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10-23-2006, 02:00 PM
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Helmet Cages: Clear Plastic vs Metal

I have finally decided to forego my half-shield visor and install a full face cage. I am leaning toward buying a clear plastic one like the ITECH Concept II, but I would like to hear some opinions on both.

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10-23-2006, 02:04 PM
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When I wear a full cage I use a combo. I have the Itech fx50 (I think thats the model #). It works pretty well. If the shield gets too scratched it can be replaced.

I think a full visor would be hot.

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I rocked an OG Itech full visor back in the 80s. It sucked. Fogged up and felt like I was wearing a fishbowl. Wouldn't do it again.

I currently use a CCM FM480, which is the standard facemask you see worn by many college players. I've worn other wire cages but this one is the best, because the holes are bigger than other company models, it's lightweight, fits any helmet, and also looks good. You can get it for $30 or less anywhere.




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10-23-2006, 02:28 PM
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Full itech I never liked. Always got marked up quick and then became useless. Like others said it can be warm and fog quickly

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Take real good care of it...once they get marked up its time to spend more money on a new one. They sure dont come cheap. A properly installed and fit HECC cage shouldnt bother your vision.

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I use a combo too. Haven't had any issues with scratching and fogging has been at a minimum. Only fogs when we play at the crappy rink...and my shield isn't the only thing that fogs, the glass along the rink does, and it's known to get fog coming from the ice during some days. The shampoo on the visor really does work in keeping you fog free. Just don't do stupid stuff, cause I know lots of peple just chuck the thing into their equipment bag which leads to scratchs with your equipment rubbing against it and stuff. Isn't hard to wrap it with a jersey before putting it in the bag.

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i prefer a cage, there way more durable.

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Any horror stories/urban myths on somebody taking a slapper to their Itech and it exploding? I've never heard this, but I bet it's happened...like in Newfoundland or something...

Also, many years ago (late 80s) I went to a Brown vs. RPI game, and the Brown goalie was wearing an Itech shield. I thought this was dumb (for obvious and similiar reasons as written above) and I've never seen it since then...

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The combo I have is also (I discovered) a convertible in case you did want to go back at some point. I really preferred the visibility of the combo over the cage, and only had it marked in one of the last games of my minor hockey career after using it for a couple of years, and even then it was an unfortunate falling into a stick's tape end incident.

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Any horror stories/urban myths on somebody taking a slapper to their Itech and it exploding? I've never heard this, but I bet it's happened...like in Newfoundland or something...

Also, many years ago (late 80s) I went to a Brown vs. RPI game, and the Brown goalie was wearing an Itech shield. I thought this was dumb (for obvious and similiar reasons as written above) and I've never seen it since then...
They arn't supposed to break...made out of Lexan I think it's called. Even if it breaks I don't think it shatters as much as just cracks. But yes, I have seen stuff like this break, not visors, but goal neck danglers.

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I prefer a full cage.

I had a combo but it kept getting scratched and fogged. Full visor was horrible. I just wanted to look like Jayna Hefford.

I have a Bauer 8000 cage and I really like it.

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I had a combo but it kept getting scratched and fogged. Full visor was horrible.
I had the same problem but I still prefer a visor. I was always alternating throughout my life in an effort to keep costs down. A cage will last a long time whereas my visors usually held up for under two years before I got fed up and switched back.

I haven't tried any of the new clear visors on the market. Maybe they're better these days.

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Any horror stories/urban myths on somebody taking a slapper to their Itech and it exploding? I've never heard this, but I bet it's happened...like in Newfoundland or something...

Also, many years ago (late 80s) I went to a Brown vs. RPI game, and the Brown goalie was wearing an Itech shield. I thought this was dumb (for obvious and similiar reasons as written above) and I've never seen it since then...
I don't think that can happen. I had an old used one that a bunch of us tried to break. We jumped on it and hit it with the butt end of sticks. Did not do any major damage.

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I went from a combo set-up (FX50) to a cage. The combo would fog up in the summer, but mainly I prefer the airflow with the cage. Just less hassle IMHO and after a while you'll even forget it's there.

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I prefer a cage and if your looking for one the best one to get (if you can find it) is one of those old Cooper bubble cages, they were the best.

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For me personally I would take the Itech cage that is two toned (white on the inside, and black ont he outside) I have had this last one for 3 years and it is great it shows a little rust, but I guess that is my own fault cause I keep it in my bag, rather than take it out

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I also use the Itech two tone one. I am no expert but I like this cage.

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ya man having a fish tank on your head looks so sweet i hope you roll down the drive thru window when you chirp haha.

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ya man having a fish tank on your head looks so sweet i hope you roll down the drive thru window when you chirp haha.
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watch it dude, mac will dangle you.

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ya man having a fish tank on your head looks so sweet i hope you roll down the drive thru window when you chirp haha.
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Cage.

Low maintainence, cheap, good vision, good ventlation, good durability.

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watch it dude, mac will dangle you.
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wow man you got me there...donno what to say...u write that chirp with a crayon? dustbag

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