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09-27-2006, 10:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Buffalo NY
when you look at the outer square block that runs vertical to the edge of the pad, notice that there is no cut/break in it from hte skate gusset up. The pad itself has a built in flex point that SCRUNCHING will help break in but it isnt going to change the position of your knee in the cradle. Putting the S shape in the face of the pads wont do you any good and is contrary to the design of the RBK and flat face. With a large curve any puck that strikes above the knee is liable to rebound back out front where you DONT want it to go.
Your best option is going to be getting the skate gusset to flatten. THe pads new will want to stand up in a more straight line from toe to thigh rise. Your going to need to get the skate gusset to look like "L". the closer to the top of the foot that you get the joining of the shin and skate portion of the pad, the higher your knee is going to sit in the cradle. One way is to use a spare skate lace. Make a loop neer the center that will fit arounf the skate gusset. Take each end of hte skate laces and go UP, pulling the skate gusset towards the face of the pads to bend it into a more L shape. Also, be sure to secure the arch and heel strap of the pad securely. That will also pull the pad lower.
This is all going ot help you solve the fit issue a little but your prob going to still find issues you wont be able to correct. Since you purchased a pad over size, the thigh rise is going to force your blocker upward or out. Might even do both. The tops of the pads are going to impact your stance since they are over size. Might take some getting used to in order to sort it all out.
good lukc but if you havent taken them on ice or gotten them dirty, I would take them back and exchange for a better fit. You will be MUCH happier. Go with a 33 or 34 with an added thigh rise if your interested in the 5-hole coverage that it offers.
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