looks somewhat alien, but in this case, the design works and looks both futuristic and traditional. Now the vapor is much lighter, and here is why. The vapor has a tapered face, which makes it have an optimized thickness both for balance and protection. Now the sidewall is where the alien thing comes in. The vapor straight up looks weird, but it works just fine. The supreme has however the best finger protection I ever had on a blocker. I'm not worried with the vapor however. The one thing I don't like on the vapor is the stiching on the face, I prefer the seamless edge of the supreme by a landslide, but this is more of a nitpick than anything. One small diffence is that the supreme has a segmented finger protection and the vapor has traditionnal build. supreme vapor So that about wraps it up. so feel free to ask more questions on the gear. Edit: The 2S pro set was regularly cleaned (once every 6-8 ice times) using a magic eraser and a combination of slight pressure and patience.
  15. I'm looking to make the leap into custom gear. I'm currently in SLR 1s (32+2) with VE8 mitts (used to have VE8 pads as well, but really disliked them). Looking for input on moving into a new company; I've been looking at Bauer or Brians - particularly because custom options allow for a smaller palm on the mitts. I've read that while Vapor is more of a hybrid pad - it still kicks out some big rebounds (also - I wear a 2x pro c/a, and figure the same ecosystem ensures a better fit). I've tried the strapping on the Vapors and find it very comfortable. I've also heard a lot of good things about the O2 mitts and the max core. Seeking additional input before I throw down $3k on pads. Thanks in advance for all your help.
  16. Does anyone know if Bauer is planning on updating/tweaking its 960xpm mask in the next 12 months? I need to invest in a new bucket before next season, and was wondering whether a new model might be in the offering (in which case I could get the 960xpm at a discount).
  17. I figured I'd try a side by side comparison of the 1S and 2S lines. Lots of obvious and straight forward updates, a few less obvious ones, and a few that don't really do anything, but they're there. I'll try to keep it to point form notes and expand on the ones I find more interesting. These are all just design comparisons, I've only used the 2S set once since I got them. Other than not really needing any break-in time (other than steaming the glove in the store), I won't go into functional differences too much. Blocker The profile of the inside board looks a little bit different towards the fingers The outer graphic layer of CORTech is a little by smaller on the 2S All jenpro (I'm assuming jenpro/similar material in areas where the pucks aren't directly expected to hit) behind the hand, no nylon material. The cuff is segmented a bit differently and is a bit more malleable. Not that the 1S was stiff by any means. The palm in the 2S is all one colour and feels a bit more substantial in terms of padding The material behind the thumb is now mesh instead of a thin neoprene-like material Catcher/Trapper The segmenting on the back of the hand and the shape of the back panels has been updated a bit The pocket has had the profile changed a bit to move the deepest part of the pocket to the tip of the glove as opposed to closer to the hand Skate lace through the whole pocket as opposed to nylon lace in the middle of the double T. Pretty sure I've seen both in the 2S, so not sure if it's just based on whoever is making the glove and how much lace they have or what Logo has been flipped It's hard to see in the picture, and may just be due to a year of use on the 1S, but it looks like the palm of the 2S is a bit steeper into the pocket. That sounds weird, the flip side of that is that the 1S palm almost looks a bit flatter, like there is more surface area on the 2S that directs the puck into the pocket. Again, may just be break in of the 1S? The elastic on the cuff has been moved to give it more space and flexibility. The 2S double T is actually attached at the end closest to the hand. Almost like the opposite of the 1X where the single T splits at the end. This probably contributes to the change in pocket profile. Looks like I actually could do something similar with the 1S T, but haven't tried unlacing that part yet. Year and month of manufacture patches on all the pieces. (Note these are made in Thailand, I just pulled all the tags off already) Another look at the pocket profile differences. The thumb is segmented differently, no more logo. Strapping is still the same. Here I'm showing the only real built-in adjustability in the wrist strap. There are a couple of holes in the leather on the cuff that you can run the strap through. This will let you get the strap tighter on your wrist (2S on the left), or keep it from going too tight (1S on the right). New palm lock grip material in the 2S Standard nash palm in the 1S Closure and break on the 2S Pads Reinforced patch on the inside of the boot, stitched in instead of glued The panel at the bottom of the inside leg channel has been smoothed out, likely due to the rest of the sliding surface being updated Outside of the boot with the CORTech ST patch, again stitched to the pad. Toe bridges have no HD foam in them now (2S on the right pictured with ProLaces Armour installed with TGN spec lace-in attachment) This is a custom spec I asked for, but you can kind of see the difference between the stock 1S stiff boot and the 1X soft boot that I requested for my 2S Yes, you can see some of the HD foam of the knee block showing in the 2S. I think it has to do with the kind-of-1-piece design of the block and flaps, but could pretty easily be covered up. There is more room in the knee of the 2S, they've smoothed out the pillow like effect of the 1S. This should give you a bit more room for your knee pads if you use a bigger model. PowerLite tag No tabs for leather straps on the 2S set You can see the difference in the sliding surface. With the 2S surface extended to be longer, you can see again the part at the bottom that was scaled back. (Not 2S specific) My new strapping technique. CRS short strap goes from the sling on the inside, through the inner calf wrap wing, down to the bottom-outside velcro. I like how it keeps the whole pad more evenly snug to my leg without being overly tight in any one area. I also played with shortening the Logo strap on the 1S by putting some stitches in. Month and year patch Loop to tie your toe tie laces through for easier carrying. Off-set and laced in toe bridge No air pillow pad inside the inner calf wrap I can't believe I forgot to take a picture of the actual sliding surface, but I think that's one of the more obvious and widely seen updates. Knee blocks at rest One finger pushing the 1S End of range the other way One finger pushing the 2S Other end of the range Laced into the pad instead of just stitched to the face Laced in a bit more snugly than the 1S. Effectively the block is laced in on both sides, with the knee flap more secure because of it. (Mostly Vapor 1X tech, both because they did it there first, and because I asked for the 1X blocks on my 2S) Feel free to point out anything else you've scoped out, I'm sure there are other things I've missed, or just didn't notice in the pictures. Overall I am pretty satisfied with this set. Anybody want a 1yr old 1S set?
