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02-21-2013, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by vapor11 View Post
Took a wrister off the shin last weekend at the outdoors..felt that one..kept playing tho

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Had pickup the next night so I put a bandaid over it..didn't think about removing it with my hairy legs..not sure what stung more the shot or removing the bandaid
This is why I made the investment in top end shinpads. I took one moderately hard slapshot off my old, cheap shins in a pickup once, and decided that I wasn't doing that any more. Got myself a nice pair of top end eastons, and haven't looked back. I've taken hard shots and certainly felt them, but I have not had them bruise or cut anything.

As for OP, the equipment is there for a reason. If you don't wear it, you will get yourself hurt. Going without shins is all well and good until you take a shot or somebody whacks you with a stick. Going without elbows is fine until you fall and get bone chips in what's actually a fairly sensitive joint. My dad did that, he had to have surgery. Even though he's only playing in a low C league these days, he learned his lesson and wears decent elbow pads. You can go without shoulders, but as a small, fast guy who goes into corners and doesn't shy away from contact along the boards, you won't catch me not wearing 'em.

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