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  1. 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...
  2. The use of a radius (or a combination of radii) has always made total sense to me on a player's skate. Aids in either gliding or agility... pitch the player more on the toes or heels... all that stuff. Essentially it should compliment the player's skating style and what they want to achieve. But when it comes to a goal skate... I have always kept mine the stock "flat." It wasn't an overly conscious decision... more of habit. Played for years with them like that and adjusted hollows of course but that was the extent of it. Relatively recently however, after a series of poor sharpenings that were completely uneven I found myself feeling off balance. My solution was two fold. First... buy some new steels... Second... start doing mail order sharpenings. With that.. the more I looked... the more I was curious about getting a good radius put on all my steels which was the same and have them blade matched so each pair (L&R) were identical to one another and the radius would be the same across all my sets of steel. At first... my thought was just clean up the stamped stock radius and get a 30' on all... I mean I've played with "flat" for years and its been fine. But curious as to what someone who does this for a living might say... I reached out to the guys at NoIcingSports.com to get their opinion. Based on my age... weight... level of play... and feel for my current "radius"... "For radius, I strongly recommend the combination radius. It really outperforms single radius goalie profiles. Like a player combo it has two radius on the runner, a shorter one in the front of the skate for responsive and tight, quick turning, and pivots and a larger one in the rear of the skate for balance and blade on the ice for powerful pushes, slide stops and recoveries. For you, our 20'/32' combination will work very well for you. I have more than 1000 goalies on this radius, none haven't loved it. I use it myself. I also recommend a medium forward pitch to get you off your heels, to give you a deeper knee bend for a lower crouch, easier pivots, better balance, and quicker 5-hole closure. I think you'll like this combo profile way more than the stock 30’ neutral radius you have on the Bauers now." - Bob @NoIcingSports So I packaged up a set of Bauer LS5G today and sent them off. The radius, sharpening (1/2"), and blade matching ran me $55 plus another $7 for the return shipping. If I like it I'll send the TIN and DLC coated Tydans for the same treatment. Then I have a good rotation of steels which (aside from steel height based on prior sharpenings) will all be the same. If I don't like it... keep working with Bob until we find it. Will it help or will I continue to suck and blame my steels? I'll post updates as to how the project progresses... minor adjustments to radius or pitch until I dial it in just right. I'll also try and share whatever I learn during the process... the actual mechanics of it etc. Of course any comments from personal experience or questions from radius virgins like myself are welcome...
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    My Bauer Custom Goal Gear Catalog (22 Pages) Pictures from catalog converted to .pdf, not a direct .pdf catalog.
  4. 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.
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    2018 Premier II and Extreme Flex III Customizer Options Listing - .pdf format - 36 pages
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    2017 Extreme Flex III and Premier Customizer Options Listing - .pdf format - 32 pages
  7. i live in a tropical country and its hard to buy goal mask so i can only order it online and of course without graphic (stock) full white. but now i want to repaint it, so do anyone have any idea how to paint the mask and how to design it? any advise will be much appreciated
  8. I was asked by @TheGoalNet to write up a review for my experience with Kenesky. I figured I would do it in three parts, and three separate posts: Decision, commitment, and ordering First impressions 30 day review. So let's get down to business - this post will cover my decision process, why I decided to go with Kenesky, and how the ordering and dreaded wait time has gone. Background: I started playing again about 4 months ago after a 2 year layoff. Balancing family time (newborn daughter), a demanding work schedule (50+ hour work weeks), along with my other commitments became too much of a challenge and I had to decide what to cut. I got the itch one day, found a game I could sub for, and have been playing ever since. We have since added another kid (son) and a change in line of work has reduced my work week to about 30 hours. Along with a better home life balance, my new role also allows me a bit of play money. I've also committed to a Pro's Choice mask(961 clone) with Cipra paint (on the way to him now!) and a pair of True skates (about 2-4 weeks out at this point) in around the same time frame. I am currently playing in CCM Eflex 1s. They are a nice pad, but slightly too big. I went with a 34"+3 but really I should be in a 33"+2. I've since cut these down to about a +2. I am lucky to live near GoalieMonkey in Southern