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    Love that you grouped Mexico and Salt Lake together.
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    I recently purchased a set of P1000 leg pads from Sara over at PAW. Her leg pads don't get much attention compared to her other protectives, so I thought I'd put together some media/information out there. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the pads, or critique my mechanics (I think i need to work on keeping my head/shoulders over or in front of my toes). A video review will be forthcoming.
  4. 3 points
    According to reddit and sports2k those are just placeholders in the catalog and NOT what they're actually going to look like so don't get too excited lol.
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    Every once in a while, I find something that I just can't say no when I see it. Now to find a pair of his gloves again. I'll probably make another post in a couple months, haha.
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    No love for the CCM RBZ line? RBZ is probably my favorite protective line in recent memory and a lot of that gear is ridiculously light and low profile. Also think it improved on all the minor problems with the CCM CL series.
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    I mean they are older but the crazy light shoulders are unreal. Prob close to 8 years old now, they don’t absorb water and they seem plenty protective. I went form 11k to these. WOW like wearing nothing. Im not sure much about the FT1 which is the continuation of the line. elbows prob vapour or any of the Jetspeed stuff. Or older crazy light. Again, super light stuff. pants have been mentioned. The pro stock ones are great. Also girdles are a lighter more form fitting option. Personal preference there. shins any of the “sleek” lines like the jetspeed and vapour. Ones that have less thick of a liner and sit closer to your leg. I wear 7k pro with no liner because they stick out too far with it. I like the sleek look too. I understand. I feel with the sleek gear it’s plenty protective. Let’s be real, the pros often wear it so it has to be fine. I just never get light weight elbows as I broke mine but for everything else thinner and sleeker the better.
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    Easton CNT Stealth 85 Drury or Sakic. Nothing has ever come close for me. I still have dreams of randomly coming across a storage bin in Mexico or Salt Lake stocked with 40 of them. Until then - if anyone has one shoot me a PM.
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    Older: 100 flex ultra lite (butterscotch) with ccm wood ronald petrovicky pro blades. I don't quite remember how i acquired the blades, but i had 6 of them. They were short, skinny with a toe kink. The stiffest wood blades i had ever felt. Grey 85 z bubble with a sakic focus flex blade was a game changer for me. I couldn't believe how light it was. I had an original synergy (the dark grey) at the same time, and I much preferred the bubble. I also had eagle gloves in the heatley design, but instead of blue with a yellow strip, they were black with a white stripe. I believe they originally had floating wrist protection which i cut it off. They were a real statement piece haha. Newer: True skates. They feel like no other skate I've worn. It's like skating in a sorel winter boot but in the best possible way. I've had life changing ankle injuries, and these have made skating way more enjoyable and sustainable. Previously, I had to tightly tape my ankle before every skate in bauers. I didn't think i'd be able to play much longer at one point. With my true customs, i dont have to tape, and i aggravate my ankles way less frequently than i did before. They're tough to get on and off your feet, but worth it. Easton v9 and bauer nexus 1n are my two favourite sticks of semi-recent years. They felt different from another, but both were really balanced and not overly light or hollow. For some reason, I switched from kreps to p90t, and now my stick options are way less diverse. Dumb. I'd really like to use those sticks again. Is it just me, or do many of the really recent, mega light sticks feel like kid's toys? For protective, I'll echo others and say the ccm CL pads. And of course my bauer 4500. I think if they stopped making them, i'd stop playing. But hey, I dont think i've ever tried on another helmet, so maybe they aren't as great as i think.
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    Very interesting conversation, but I disagree with the "linear crossover for speed" stuff that I've been reading all over the place. Players like McDavid and MacKinnon do not crossover to build maximum speed, they do it to change attack angles and create space. Go watch either one of them in a fastest skater competition and see how many times they crossover on the straightaway, (hint, the answer is zero). If they were using those crossovers intentionally to create speed, wouldn't it make sense that they would do it when they are trying to go as fast as they possibly can in a race?
