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02-22-2013, 08:52 AM
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Stiff Goalie Equipment

I got a text from a friend this morning telling me that his equipment has been in storage since October. His "glove and blocker are like cement," and he can't put his hands in them. It's probably time he gets new gear, but he's supposed to be on the ice tonight. Any suggestions or quick fixes?

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Well, Irbe used to drive over his gear to get the stiffness out, probably not the best idea but it's an idea.

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My gear feels unnaturally stiff when it actually gets 3-4 days to air out between games. (I play 3-6 times a week, my stuff is usually always damp)

It just sounds like it's very dry. Your best bet is to add water. Seriously, it'll loosen up the gear a bit and allow it to be somewhat mold able.

Other than that, usage is the only way.

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Well, Irbe used to drive over his gear to get the stiffness out, probably not the best idea but it's an idea.
I remember reading that a while back

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My gear feels unnaturally stiff when it actually gets 3-4 days to air out between games. (I play 3-6 times a week, my stuff is usually always damp)

It just sounds like it's very dry. Your best bet is to add water. Seriously, it'll loosen up the gear a bit and allow it to be somewhat mold able.

Other than that, usage is the only way.
Thanks!

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warm water. the gloves are already made to have moisture in/on them so warm water will mimic sweat and loosen up the leather on the inside of the glove.

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My gear feels unnaturally stiff when it actually gets 3-4 days to air out between games. (I play 3-6 times a week, my stuff is usually always damp)

It just sounds like it's very dry. Your best bet is to add water. Seriously, it'll loosen up the gear a bit and allow it to be somewhat mold able.

Other than that, usage is the only way.
If he is supposed to be on the ice tonight, gloves would be extremely wet if hot water is used. I'd recommend using a steamer if available.

Always damp gear? I hate the feeling of cold damp gear.

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I keep a spray bottle of water in the garage with my gear and spritz it down lightly before stuffing it in the bag and heading off the rink. By the time I get to the locker room, it's loosened up and I spend a few minutes flexing everything back to softness.

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If he is supposed to be on the ice tonight, gloves would be extremely wet if hot water is used. I'd recommend using a steamer if available.

Always damp gear? I hate the feeling of cold damp gear.
I like the feeling of damp gear. Just feels way less stiff than if it were completely dry.

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I like the feeling of damp gear. Just feels way less stiff than if it were completely dry.
Complete opposite as a skater.

Damp gears are

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