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  1. That P90TM is an awesome curve. It does a lot of things well, without the negatives that each curve that makes it up brings on its own.
  2. That FT3 Pro is the best stick I've ever used. The hybrid kick point gives you power wherever you put your hand, and with whatever kind of shot you're taking, even off balance. At $159, the FT3 is a great deal, and I think the FT3 Team is probably just as good, but heavier. And it does have a more dampened blade core than a Vapor, which would help you with those passes. The issue for you is going to be that it's grippy.
  3. In case you wanted to find them, the Shanahan was the Bauer P10. Some pros are still using them, including Patrick Kane (though his is an extreme lie 7) and Giroux. You can order P10s through Bauer’s “Pro Custom” service. Though you could order P106 too, I think. I’m pretty sure Base is making a P10 clone too.
  4. I have one of those 1X bags, and I really like it. The backpack straps make it pretty easy to carry, and I really like that it stands up on its own so it takes up a smaller footprint in the room. Yeah the wheels are going to get some chirps, but it’s a solid backpack bag if you don’t want to use them. Rockstar Sports is making a goalie backpack carry bag that is getting rave reviews. It’s not on their website, so you have to contact them. I’m not sure, but they may make a player sized bag either off the shelf or as a custom piece. You may want to shoot them an email to see what they can do.
  5. I'll echo what the others have said and say that softness in the ankle of the skate isn't necessarily a bad thing, or an indicator that the skates need to be replaced. With a composite boot, I'd be more concerned about any delamination or softness in the heel, quarter, and especially outsole. And with a Bauer skate with an Edge holder, I'd be looking for movement from the steel in the holder. I have 2S Pros that are a little softer in the top as they were when I bought them, but like your son I also don't do the top eyelet and prefer a little more flex. I definitely don't think I have lost any performance in them with the softer ankle, in fact I think I'm skating better now. But these skates replaced a pair of MX3s where the outsole had delaminated and the steel was flexing in the holder. I definitely was losing power and performance from that, and the change to the new skates was immediately noticeable.
  6. I have received warranty replacement sticks from Warrior and Bauer in bubble wrap and plastic. So if it’s good enough for them, it’s probably good enough and the easiest way. And as far as the stick bag comment (yes, I realize it was like 4 years ago). I use a stick bag to protect my car, not the sticks. I don’t want tape and wax marks/residue all over the interior of the car.
  7. Steve McKichan, the former (current?) Leafs goalie coach, just did a video about this with this goalie school - Future Pro. He is advocating a depth first approach. One reason is that the shortest path between two points is a straight line, which makes sense and would be the logical reason for that method. Another thing he mentions is that a depth first approach eliminates the short side of the play. If you come directly from the starting point to the new angle establishing depth, it means you are moving along the shooting line from the first spot and completely covering the angle to that spot as you do. You gain an advantage here since you now know that a shot has to go far side. The depth you gain shortens the shooting angle and helps you cover the far side. Using a middle first, which is the same as angle first, approach means that you may be directly along the shooting angle, but you open yourself to short side and across the grain shots, which are tougher to stop as you're moving. So in his method it seems like you're going D->A->S
  8. I have a FT3 Pro and a Nexus ADV (which should be the same as the Geo). Both 70 flex. They have similar flex profiles, in that they're "mid" kicks with flex points above and below the hands. They do feel about the same in that regard. The difference, and why I would see the Jetspeed being more "variable", is that the FT3 provides a more consistent release no matter where your bottom hand is or what your balance and input may be into the shot. The stick does seem to adjust the flex point more than the ADV does.
  9. I found a set of Mediums on SLS and got them today. They fit well. I'm right in the middle of the waist adjustment velcro tab and belt, and just a little inside the maximum thigh length as xstart said I might be. I might be able to go a little tighter there too. I'll see how much interference there is once I get them on the ice. If you're in a Medium 9K, these would probably fit the same or a little bigger. They're definitely smaller than my Large 9K. As for protection, these things aren't near the 9K. They're very much a retail level pad. The most notable differences are the side/back of the thigh (9K is molded PE, ST is foam), tailbone (9K is much thicker plastic and foam), and the step in portion of the 9K that has additional padding for the hips and groin is not included on the ST. The ST seems better in the kidney and back area. With that being said, the missing protection also comes with a significant weight savings. I don't know that I need the pro level protection the 9K gives to play beer league. I guess I'll see how much I feel things or get hit over time. But I know I will welcome the lighter Super Tacks from the minute I step on the ice. Worst case is I can either go back to the 9K or make up a Frankenstein girdle of the two.
