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  1. 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.
  2. For sale 34"+1.5 Pro Kenesky pads, Blocker, and Boddam Pro Catcher with icicle design just like Garth Snow. Pads come with 2 knee blocks. 1 that I had PAW make thinner than the stock ones. Both knee blocks are cut to 45 degree angle. I also have Halo Strapping system and boot straps from Monster goalie. The toe straps are made by Kenesky with shock cord. Pads will also include the nylon strapping that came with the pads. Pads were only used about 8 times and are like new. They also weigh about 4.5lbs. Blocker was designed just like my Warrior G2 Blocker side wall. Palm is in great shape. Blocker is super light too. Weighing at 1.9lbs. Boddam Refuze Pro catcher has custom icicle design, pro palm, and double t with skate lace. All equipment had been wiped down and air dried after skating. Reason I'm selling is because I love my Warrior G2's. Sold As Is. Looking for $625.00 USD + shipping for all 3 items. Paypal only. Thanks for looking!
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