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04-17-2013, 03:49 PM
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The Bauer Pro were awful. Huge, huge shoulder caps with no protection of the back or belly.

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04-17-2013, 04:30 PM
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Shoulder pads are funny because for most rec players, shoulder protection is the lowest priority. Most of us are much more concerned about taking a puck to the sternum, getting accidentally speared in the belly, or falling hard on our back than about hurting our shoulders in a no-check low-contact, low-level league.

I find the affordable stuff to generally be not protective enough of the lower torso (a la Sherwood) or to be generally uncomfortable in some way (restrictive, heat-trapping, clunky, heavy, etc.).

The top-end stuff may fare better in that dept. but it's just too damn expensive. The Farrell stuff looked promising to me, but they went belly-up, and besides I still wanted a protection a little lower to the belly and lumbar areas. I checked out padded roller hockey shirts, but they definitely fell into the "too hot" category -for me at least. I heat up easily, I didn't even like wearing Sherwood 9950's, although I think I should have worn XL instead of L.

So I made this. Well, designed it and ultimately had a professional stitch the pads on

In its fully finished form, it consists of:
One Nike FitDry shirt that I bought for $4 at a thrift shop
The pads cut out of a few pairs of Farrell shorts (there is a seller liquidating them for super-cheap on Amazon). Shorts were $8 apiece.

This picture shows them half-done (shoulder, upper back and chest only are attached, using padding from two sets of shorts). I tried it out using fabric glue, which worked OK and held for a while, but after a few skates I could tell they were going to start coming off. So I cut out the pads from the third pair of shorts, marked places for them on the shirt, and took the whole kit in to be stitched properly. The result (I'll try to post a pic of the finished product soon) is ugly, but very protective (I added pads around the lower lumbar and kidney/side areas as well as the belly) and very comfortable. It breathes really well since all the foam padding is well ventilated and the shirt wicks moisture, and although it's not terribly light, the way it sits on the body makes up for that. I don't think I'll ever wear regular shoulder pads again.


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04-17-2013, 04:51 PM
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That's a good idea. Plenty of manufacturers these days are doing just that, with many people even using football, bike and lacrosse products with an array of different protective materials.

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04-17-2013, 11:36 PM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions, HF. I ordered a set of the Fit09s recommended by AIREAYE and others.

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04-18-2013, 01:37 PM
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I use the Sherwood 9950's, basically just small caps and some stuff (not even sure what the padding is) over the front and back. I think a lot of it breaks down to your injury past, how much you want to spend, comfort level and how stuff fits. Some of these shoulder pads look great on the internet and then your try them on and feel like RoboCop. I also play in non check rec league so I'd like to have something there but I'm not tackling a 230 pound running back. And after 20 years of hockey and at 6 feet 200lbs I can honestly say I've never had any sort of serious upper body injury so really I have no reason to buy bulky pads.

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04-18-2013, 01:42 PM
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What about the 08's? How do they compare. Were the 09's a big jump? http://www.totalhockey.com/product/U...9-41/?mtx_id=0

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04-18-2013, 02:08 PM
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Yeah the 09s would be 2 steps up from the 08, but not a terribly significant jump in protection. The low-profile and sleek design were the focus.

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04-18-2013, 02:16 PM
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I noticed there is about a $25 difference between the 08's and the 12's. I assume that comes down to a similar protection factor but less bulk/lower profile and just general newness markup? It seems that Reebok 7k and 9k run about the same difference price wise as those CCM's do. I think the CCM's run larger though which I need and so many people seem really happy with the CCM product.


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04-18-2013, 02:53 PM
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CCMs do not run larger.

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04-22-2013, 11:54 PM
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Tried a set of ccm u+12 and I am sold. Tons of mobility, sleek shoulder caps and they fit me just right. Ordering a pair asap

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04-23-2013, 11:12 AM
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A teammate of mine has the Down Low shoulders. If you've got the money, they are pretty cool.

Good work McDugan! I like that idea of an undershirt with the padding on it. Just to take the sting off pucks and hits.

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04-23-2013, 11:21 AM
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I wonder...what about stitching some velcro strips onto a padded shirt and then adding some 5030 shoulder caps on them. Take the caps off to wash the shirt.


