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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
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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...
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  10. Yes- I am selling this set of gloves. I used them a total of 2-5 times MAX after pressing this set into service. I love them, but need to move these in favour of other things. It just never saw enough use, but this set is too nice to display behind my bar! The lowdown: The glove started life as a gently used Vaughn V-lite Pro. The glove was in such excellent shape, but was not in a colourway I wanted. It could have been pressed into service immediately. I cleaned her up, and then sent her off to Protective Athletic Wear for Sara’s most capable hands to rework and refurb. Very little did not get redone, as the Cordura was replaced with Jenpro, and the catch surface was replaced with Nash. The backhand cuff and T are original to this glove and were thusly untouched, so this can attest to the glove’s condition before Sara reworked it. Floating T skate lace pocket! The finger stalls are leather. This glove was based on the vaunted 5500. There is a light smell, which I attribute it to the leather internals, not hockey smell at all. The Nash wrist/palm bit on the cuff box has ZERO smell. There are puck marks on the Nash catch surface. It did face some ice time versus NCAA and minor league players. The blocker is a Canadian made JRZ Bauer Reactor in the old Reactor graphic. This is literally nearly like new with a few puck marks. No smell in the blocker palm. This is a nicely balanced blocker. I would be shipping from 62095 Wood River, IL. My price is $350 shipped lower 48 states, other locations higher. My price is negotiable, no trades. I can reduce the price thusly if you have a pre-paid method to get these shipped, as shipping will account for up to $50 of my shipped price, depending on carrier. Shipping is expensive! But I will entertain ANY sensible and serious offers. I will also separate. I am now considering breaking up the set. Glove is $240 shipped, block is $125 shipped lower 48. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or requests for photos.
  11. For reference... the balance of my gear...
  12. Basic video on tools I use for customizing, taping and cutting my goalie sticks. I used to never really cut down my shafts now I love having a short shaft having used Curtis McElhinney's used Bauer 1S stick he used with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  13. Quick recap. I asked around to find a shop that would still be able to do a custom skate order with my previous specs. No scans needed, didn't want to wait until sometime in 2019 and possibly pay a few hundred dollars more. The big stores basically just said no custom until scans in 2019, but the Bauer website live chat "fit expert" confirmed any retailer still has the option to submit an order the old way. Went to a local shop that works with all the local minor league and university teams, talked to the owner about the things I wanted changed from my old specs, he had a couple of suggestions. We confirmed the price ($999 CAD), he called his Rep to confirm a couple of available options and we got the order in before the holiday factory shutdown. The turnaround was unbelievably quick, I think it was about 3 weeks. I can only assume it was a combination of timing and maybe some other factors I'm not aware of, since my 1S pair took about 7-8 weeks (as quoted) in the spring that year. I'll post exact specs when I get the sheet from the shop, but here are most of them: Left size: 8 7/8 Right size: 9 3/8 Extended outer wrap to cover more of my ankle when flexed forward Black eyelets with extra megabix for reinforcement Plus one sized toe caps Arches and toe box stretched to fit my feet Tongue is 2S with extra felt and stiff insert. Will confirm specifics because my last tongue was apparently a Reactor tongue, but all I asked for was extra felt and to extend it, so maybe it's got a different name on the spec sheet. LockFit Pro liner with Pro Clarino as well. Will have to look at the spec sheet to clarify. This was one I said just give me the best available combo of grip and durability. Standard LS 5G+ steel Retail stiffness (2 out of 4) Added Speed Plate 2.0 insoles So here they are, arrived Christmas eve and picked up today. First skate is Saturday. Above is the updated liner along with the Speed Plate 2.0. The material below the lock fit material is the pro clarino, one of the recommended upgrades vs. the 37.5 liner in my 1S. It does look like the retail skate has the same grey material, so I'll confirm on the spec sheet if they did anything different (my original ask and biggest reason for upgrading was for the stock LockFit liner). Below are some comparisons to my 1S with Tydan DLC blades The LS steel looks marginally shorter than the Tydan, don't expect to notice much of a difference on the ice because of that. The visual height difference is almost neglible. Also, the 2S skate above is 1/2 size bigger than the 1S and the slightest angle change can make one look taller. And finally, the custom code on the inside, which I assume corresponds with the stretching of the arch/toe box (then the obvious size and toe cap size). I just think it's a cool detail.
  14. I was wondering if anyone on here has experience with verified cat eye masks, or even just cat eye mask in general. Was considering buying this one: https://goalieparts.com/products/bauer-profile-certified-cat-eye.html Is it worth it? What are all of the benefits of cat eye?
  15. I picked up some used all white Bauer 1X's on SidelineSwap the other day, and am hoping to spice them up a bit using Padskinz or Pad Wrap (haven't picked which one). I've done some research on tips/techniques for applying the skin to pads, and it looks like the general rule of thumb that you should apply the wrap along a stitched seam for a secured seal. Since 1X's don't have any stitching, I was wondering if anyone has had experience applying a skin/wrap to them, and if so if there are any tips. Also, I know that Mike McKenna used a wrap on his 2S's for about a week after he was traded to the Flyers to cover up his Ottawa colors, so I know a wrap can work for a short-term, but am curios to see if anyone has had any longer term success or failure using a skin on Bauer 1X's (or 1S/2S's). Any feedback or advice is appreciated!
