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02-06-2010, 07:36 AM
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Buy now or wait until March?

I'm joining a hockey class in late March, and will need basically all hockey gear except skates: helmet, stick, gloves, pads, etc.

Would it make more sense to buy now, or is later in the season going to offer better deals? Is it so late in the season already that it won't make a difference?

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You may get better deals later, but you will also find less choice in most stores. Take your time, shop around and get stuff that fits properly, would be my advice.

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I'm sure you'll find better deals a couple weeks before you have to play. Since it's your first time playing, I'd suggest just buying some used gear to get it cheap. My first set of gear cost me like $200 all together since it was all used.

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Buy now, if you wait you risk not having the size you need and end up stuck buying 2010 gear.

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Buy now, if you wait you risk not having the size you need and end up stuck buying 2010 gear.
I am following everyone's advice, I am trying stuff on - and then bringing in the online prices for the store to match. I would not want to use alot of the salesman's time, and then say "thanks" to go home and order on the computer what fit well in the store. It is crucial that local retail stores exist so as to be able to fit gear.

I did get some good stuff today after trying on tons of different ones: CCM V06 pants - a steal at $59.99 and splurged on the helmet as the Bauer 9500 was the only one that was comfortable out of like 15 ones that I tried

Didn't get the gloves as I am undecided between the Bauer 4-rolls and the Graf 700s, both are excellent...

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Graf gloves are brutal, imo.

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Graf gloves are brutal, imo.
I should have said excellent in comfort standing in a LHS, how comfortable or long lasting WRT to playing with them, I have no idea.

Alot of people here are big fans of the Bauer 4-Roll, so I might just end up with those...

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I should have said excellent in comfort standing in a LHS, how comfortable or long lasting WRT to playing with them, I have no idea.

Alot of people here are big fans of the Bauer 4-Roll, so I might just end up with those...
If those are your two choices, def go with the Bauer 4 rolls.

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Graf gloves are dust.

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I'm with everyone else, Graf gloves are brutal. I'm still using a pair of Graf gloves because they're fine but they're already falling apart after about a year. I just play in beer leagues so it's not even like they're taking a lot of abuse. I'd stay away from Graf gloves if I were you.

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I'm with everyone else, Graf gloves are brutal. I'm still using a pair of Graf gloves because they're fine but they're already falling apart after about a year. I just play in beer leagues so it's not even like they're taking a lot of abuse. I'd stay away from Graf gloves if I were you.
Interesting...why would a company that makes high quality skates put out such crappy gloves? Do they outsource them? Even Honda makes a lousy car once in a while, so I guess not everything they do would be great.


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