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02-20-2009, 03:22 PM
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OT: All you goalies out there!

I play in a friday night league every friday as the goalie. I made the mistake of getting all my equipment online (this was 2 years ago) and thus, my current pads are wicked small. I think only 28" if that's possible.
I've been doing ok with them but I'm a big guy and I look rather silly out there with these tiny pillows attached to my legs.

So I've been looking for a relatively cheap upgrade and ran across the "Nike Bauer Vapor XX senior Hockey Goalie Leg Pads" for only $250 (34-36")

Will I be able to do butterflys alright with these? again, the pads I currently have are too small and just designed poorly when it comes to butterflys.

Now i've been scouring google and such for any kind of reviews on these bad boys. Haven't heard bad or good things about bauer/nike.. that's when I decided to post this.

With that in mind I only play in the winter from Nov-March and it's only every week. Sometimes every other week so I don't really need or want to spend a lot of money on really really decent $1200+ pads. But at this point anything is better than the small puppies I have now.

Thanks for any help!

-Rick


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02-20-2009, 03:47 PM
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You do know there is a proper way to size goalie pads, right?

You need to measure your ATK. Then take the ATK measurement and match it with the correct size of pad in that brand.

(ATK means ankel to knee. Do a google search on it and it'll show you.)

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No I do and I know that I'd like to get the 34" but my question was more about the vapor xx brand and if they were decent enough for the price

I was also thinking about spending a little more for the supreme one55s but again, i don't know about these as it's hard finding any kind of reviews or opinions out there

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For 250 bucks, if they are brand new, then I would say its a pretty good deal. Bauer makes pretty decent stuff. I've never worn bauer pads, but if they are new you shouldnt have any problems.

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Ive heard bad things about the really cheap bauer pads. The cheapo pads from any brand are generally crap.

My reccomendation is check ebay every day for a good deal on used pro gear. I got a pair of Vaughn Velocity 7000's for 200 bucks.

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the other goalie in my sunday night pickup leeague has those same exact pads, so i will ask him about them tomorrow for you. if your looking to stay fairly cheap, here is a website to check out, lots of reasonable deals to give you some options. goaliemonkeys clearance section....

http://www.goaliemonkey.com/clearanc...-leg-pads.html

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I play in a friday night league every friday as the goalie. I made the mistake of getting all my equipment online (this was 2 years ago) and thus, my current pads are wicked small. I think only 28" if that's possible.
I've been doing ok with them but I'm a big guy and I look rather silly out there with these tiny pillows attached to my legs.

So I've been looking for a relatively cheap upgrade and ran across the "Nike Bauer Vapor XX senior Hockey Goalie Leg Pads" for only $250 (34-36")

Will I be able to do butterflys alright with these? again, the pads I currently have are too small and just designed poorly when it comes to butterflys.

Now i've been scouring google and such for any kind of reviews on these bad boys. Haven't heard bad or good things about bauer/nike.. that's when I decided to post this.

With that in mind I only play in the winter from Nov-March and it's only every week. Sometimes every other week so I don't really need or want to spend a lot of money on really really decent $1200+ pads. But at this point anything is better than the small puppies I have now.

Thanks for any help!

-Rick
I couldn't tell by your post if you're playing ice or ball hockey but the Vapors are definitely not suited for ice hockey. If your playing ball hockey, go for it.

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Ive heard bad things about the really cheap bauer pads. The cheapo pads from any brand are generally crap.

My reccomendation is check ebay every day for a good deal on used pro gear. I got a pair of Vaughn Velocity 7000's for 200 bucks.
Nice! Great deal! Mine cost $1500

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02-25-2009, 01:22 PM
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Visit:
http://www.goaliestore.com/
Best place for goalie related anything. If you don't find a review on there, you'll find someone with some knowledge on whatever you're looking at.

As for the pads in question, I have the Pro Vapors, and they're alright. There's a lot of junk in the leg channel, and you have to mess around with the straps A LOT to avoid over rotation. That said, they flex very well, maintain a good S-shape, and aren't too heavy (not the lightest pads mind you) - great if you have a narrow butterfly. The ones you're looking at might not share the same rotation problems, since you won't have the same leg channel.

You can butterfly in any pad. Just find the CORRECT SIZE, and mess around with the straps. If you want to be a butterfly sliding machine, this takes practice, however, some pads are more friendly for this. I'd say the Vapors (pro ones at least) are OK for this. The occasional over rotation can cause the landing gear to miss the ice, and sliding on the leg channel stacks and straps isn't very effective. But do some research.

Finally, I'd say stay away from any of the "cheap" stuff. It's all made overseas, and quality takes a big hit. Find good, used, higher end (i.e.; "pro") gear online, as suggested above.

Good luck!

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