  16. 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)
  17. Was about to post this in response to @Aquilzz in the show off your gear thread, but figured it would fit better on its own. Based on the Optik glove I demo'd vs. the Bauer gloves I've had, the Optik felt like the palm was less substantial in terms of padding. I felt the puck way more on my palm than I've ever been used to. Wondering if a "pro palm" at Brian's with extra break in time would approximate what I feel with a well broken in Bauer? Is Brian's pro palm the same as other practice palms, or something in between stock and practice? I wouldn't ever consider getting a Practice palm in the Bauer, that would be waaaay too much overkill, but I felt like I just really felt the puck a little too much in the stock Optik I tried out. @TheGoalNet has mentioned in other threads that practice palms are overkill for anyone not actually practicing against high caliber shooters, and I agree with that, just wondering if Brian's pro palm is something in the middle? Note: I'm asking this mainly because although I love my 2S set, there's something about the Brian's gloves with BOA where I'm considering getting a custom glove at some point.
  18. So I'm likely going to get some new custom skates either around the holidays or beginning of the new year. Looks like I'll be deciding between another custom set of Bauers, or True/VH. Talking with Rance at TGC, he is steering me towards the True's, since apparently they haven't really done any custom Bauer or CCM since they started doing True's. My feet are a half-size different (8 7/8 L, 9 3/8 R), so custom is almost necessary. The major factor I think will be the upcharge on the Bauers. It may be significantly more than it was when I got my custom 1S skates. At that point it was only retail + $100 for all the custom options. On the Bauer site right now, they have the custom player skates listed at $1299 vs the stock $999 (CAD), so we'll see what Rance finds out. With the options I would add to a True skate, I'd still be looking at close to $1000 before tax. I'm really only looking to upgrade because of the liner in the 1S not really locking my foot in to the heel of the skate, which is something it sounds like the 2S solved pretty well. So similar to why I didn't go Optik when I got my latest full set, even though I know True is a quality full custom product, I'd find it hard to leave something I'm comfortable with for one small reason that will be addressed by the latest model. One small thing, and a price difference of like $300/400 however, would probably make me switch. Plus I had my 1S fit by Rod (RIP) at TGC, where after googling a bit I found several examples between GSBB, reddit etc. of people praising the custom skates they got from him, so I would be pretty confident in staying with these specs in a new Bauer skate. The True/VH Stock thread had a few comments about how the True's may not be for everyone, does anyone else have any custom skate stories/nightmares?
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. I picked this stick up the other week at Scotiabank Arena's shop where they sell used gear by the Leafs. They sell everything from skates, helmets, sticks, gloves, pads, etc. It's not often I see a stick like this in such great shape and for only $200 CAD. A stick for Andersen is about triple that cost and to be honest, I probably would not use one of his sticks for my hockey. This was one of two sticks left by Curtis. The other one was all taped up and I preferred this one so I could see if there was any damage. Anyway, I've never had a high end stick like this before. My most expensive goalie stick probably only cost me about $120 CAD so this is a nice upgrade from my current Bauer S27. The 1S is just so incredibly light. It almost feels like I'm using a player stick it's that light. It is going to be really hard going back to a low end stick again.
  22. I used to use Superfeet, the yellow hockey ones and then the newer yellow hockey carbon version. They worked pretty well, definitely an upgrade over the stock insoles, but they were lacking some arch structure and I would still get some foot soreness every few games. Decided on the Speed Plates because they were supposed to mold to your foot and then be a more rigid support. Even though the Superfeet (especially the newer hockey carbon model) have a rigid piece through the arch area, it's really still part of the heel cup support more than anything Baking The guy at PHL baked them for me in store, but it was right at closing and he kind of rushed the process. There were a couple wrinkles along the inside edges that I sort of felt, but may have just been cosmetic. Decided to re-bake them at home. That process was super easy, follow the directions on the package, the black lines on the arch disappear when they are at the right temp, slip them in your skates, lace them up, 5 minutes sitting, 10 minutes standing (only got 5 and 5 in store) and you're good. Fit and feel When they are cooled, they just feel like a hard plastic, so more structure than Superfeet, but didn't seem like it would be all that comfortable. The material on top is a pretty standard fabric with some grip lines at the toes. But it turns out that works pretty well when the overall structure is molded to your foot. I haven't had any arch pain or noticed any feeling like I wished I had some extra cushion. Nothing scientific in terms of energy transfer in pushes and all that, just very satisfied with the product. There's a 2.0 version with what looks like upgraded materials on top and bottom (last pic), will probably look into those when I figure out my next set of skates.
