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  1. With spring nearing, Brian’s will be releasing their retail version of the gnetik 4s!!! Hopefully some of you are as excited as I am.
  2. 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.
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  4. Brian’s Optik ((FLX)) size 33+1.5. Used for one year and 3 months in mid-level men’s league, approx. 2x ice times per week. Comes with prolaces attached and an elastic boot strap, but I have the original toe strapping to include. Minor wear to toe and inside top corners (see pictures). $550 USD, buyer pays shipping. Ships from Houston, TX.
  5. 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.
  6. Hey Old Guys & Adult League Players! 1.5 Hours of On-Ice Training for Beer League Adult Players $100.00! Bandits is hosting a Mini Clinic just for you! The details: What: 1.5 hours of ice on-ice instruction When: January 12, 2019, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Where: Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 8 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 48335 Limited spots are available. Due to the high demand, we are limiting sign up to 16 goalies! Contact: Stan Matwijiw, Director of Operations, Bandits Goalie School, stan@banditsgoaltending.com Contact: Clayton Brown, Head Instructor, Bandits Goalie School, clayton.banditsgoaltending@gmail.com For all Adult League Goalies How often do you get to work on your game outside of well, games? Now is your chance! 1.5 hours of on-ice instruction where you will be able to actually practice your game with Professional Coaches. With our instruction you will be able to take your team deep into playoffs this season (sorry, boys! Golf league is starting late this year!). How about this for a New Year's Resolution?! All skill levels are welcome. This is a $250.00 value for only $100.00. For all you goalie that never got instruction - now is your chance! We will work hard, but let's be honest, we gotta be at work on Monday. Please contact owner and Director of Operations, Stan Matwijiw or Head Instructor Clayton Brown to sign up now!
  7. Thought I would give the old B⭐ a DB If this seems redundant, I will delete. I think this can be one central location for Brian's Info collected. Initially, I would like to discuss the differences between the BStar chest protector (Mid-range chesty $-point) and the OPT1K chest protector Please feel free to link any and all other info you may have on specs, sizes available, detachable arms, SR or PRO level, REVIEW, etc... First up is the Brian's B⭐ C & A Price: $358.99 USD https://www.goaliemonkey.com/catalog/product/view/id/331122?gclid=Cj0KCQiApvbhBRDXARIsALnNoK0HLjGHwCaYTljwDJK8Ewvot5bRI1eE4Xliu-u9rAL-dVol-qlEqV0aAmq8EALw_wcB
  8. Attached is my YouTube video review link regarding my thoughts on the Brian's Senior Pro Knee Guards that came with my set of Brian's Optik Pads. Please note, I only used them twice on the ice and gave up. People may think that's not a fair review but I have to say that sometimes in life you only get once chance and first impressions on gear are key. They are not as good as my Senior Warrior Ritual X Knee Guards. The Brian's knee guards moved around a lot under my socks for the first skate. The second game I put them over my socks and used the Velcro attachment strap to the pads and they worked very well and stayed in place with no tape. Personally, I'm just not a fan of having my knee guards attached to my pads and having them over my socks. Finally, the protection and comfort for landing are just not as good as other knee guards in the market. I'm paranoid about my knees whether taking shots to them or just protecting them from the pounding they take in butterfly so I want to ensure I have knee guards that are really comfortable. At this stage I plan on upgrading to either the Warrior Pro Ritual X or the Bauer Vapor 1X.
  9. I have a love/hate relationship with my Sub3 chesty. The body fits perfectly, but I like little else. The arms SUCK. The shoulder floaters get in my way. I tried sticking my Warrior Ritual Pro arms on. Big fail. I could not get them to fit the way they needed to. Factory Mad is going to beef the stock arms up, as the ONLY criticism was that I was feeling shots from 70 year old men. I can’t imagine what an ex-college or pro could do to me with those arms. The shoulder floaters were something I also could not abide. They would lift into my masque. What does a itching to mod rabbit do? Install smaller floaters! The mirror test shows that the Warrior floaters are lower profile without sacrificing protection. Mod note - Sorry everyone, picture was deleted.
  10. *if it's not in the good section please move it wasn't sure* Hey everyone i'm thinking about doing my own smart strap and i'm liking the one brian's are doing I'd just like to get opinion on what are the major difference on the 2 model (the one only calf and the one with the knee elastic too) is there a big feeling difference if in the one with the knee elastic too vs classic knee elastic? thanks in advance for your opinion BTW if you have no idea what i,m talking about i'm talking about this : https://www.goaliemonkey.com/accessories/leg-pad-accessories/brians-goalie-accessories-2in-replacement-smart-x-calf-strap-sr.html and these : https://www.goaliemonkey.com/accessories/leg-pad-accessories/brians-goalie-accessories-inner-calf-strap.html
  11. So I just recieved my Brian's opt1k gloves this week and was about to heat it when I remembered it had BOA in it. I became a little worried that the heat might damage the dials or mechanism. Does anyone know if I am able to still heat it to break it in. The proccess is spraying the outside with water, keeping it closed with a string or any other such item, then heating it in a skate oven for 5 min, then playing with the glove until it cools.
