Well, I've come to the decision after playing forward since November that I really want to be a goalie. Forward is fun and all but I really want to give goalie a try and really pursue it. I'm looking for tips on purchasing gear and general know how about being a goalie. I've ready puckmugger's blogs and those are good reads but I'm looking for different tips and other's experiences. Plus, I'm nuts enough to block shots in open hockey, I figure why not do it properly. I'm really excited about though it seems that it's going to cost me about $1200 is kinda depressing but oh well, we'll see. Anyway, any advice or info would be greatly appreciated.
Actually hit up a few of the goalie boards, like goaliestore.com and there's lotta advice as well as classified ads for cheap gear. I forget the other site, goalieboard or goalieboards.com, don't quite remember.
Thanks! Good stuff. GoalieMonkey also seems like a solid site and offers combined offers and such. I also wanted to know, how hard is the skating transition from forward skates to goalie for those have tried it. I understand the skate is different but how hard is the transition. Only problem with used gear is I'm 6'4 and wear a size 11 so I believe for my legs pads, I need 37" and I know this is a rather large size but I'll see what I can hunt down.
Nahh...just take your ATK, and when you shop for pads, ask them what's the ATK for that size pad as all pads will be slightly different. For me, I could go from a 33-35" pad. Some pads have adjustable knee cradles so you could lower it or raise it to fit your ATK...it's gotta be exact or when you go down to your knees your gonna miss the landing pad.
if you post on in the "buy" section of gsbb with your ATK size I'm sure you'll get a few offers. Explain your situation and you'll get something. Some of the guys seem like real jerks but when it comes down to dealing with them and helping out guys interested in becoming goalies(as long as you search before you ask questions) they are as nice as can be. You can find guys giving away gear just to help someone out... This is the same board that had a LOT of people donate money to a guy they never met because he found out he had brain cancer and most wear patches in his honor. Some of the guys come off as jerks but they will help you out if respect the way the board is run and try your best to contribute.
You really won't find a board with better informed members when it comes to goalie gear. If you ask a question; somebody there knows the answer.