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Frozen North 02-06-2011 12:45 PM

Shoulder Pad Help
 
I have a set of Easton X-treme shoulder pads from the mid 90s that drive me nuts because the actual shoulder pads are so big and "flat." I've just spent about 30 mins "rolling" the pads trying to form them into a more comfortable shape. Does anyone have any tips/tricks to "shape" the pads? Thanks!

beth 02-06-2011 04:01 PM

I reshaped my shin guards by duct-taping them into a more narrower shape, then immersing them in just-to-boiling water and then leaving them alone until they cooled. I don't know how it affects the plastic, but they fit awesome now.

ShawnTHW 02-06-2011 05:10 PM

Go with Sherwood Traditional's. They are the cheapest and a large number of NHL players wear them. They aren't bulky so maneuverability is easy.

Rush22* 02-06-2011 06:09 PM

I normally do not wear shoulder pads but some of the leagues I play in the refs can be dicks and force you to wear them. So to combat the issue I bought a pair of Lacrosse shoulder pads, they are much smaller and way lighter than hockey pads... they work perfect.

Hacker10 02-07-2011 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by PycckuuRocket10 (Post 30706984)
Go with Sherwood Traditional's. They are the cheapest and a large number of NHL players wear them. They aren't bulky so maneuverability is easy.

Sounds a bit sketchy for NHL'ers to be wearing those 5030's. They don't offer much in the way of protection at that level, I would imagine.

Brunomics 02-07-2011 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Hacker10 (Post 30718682)
Sounds a bit sketchy for NHL'ers to be wearing those 5030's. They don't offer much in the way of protection at that level, I would imagine.

The older players usually go with them from what I've seen. Probably anyone younger than 33-35 has on bulkier shoulder pads. I wear them for men's league they are great.

Hacker10 02-07-2011 10:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Brunomics (Post 30718941)
The older players usually go with them from what I've seen. Probably anyone younger than 33-35 has on bulkier shoulder pads. I wear them for men's league they are great.

Yeah, I'm considering 5030's or the Bauer Supreme Classics. My CCM V08's are a bit much, I'm finding.

ChiTownHawks 02-07-2011 11:11 AM

I have CCM Fit 09s and they are great. At first I thought they were a little more protection than I needed, but they fit great and are super low profile. I don't know how to adjust current pads but when you are looking into new ones and you want low profile ones give these a shot.

Joe Cole 02-07-2011 01:30 PM

I honestly never saw the appeal of not wearing shoulder pads, or wearing those Sherwood 1950's style pads. Mobility, don't buy it. Old school macho hockey bragging rights.... maybe.

Once the puck is dropped, I never feel my equipement is restricting me. And as for protection, I need to go to work in the morning, I will protect myself as much as possible.

Do as you think is good for you.

I say, get equipement that fits correctly and it "disappears" once the puck is in play.

Jarick 02-07-2011 02:07 PM

You can try a heat gun, but I'd probably spring for new shoulders. Modern pads are fantastic. For the money I like the Easton ST6 and the Reebok 4k (what I use) because they move around a lot better than pads even from a few years ago.

ShawnTHW 02-07-2011 07:40 PM

If you want a LOT of maneuverability, check out the Farrell pads.


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