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Pro's choice mask

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Pro's Choice is a smaller company in Massachusetts that makes custom masks. Their clients include a few past and present NHL goalies.

http://progoaliemask.com/

The owner, Dom Malerba, is outstanding to deal with and has top notch customer service.

My background: I'm a D guy that switched to playing goal almost two years ago. This is my second mask. My previous mask was a Fusion 9961, which is a great lid for the money.

Fit

My mask was made from a mold of my ugly dome, so the fit is incredible. It fit more snug than my old mask. It was a little odd at first, but I'd have a hard time going back. I sent my mask back to Dom after having it a few months to get the quick snap straps sewn on the back plate rather than snapped. I did this because the burned ends of the nylon were digging into my neck a little. Dom told me he prefers to sew those those straps anyway. When a put on my old mask after wearing the PC for a bit it felt terrible and sloppy.

10/10





Protection

The reason I paid the hefty price tag for this mask. On their website they have a video section of pros taking bombs off of these things. I don't face shots nearly as hard and most likely never will. I feel confident against what ever may be thrown my way. The only issue I ever had was some prolonged ear ringing from a shot that hit me right over the ear hole. It was shot from someone at an open skate I wasn't facing.... hardly the masks fault there.

I also opted for a 4" chin length as I don't wear a dangler and the tri-cat cage.

10/10



Weight

It's definitely not the lightest mask out there. Due to how well it fits, I've never had an issue with the weight or even noticed it.

8/10


Durability

I've heard Rask has been using the same one for a long time. I've had mine less than a year but it's just as good as the day I got it. I expect this to be the last mask I ever have to buy.

10/10



Intangibles

As it is a custom mask, there is the wait time that is always hard with custom gear. I also had to get help from the Misses to make a mold of my head to send in. The process was a little intimidating at first, but was fairly simple. Dom has recently had to raise his cost as his material cost has gone up over the years. It's a pretty pricey lid.


Conclusion

This is a top notch mask. Not much else I can say. I feel confident against anything that would come my way on the ice. It will always be my first choice when it comes time to play.

10/10

Construction

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Paint

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Done

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