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04-03-2009, 12:18 PM
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Which should I get?

Helmet:

5500 or 4500?

I like both helmets, but don't know which to get. I had a 4500 for this season, and had a 5500 for past years, but it seems everywhere you go everyone has a 4500.

Skates:

S15's or SE16's(Not white) or XXXX's?

I don't know. I've been looking, and I haven't even had a chance to look for it, as no store has my size(12 1/2 skate). Which is better?

Shoulder Pads:

Farrel H500's or Vapor XXXX's?

Honest debate on what I should get. Help appreciated!


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I would stay away from Easton skates, terrible durability. Take the 5500 bucket, safer, and IMO better looking. As for shoulders, if I am thinking about the right ones, the Farrells are pretty weird looking, and the XXXX's are stylish, and compact, but still offer protection. My two cents

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I would stay away from Easton skates, terrible durability. Take the 5500 bucket, safer, and IMO better looking. As for shoulders, if I am thinking about the right ones, the Farrells are pretty weird looking, and the XXXX's are stylish, and compact, but still offer protection. My two cents
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go with which ever one fits the best.

none of the products you described has a large advantage over the other They're all good quality (well, Easton skates....).

Tough with the skates though. I don't have as much experience with the SE16s so I will hold judgement.

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Easton skates have gotten a lot better in terms of durability in recent generations. And they feel and perform great.

But as for the bucket, the 5500 is a gel padding, the 4500 is a traditional foam. It's really a matter of preference. Personally I like the gel, so I have a Bauer 5000 (predecessor to the 5500) and it works great for me.

And try those skates on BTW- all brands will have shape and sizing differences. I wear a 7 in easton, but would probalby wear a 6 or a 6.5 in a bauer.

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XXXX shoulder pads were the most comfortable, and well fitting shoulder pads I've ever worn. Never used them though, but they felt fantastic.

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All I can say is I love my Easton skates, and the entire XXXX line is going to be overpriced for the foreseeable future.

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All I can say is I love my Easton skates, and the entire XXXX line is going to be overpriced for the foreseeable future.
That is what I am looking at also. S15's are about $70 cheaper than the XXXX's and they're lighter. I'm going to try the skates on tomorrow, and I'll see from there. Thanks everyone for the input!

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you can get the s15s and se16s on hockeygiant for 300

i prefer the XXXX, though i actually have never skated in eastons, but i like N/B skates

the s15 and se16s have a removable heel lift so im not sure what you are skating on now but you might be pitched forward a bit on the eastons


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Alright, just got back from the store. I got XXXX skates, they were just so comfortable on my feet. I also got a 5500, they didn't have a 4500 so it doesn't matter. I also got the Farrel H600 shoulder pads. Sorry NYRSinceBirth I didn't even get a chance to put on XXXX's that's how good the Farrel's felt. I also picked up a pair of XXR roller skates.

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