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xstartxtodayx

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  1. oooh that looks pretty rad, and yea I agree a water bottle holder would be clutch many times. I'm using an Eason Pro 15 backpack bag (which was then branded as Bauer Pro 15 before being discontinued from what I can tell). I love the backpack straps and how the Pro 15 is just a basic open bag, this Mix one (and the Alkali and Warrior mentioned above) seem neat with their compartments which might make it easier to walk with (with mine it's so long it hits the back of your thighs when walking so it can get annoying). Mine is presently starting to deteriorate so I'm curious how this Mix one works out, please keep us posted.
  2. These are beauties at a great price, I just wish one of my many teams had this color scheme they'll look great with the Summer Jam uniforms though.
  3. Yes to the blue holders, now that would look awesome.
  4. As long as the front goes in first, the hook gets to the right spot, then you press the rear in and tighten down you should be god. When done correctly there's a small gap/notch in the rear where the blade meets the holder. If there's any gap up front then the hook might not have caught and the blade is not seated correctly. Here's the rear notch:
  5. I'd try the Tacks line and Supreme, since those are both easily available, but also as mentioned, the SherWood ones look pretty nice if you can try a pair to try on. I like CCM's CL/RBZ/QuickLite/Jetspeed shoulder pads, I've had a few pairs over the years and they're a nice balance of protection, lightweight, and mobile (plus they fit my body well unlike some others I've tried such as Vapor and STX). For the most protection you'd want to stick to the top/second from the top models.
  6. When Adidas took over from Reebok weren't they essentially the same company/different branches and wanted Adidas to be the apparel branch? Also weren't they both connected to CCM under the same parent company? CCM/Reebok merged back to just CCM for gear and Reebok changed to Adidas to apparel, or something like that? But all along basically the same corporation? Ok just checked, Adidas sold CCM in 2017 and actually just sold Reebok last year, so I guess Adidas making the uniforms was their last connection to NHL and the contract has run its course so they're out. CCM did it for the longest out of the modern brands from what I can remember (I can still picture my authentic Messier jersey from the early 90's with the embroidered CCM logo with NHL crest, that was a thing of beauty) so they'd be my guess as front runner, but who knows if they'd even want to do that again.
  7. It's more like a slightly less aggressive P28, less open, not as rounded at the toe, not max height but taller than a P28 and slightly less rockered (so not a "variable lie" or whatever term they coined for the P28, more like a standard 5.5/6). I never liked the size of the P29/92 or how it shot but being a P28 user the adjustment to P90TM was minimal. There's a couple threads that discuss it here and there but this one seems to have the most info:
  8. That link is to a shell so yes its compatible, pretty much any shell will fit any girdle. Just slide the shell up and tighten the belt. I have had Tacks shells, PP9K, PP90, Warrior, Bauer, Tackla.... they all work, some are designed for pants (they're usually slightly boxier and end at the belt), some designed for girdles like the one you linked to (usually a little slimmer and have extra material up top to cover the kidney guards on the girdle, some have a little extra padding in there some don't).
  9. I say play with the St girdle a little more... I'm 5'9" so just a hair taller than you with a 31/32 waist and wear a medium Super Tacks girdle, I have the thigh pads adjusted to just about the -1" mark and they end just above my knee, if I dropped them down to the max (+2") they'd be well below my knees, so you might have more adjustment on there than you realize. As for the shell, the retail ST shell is height adjustable (waist has a zipper that will give some extra length), make sure that zipper is closed. Also the beauty of a girdle is being able to buy numerous shells to match various teams you may be on (or just to feed an addiction of buying pro stock shells ).
  10. I don't see why not. Last time I played roller (prob 15 years ago) I wore my girdle under my roller hokey pants, iirc roller pants are always on the baggier side anyways.
  11. I believe the differences are adjustable legs and the adjustable spine pad, slightly more soft padding around the hip pad, and the fact the 7092 appears to be more of a wrap where as the ST is a step-in. The Jetspeed seems to be a hybrid of the ST and 7092, has adjustable thigh pads but a fixed spine pad. I know there were reviews of the 7092 and ST girdles on here but not sure about the Jetspeed.