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    Thousands of coaches have spent their entire lives teaching skating without understanding what really differentiates good skating form from poor skating form. You can see a lot of folks are very passionate about the subject, but the amount of alignment in their beliefs is all over the map. Be wary of the anyone that thinks they have it all figured out. Anyone that claims that most certainly knows far less than they realize. Hell, NHL teams even in recent years have had power skating coaches like Laura Stamm teaching players to swing their arms front to back instead of side to side. Mike Bracko has disproved this and taught the side to side arm swing. Anyone talking about knee bend really means hip hinge. If you try to bend your knees without developing the ability to comfortably hinge your hip, you're going to have a bad time. But look at McDavid, the undisputed skating king of the NHL. No one puts fear into opposing D like McDavid. Does it look like he has a deep hip hinge / knee bend and long stride like Taylor Hall? No, not at all. Does he blow past players like they are standing still? Yes. So what's his magic? It's certainly in his linear crossovers and the power he's generating below the knee. His strength to mass ratio and the power he generates on his cross overs puts him in another league altogether. It'll be decades before most traditional power skating coaches catch up to teaching the technique McDavid is using vs. the old school Laura Stamm train of thought. I don't mean to pick on Laura, but her videos are on youtube and show what most traditional 'power skating' coaches have believed for years. I can't comment on ankle strength but ankle mobility is 100% important. People make fun of 'ankle benders', but elite skaters can (in a controllable way) pronate their ankles to achieve more power in their stride. Look up Jason Yee's videos on McDavid's and MacKinnon's stride analysis and watch what their feet and ankles are doing as they accelerate. Also look up Cal Dietz's work on ankle mobility and strength training, he's got videos on youtube. This is a very deep topic. Anyone who claims to know it all is surely wrong. If they were right, they'd have produced piles of players that skate like McDavid. But that hasn't happened. Players can become better skaters. But I'd argue most of what they need to do to get there starts off ice with mobility and speed work.
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    Different graphics!!! But yea probably tweaked the fit ever so slightly, changed some random material in a place or two, the curves in the 'airflow' or vents was altered by a degree...honestly at this point what can they really improve on?
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    hahaha!!!! Hard pass there man..... That's like the Great Gazoo!!!
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    As a physio and strength and conditioning coach, I will say there is such a thing as a weak ankle (weak joint). For example, the inability to control the ankle is a contributor to lateral ankle sprains, and the lack of control can either come from poor motor control (poor recruitment), weak(er) muscles or a combination of the 2. For the OP, if your ankles are really weak, you could start off with balance disk work. Try stickhandling on one leg on a balance disk to build that recruitment and endurance/strength. If they aren't weak by normal standards, then honestly just go to a session with skates tied up to one eyelet down. I find that going one eyelet down is a good balance of mobility and stability. You're not going to truly recruit the necessary muscles the right way unless you skate, so that's probably the best way to progress. If you haven't been skating recently, going untied or with loose skates might cause you to really struggle to skate. In motor learning, we talk about degrees of freedom, and a good example is the progression of learning to throw. At the start, one throws with the entire body in one motion as opposed to segmentally like an MLB player, because they haven't learned the motor patterns to control the separate joints. Jumping straight in to skating for the first time in ages, especially after skating for ages in aggro skates, might cause you to skate rather stiffly and will not help your progression at all especially if you go with loosely or untied skates.
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    Putting aside the neurological aspect (muscle learning and muscle memory ie proprioception) imho it's not strength as per se but endurance. When I first started skating laces untied my calves, especially the outside of the calf, would begin to ache after a period on the ice. The more I trained, the longer it took for ache to come on until it eventually disappeared. I put this down to the stabilising muscles / tendons of the calf and ankle being activated so that the body can balance correctly over the ice blade, in normal life these muscles / tendons do not do a lot compared to skating laces untied. As for the OP, the answer is to go for a skate with your laces untied (loose enough so you can pull your skates on and off without touching the laces). There is nothing else that will build your skate muscles and blade control quicker than doing this. It's easy enough to do, anyone of any age or skill level can skate this way.
