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July 6th, 2004

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12:52 pm
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Why is it all the hot goalie gear companies are making their pads all blocky? I can see how it covers more space, but it just seem to be to inhibiting. I'm looking for a pad that isn't so wide around the toe, to make skating behind and around the net a bit easier.

So far the only pad I can find that fits my liking is the Itech 8.8 X-Factors. They remind me alot of the old Heaton Pro 90 Z's which in my opinion, are the greatest pads ever made.

Anyone else share this pet peeve?
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Date:July 14th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)


acually I like the flatter pads..I have torn both my MCL's..so it easier for me to play a butterfly style and cover the 5 hole with them..also use longer pads..36'
Date:July 19th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)

Blocky pads

The reason why goaltending companies are making their pads 'blocky' as you call them are because they are butterfly pads. Seeing as how goaltending has greatly evolved from the old style kick saves and two pad stacks, more goalies are going down in butterflies--meaning they will need different type of equipment for a different type of goaltending. The blockiness of the pad helps with this because since the inside of the pad is very flat, it forces your pad to stay flat on the ice, meaning that the front of your pad will stay square to the shot. This is important for covering more of the net area and also for keeping rebounds and deflections in check. At the moment I am wearing the Simmons Ultra Lite model, very very similar to the Vaughn Velocity pads. Honestly when I first started wearing the pads I hated them, it wasnt so much the toe with me, but all the extra padding on the inside of the knees that inhibited my skating. The pads greatly improved my butterfly and one pad saves though, and I find they were well worth the sacrifice of being able to do cross overs. And now that I've been wearing them for over a year, I've gotten used to skating with them anyways. Just thought I'd share my view with you.

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