Goalie equipment advice needed: ball hockey
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03-24-2005, 03:46 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
I play in a ball hockey league every week. When I started, I figured "it's a ball, how hard can they shoot?" Then I learned that the impact can almost be as hard as a hard slap shot with a puck.
Generally I'd wear:
Shoes with with a hard toe
Ordering online should save you the most cash. You'll have to deal with shipping charges, especially since you're in Canada. Here are some "cheap" leg pads that I posted in another thread:
$99 - 2004 CCM Roller pads:
- I have these. I don't like them (lots of rebounds), but you can't beat that price.
$199 - 2005 CCM Roller pads:
- This year's model, pretty nice in terms of knee protection for the price. The pad itself is kinda ugly and seemingly made of some synthetic material.
$199 - 2004 Mission Motion Lite:
- Had two buddies buy these in the last week. The pad itself is nicer than the CCMs, but the knee protection isn't as good. Not sure which one I'd recommend between these and the $199 CCMs.
$299 - 2005 Reebok Seniors:
- These just came out. Just from looking at them, it seems to have the same construction as the Mission with the knee padding of the CCM.
You can probably get away with wearing a normal player's pants if you already have one. I know other guys who use baseball gloves instead of a goalie glove, and that works fine.
This is probably the cheapest chest protector you'll be able to find:
Ebay is a good option, I got one pair of leg pads there. The only drawback is that you don't get to try them on first (if you don't have a shop locally with them).
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