California, so I demoed a couple sets that I was interested in: Eflex 3 I liked the addition of the D30 in the palm of the catch and the finger in the index finger on the blocker. Did not like the pads. The balance point on these felt off. Marginal improvement with slides. I've also noticed a lot of these on the secondary market - raised a red flag for me. Bauer 1X The skin on the set I demoed was cut and torn in various places. Not impressive for an $1800 pad. I've traditionally been a Koho/Reebok/CCM kind of guy. I've tried Vaughn and Bauer, along with smaller manufacturers like Vortek and Smith (before he went to Warrior) but have always gone back to this kind of pad. I called up Rob Laurie at CustomGoalieOutlet to get his opinion, as he helped me with my last two gear purchases - Koho 588RPMs and Eflex 1s. He dropped the Kenesky name. I was a little shocked at first as I had never heard the name, but started doing some research. He sent me some pictures of Curtis McElhinney's Kenesky set. I've never met Curtis, but if you look at his history with gear in the show, he's a bit of a gearhead like many of us on here (just with tons more talent and athletic ability). When a guy like that who has basically has unfettered access to pro reps and gear samples, you know the stuff has gotta be good! Here are some shots of Curtis' gear that he tried at Leafs camp. Notice the set on the left has a CCM style blocker with a 5500 style glove. I think this is the set he was using in camp. The set on the right is the Kenesky design blocker with a 590 style glove. Obligatory "strapping pic" Notice the Scrivens style strap below the knee, but also notice how Kenesky does the elastic paracord at the toe. Bonus content: Lefevre will do a Scrivens strap by pro request as well. The gear looks amazingly well built - I zoomed in on the stitching a couple times and everything looks solid. There are some sets floating around the KHL and I think some NCAA goalies wearing the stuff as well. Pricing wise, the set ran $1800 give or take with the exchange rate and shipping cost. Rob and I spent a couple hours on the phone across a few weeks to nail down the specs. There was an initial phone call to review options available and I paid my deposit. We had a second phone call a couple weeks later a few weeks before production date to nail down specs and colorways. This is what I ordered. There's a dizzying array of things he can do and I will list my buildout below the pics. For basically every part of the pad, you can specify what you want; it looks like I went mod-crazy, but it's just more Kenesky wanting to build you what you want. It would take basically an entirely new post to outline everything available (and that is probably just a short list of the things Mike at Kensky can do) so I won't do that. Pads: 7.5" boot, 11" shin, 7" knee rolls, 8.5" thigh rise, roughly equivalent to a 33+2" flat knee rolls outside, single break outside, double break pad medium knee stiffness, soft boot break Scrivens strap at knee nash knee block with CCM style strap though knee block with bump, CCM/Price style gutted knee cradle with elastic run to outside of shin wrap wide set calf wraps with velcro elastic for knee block and across back of calf, nash lined shin weave on all sliding surfaces stock bungie toe and inset removable HD foam bridge with inset drilled lace holes (I've been insetting my toe ties since 2010) 4 leather straps, mushroom style removable: 1 at knee block to top of outside calf; 2 at shin, 1 boot strap with elastic strip sewn in middle Glove: one piece front cuff internal finger ridges waxed skate lace pocket reinforced edge to combat finger curl leather wrist strap across back of wrist Blocker: Hand position moved up a smidge Closing. The ordering process has been pretty pleasant. As always, the toughest part is the wait. I happened to order during peak time when everyone is getting their gear. I was told this week we should be going into production this week or next and they will be finished about a week after that. In the meantime, please feel free to ask any questions. I'm going to block off the first two replies in this thread so I can update later with a first impressions write up and a 30 day review.
  9. For those of you who are like me... Wear a short chin mask Hate wearing a dangler Tired of getting a bruised clavicle Read on... In a nutshell, in spite of wearing a neck guard, I've taken some good shots to the neck and clavicle over the years. This past year in particular I had two redirections that caught me by surprise (mind you I stopped them) and left some nice welts. After looking in the mirror at what kind of looked like the state of New Jersey near my throat I realized 2 things: My Premier Pro C/A was ill fitting, not as mobile as I'd like, and needed to be replaced. Time to invest in a neck guard. I reached out to @Chenner29 letting him know I was interested in demoing a unit. He sent it out and I wore it a handful of times in some year end tournaments. It felt and performed great, so I ordered one. The results is this... Should help me stay classy with the new C/A unit as well... also with Maltese...
  10. 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
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