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    Correct. I've explained this several times before, but what we refer to colloquially as ankle "weakness" really has nothing to do with strength; it's all about neurological learning as a component of the skill of balancing on edges. All of the suggestions about edge work and gradually loosening laces are 100% correct; they just have nothing to do with muscular strength. If it were about strength, experienced skaters coming back after decades-long layoffs wouldn't be able to recover most of their skating ability after only a few hours back on skates, because there's no such thing as a muscle that builds strength back like that in just a few hours or a few training sessions over several days. If you're interested in all the details, use the search function for the threads titled "Why No Laces?" and "Can Someone Explain This?" (Just search the term "neurological" to find those threads easily.) But you're going to have to make a choice between improving your skating quickly by just going to a stiffer boot or improving your skating much more gradually by doing the exact opposite, along the lines of staying with softer boots and/or skipping eyelets on stiffer boots. They both work, but you'll be a much better skater in the long term by doing it the harder way, which takes much longer. If you go the stiff-boot route, your skating will improve almost immediately, but you'll plateau out very quickly and never really become a great skater.
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    Alkali was bought by Tron Hockey, so to a certain extent it's a different brand than it was back when the CA9 and RPD lines came out. That said, I owned a pair of Revel 1s for a while and they are good skates. @wickedslappah mentioned, they do not compare to the top end Missions or Bauer's in terms of the stiffness of the boot (the Curv composite) or the quality of the skate, but they are great skates on the whole. Fairly light, nice fit and comfort, the mag chassis are nice (have heard of people breaking them, but same with kryptoniums, so...). The wheels they come with are way too soft for me, but luckily I know some guys at Konixx who were happy to swap the +0s for a set of +2s. If you're really heavy and a hard skater I don't think they'll last forever, but if you're average and playing house league you'll probably enjoy them. I don't own them anymore, but not because I had any issue with them. [Short story is I moved from NY to AZ in August and for whatever my stuff didn't end up in AZ until November, so I just bought the Revel 1s to use until my gear arrived, and then sold them later]. To answer your question, Wicked Slappah, it's usually about cost. The high end Missions are double the price of high end Tours or Alkalis. Even the second level Missions are a couple hundred bucks more than top Tour/Alkali. I don't disagree that they're not nearly as good, but not everyone has over a grand to drop on skates. Also, a lot of guys I know that are on Tour or Alkali pro teams use Tours or Alkali, but not because they're as good, just because they get them free and don't care if they go soft quick because they can get another pair. Aside from cost, there is a fit issue. Tours fit much deeper than Bauer and Mission, and Alkali's fit close to Mission/Supreme, so some people have no choice but to wear Tours for the fit.
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    Pros get what they want. A good number don't know what they want. And surprisingly few are picky.
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    I have both the CL and RBZ shins and they're both light and don't retain moisture, but the RBZ line is more comfortable. The Velcro for the straps are the longterm weak point, but the Velcro could be replaced or you can just use tape or shin tights to keep them in place (I do the latter). The Jetspeeds don't feel as nice as the RBZ to me and aren't as low profile. For elbows, I stockpiled 2012 Blue and Grey Warrior Projekts, but if I was looking for new pads I would consider Vapor 2X Pros, Warrior Alpha DX, STX Surgeon RX3 or the Jetspeeds based on what I have read. I would definitely lean toward a 3 piece pad. For shoulders, I love the Verbero Shield pads I have as they're very mobile and modular (I use them without the caps). 2X Pros, RBZ, or FT1 pads would be lighter and more hydrophobic, but I an not sure they would be as mobile as the Shield pads with the caps removed. I prefer a girdle to pants, but that's personal preference. I use the True XC9 and was deciding between that and the Warrior QRE when I stumbled upon a great deal on the XC9. The pants others have mentioned seem like good choices.
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    Check out my review on the Vapor 2X pro shoulder pads. Very light. Very happy wearing them.