  12. Below is a link to my YouTube video comparison review of the Brian's Opt1k FLX Goalie Pads vs. Warrior Ritual G2 Pro Goalie Pads. "New vs. Old set." I apologize for the quality of this video as it was rushed because I was selling my Warrior pads the next day and I wanted to ensure I did this comparison. Key Highlights: Brians Opt1k Pro FLX (35.5" +1) Sliding - the sliding on the Optislide material is amazing. In all conditions they are top notch. By the 3rd period of a game when it gets pretty snowy this material continues to perform much better than the Warriors which do significantly slow down. This material is also thicker and seems much more durable. Strapping - the strapping on the Opt1k's are great with lots of options for all preferences. I do like the smart toe strap and the boot strap better than what Warrior uses. Although the Warrior boot and toe straps are much quicker to put on. Customization - I love the look of the Brian's Opt1k pads so I stuck with their core design and just customized my color options. Brian's does offer some amazing logo and other customizations if you really want to harness your inner artist expressionism. Seal to Ice - these pads offer a really stable firm knee block when slamming your knees into the ice and the full pad seals firmly to the ice. I find I don't let in as many goals that squeeze under my pads. I also find that the 5-hole coverage is better and I'm not giving up as my goals in this area as my Warriors. Pad Stiffness and Rebounds - I was pleasantly surprised that the E-foam in these FLX pads does have lots of punch with their rebounds. I understand the FLY core is even stiffer but the FLX have been great with some solid powerful rebounds much bigger than my Warriors. The flex in these pads are great to provide customization on how much curve you want with your pads. Warrior Ritual G2 Pro (36" +1.5) Weight - the weight is still lighter than the Opt1k and this is an area Warrior prides itself. For me, weight is important and I prefer to have pads that are on the lighter end of the scale. Profile Lock Patent System - I found this system really great to help customize the curve of my thigh rise. Especially helpful for me with a narrow butterfly. Knee Driving System - I really liked how the knee rotated in these pads. There was extra angled padding used in the knee cradle and knee block to help really push the knee into the knee block.
  13. Here is my review of the Brian's Optik Pro Glove vs. Bauer S170 Glove. This video is about Brian's Optik Pro Goalie Glove vs. Bauer S170 Glove. I’ve used the Bauer S170 for 9 months and purchased this upgraded Optik glove this summer. In the couple skates I’ve had with the Optik glove it is a fantastic goalie glove. The double T with lace in the pocket just eats up pucks and they don’t pop out. The amount of rebounds I’ve been able to minimize is a game changer. I’ve had teammates already comment that my glove hand is better. Brian’s has also done an amazing job breaking in this glove. It closes really great for a game ready palm. The boa system for tightening the glove works so well and the clam shell opening to air out the glove is easy to open and gain access to the boa set up quickly. Bauer S170: This glove is a good deal for the price coming in at a fraction of the cost compared to the Optik. So if you are on a budget then this glove should work fine. If you are really particular and performance is paramount then this glove is not for you. Gaps for this glove, break-in time, ability for puck to stick in the basket, palm protection for high level shots, finally the Velcro and strapping is not nearly at the level of a pro Optik. In summary, hard to compare these goalie gloves as they are in different classes but I hope this helpfully highlights the differences between an entry level vs. pro glove. If you have $$$$ and are focused on performance go with a pro glove like the Brian’s Optik. If you are on a tight budget, like to upgrade regularly then go with this Bauer.
  14. This is my comparison video review of Brian's Optik Blocker vs. Bauer S170 blocker. Probably not the most fair comparison as I'm comparing a pro blocker vs. a senior entry level one but it should help illustrate some of the key differences when making your next blocker purchase. I'm now a true believe that all blockers are not equal and that "a block is just a blocker" quote is not really accurate. High Level: The Brian's Optik blocker is definitely one of best in it's class of high end blockers. Brian's offers some great customization for colors and custom logo options to the face of the blocker. One of the key reason's I upgraded to this blocker was for the exceptional finger protection. The Bauer S170 really lacked effective index finger protection and I paid the price for this a couple times with the puck coming up and hitting that finger dead on underneath the finger flap. The Boa System that it uses for adjusting the wrist is nice but not a big deal as I keep it at one standard setting. The other areas where Brian's has excelled is the materials used in the glove to cut down on bacteria and durability of the palm of the glove which are much better than the Bauer Blocker. The final point I'll make is that the Brian's Optik Blocker offers some great flexibility in the wrist which has really helped me with more effective puck redirects to the corner. Overall, I've learned to recognized that finger protection on a blocker is very important so the extra dollar investment for me is worth it. Both blockers weigh the exact same and are extremely light. If you are someone where budget is key then going with the Bauer you'll still have to examine some options to mod the finger protection.