  23. I'll try to keep this as point form as possible, because I tend to get long winded sometimes and there are a lot of points to cover. I've got a narrow butterfly and so my knees close my five hole, not the tops of my pads. I've spent the last few years figuring out what knee pads work best for me. I've almost always needed volleyball knee pads or the padded Bauer base layer pants. With those just now starting to have some of the padded sections coming apart, and switching to the Oneiric Genesis base layer, I started playing around with lots more options. Had been in the Bauer Supreme 1st gen yellow-inside ones, then 1S until this switch. Also I wear hockey socks over all of these. Here we go... Stock Models Bauer 1S Pros Anchor strap keeps my knee in the knee cradle Grippy material on the top knee strap Not very bulky No stingers Cons Top thigh strap too tight. It either leaves hook velcro exposed to rub against your base layer if you do it looser, or is so tight it forces its way down your thigh and can bunch up Knee cradle padding is not great, well documented elsewhere Loops to attach to garter belt require either skate lace tying, or adding some kind of slick clip Needed a garter belt Note the size difference between these and the Vaughns, and also the different loops to attach to either pants or garter belt Here is the well documented knee cradle. Not super comfortable. Vaughn V7 Pro XR Pros Very comfortable, pretty much right sized for my legs Grippy material on top thigh strap Thigh strap was right sized, not too tight, no worries wearing it looser No additional knee padding needed in the knee cradle Black Nash in knee cradle keeps it from moving around (mostly) No stingers Comes with the best garter belt. Waist is adjustable and wide enough to actually hold knee pads up. Straps are modular enough to be added to most knee pad models. Cons Very bulky, was weird trying to close five hole for the first couple of skates Pushed pads out and needed to do professor strap up looser to accommodate Lacks anchor strap, knee cradle would ride up slightly sometimes Maltese KTP Pro Return (thicker than stock, @Chenner29 might remember how much thicker, also came with garter belt and added velcro patch on lower middle knee portion) Pros Lower profile, easy to pack, not bulky in the knee cradle of your pads I could tighten my professor strap back up No stingers+ (This gets an extra plus in my books because of how low profile they are and felt no less protective than either of the other 2) Garter belt uses mostly nylon straps with small elastic section and velcro tabs at the bottom. Good combination of locking in location of knee pads while giving when moving around Cons Got rug burn on one part of my right knee after the first skate (this was while wearing them under my base layer, but I didn't like the feel of all the strapping right against my skin) Lots of straps, but some don't feel quite right sized for some of the locations Needed an anchor strap, had to get creative Garter belt wasn't wide/strong enough to hold knee pads up, more often the knee pads would pull the belt down On to the Mods! Bauer 1S Added Vaughn garter belt at one point (no pics). Improved keeping them in place. Added Maltese inserts from Fazio Spec M****** knee blocks. Improved comfort when landing, but would require more modding to get them right sized. Final Verdict: These ended up being pretty solid with all the modifications, but ultimately the number of things I had to change put these as rank 3 out of all of the sets. Vaughn V7 Pro XR X 1st Gen Bauer Added anchor strap from 1st Gen Bauer Supremes (pictured you can also see the wear that those had on the top section that they seemed to fix on the next gens) These were a pain to rip off but I only needed one line of stitching with the speedy stitcher to attach them and they are very solid. Final Verdict: The anchor strap dialed these in really well. The knee cradle stopped moving around on my completely. The only downside was that these were the bulkiest of the 3, which knocked them down to rank 2. Maltese KTP Pro Returns with Vaughn belt Added a size Long Bauer 1S/2S knee strap as an anchor strap, leveraging the double sided velcro to wrap it around my calf and attach to itself I started wearing them above my base layer, gave my knee a break for a while as I tested the modded Vaughns and my hotspot healed up. I think that hotspot was partly because I didn't have an anchor strap the first few skates, so the front piece was free to move a bit more and cause friction against my knee. No rug burn since. Made some little velcro tabs that I could attach to the Vaughn garter belt and then use that with the KTP. Below you can see the differences in the garter belts. Maltese on the right: Blue is nylon, green is elastic, velcro tab at the end. Vaughn on the left: Whole length of straps are elastic. Electrical tape used to guard against the velcro attachment for my socks. Used some plastic clips from a garbage CCM garter belt that I tried briefly and some extra velcro to make my own tabs. Vaughn belt is also adjustable in the back, basically 2 pieces that attach in front and back for some extra adjustability. Final Verdict: I'm still figuring out the strapping (to criss cross or not etc.) a bit, and I might try to figure out a better anchor strap option (something like an elastic/neoprene sleeve that attaches to that front velcro patch). Ultimately, even though the strapping is still evolving, these are the most comfortable and lowest profile (which lets me wear my pads more snug like I like them), so these came out on top.
  24. I have the 1s pads and with my 1x knee pads the knee block stretches out and the velcro holding the block and landing pulls apart. Any suggestions on how to fix it (I'm already using the longest knee strap)
  25. Here is my video review of the Bauer Senior S27 stick. This is your rec league goalie stick costing only $119 CAD. I’m not someone who likes to drop a lot of money on sticks and this one is great for the price. Lightweight for this price point, Griptac technology and durable.
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