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WWGRD10 08-17-2009 06:04 PM

pre-RBK Jofa gear/ first year RBK gear
 
Any advice in the right direction would be very much appreciated...

I've been on the hunt for Jofa 5066 or 9177 elbow pads in size 5 from around '04/pre-RBK or the first year RBK 8K's from '06. I'm also hunting Jofa 9080 shinpads in 15" or first year 5K or 7K's. I've tried scouring eBay, craigslist, shopping listings on Google, local NJ pro shops, etc. I even talked to a friend who is an ex-pro equipment manager. No dice. Does anyone know of any local shops by them (probably Canada has a higher hit ratio) that might have the old school blue/white Jofa and first year RBK gear still around?

Thanks!

cptjeff 08-17-2009 09:01 PM

Short answer is no. Long answer is that I think you can still get it in Europe, or at least the stuff there is branded as Jofa, and you can get it made for you if you are involved with a high level pro team.

Second, if you haven't already, you should try on some RBK stuff. A lot of the shins are pretty much the exact same, and they've made some nice improvements on aspects of them. Shoulder pads were the exact same for years, they recently made a few modifications to them, but good ones.

Basically, try on newer stuff. Would you expect to be able to find a new 2002 mustang at a car dealership? Pro shops are the same way. They clear out all the old stuff to make room for the new and improved gear.

Burlington Bomb 26 08-17-2009 09:04 PM

I got those shinpads 17" though. Don't think you want them kind of smelly.

WWGRD10 08-17-2009 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by cptjeff (Post 20798676)
Short answer is no. Long answer is that I think you can still get it in Europe, or at least the stuff there is branded as Jofa, and you can get it made for you if you are involved with a high level pro team.

Second, if you haven't already, you should try on some RBK stuff. A lot of the shins are pretty much the exact same, and they've made some nice improvements on aspects of them. Shoulder pads were the exact same for years, they recently made a few modifications to them, but good ones.

Basically, try on newer stuff. Would you expect to be able to find a new 2002 mustang at a car dealership? Pro shops are the same way. They clear out all the old stuff to make room for the new and improved gear.

I'm a bit of a rare bird in that regard... I like some of the RBK stuff. I have the '07-'08 4K shins which are of course based on the old Jofa platform. I had the 3K shoulders which were a thorough disappointment... two bulky in the shoulder caps. I love my new 8K KFS '09 shoulders... lots of mobility and a low profile. I feel where RBK has botched the line is in shins and elbow. The first year was JOFA w/ an RBK logo slapped on it. Now, there is no continuity as you make your way up the food chain from 3K to 8K on RBK products. It used to be better fit and articulation points as you went up the line. Now, the 8K are too bulky, and believe it or not fit worse than the 4s and 6s... the straps are actually cut to fit better on those. The 8K's barely strap across the inner elbow to the forearm guard.

I find that RBK made some great improvements to the Jofa line to a point, but you can't beat items like the old 8K elbows which are based on the Jofa 5066/9177 models (the one with the extended cuff on the forearm).

I hear you on the Mustang analogy. That's why I'm expanding my search to any input that other users would have. There is plenty of new, unused Jofa stuff on eBay, just not in my size. So that's why I'm hunting here. And one thing to remember w/ regard to RBK... as much as I love the brand, new doesn't always equate to improved. Kind of like those ugly '80s model Mustangs!

cptjeff 08-18-2009 01:53 AM

Well, sorry I can't help you then. The only new Jofa stuff I've seen recently was a top end shoulder pad in a size small. Probably woulda fit me great, but I already had a pair I liked. Kinda regret not getting them now.


The other thing I thought of is that some of the guys on modsquad who used to use Jofa elbows found they liked the easton stuff in that regard. I don't know if that would work for you, but if you can't find the jofas I might give those a shot.

Nbr-17 08-18-2009 02:14 PM

Dunno if that's what you're looking for:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...m=330351796832

CuteHockeyBunny 08-18-2009 04:49 PM

I just looked over my gear and I think I have what you want. They're 5066 elbows but unsure of the size. I'll take pictures soon and you'll see.

WWGRD10 08-20-2009 12:11 AM

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Originally Posted by CuteHockeyBunny (Post 20808009)
I just looked over my gear and I think I have what you want. They're 5066 elbows but unsure of the size. I'll take pictures soon and you'll see.

Thanks much... I appreciate the help! I'll keep an eye out for the pics!

Little Walter 08-21-2009 07:14 AM

Ironically, I saw these a couple days ago at Play It Again Sports. Although I'm not a big fan of the store, they did have several pair. I saw some 6s and at least 1 pair of size 5s. I believe they were $42.99. If you want them, I could probably pick them up and send you a Paypal invoice. Are they really that good? I've only been playing a few years in a non-check novice league. So, I don't need the biggest, most-protective pads out. But the size 6s were a perfect fit. I'm still debating.

WWGRD10 08-21-2009 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Little Walter (Post 20836564)
Ironically, I saw these a couple days ago at Play It Again Sports. Although I'm not a big fan of the store, they did have several pair. I saw some 6s and at least 1 pair of size 5s. I believe they were $42.99. If you want them, I could probably pick them up and send you a Paypal invoice. Are they really that good? I've only been playing a few years in a non-check novice league. So, I don't need the biggest, most-protective pads out. But the size 6s were a perfect fit. I'm still debating.

Little Walter... were they the 5066/9177's or the old RBK 8K's? And were they new or used?

I'm surprised there would be a bunch of them this many years later... talk about luck. That price is great and even if you're in a non-check league, it's worth it. It's the basic elbow pad, but with the extended cuff, so that really helps with someone inadvertently (or intentionally) slashing you over the exposed part of the wrist.

You said you saw a size 5? That would fit perfectly. Not to be a pain in the @$$, but if you have a camera phone and could snap off a pic or 2 if you're in the store, that would help greatly. Thanks!

WWGRD10 08-28-2009 01:38 AM

Big thanks to Little Walter for helping out in my search, and also welcome to the HFBoards!


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