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04-24-2013, 03:53 PM
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if you're playing beer league no hitting get some sherwood caps
minor protection and comfy.

i either wear these or no shoulder pads at all.


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04-24-2013, 04:19 PM
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I wonder...what about stitching some velcro strips onto a padded shirt and then adding some 5030 shoulder caps on them. Take the caps off to wash the shirt.
Funny, I was just thinking of doing that with the shirt I did up.

Going to wait and see if I feel it's really necessary though... I find the Farrell padding blocks really effective, and I really like not having the bulk of shoulder caps.

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04-25-2013, 02:15 PM
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Any particular thoughts on the warrior koncept? Love 'em, hate 'em? Bulky?

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04-25-2013, 03:34 PM
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Anyone have any thoughts on Sherwood 9905 vs the CCM 1899's ? I'm looking at both and having a hard time really keying in on one.

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04-25-2013, 04:20 PM
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I'd go 9950's because they don't have any string on them. It looks cool and all, but my 5030's kept coming untied during games and would fall apart. Also, the 9950's don't stain and turn yellow like the 5030's did (not sure if the 1899's are cloth or nylon though).

My two cents.

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04-25-2013, 04:57 PM
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I know I'm a Reebok fanboy and it's OT, but those new Reebok protective that are all foam look cool. Won't buy them, too much $ but love companies going this route (like the CCM UL).
Cant wait til the Crazy lights go on clearance next season.

I wear CCM Pros now and i love them.. but itd be nice to have a pad that doesnt retain sweat or smell... And the huge weight reduction would just be a bonus..

Hopefully they feel, fit, and act like the U+ Pros i have now.


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Only thing that worries me is the build quality ..

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04-25-2013, 05:36 PM
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Cant wait til the Crazy lights go on clearance next season.

I wear CCM Pros now and i love them.. but itd be nice to have a pad that doesnt retain sweat or smell... And the huge weight reduction would just be a bonus..

Hopefully they feel, fit, and act like the U+ Pros i have now.
Not at all unfortunately. The CL is a new design.

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04-25-2013, 08:58 PM
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Update: I ordered the CCM Fit09s over a week ago from Totalhockey, they charged my credit card, and then I got a call yesterday saying they were sold out. What the hell?

So now I'm shopping for U+ 12s.

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Anyone have any thoughts on Sherwood 9905 vs the CCM 1899's ? I'm looking at both and having a hard time really keying in on one.
If you're going strictly on weight, go for the 1899s. If you'd like to have a little more protection, the 9905s seem to offer better protection in the chest and spine. The 1899s have a little more surface area coverage in the chest, but it's strictly PE foam.


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I'd go 9950's because they don't have any string on them. It looks cool and all, but my 5030's kept coming untied during games and would fall apart. Also, the 9950's don't stain and turn yellow like the 5030's did (not sure if the 1899's are cloth or nylon though).

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The 1899s are nylon. I had the same issue with the string, but I switched it out for a regular flat-wound shoe lace and that seemed to do the trick.

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Update: I ordered the CCM Fit09s over a week ago from Totalhockey, they charged my credit card, and then I got a call yesterday saying they were sold out. What the hell?

So now I'm shopping for U+ 12s.
U+12 is a fantastic choice, I'm loving mine. Super sleek,not bulky, plenty of chest and back protection. Solid price

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04-26-2013, 02:10 AM
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Yeah I knew what you were referring to. The Vector and U+ series are still quite good. Perhaps check out a pair of clearance Fit09s (http://www.totalhockey.com/product/U...6-41/?mtx_id=0) or the current U+12s.
Which would you recommend disregarding price?

U+ Pros, U+12s, or the Fit09s?

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04-26-2013, 10:40 AM
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Well as in a previous post, I believe that the U+Pros are the best shoulder pad to come out in retail in a while so definitely look there. Their explosion in popularity among the pro, minor pro and major junior ranks over the past...3 years (?) really testifies to that as well.

The Fit09 and the U+12 are comparable, but I'm not a fan of the new shoulder pad line as I feel that they are too flimsy and short, with more higher profile caps (though the NHL-spec cap on the CL and CS is the saving grace imo). Between these two, I would select based on whichever one feels more comfortable, but would opt for the Fit09 if trying them on is not possible.

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