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07-16-2011, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
I'm definitely a tongues under shins guy, lets me wear longer/more protective shins and feel more natural/less restrictive. I've always felt the long tongues with the big flop was mostly a fashion statement.
This. Obviously some people are just more comfortable with tongues out, and it's really all about what's most comfortable in the end, but I'm convinced that, among most younger players today, the tongue out is much more about "swagger" than actual functionality. A lot of people justifying it with the mobility excuse are full of it. I say this because, after having gone tongue out until around 17 years old, before switching to tongue under the pads, and going on to play DI hockey, there is absolutely NO difference in the amount of forward flex that you get with/without tucked tongues. It's purely about what's more comfortable/you think looks good.

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