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08-12-2012, 01:28 AM
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Thepandamancan
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I started off with low end gear...but two things happened. I realized very quickly why something was so cheap, because it was. Straps would rip off at the seams, etc. so I was forced to buy new gear. The other thing that happened in my non-contact beginner hockey league was that no one can skate, or rather, stop so there'd be a lot of contact.

After those two experiences, I splurged and bought better gear. I usually try to buy gear right below the top end. If I can get last year's top end or second to top end gear on clearance, even better.

I know we're all on some kind of budget...but when I buy gear I mostly ignore cost and buy what's protective and fits/feels good. It should last you for a long time before you have to buy a new set or replace anything.

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