I'm looking at buying some of Reebok's high-end 11k protective gear, but I think the updated gear (RBK 12k?) will be announced before year's end. Roughly when does new equipment get announced?
nope. 11k should still be the high end for this season. Next October or so there may be an update i believe. However Reebok is coming out with a new stick called the Ai9, but it wont usurp the 11 K as the top end model.
With a new lineup called the Ai_ in sticks, there might be a possibility of a dual lineup in protective, though it's more likely imo that they'll continue the current 2 year pattern, perhaps update/tweak it next year.