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05-31-2006, 01:23 AM
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Goalie Pad Size

Hey guys I wasn't sure what size of goalie pad to get. First of all I am 5'10" and 175lbs. Pretty average stuff. I have been using 34" Mission's but want to go up to 36" but I am not sure if that is going to be too big. I am buying the pads online so I can't really try them on. The 34" work fine but I was thinking why not go bigger.

Anyhow any advice or thoughts on the matter?

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The bigger your pads, the less mobile you will be.

Every manufacturer sizes their pads a little different. Your best bet is to choose which pads you want, then go to the manufacturer's website for how to measure your leg to determine the appropriate pad size you want. Then determine if you want any changes to your thigh rise. That will give you the appropriate size to use to order your pads.

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/\ Exactly.

Maybe find something like a 34+1 so you get the extra thigh rise. Some pads have that. I think Itechs do...and Itechs have the adjustable knee cradle so you can move it around so it fits you a bit better if you got a larger pad, but I don't know how much you can adjust it.

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I was using the Mission Lite 34" before and was just thinking about the 36". The 34" fit great and the knee was right. I guess I shouldn't move to the 36" but rather a 34" with thigh rise. Unfortunately they don't have that.

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Remember in sizing, you can get a different sized 34 inch pad. By that I mean maybe you need it longer from your ankle to your knee, or things like that. Myself, I'm around 6-1, and use 36 inch pads, yet they are a very thin brand, and I've used them since I was around 5-11 or so tall, but I will admit, I had trouble in them in my shorter days, but I think it may have just been getting used to them. As of now, I love them, but If I were you, I'd check into the sizes from the ankle to knee, and things like that, because sometimes that all it may be, a 34 inch pad sounds right for your heigth.

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The latest of the budget Itech 4.8's comes with an adjustable knee lock which should in theory allow you to change the 36's to 34+2's

Or better yet save up a bit and get a custom built set from the likes of Smith, Vortek, etc and have them built to the size you want. May cost twice as much but they will also give twice the life of the budge lines. But I understand sometimes it's not an option.

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something that might help you get a feel for the extra 2" thighrise is just measuring out cardboard and slapping it to the top and seeing how your mobility is.. if they keep running into each other, maybe its not worth it if you're already comfortable with 34.

im actually surprised that you're in 34 for 5'10" anyway... im about the same size as you but a little lighter, and i'm in 32+1 and my pads fit fine, knee goes right to the middle of the lock

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The bigger your pads, the less mobile you will be.
If your pads fit, that's not true.

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I'm a fan of big pads. I went from a 35" to a 36" +2" a year ago and couldn't be happier. I'm 6'0 and they fit the knee just right, plus the five hole coverage is great. I had no problem adjusting and my mobility wasn't affected.

I bought them on-line too, so I didn't get to check the fit out, but once I knew the make I wanted I went to a local store and tried on the same kind. Doing that, I knew that a 36" would be fine.

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Unfortunately the Mission Lite's dont have the adjustable knee locks. I guess I will go with the 34" since I dont want to risk losing mobility.
http://www.icewarehouse.com/descpage.html?pcode=MHLLP

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this is for rollerhockey, yes?

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Yes for roller hockey but mostly for ball hockey.

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If your pads fit, that's not true.
I disagree. Fit has to do with appropriate knee and shin placement. If you get a +4 thighrise, you will have trouble skating, but the pad will still technically fit.

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Yes for roller hockey but mostly for ball hockey.
I actually don't like + sizing in ball hockey as I found it did hurt my mobility but I do use aroud +2 on my ice pads.

Also I am 5'9" (and a half ) and I am in 34's and my knee is at the top half of the landing gear. Height is never a great indicater of exact pad size as people of the same height come in different leg sizes.

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I disagree. Fit has to do with appropriate knee and shin placement. If you get a +4 thighrise, you will have trouble skating, but the pad will still technically fit.
I guess that would be true with a +4, but a +1 or a +2 shouldn't have much effect.

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Unfortunately the Mission Lite's dont have the adjustable knee locks. I guess I will go with the 34" since I dont want to risk losing mobility.
http://www.icewarehouse.com/descpage.html?pcode=MHLLP
Those are pretty decent pads. Cept you might have issues finding 34"...they seem to be pretty popular. They got some on epuck I noticed the other day though.

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I'm 6'4" and use 34", ya all are crazy. Get what you're comfortable with. Balls to what everyone else says. If you can work more effectively in 36" pads at 5'10", more power to ya.

I've had the luxury of going through a couple pairs of goalie pads, so I know what size works best for me. I don't think you're gonna ship out 3 different sizes to see which one you like best, though. In a perfect world, you could go to a LHS and try a couple pairs on.

So, in the end, I have no advice.

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Those are pretty decent pads. Cept you might have issues finding 34"...they seem to be pretty popular. They got some on epuck I noticed the other day though.
I sold my white 34" ones and planned to get the black/silver 34" same model. I found that Ebay has quite a few of them.
I hope the matching glove and blocker work as well as the pads do.
There is a big advantage in ball hockey if the pads were designed for floors instead of ice. The weight is less and there isnt much unnecessary padding normally found for pucks.

Sock: Thanks for the advice! In the end I guess I'll stick with what I'm used to. Hopefully come Nationals I won't have to face Alex Burrows hacking at me!!!

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True..eBay got's tons..just not as good of a deal. But it's the only place that has the yellows which I must say, like very much

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I'm 5'10 and I've been using 36" Reeboks for the last year. Took about a month to get used to them, but I don't think I lost too much mobility from when I was using 32" Heatons. Then again, I am pretty slow to begin with

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Height does not equate 1-to-1 with pad size, as your boot size and shin length will vary from person to person, as will the extent of your desired thigh rise. It's really worth the effort to make it out to a hockey shop to be properly fitted.

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i'm 5'5/5'6 and wear 32's if that has any bearing. this is for roller. PFS 2000 or something, got it off of epuck. been using them for around a year or two now.

my friend plays ice with 34's, but he's upgrading to 37's i'm guessing he's 6 foot or 6'1.

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I'm 5'9" and wear 34" TPS pads. I personally don't like big pads, but I an very flexible and have cat-like reflexes with my hands (when the gloves fit) and will go down and snag things with the glove rather than give up the rebound.

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The bigger your pads, the less mobile you will be.
Not necessarily... I wear 37"+2" and I'm as mobile as any goalie you will see of my height (I'm 6'3"). By the way, RedK, I believe this is the 3rd board I find you on. (MBs, GSBB [Netminda32], and here)

To the original poster, if the pads fit, leave the size be. You can also shop around and get a better pad, in 34" with a plus thighrise or a 35".

http://www.cupolosports.com/5.html

Check out the Jayco pads in that link. Theyre on clearance for only $300, my friend just got a pair, and they're excellent pads.

-- George.

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I'm 5'9'' and I use 37'' pads when I play goal. I know it might sound big but I'm very mobile and I can skate faster then some players on my team.

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