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05-20-2014, 08:31 AM
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I'll consider those too, I see a few floating around eBay for pretty cheap...

May pick one up and just staple a piece of cardboard to it as a homemade core extension :p

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So I ended up buying the Sherwood T-90 Undercover shin guards after I went to PHL and found out that they fit better than the Nexus and the Reebok lines.

I was looking through hockey store websites/videos and noticed that the T-90's I own are slightly different than the T-90's in the pictures/video(basically just the lack of vent holes on mine).

Are there 2 different models of the T-90 Undercover's or is there something I should know about my pair?

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I wear a size 12-12.5. Should I be buying size 10.5 or 11 skates? There really isn't anywhere for me to try on skates in south florida.

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I wear a size 11.5-12 in sneakers, a 10.5-11 wide in dress shoe, and I wear 9.5 wide bauer vapors. They fit great. Im guessing you are going to want to go down about 2 sizes from your street shoe and if you have wide feet, consider going wide.

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What about the Easton Stealth line?
I use them for elbows. Much better quality than I expected for price.

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can anyone recommend goalie throat shields? I bought three of them for like $25, they all broke, and now when I look online the cheapest are $30 for a single one.

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Hey all beginner here. 35 and doing my first Adult Learn to Play clinic in a few weeks.

I have a couple, maybe simple equipment questions.

Exposed Abdomen - between the shoulder pads and the pants there is a good bit of abdomen that is not covered. Should i have opted for a higher end pad that offers that extra protection? I went with the Bauer vapor x 60 as it felt more comfortable than one.4. The pants are Easton Mk3s that i found fit me much better than anything else i put on.

Beginner Curve - I wanted a wooden stick to start with both due to price and the idea that I will feel the puck a bit more and maybe build some muscle. The fellow at my local shop set me up with the a Sherwood 5030 with a coffee curve. Now that I have it at home it just seems a bit drastic, and might not help me learn puck handling correctly?

Caveat to all of this - i haven't touched the ice in full equipment yet, so maybe I'll answer some of my own questions in the coming weeks.

Thanks.

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Yeah you'll answer some of your own questions. Belly coverage is mostly personal preference. Yes, some pads are longer, but many people don't really need full protection in that area.

Coffey for a beginner is a little extreme. I like recommending a shallower mid curve for beginners, like a Bauer P88, Easton E7 or Warrior W88 for example. That way you can opt for a 'larger' or 'smaller' curve

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Thanks for the quick reply. I'll see what i can do about the p88 etc. Are there any wooden sticks you might recommend or do you feel like it's more about the blade vs. anything else.

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The Sherwood 5030 is offered in a PP88 Ryan II curve, or you cna check out the smaller PP09 Ryan or larger PP26 Stastny in the same stick.

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I've been wearing the Warrior AX1 elbows - and after going through 3-4 other elbow pads that always seem to mysteriously slip out of one of my elbows - I finally found something that stays locked in without having to wrap layers of tape around it.

It looks massive initially (or maybe my biceps are just too small), but it's rather lightweight and relatively tight. Unlike most other pads I've owned - the straps tighten up a lot better.

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AIREAYE, another question for you.

For the new line of CCM RBZ shoulders, is it true that the higher end stuff is less cumbersome & heavy than the lower end gear?

This is a bit counter-intuitive for me because it's always the more expensive the more cumbersome - for shoulders at least.

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Dont really know what you mean by that. Theyre all light and pretty much unnoticeable, its just the higher end ones are more protective and can wick moisture better. Shoulder caps and chest spine may be a bit thicker too.

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Dont really know what you mean by that. Theyre all light and pretty much unnoticeable, its just the higher end ones are more protective and can wick moisture better. Shoulder caps and chest spine may be a bit thicker too.
You answered my question - you do know what I mean

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Anyone still use Black Biscuit inline pants? I'm in need of new pants and I remember these being the best on the market years ago. I haven't seen or heard about them in some time though.

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Is Bauer he only brand that makes 13 in. Sr shin pads?

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I left my 13 in. Sherwood gloves at the rink. These gloves are pretty old. Got them back in 2000.

I will probably need to by a new pair. I tried on some 13 inch. Easton's but they were too tight. I generally wear a medium in work gloves. 14 inch is considered medium in hockey gloves shouldn't I need a 14 inch glove. Do the brands differ in volume?

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14" can be considered medium yes, but you need to try on different fits. There are generally 3 types of fit, check the first page of this guide.

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14" can be considered medium yes, but you need to try on different fits. There are generally 3 types of fit, check the first page of this guide.
Cool, thanks.

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I wear a size 11.5-12 in sneakers, a 10.5-11 wide in dress shoe, and I wear 9.5 wide bauer vapors. They fit great. Im guessing you are going to want to go down about 2 sizes from your street shoe and if you have wide feet, consider going wide.
you should consider getting Bauer nexus skates a lot more wider than vapors and extremely more wider than supreme.

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08-29-2014, 02:59 PM
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Advice on pants

While shopping for my son I recently picked up a pair of CCM U+ 08 senior pants for myself. I liked them more than the similarly priced Easton 75s, although part of that was that they had laces as well as the strappy thing.

I have not worn them yet and I wonder if I should take them back for something else. My main concern is the thigh protection, as I tend to block a lot of shots for beer league. My billion year old Hespeler pants side thigh pads seem to cover around the back more.

The CCM seem to have very good tailbone protection, decent hip and are much lighter than anything I have worn in the past.

How are the Bauer Vapor X 5.0 in comparison?

Should I just be looking for something higher end?

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you should consider getting Bauer nexus skates a lot more wider than vapors and extremely more wider than supreme.
I appreciate the tip, but my vapors fit great! My advice was for the post above mine.

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Need Buying Help: Pants

Hi guys,

Id like to buy some new low price pants for rec hockey. Currently Im between the FERLAND HP6000 and the COMBAT Cal52.

What would you suggest? Which pants can protect me better?

Infos to me: Im playing rec hockey 3 times a week. The teams are mixed up in levels, so there can be some guys hitting/shooting at you hard. I play kind of an grinder style.

Thank you for your opinions.

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Hi guys,

Id like to buy some new low price pants for rec hockey. Currently Im between the FERLAND HP6000 and the COMBAT Cal52.

What would you suggest? Which pants can protect me better?

Infos to me: Im playing rec hockey 3 times a week. The teams are mixed up in levels, so there can be some guys hitting/shooting at you hard. I play kind of an grinder style.

Thank you for your opinions.
Probably the Combat 52cal, they're (formerly) high end pants.

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The palms in my Reebok 4Roll Pro gloves are ripped to shreds. Even my lower hand that basically has no contact with tape or anything else is shredded. While they aren't the most expensive gloves, they weren't cheap. A teammate of mine had the same issue with these gloves as well.

I play 2x a week(3 every now and again), and I got about 8 months out of them. I understand that all gloves are susceptible to palm wear, and I can either repalm or get a new pair.

Any recommendations from those of you that have used a few different brands of gloves that may hold up a little longer. I'd like to spend 130.00 or less, ideally they would be 15", and have a 4 roll type design.

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