  15. Set of Brian's sub-zero Not sure what size they are to be honest, they measure 30" from the toe of the boot to the top of the thigh rise. Whole set................................$175.00
  16. Hi Goalies, I've been playing goalie for the last 7-months and I've had the opportunity to play with two different sticks on a regular basis. The Reebok Premier Senior Composite Luongo and Brian's Senior Foam Core goalie stick. Both have severed me well and remain doing so. I would say that I tend to use the Reebok more often (70% of the time) averaging 3 games a week. Attached is my video. In summary: Reebok Premier Senior Composite Luongo Goalie Stick: Benefits/Strengths: - It is super light at only 730grams - No arm fatigue and able to move the stick really quickly in my motions - Purchased this stick on clearance, there are still deals to be had with this model if you look on-line as it is no longer in production. - Durability - overall integrity has been excellent - Grip - has excellent grip with no need to tape trigger area (helps with keeping your blocker grip clean from tape residue) - Solid at playing the puck - curve is not as aggressive so it is more difficult to lift the puck Weakness/Concerns: - Paint and lacquer are pealing off or flaking which affect the look - Shaft also has chips from pucks and the posts (need to monitor to ensure there are no splinters going forward) - Vibration and dampening - not as good as the foam core. I'm willing to give this up for the other advantages Brian's Foam Core Goalie Stick: Benefits/Strengths: - Very durable in all areas, shaft, blade etc. - No chipping of the paint just your normal black puck marking - Vibration and Impact dampening are very good - Curve of stick is better allowing for easier elevation of the puck but the curve makes it less easy to receive the puck as I find I have to adjust the angle of the blade when taking a dump in. - Price - this stick sells for around $80 and is very good on the budget. I will always invest extra dollars I save on my sticks for other parts of my equipment. I would just not feel comfortable dropping $300+ for a Pro stick when I'm playing recreational hockey. Weakness/Concerns: - Weight is okay but no where near as light as the composite - With the higher weight I found I was not as fluid in my movement with the stick (I've heard from others that a heavier stick helps keep it on the ice. I did not notice this. In fact I found I was not as good at keeping this stick covering my five hole when sliding. - I'm not as big a fan having a wooden stick shaft as I do take care of my sticks. - No grip on this stick so had to ensure I used Grip tape Please feel free to share your comments or questions.
  17. Hey goalies, A little about me, I’m an 01, 220 lbs, 6’3, and will likely need new gear soon because I’m still growing. Unfortunately, I just got new pads at the beginning of this season (Bauer Vapor x700 36+2 ) because they fit my price range and level of play. I’ve played house my entire life, and although I’ve been good enough to play on travel teams, money and time scheduling never worked out for me. So, because I’m 16, I’m still growing despite my already large size. This puts me in the predicament of “No one really sells stock pads in the size you need” (said to me by a Pro Hockey Life employee lol). After some research it’s become clear to me that if I grow out of my current set, which I am estimated to do within the year, then I’m going to need to custom order my next pads just to have them fit me. There are a number of variables in play, most importantly price (Brian’s are $$$ for a 16 year old), and whether or not it’s worth it to get new pads if I don’t continue playing in college. I have minimum 1 year left in my hockey career, and even though I plan to keep playing, anything can happen. To get summarize, I’ll likely need new gear soon, and a custom order is the only way to go. I currently wear Bauer x700’s and am open to suggestions of what my next set should be. Brian’s Optik/Heritage is looking prominent, but any brand that will make stock pads my size would be nice. PS, I’ve always worn Bauer, so a change might be nice. Thanks, Jon
  18. So I have a set of the 5.5 series sold by The Goalie Crease. I love the look and the feel of the set. My question is I have used this set for about a year and I love them but a few issues. The blocker feels great and I feel more connected to my goal stick when playing with it. The catcher is awesome but I am having issue breaking it in. It feels like I am almost hand cramping trying to open and close it to maximize its use during play. I have used the Keeps method of hot water etc. But this thing is still tanky. What is this glove actually? It's made in Canada and i have felt no stingers. So is this senior rec level or is it a pro glove reskined? It says its based off a Sub Zero 6.0 mitt. Is 6.0 a senior rec catcher?
