There are guys who do it yes, though it really is for the obsessed and for professional equipment managers. I intend to build a few pairs of 'frankenpads' this summer, with old complete pads scrounged up for cheap from either PIAS or through my work. Will post links to pics when the time comes
I've tried different shoulder pads in the past, and the Farrells are definitely much shorter proportionally compared to "traditional" shoulder pads.
I'm a 5' 2" woman, so I can only wear junior pads. Sounds like the U+ Fit09, Fit07 might be worth trying? (U+ Pros don't come in junior size.) There's also the new U+ 12 (also low profile caps) which according to Ice Warehouse is comparable to the Fit07.
I called the local hockey stores in my area and they don't stock CCM shoulder pads. Most of their stuff is Bauer.
Just wanted to follow up on my post and the help people gave me.
So I tried the CCM U+ Fit09 in various sizes, and it just didn't fit me very well. The good news was that along with my Tackla 9000 pants, the Fit09 covered most of my stomach only leaving a tiny gap.
I also went to the local hockey store and tried Bauer Supreme One60 (?), Bauer Vapor x7.0, Warrior (can't remember which one), and Reebok.
Something about the Reebok, the width of the shoulders and torso fit me the best without any restriction in shoulder movement. I tried the 9k, but that was overkill in protection, so I got the 7k. The 5k was good, too, but the 7k had belly protection and shoulder blade protection that the 5k didn't have. I ended up wearing size junior large. Hope this helps for anyone small and female looking for shoulder pads.
Anybody have a little information on the Easton Stealth 85s shoulders?
Impressed with everything on these guys except for the shoulder caps. They're supposed to be low profile and are angled as such but it's pretty big and rock hard due to the outer plastic. I have a very strong opinion that no higher end pad should have solid caps and should all be soft and/or NHL-certified but that's an argument for another day.
However if you're playing non-contact these are actually pretty protective and light. I really like the amount of padding in the chest/ribs and the sternum so if you're looking for optimum protection, these are a good choice.
Finally replaced my 10+ year old shoulder pads with a new pair of Bauer X-Velocitys and the fit is amazing. I went from constantly rearranging my shoulder pads during a game because the straps were so old they were too loose, to not even thinking about them at all. They didn't even shift once in the 5 games I played this past weekend.
Makes me wonder how much shin pads, elbow pads, pants have improved in the 7+ years since I last replaced them.