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05-15-2012, 08:06 PM
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Defensemen gear (Shoulder pads etc)

I am 16 years old 5'8" 190 looking to play defense. What shoulder pads would offer good protection for defense (That aren't 90 dollars) and what sticks are also good for defensemen (Intermediate sticks)

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Shoulders : whatever fits well in your price range, which you haven't actually specified
Sticks : whatever feels right and is in your price range with your curve, neither of which you have specified so I don't know how any of us can help you...

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Well some shoulder pads don't offer much protection and others offer a lot for blocking shots.

For sticks curve doesn't matter to me I want one with enough flex for a D-man

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Again, are you looking for high end pads or mid end? High end sticks? Mid?

Help us help you...

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Mid for both

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If you're playing contact, I would take a good look at the CCM Fit 09 shoulders. They hug the body nicely and the low profile shoulder cap setup is excellent for receiving and dishing hits. Should be on clearance everywhere. The Easton EQ30 are also good value pads though the shoulder caps are absolutely solid. Take a look at those if you aren't playing contact. Try to find some old Warrior Projekt shoulder pads or the current Bonafides. Softer foams throughout but same level of protection, just different feel.

In terms of sticks, find some clearance models in 75-77 flex and cut them down to your height so they will be a bit stiffer. Otherwise go for an 85-87 if you prefer.

Next time, tell us this, otherwise you're just saying you want new shoulders and a stick...

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Check out the guides stickied at the top of the forum.

For shoulders, great advice already, but when you try them on, make sure it covers your torso and back pretty well. Bring your pants and try on with them and try to avoid gaps. Wear suspenders with the pants if you have to. Slappers to the belly suck.

For the stick, if you use it longer (taller than your nose), you might want a senior whip flex (77 or less). If you use it shorter (under your nose), you might want an intermediate.

Pretty much any stick is solid over $100 but the best deals are clearance models from the year before.

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Thank you both very much!

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I second AIREAYE's comment about the Warrrior Bonafide shoulders ... been using them for couple months only but they are great fitting and protective without feeling heavy or huge. I play D most of the time.

Having said that ... I checked out the CCM U+ CL shoulders today at the LHS ... gotta say they look and feel pretty awesome. Weighs nothing compared to my Bonafides, and I thought they were pretty light (not the lightest but on the lighter side).

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The 85S is a bit out of your price range because it's new but check out the S13s too for non-contact. The CLs are more than double what he is willing to pay, so let's rule that one out.

See if you can find some X:40s and One75s on sale as well.

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Sherwood 5030's

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Sherwood 5030's

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No, you're not helping.
You don't need body armor like what they provide out there anymore. I've played with those or similiar shoulder pads throughout my contact hockey years. I find that the only thing the bulkier shoulder pads offer is peace of mind. More often than not they are more annoying and it feels like they hinder your movement somewhat.

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Try telling that to a younger kid beginning to learn contact and try telling that to their parents, especially with everyone else wearing body armour, you don't want to be the one caught with a shoulder to your sternum from one of those.

Just because it worked for you doesn't mean it will work for someone else. Having the /thread doesn't help your case.

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You don't need body armor like what they provide out there anymore. I've played with those or similiar shoulder pads throughout my contact hockey years. I find that the only thing the bulkier shoulder pads offer is peace of mind. More often than not they are more annoying and it feels like they hinder your movement somewhat.
If the guy specifically says he's looking for "good protection", naming the pads that offer probably the least protection on the market and then proclaiming the thread over is a little ridiculous.

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If the guy specifically says he's looking for "good protection", naming the pads that offer probably the least protection on the market and then proclaiming the thread over is a little ridiculous.
yea the thread over thing was over the top. But honestly I think they offer good protection. All that body armor that is out now really is overkill. There is no need for it. If your a kid your not getting in the way of the type of shots that would even require you to use such a pair. All they do in the end is make things more uncomfortable instead of having range of motion and the freedom in a much lighter pair.

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There is an argument for the 5030 being a good shoulder pad, I'll give you that. However let it be clear that they are not good protection.

This discussion does not belong in this thread though, so I'll be the first to drop it. Let's get back on topic guys

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My cousin plays defense for his travel team (16 year olds). I talked him into getting 5030's and he's worn them for 2 seasons now. All the top end stuff touting "great mobility" still doesn't compare to the free flow of classic styled pads. He did add a little extra back protection but that's real easy to do.

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yea the thread over thing was over the top. But honestly I think they offer good protection. All that body armor that is out now really is overkill. There is no need for it. If your a kid your not getting in the way of the type of shots that would even require you to use such a pair. All they do in the end is make things more uncomfortable instead of having range of motion and the freedom in a much lighter pair.
There's really just so many unfounded assumptions here. You're trying to shoehorn the 5030s into this dude's question. The 5030s are great for lots of players, but I certainly wouldn't call them above average protection.

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I would not put my 16 year old in 5030's. They are not the best option out there for contact hockey, especially on defense.

If you are complaining about the mobility of modern shoulder pads, you have not tried on the pads made in the past few years.

The low to mid level Reeboks and Eastons have excellent coverage, low pro caps, and are not bulky or restrictive. Not a big fan of Bauer or Warrior personally. Haven't seen the new CCM's.

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It's getting off topic. If you want to discuss that, check out this thread.

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I would not put my 16 year old in 5030's. They are not the best option out there for contact hockey, especially on defense.

If you are complaining about the mobility of modern shoulder pads, you have not tried on the pads made in the past few years.

The low to mid level Reeboks and Eastons have excellent coverage, low pro caps, and are not bulky or restrictive. Not a big fan of Bauer or Warrior personally. Haven't seen the new CCM's.
I like my Bauer shouldies, but I had to take off just about every piece of optional padding. The bicep guards in particular are annoying.

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True. Even my 9950's I just picked up have annoying bicep guards, which is why I had to go down in size (they were getting hung up when winding up). My 4k's are no problem because they are adjustable.

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