  18. Qty (2) Bauer NME Certified Straight Bar Senior Replacement Cages Received them with my new NME VTX but immediately swapped out for a Cateye... so these are unused and brand new. I posted them on SidelineSwap... but I'm really just wanting to see them go to someone who will use them... so I'm asking the buyer to cover the shipping cost only. Please only respond if you have a true need for them and you're not just going to turn around and try to sell them. Happy to break them up if you're only looking for (1)... just let me know. Shipping from USA Zip Code 46202 via USPS if you'd like to check on shipping cost.
  19. Hi everyone, I am a local retailer and a client of mine ordered a custom set of Bauer Vapor 2X Pro less than one month ago and he came back to me today because his pads are starting to discolor already. When he received his set, the pads, blocker and glove were all the same red, now one pad is more red than the other and the gloves are more red than both pads. I took some pictures to send to Bauer, but it's not as apparent in the photos as in person. Anyone knows exactly why or has this happened to anyone else?? Thanks
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    2019 Bauer Full Line Catalog - .pdf format - 311 pages. Vapor 2X Goalie starts on page 186. Supreme 2S Goalie starts on page 209. --- Amazing what you can find on Google when using the "filetype" operator...
  21. So I picked up a couple of the magnetic buckles on the SLR RRC strap and have 2 projects in mind for them. The first was to use them on my SLR chesty for quick attach/release, but I think that I sweat too much and those buckles might see a lot of moisture, don't want them to rust out without careful attention. The other idea I had was this one. I wasn't able to get the actual RRC strap itself as well, so I Wil have to fashion my own or custom order those. I'm ok with that, my real problem is how to attach the straps to the pads. I wish I had a better look at the set Jimmy Howard had in the summer, wasn't sure if Bauer attached those during production, or if an equipment manager did it later on. If Bauer didn't have such ridiculous leg channel walls, this would be easy, but here we are. The leg channel walls are like multiple layers of fabric, foam padding, honeycomb foam, mesh. So it's probably not a great idea to just speedy stitch the strap right on there. My current idea is to actually sandwich some Jenpro patches with the speedy stitched, and have the inside patches be like the mushroom strap attachments that the boot strap uses. Then I could try different kinds of straps and if it just doesn't work then it's not like any permanent damage was done. I don't really like the idea of attaching them to the laces on the back of the pad. It doesn't feel very consistent in terms of responsiveness and I just cringe at what would happen if one got a little too much friction and broke. Maybe irrational fear, but that's where I stand on that Picture below of where I'm thinking of putting them in blue. The outside one could also go on the outside edge like the old 1S leather strap options, but that's a little high. Design feedback or ideas are welcome
  22. With the recent passing of one of my pro stock NXGs (lasted ~6 months w/ 3 skates a week) I'm down to two NXGs and one 2S Pro. The NXGs as I said are a pro stock w/ a paddle height of 27.5" (actual measure is just north of that at 27.75") and the 2S Pro is a 25" (actual measure 27.125") so a slight variation between the two. Purely for messing around I started using the 2S Pro again and while the NXG is great... the 2S Pro is so damn light I find myself being FAR more active with my stick (and maybe that 5/8" of length makes it feel more maneuverable)... and now has me planning for when the next NXG moves on to that receptacle accustomed to seeing tape balls and spit cups. Both are P31 pattern now... which is fine... but I do find significantly more wear at the heal of the stick than anywhere else and has led me to wondering if a lower lie might get that spread over more of the blade. That said... Bauer is only offering a lower lie on the 2X Pro (P20 pattern.) While I need work on my puck handling (to put in mildly)... my focus is stopping shots here... so I'm less concerned about the blade curve and more concerned about making sure I keep more blade on the ice. Anyone out there who can speak to their experience using 2S Pro vs. 2X Pro in general? Weight Feel (Balance) Anyone use the P20 pattern and can elaborate on it? For those who don't want to click 50 times.. I've grabbed all of the Blade Pattern options available for both lines on Bauer's site...
