I am new to goaltending and I find that I am getting many bruises on my chest and belly from stops. My chest protector is kind of old (I got it second hand). I am not trying to sound like a baby, I can deal with the hits, I am just wondering if the bruising is a normal occurrence or should I be looking for a new chest protector.
I'm not a goalie, so I can't speak from personal experience, but I think you may want to look into investing in some new uppers. I can't imagine you're supposed to be getting hurt on a regular basis making routine saves.
Get yourself another chest protector. When I first started playing I had a fairly good protector and didn't think a lot about it. After a couple years I upgrades and was amazed at the difference in protection, night and day. Or, in your case, bruises or no bruises. Be prepared to spend some money.
Definitely get a new one, you really should not be bruising like that. Its a shame, because I would have sold you mine, I bought an Itech X-wing pro chest protector, only wore it twice, and JUST sold it on ebay because it was just a little too bulky for my style, the thing was a tank.
Im in an RBK Xpulse Pro chest protector now, and I love it because of the mobility, but as far as taking up net space, its not nearly as good as the Itech, but I still prefer the flexibility. Finally got one after using my old koho for 8yrs. Its in pretty good condition for that old and has pro protection, don't know if youre interested or not.
When I first started out, bruising was a regular occurrence for me. Every game I'd have a fresh one, usually on the arms. I had cheaped out on my C/A and bought a really old Bauer Reactor one, which was probably 10+ years old.
The adrenaline usually takes care of any pain, and at first it was kinda cool to be all bruised up, but the novelty wore off pretty fast.
If price is an issue, a new senior-level C/A can be bought for $150 - $200 and will give you much more protection than it sounds like you're getting. If you want to bump it up a bit, smaller companies (Don Simmons, Battram) make pro-level C/A's for a very good price as well. No need to lay down $700 for a top-of-the-line brand-name Brown C/A.
I personally use a RBK 5K C/A -- a senior-level piece of gear -- and get a stinger once every 10 games or so. A bruise maybe a couple times a year. It was night and day compared to that 10-year-old C/A I had before.