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    A lot of people seem to like the STX RX3 line for light and form fitting. I have shoulders, shins, and elbows in the 3.1 models and like all of them. I haven’t weighed them, but they don’t feel bulky. Elbow have a three piece design and shoulders have multiple pieces attached to be flexible, and I feel like both of them sit close to my body and articulate with my movements. Shins and elbows have great wrap, and fit well on my skinny limbs.
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    I second the UCLP pants. I wear CCM quick lite (or crazy lite, I always forget which one) shoulders from 5-6 years ago. Low profile, moisture wicking, and comfortable as hell
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    I think I have a Euro Tip curve in the garage. I'll check when I get home.
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    Cant tell if that was tongue and check or not. If not, I am pretty confident every single player in the NHL would be using that "special" profile.
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    Ah, you mean 'under-rotation', which makes sense because when you made your first comment, my initial response was "over-rotation? if anything the pads under-rotate a bit." Anyways, yes, you are right, I noticed that a bit too during use. The tapered toe + tighter leg channel fit contributes to this minor under-rotation. Trade off is mobility and feel, but you are correct in that the pad does under-rotate a tad. Minor, but I'm wondering if for my next set from PAW really pushing for a square toe might be warranted.
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    I always thought the TFs were the ugliest gloves. Then again, I owned TPS Bionics once upon a time...
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    The Vapor line glove is their 'homage' to the Techniflex glove. I remember when the X60's first came out talking to a Bauer Rep who was saying the X60 took a lot of inspiration from the TF gloves.
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    Hey guys, new True user and I’m hoping you can help me out. I had my TF9s baked and they fit great. I do have to undo the top two eyelets in order to open the tongue up enough to be able to twist my foot at an angle to slide it into the boot. The problem is, I can’t get laces through the top two eyelets once the skates are on. The wrap is simply too snug against the tongue. I’ve seen True’s video about heating up this area and rolling out the cuffs, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the wrap? I’ve tried skating with the top two eyelets undone but it just doesn’t feel ‘right’. At least not yet having skated my entire life on traditional boots. suggestions/advice?
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    My PeeWee season. I scored bar down from outside the blue line with a clapper as a peewee. Can you blame me for being hooked since. it’s still in the garage. Scores 22 goals as a d man that season. almost all with that stick.
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    New Mission headquarters?
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    I agree. I like what Jason is doing as a young enthusiastic guy in this area, and I think if he keeps at it he'll refine his work into something a bit easier to digest. But I reference him mostly for his video, mostly because he pulls out and shows in slow motion the sequences that allow me to see and understand a bit better the mechanics being used by the best like McDavid, MacKinnon and Barzal. It can be learned later in life too I think, look at that recent goal by Leon Draisaitl vs. the Jets. He circles the net with some traditional crossovers to build speed, then does some linear crossovers to blow past Lowry and create separation to receive a pass and score on a nice finish. Just 2 season ago we didn't see this type of speed from Draisaitl, in fact at times he looked a bit slow and was accused of being lazy. Moreso probably because a lot of the big bodied guys have that slower looking type of mechanics in their skating. But there's no denying the effectiveness of this technique being applied in this case: https://twitter.com/TopherScott_/status/1362374406261985283?s=20
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    @YesLanges no, I really don't think I have it mixed up. I agree mostly with what you're saying, yet you seem fixated on a notion that I am talking about maximal strength or force exertion, whereas I have prefaced that the definition of strength is a function of motor control, recruitment and activation. I'll bow out of the discussion now because I don't think my definition will fit with your view, which is fine, but it really isn't going anywhere useful for the OP or anyone who is reading this and wants to improve. Great discussion though! @colins 100% agreed, many differing beliefs which has led to many differing skating styles. I never understood the front-to-back swing that Laura Stamm (and many coaches) taught either because it never made sense from a biomechanical point of view. While front-to-back pumping of the arms made sense for runners whose feet moved in the sagittal plane, skaters' feet moved more in the frontal plane, so the arms should as well. I also don't teach the toe flick that Hall or Eichel does, simply because having a toe flick really extends the cycle of a stride and in the game today, the quick feet and resulting agility seem to be more important. Toe flickers also tend to kick more posteriorly as well, while I teach a more lateral stride (beyond the initial acceleration). The notion of pronation in skating allowing a more powerful stride is correct in my understanding and experience. Coming from a speedskating background, it always made sense because it allows one to dig in better and to push more laterally as well. The increase in mobility as allowed by the loosening of the skating boot (or lowering of the boot cut) also allows skaters to manipulate their edges for increased control. The lowered boot cut was the basis of the Mako skate, if I recall, because more Cruikshank and Van Horne were speedskaters. Jason Yee's videos have great information but are too complicated for the regular skater to figure out I think, which fails to be helpful unfortunately.