  23. Here's Part 2 of the S190 vs 1S durability comparison, which covers the blockers and gloves. As before, many of the variables were similar in terms of usage of the gear: -- S190 glove and blocker were used for about 250 ice sessions from July 2017 to July 2018 -- 1S glove and blocker were used for about 250 ice sessions from July 2018 to July 2019 (gear purchased at 40% discount from list price in summer of 2018) -- Shooters were mostly 14 to 17-year-olds Some key differences: -- S190 glove and blocker are INT, while 1S glove and blocker are SR -- 1S glove and blocker were made in Canada by JRZ. Production of the 1S line was eventually moved overseas, so this suggests we may have early production units of the 1S gear. As with the pads, the 1S blocker outperforms the S190 blocker (it's lighter, has better padding and protection, and sends the puck far from the net with little effort), but it also suffers from lower durability (the stitching is a problem, and the palm has more wear). Meanwhile, the gloves are wearing-out at roughly the same rate, although the 1S binding is wearing-out faster. However, the performance gain of the 1S glove just isn't there: Although it has a thicker padding to reduce stingers, it's been impossible to break-in, even after 250 ice sessions. 1. Blockers Here's a view of both blockers. The additional finger protection and inner padding of the 1S are key benefits over the 190. The 1S is also light, and sends pucks far into the corners with little effort, so in terms or performance and protection, the 1S is the clear winner. I circled the palms to show some of the wear (hard to see in black), and both palms are wearing-out at roughly the same rate. However, some problems are found with the durability of the 1S fingers: Small holes are beginning to appear, while the thumb is completely worn-out. It's starting to look like a hobo glove: Another area where the 1S has problems is the stitching, which we also found faulty on the 1S pads. My wife had to break-out her needle and thread mid-season to fix the top of the blocker, and was at it again to fix a larger tear in the same area two weeks ago (her blue thread is circled in this picture). This part of the blocker is hard to fix when the stitching comes apart, since there's not much surplus material to stitch back together. An area where both blockers suffer is the side wall near the thumb, which rubs against the shaft of the stick. Visible, and nearly identical, holes (that can't be fixed with needle and thread), exist for both blockers: 1S: S190: 2. Gloves Here are side-by-side pictures of both gloves. Based on puck marks, it looks like they've seen a similar amount of action. However, an obvious difference between the two is the inability of the 1S to fully open. We've had a lot of success in getting gloves game-ready by baking them, but the 1S would never cooperate: We've baked it twice, but it was still impossible to fully close. Then we resorted to soaking it in hot water, which has helped to close it, but it never opens as wide as it should. Even today, if the glove dries-out, it needs to be moistened before hitting the ice. The main reason the 1S glove is being used instead of the 190 is the extra padding in its palm -- the 190 is just too thin for the type of shots that my kid faces, and the stingers are very real. So performance-wise, the glove has been the only disappointment in the 1S line. In terms of durability, both gloves have minor issues: The lacing on the 190 is thinning (although it hasn't yet ripped), while the black binding on the 1S is wearing-out, much like it is on the 1S pads. This is surprising, considering the binding only comes into contact with the ice when covering the puck. Makes me wonder whether Bauer is using a thinner and lighter binding on the 1S in order to shave a few grams off the total weight of the gear -- but does so at the cost of lower durability. Conclusion: In terms of performance and protection, the 1S pads and blocker are fantastic. The 1S glove is good for protection, but performance has been terrible: Pucks initially were bouncing out when the glove wouldn't fully close, and now that it doesn't fully open, it leaves more of the net exposed. In terms of overall durability, the 1S gear is worse, or at best no better than, the 190. This raises a question about the old rule of thumb: Use cheaper gear if you're on the ice 2-3 times per week, and higher-end gear if you're on the ice 5-6 times per week. Clearly, if you're on the ice 5-6 times per week, don't expect to get more than one season out of your 1S gear. Some of the durability issues of the 1S have undoubtedly been addressed with the 2S and 2X lines, thanks to a stronger version of Coretech and less exposed binding, which are two problem areas in our experience. Unless Bauer is also now using a stronger thread, I still expect the stitching will still be an area of concern due to similarities in the design of Bauer lines. We'll monitor the stitching closely on any new Bauer gear that we get. On that topic: The kid recently demoed the 2X gear at the Bauer store in Burlington, MA -- expect our one-year 2X durability review next summer ...
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    My Bauer Custom Goal Gear Catalog (22 Pages) Pictures from catalog converted to .pdf, not a direct .pdf catalog.
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