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  1. I recently bought some second-hand hockey pants and there is no way I could give them back, I also wouldn't want to buy some new ones either. I am trying to figure out how to keep the pants up higher so they don't get in the way. Although I still have not found out what to do yet, any comment, answer would be great. My helmet fits fine at the store, but when I go to practice, my temples start hurting a lot as if someone was squeezing my head super hard. The pain would start probably around 35-50 minutes in. I first had a CCM XT (forgot the size), and the pain would start earlier than the helmet I have now which is the Reebok XT medium. The Reebok one does not hurt as much, but probably will hurt the same when I use it during a game. Any comment would be great. I was thinking of cutting the EPP foam a little but read some articles saying that would void the certification. Recommendations for a wide head, probably a round head would also be great. (Best if the helmet recommendations are under $60) Also the helmets have cages. New edit: Is there any way I could alter ski pants suspenders to fit the hockey pants?
  2. Reviewer Details: 32 years old / 5’11 / 220lbs Location: Calgary, AB Playing Level: Upper div men's rec league hockey (former minor league rep team player) After using RBK since a patellar tendon knee injury using Bauer shin pads a few years ago, I've switched back to Bauer to give the APX2 shins a try. I've been using them exclusively for approximately 4 months now. Fit The fit of these pads is something I could take or leave. I actually like the fit and feel of most upper-end RBK pads better, but I wanted to get the tapered fit of the Vapor APX2. I was wearing a 15" shin pad in RBK and found that I needed a 16" shin in the APX2's. The strapping system on the APX2's is fairly secure and durable. I don't have the thickest legs and I notice that I'm nearly at the smallest adjustment size and still wanting to go a bit tighter, so I need to compensate the difference with sock tape or shin-tights. The knee cradle itself is a bit "odd". I don't feel like my knee is fully secure in the knee cradle. It area could also be a bit plusher - when you go down on your knees it still feels a bit far from "comfortable". I expect a bit more out of a high-end pad. 7/10 Protection Protection throughout the body of the shin pad is good - no issues with shots. The wrapping covers the calf decently and has the right amount of protection as to not inhibit mobility. The added shot blockers at the top of the shins are adjustable and decently protective if you were to be hit while blocking a shot. The area that could use a bit of work is the flexible portion at the bottom of the shin pad closest to the skate. Bauer has made this area "hinged" or flexible as to not impede stride. I find that any shot taken off this area of the shin pad definitely lacks protection that I've had in previous shin pad models. I'd like a bit "more" in this area for protection against shots. 8/10 Weight No issues whatsoever with the weight. The pad is sufficiently light and airy. It's what you'd expect with an elite level Bauer product. 10/10 Durability No true durability issues to note as of yet. The liners are wearing a bit, but I'd attribute this to normal wear and tear. The graphics have work off the front of the shin pad in a few places, but who needs the graphic anyways? 10/10 Intangibles I wish more manufactures (Bauer included) made a rounded knee cap on shin pads like the good ol' days. I find it awkward to go down on these squared off shin pads. I also had to start wearing long spandex pants shortly after getting these shin pads. I developed a rash on both knees around the area where the Poron material lives in the knee cradle. Despite washing the liners, this rash would persist as long as I wore bare-skin in the shin pads. It goes away when I wear the long tights. I e-mailed Bauer customer support about this issue and never heard back (this was over 2 months ago). Conclusion The APX2 shin pads are a good investment if you're looking for an elite level Bauer product with decent protection, a light-weight design and a tapered fit. The pad is durable and performs well at a high level of play, but it has some drawbacks in protection at the base of the shin pad and a few design elements that I'd prefer modified. Overall Rating 8.75/10
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    shorting shin pads?

    I put my shin pads behind my tongue and they are about 1/4" to maybe 1/2" to long, and I want to know if anyone has ever successfully shortened before? They rub on the top of the boot right above the eyelets. (ill post a picture when I get home) I figured a dremel to the offending areas would work.


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