For the goalies out there:
I have been playing ice hockey goalie for at least five years. I would like the know what upper-end leg pads you would recomend. I play competitive hockey so I need pads that would be considered high-end. I use the butterfly style and I am especially curious about the Reeboks, Vaughns, the new Eagle Sentrys. I currently have GP9980, if any one has had these, I am just curious what you thought about these pads and what pads you used after them.
If you want a big name pad, any of those will do. I'm more a fan of personal attention and quick service. I've been using some Pete Smiths for a few years and they've been great. Light, have held up beautifully, and Pete has been consistenly wonderful to deal with. The t-1000s are a good box-style pad so they work for most butterfliers.
I'm on my third pair of Battram pads (http://www.battram.com) and I've loved every pair.
Dollar for dollar.... Smith. With the adjustable hight thigh rise, sliding toe bridge and such the pad is clean and functions perfectly for the butterfly. They will take and hold the S-shape right out of the box or stay "as is". The are not a super stiff pad like a Miklin. By the way, Pete Smith designed the Vaughn Velocity line. He now has his own shop located in Brockport NY. Much of the work on the pads is done by Pete himself.
My youngest just got a set of the SP5000 and loves them. a flat faced pad custom to his measure about 2/3 the price of a stock vaughn. Delivery is about 12 weeks. Might be shorter.
as far as protection levels, any senior pad for ice hockey will be safe. Its going to come down to design and features.
here are pics of his SP5000 done in the SP2000 graphics. Total color and external material choices are at no upcharge.
I use the RBK Premier 2 pads, PRO,very good, I recommend them for any buttefly goalie and they'll certainly do well in competitive leagues.
Smooth butterfly, great for pushing off and for one-knee down techniques, basically a KOHO pad, improved and revamped.
RBK has the most elaborate custom-color/equipment stock on the market too, so no worries to get your team colors.
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