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Davideo

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Davideo last won the day on July 21 2018

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  1. I don't know if this sort of data is available, but I don't know how much shoulder pads necessarily help in that sort of situation. Growing up a kid a few years older than me got hit in the chest with a puck while wearing shoulders pads and his heart stopped and he died (I will caveat that this was in the '90s and shoulder pads have improved). As I understand, incidents of heart stoppage due to a puck to chest are incredibly rare. Sure, you can take the, "if it can save one life" sort of attitude. But at the same time you might as well wear your helmet while driving to rink as I would guess that is more likely to save your life than shoulder pads preventing heart stoppage from a puck to the chest, particularly if your car is older and doesn't have side airbags. Edit: I did some brief research and found this article: https://www.chicagotribune.com/investigations/ct-chest-protectors-commotio-cordis-standard-met-20160408-story.html. It focused on baseball mostly and summarized that there is no indication that chest protectors or even special heart protective gear reduce the risk of commotio cordis (apparently what it is called). The articles claims about 10-20 cases in the US, mostly younger boys, and is rare in adults. And the best solution seems to be immediate access to an external defibrillator to restore proper heart rhythm.
  2. Agree on all counts. Though with regards to dispersion, in a non-check game, force directly to the shoulder seems pretty rare. I find the flatter caps annoying because they can shift on me, but I don't know that I can think of a time I had a strong force directly to the shoulder where improved dispersion would have been advantageous.
  3. Like nearly every decision in life, it's a cost-benefit analysis. And "cost" meaning the negative aspects, not the monetary price. For example, I always play with a full cage. I got used to it playing over the past 30 years so the cost is relatively low to me. And the benefit is quite large. I get hit with a stray stick or puck or something at least a couple of times a season, so probably every couple years I'd be needing to get stitched up or visit the dentist. So low cost - pretty high benefit, to me personally, of wearing a full cage, so I do. The benefit of very protective shoulder pads (high end) is not much more to me than lighter, more mobile pads. Random cross checks, collisions, deflected pucks, etc. are handled slightly better by nicer shoulder pads, but typically only marginally so. And so usually the improvement is a smaller bruise. I do find the cost of mobile shoulder pads to be relatively low and well worth the benefit they provide over nothing. But the cost-benefit of moving up to more protective ones is not generally worth it, to me personally. I do make an exception for certain games/tournaments that have a higher number of let's call them "aggressive drunkards". I do wear high end shoulder pads for those games. And the only moderate to serious torso injuries I've experienced as an adult were in these games, while wearing good shoulder pads: a cross check to the spine between the shoulder pads and pants that hurt for a couple months, and a cracked rib when a player suddenly decided checking should be allowed. If I really wanted to minimize my chance of injury as much as possible, I'd just stay home.
  4. Yeah, that was my first thought...
  5. Eh, you can still get hit on the knee with thigh rises depending on how your leg is angled, hence the usage of knee pads currently. And beefy knee pads are still much smaller than the average thigh rise. I do find it interesting that thigh boards were made illegal, but a a thigh rise is perfectly fine.
  6. I would eliminate thigh rises on leg pads. I've never heard any reasonable protection justification for them, rather simply to block pucks. Until I tore my groin I played goalie some and had old pads with no thigh rise and when I tried some pads with just a modest +2" thigh rise the difference was noticeable. Much easier to close the 5 hole and block pucks low, inside the post.
  7. As one anecdotal data point, I had a pair of shin pads develop a small crack in the knee. I assumed the crack would expand, but went another half a dozen seasons without expanding. So it's possible that it does not get worse.
  8. Base might be the only company actively manufacturing tapered blades. If you don't need tapered then you have a lot more options. I still use 2-piece sticks, but regular shafts and blades.
  9. To be clearer, I should have said he *had* a lot of volume in his skates. It of course is eliminated when he tightens them. But as far as a portion of his foot sticking out of the skate and failing the pencil test, I would imagine he would ace that because he has so much wrap.
  10. Skate tongues are typically pretty pliable and form to the shape of your shin. I wouldn't think a V versus a U would make much of a difference.
  11. Ding, ding, ding, winner! Depending on brand and use case, I vary a full size in street shoes. I've also seen people insist they are a particular shoe size and then use a brannock device (metal shoe sizer) and they were off by 2 sizes, typically smaller then they think.
  12. I'm confused. Wouldn't he ace the pencil test? The eyelets on the two sides of the skate are very close together indicating that he has a lot of volume in his skate?
  13. If you want a curve with good retail availability, I agree the 88 would definitely be the closest fit. As someone coming from mid-90's Tacks skates: Ribcores and skip the top eyelet was my solution. I initially tried some RBZ's, but the fit wasn't great and felt very stiff. I know some older guys who like Grafs as well, but I don't have any personal experience. Proper fit is definitely the most important parameter though. The reality is also that you will just need to get used to newer equipment. I would imagine that you will adapt pretty quickly. For kicks, I used an old aluminum shaft with a wood blade that I used 20 years ago. It was terrible, but at the time I thought it worked very well.
  14. Do you know which model/generation it was? Previous TRUE blades had issues with breaking near where it mates against the shaft, but have not heard of issues more recently and never with splitting or chipping.
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