  10. As far as liner crossovers, the main emphasis is on using the outside edge to push and generate speed from a shorter stride. Of course, forward strides are always going to be the most important for straight aheaad speed. But a lot of shorter line or fast acceleration skating now is being done using short crossover strides, maximizing the outside edge push. The thinking is that you can get more strides in a shorter space by doing this. It's more efficient, and faster. McDavid and MacKinnon might be the best in the NHL at doing this right now. They use their outside edges to generate tremendous power and acceleration. I recently saw a video showing how McDavid will often go a direction away from where he wants to go before receiving a pass or picking up a loose puck, so that he can do a few linear crossovers to generate speed going where he wants when he gets it. I wish I could find it again. I'll give you an example that I think many can relate with. When most of us were growing up and learning to skate, we were taught that to accelerate most quickly from a stop you pulled your heels in, got up on your toes, and took 3 or 4 short, choppy strides. You'd start with your shoulders, hips, and feet facing the direction you wanted to go. But that's not how it's being taught anymore. Now, you start with your body facing sideways. You inside edge push and throw your back foot as hard as you can crossing over the front foot, then dig as hard as you can on the outside edge of the front foot. Then one more hard drive off the inside edge of the first foot and you're in your normal stride. It's the same 3 short strides, but you're generating much more power because you're using those strides to full extension and have better balance/momentum in the process (forwards, not up). It's also preferred because it's now the same motion to use to accelerate coming out of a stop to change directions. As far as the profile, It's a happy medium. Too short, and you can't generate enough force when pushing. Too long and there's too much steel on the ice slowing you down. It's probably why CAG One profiles are still seemingly popular with pros. They're getting a shorter profile to reduce the amount of steel on the ice and therefore drag, but have that flat spot to generate power from.
  11. No worries. That’s good enough to make me wait to see what comes out. Thanks
  12. Sorry to take a tangent, but do you know if Bauer is releasing a new line of goalie cups also? I was just about to pull the trigger on a Supreme to replace my many years old "Pro", but if they're going to bring redesigned models (maybe with Curv in them?), I can definitely wait.
  13. I'm willing to bet there are more people that don't know what hollow they're using than ones that care about the steel on their skates. They buy the skates, have someone sharpen them with the "regular" sharpening, and don't even think about the steel again until the person sharpening them says they need new steel. But that's why Bauer and CCM care. I'm guessing there's a high profit margin in replacement steel, especially the mid range stuff (it's made from cheaper materials with less processing and larger tolerances but not discounted as much as the cost savings). When that person who doesn't know anything about their steel has to buy new runners, and the guy in the pro shop says he has this other brand that's the same price as the cheaper Bauer steel but is better quality and will need less sharpenings, the clueless person buys it. "I don't have to have them sharpened as often? Great, I'll take it!" But when you try to sell them on the Pulse Ti with the coatings and the benefits, their eyes glaze over and they just want the "regular stuff". So it doesn't really make sense for Bauer to buy Step or Tydan or improve their own steel to that point. Most people don't want to pay for it. People are buying $300 skates, they don't want to pay for $130 runners or an extra $25 to improve what the cheap skates come with. More people just want the cheaper stuff and get sold on other brands without knowing it.
  14. I've used almost all of them and IMO, the Bauer Vapor 1X is the best knee pad on the market (thanks to @Hills for the recommendation). Passau stays up the best, is the most stable, and is pretty protective, but they're huge and heavy and have very little padding in the landing area. With the Maltese insert to fix that they are even heavier and bulkier. Warriors have the most padding in the landing area and are pretty light. But all that padding is soft and leads to instability in the butterfly and the protection isn't great, especially in the "SR" version that comes with the pads. Plus, I found them impossible to keep from sliding down without both taping and wearing socks over. Maltese KTPs were pretty much terrible in every way, except possibly the comfort in landing. I'm not a fan of the design of Brian's knees (which are similar to the Supremes). They're too rigid and enclosed around the knee. The 1X's are the lightest (thanks to the Aerolite foam and Curv knee plate) and probably the second most protective behind the Passau (again thanks Curv). They stay up on their own pretty well but come with a garter that really holds them up without noticing it. They're pretty cushioned and comfortable while also being stable in the butterfly (inbewteen the Passau and Warrios on both those spectrums). And they aren't bulky or restrictive feeling at all.
  15. If Flare gets ordered to stop selling Edge steel, I'll have to switch to CCM holders on my Bauer skates.
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