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07-20-2010, 05:45 AM
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Form Fitting Shoulder Pads

I think that is what they are called. Here's a couple of pictures of what I'm talking about.
http://www.hockeygiant.com/mis10thxflwsr.html
http://www.hockeygiant.com/tour5279sr.html

I know these type of pads are intended for roller hockey, but has anyone had any experience using them for ice? I play in a non-checking beer league, and would like to have more mobility as my shoulder pads now are very bulky and seem unecessary. The Mission one seems to have sufficent padding.

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I think that is what they are called. Here's a couple of pictures of what I'm talking about.
http://www.hockeygiant.com/mis10thxflwsr.html
http://www.hockeygiant.com/tour5279sr.html

I know these type of pads are intended for roller hockey, but has anyone had any experience using them for ice? I play in a non-checking beer league, and would like to have more mobility as my shoulder pads now are very bulky and seem unecessary. The Mission one seems to have sufficent padding.

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I play ice hockey in a non-checking league. Will these type of pads provide appropriate protection?

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This protector is intended for inline use but may work for ice in a non-checking league. You'll probably feel more impact from pucks hitting you due to the weight of ice pucks compared to inline pucks. But bear in mind that "non checking" doesn't necessariy mean that you aren't going to have body contact and this item will not protect you against that.

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http://www.thehockeyshop.com/Merchan...oulder_Pads_Sr

Maybe something interesting if you want some great mobility. Not very much protection either.

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They're going to reduce a bit of the pain and bruising from pucks but won't protect your shoulders. Some guys wear them under minimalist shoulders, but honestly I think they'd be just as hot and uncomfortable as big shoulder pads.

I would pick up a pair of those Sherwood 5030's or Bauer Classics. I had a pair of 5030's and they were PERFECT for pickup, except they kept coming untied and I sold them. I'm actually setting some money aside for a pair of the Bauer Classics, same thing. Never feel them on the ice, but they give some protection, and they're cheap.

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I play roller and use a Reebok 7K chest protector. It's great and protects me but I wouldn't want to get hit with a frozen hockey puck wearing this.

Roller is technically non checking but I'm crashing into guys a lot cause I'm in a beginner league and no one can really skate. It does a decent job of protecting my body but a larger collision and it would hurt just as bad without wearing one.

You're better off getting a new pair of shoulder pads that are lower profile, etc. I almost went with that before realizing it was way overkill for my league.

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They're a fair bit pricier, but if you want a really mobile shoulder pad I've talked to a couple guys who have the Farrell pads and seem to like them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw4NY9TRGTc

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I know a few guys who wear the roller hockey style padded shirts under their fairly beefy shoulder pads. The team they're on play a rough game, and their offensive strategy usually centers around the point men letting high, hard slapshots loose that aren't necessarily the most accurate. In this case, I'd probably wear extra padding under my shoulder pads if I played out, too.

Even at low levels, guys can shoot hard. The difference is, in a C or D division, they're usually higher shots that are regularly off by a few feet. As you get into the B and A divisions, the shots are "smarter" -- they're usually kept low to generate rebounds, and the high shots that do happen are within inches of the target.

Lower levels have more collisions, but they're slower collisions. Higher levels have less, but faster collisions. This is both man-on-man collisions, and guys falling and sliding into the boards.

Other things to consider: the number of penalties (especially tripping), and the "chippiness" of the games. The condition of the ice, which can vary a lot between summer and winter seasons, can lead to more (or less) lost edges and sliding into the boards. Even the type of pegs used in the nets can make a difference, from a little "haha sorry goalie I took your net off, here I'll fix it" to "god damnit, that net stayed on it's peg and I think I broke my collarbone".

If you're confident in your skating abilities, have great on-ice awareness, don't think there'll be many penalties, and usually stay out of the way of pucks, then you might risk using these padded shirts. Otherwise, I'd recommend using actual ice hockey shoulder pads.

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