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06-15-2012, 10:15 AM
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If you're playing contact hockey:

APX shoulders - hugs the body very nicely and better foams than on the X:60

Warrior Projekt shoulders - the mainly white older model sizes larger while the just released blue ones are truer to size. great rib coverage with softer shoulder caps so both players are protected and not just you

EQ50 elbows - rounded cap and one piece forearm design helps to wrap around the forearm better and upon impact will disperse it more evenly

CCM U+CL elbows - 3 piece elbow pad, is a bit shorter in length but rounded cap will disperse impact better

You can go with any top-end shin pad depending on how you like them fitted (narrow, wide or tapered)

If you play non-contact:

Easton EQ50 shoulders - probably the most protective shoulder pads on the market; these things are tanks

Easton RS/85S shoulders - also great protection

Bauer Pro Series/Bauer Nexus 1000 shoulders - Nexus replaces Pro and was just released today

Reebok 11/9K elbows - go for the 9K as it's better value and equal protection

The Crazy Strong shoulder are quite low-profile and quite mobile, though not the most protective.

Anyhow, I still recommend you go somewhere to try it out and buy it there.

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