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    Maybe, just so that side would be symmetrical with the other non-damaged side. I don't know what it does, protection-wise, since it's really light-weight foam.
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    Cooper Techniflex TF1000 Gloves. When I was a kid these were the bees knees. I still have a pair and they are absolute buckets with terrible range of motion in the fingers but damn they still look good!
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    Depending on how mobile you need it to be, a big melamine tile from Home Depot with pledge sprayed on it is a great option. Pucks slide great, and it’s probably less than $40 after taxes. But, if you’re trying to move it indoors to outdoors on a regular basis, it is unwieldy and heavy. I cut mine down to two smaller pieces. I stand on one piece and shoot off of the other. Works great!
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    I'll jump on the aluminum Easton bandwagon - way too stiff for me. One beautiful looking wood stick that I loved the look of but was way to stiff for me was a Branches wood stick. Small local used hockey shop (LONG gone) from decades ago had quite a few of them.
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    1- Dunno what the point is, you need to apply force in a coordinated manner, my point didn’t say you need some high level of maximum strength 2- I didn’t say anything about conscious or unconscious, many things are learned consciously and then become unconscious. My point was that ankle control isn’t the sole contributor to balance in a system that has multiple pivot points. That isn’t specific to skating.
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    https://spirit-of-hockey.at/MISSION-Inlinehockey-Skate-Inhaler-WM01-SENIOR The new missions are up in Europe.
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    Lots of nuance and semantics being argued. Let’s say it’s about controlling a system (the entire body) and that there is a minimum level of strength needed (it may not be that much and is not the sole contributor) paired with coordination of many muscles (the symptom may be unstableness at the skate but that doesn’t mean the solution is local). When i first started doing laces undone, the improvement didn’t come from my ankles as a gross motor skill, but first from the alignment of my body above the skate, literally where my head was which then kind of cascaded to where my hips and knees were. There was lastly though local feedback from my entire foot.
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    Only thing that you can sell me on here is a 2 minute minor for hooking. That's the only option here (if you are going to call anything that is).
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    I work with the top skills group in Sweden, JRM Skates and Skills (check out our videos on YT or IG). There's really no such thing as weak ankles, it's not anatomically possible. Just either poor fitting skates or poor body control. Without ever seeing you skate, just basing on your description, I'd say try a new modern skate (way more comfy now), don't lace the top eyelet (today's skate eyelets are much higher), and bend you knees more.
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    It's all about finding the most shallow hollow that allows you to control your edges and maximize glide. Using too deep a hollow requires more energy to push off, leading to quicker muscle fatigue.
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    Not weird at all. I've been around long enough to hear the stories of EQMs getting trucks and boats from reps for getting X amount of players in their product... But when it comes to holders, absolutely; if it makes an EQM's life easier by having everyone in the same holder, they're going to do it.
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    Leetch wore 501s (the old model, not that mid line model from the 00's.)
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    I love my True skates so much that I'm saving up now for a backup set next year.
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    There is a 79 year old in local 50+ league wearing a pair of Bauer Supreme skates from 1962. The guy holds his own out there, I spoke with him and he no longer drives...finds lifts to rink to play shinny. I'll get a pic and post it, amazing those skates have lasted about 55 years of 1-2 times a week hockey!

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