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03-24-2012, 02:47 AM
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I'd honestly be willing to spend more on high-level shinpads to get more protection, even as a real beginner (assuming you're playing in a league and not just taking classes) because that's probably the area you take the most contact from the puck and other people's sticks even in beginner leagues.

Not that shins would have helped this, but I have a huge welt on my inner thigh right now from a shot I caught while screening the goalie, and I'm always taking things off my ankles and calves that freaking hurt, even when they catch the weak padding on the back of my shins. When the velcro on my shins gives up the ghost for good, I will absolutely spend more for better calf protection and better impact absorption.

And with that, I'm going to go ice my leg again. Owie.

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