  19. Cruskater

    Pad Innovation

    Hey guys, anyone have any insight into whether a custom manufacturer like Passau is working on some of the pad "innovations" we have seen in the last year such as the speed skin/core composite/primo materials? Or the use of different foams to create the internal "breaks" in the pads? I am pretty close to ordering a custom set of Brian's Optiks, but after poking around Passau's website looking for some fixes for my current pads in the interim (which look like they will work great!, thanks Passau!) I like their work and craftsmanship. Looks truly customizable. I just have really good experiences demoing the 1x and 1s as well as trying on the Optiks at the local store. (As an FYI, I'm looking at a moderately stiff pad with a subtly curve to the thigh rise and am probably getting a Brian's FLY). Just wanted to be sure before I spend the $$$ on a set
  20. Hey Guys! So I must apologize for being so late to the party. Goal Net has done an awesome job getting a nice forum going where we can focus on the gear! I know most of us are absolute junkies and drool over gear. I am gonna try and share as many cool things, custom orders etc as we get them. We do try to keep our posts up to date on Instagram and Facebook as well. Unfortunately though since there is only 3 of us who work here on a full time basis and usually only have 2-3 of us in the store at any given time and we all wear many hats and do various things. That being said I cannot dedicate as much time as I would like to certain things, this being one of them but I will try! Should anyone ever need to get in touch with me, TGC Rance on Facebook and my email is rance@thegoaliecrease.com -Rance
  21. Have you ever heard the term “check each brand for fit”? THAT is so true with Brian’s chesties! I wear small in Vaughn and Warrior, but medium in Brian’s! It seems to fit, ESPECIALLY in the arms where everything seems to be super-long for me. Monkey did not have all-black ? Pix:
  22. eDutz

    Durability/Value

    I'm looking to update my very outdated setup and I'm wondering what would be the best gear for the best value, since lots of last year's stock is on sale. I've checked out most of the pro stock and take to the Brian's G Netik pretty well. The CCM eFlex IIs feel quite cumbersome in comparison, but replicate the feel of my 9Ks. Vaughn SLR pros felt pretty good too despite being a hybrid goaltender and preferring pads with a bit more flexibility (34 +2). Questions for anyone who's owned this gear or any of last year's pro stock (subzero, premier, etc): How has your gear held up overtime? Brian's specific: How has the elastic held up? Any problems with your gear or mods you've had to make? What would you recommend?
  23. Finally selling my Brian's Focus set that I custom ordered in 2011. They are the best pads I have ever owned, but now I need to make room for my OPTIKS! Colours: White w/Bucky accents Reserve them for the beginning of/mid January! $500 CAD OBO (+ shipping) The pads: ATK = 17.5, Thigh = 12 One of my requests for the pad when ordering it was that I wanted the equivalent of a 34+1" pad, but with 1" taken off the boot, and added to the thigh rise. So I guess it came out to a 34+1.5" pad with a shortened boot? (pad is 35.5" total length) Anyways, some key features: I had them tweak the Focus graphic ever so slightly, as you can see in the photos. White with Bucky leather accents thigh buckle moved higher on outside of pad, lower on inside thigh (to help seal ice in the 5 hole, which is awesome, btw) inset toe ties (no bridge) strapping is as follows: 1 thigh, one knee, two calf, two boot double external breaks The pads flex really nice, but to warn you, the boot is fairly stiff. WEAR AREAS: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The catcher: The catcher I would compare to a 580 break (for all you Koho/Reebok/CCM guys). I liked it, but I found I wasn't able to catch anything in the fingers up position with it. When held in the right position, though, it catches so well. And I'm not going to lie, the glove is massive. It has a pancake shape, and whoever was the previous glove designer at Brian's had gigantic hands, so I had to cinch these down pretty tight. Some key features of the glove: Not a true one piece cuff, so still a little flexible. Still sturdy enough to over flex reinforced "T" same graphic tweak as the pads Zero G hand strapping. The Focus glove only came with one Velcro strap on the palm, so I requested two Overall, it's a great sealing glove, and has a good feel for catching pucks, very snappy. WEAR AREAS: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The blocker: The blocker has a removable foam pad on the wrist, which is VERY comfortable, and it's washable, too. The key features: I found the finger protection to be too bulky, so I had them remove it. I haven't had any injuries from it, but that's not to say it can't happen same tweaked graphic as mentioned above the palm is very big, I think because of the glove designer I mentioned earlier WEAR AREAS: Overall, there's minimum wear on this set, considering I played 6 seasons, around 36 games per season in them. They are solidly built equipment, and will be ready to ship once I get my OPTIKs (beginning of January?) Any questions, inquiries, feel free to PM me.
  24. I've got my old chesty and pants up for grabs on Sideline Swap. Feel free to message me offers/questions, etc. Thanks! https://sidelineswap.com/gear/hockey/goalie-chest-arm-protectors/206551-other-brands-brian-s-zero-g-senior-chest-arm-medium https://sidelineswap.com/gear/hockey/goalie-pants/206546-vaughn-epic-8600-goalie-pants-sr-large
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