  12. I'd say less consistency between brands and even between models in the same brand are to blame. Different models have different "fit profiles" but, on the whole, I blame it on overall Quality Control just going downhill like most things now a days (insert old man Simpson yelling at cloud image here). Manufacturers just don't care about quality like they used to in so many industries, including hockey gear.
  13. All depends on the player, some will go through new gloves regularly and others, like Marchand, will seemingly wear the same pair for years no matter how destroyed they are. From what I've noticed, many players have at least 2 pairs they rotate through between periods.
  14. It ain't pretty but it does the job haha. I wasn't 100% sure about it so decided to sew the front one onto an old shinguard strap and attach to the bottom of the velcro area for the thigh pad adjustment. For the back I just picked an area a little to the side that looked like it would hold, so far so good. Only thing I would adjust is make the straps shorter since they sit low right now (have to roll the socks down a bit so they don't sag too much). Untitled by Jon Schusteritsch, on Flickr Untitled by Jon Schusteritsch, on Flickr
  15. A girdle is another option for hockey pants, sort of like naked hockey pants. Girdles are usually a little more form fitting so they move with you better and you need to wear a shell over them (this is a plus since you can have multiple shells for multiple teams you're on, this is also a negative because you can easily et addicted to buying pro stock shells lol). Girdles have been around for decades, prob since 70's at least I'd guess. They're less popular than regular pants for reasons I don't understand haha I've been wearing girdles since the 90's and have tried to go back to pants on a few occasions but always ditched them and came right back to the girdle (pants always felt too bulky and heavy to me). Super Tacks girdle:
  16. From what I recall (I'm no expert so this may only be partially correct) the retail line has a "Team" level which is like mid tier, a few levels down from the top and available in all the usual curves/flexes where as the pro "team" line is made for college teams/junior teams to provide a more budget friendly option just a step or so down from the top of the line that is made to last a bit longer since they're made to be more durable. The pro team ones come in various corves and flexes but many come in a LK/low kick version so a Jetspeed might shoot more like a ribcor. I was on SLS before and there are a lot of the FT3 Team sticks under $100 still, honesty for the price they're a great stick.
  17. I lace to the top but skip the second eyelet from the top. I started this a while ago after skates started becoming much stiffer than they were in the 90's and I felt like I couldn't get enough flex (and skipping the top felt too loose), this method seemed to be the perfect option for me. There was a similar thread on here years ago where it was discussed, many pros use this method as well (Crosby is the one I can remember but I know I've seen others as well).
  18. I hate that CCM started their retail "team" stick, really confused me for a while lol As for the pro stick Team sticks, I've had good experiences with CCM FT3 Team sticks. I got a few for just under $100/ea on SLS a few months back to try a new curve, all were the LK flex which is a pro/team option only, all performed well and were just a little heavier than the actual FT3 Pro I had (also seemed to be more durable towards the bottom of the shaft, didn't chip as much as the pro model).
  19. I own both a Super Tacks girdle and a 9K girdle (had a couple 9k's over the years). Personally I feel the Super Tacks is more protective than the 9K and lighter. The 9K feels way more mobile out of the box where as the ST took a good season or so to really break in and loosen up fully (even now after a couple of years it's still not as mobile and free feeling as the 9K but this is prob die to the added padding so it's not a bad trade off). The ST has much better tailbone protection (it has awesome padding there), much better spine protection with the adjustable spine piece where as the 9k has virtually no spine protection. Both the ST and 9K have height adjustable thigh pads which are both very similar padding wise, the main difference I found was the ST pads look like they were made for skinnier legs (overall sizing on the ST is way smaller than the 9K). Hip protection is about equal but I give the ST the edge since it seems to cover slightly more area than the 9K. Kidney protection - the St goes a bit higher than the 9K. convenience - the 9K had the built in sock velcro which I loved, no need for a garter belt or jock shorts, the ST doesn't have anything like this which I think was an oversight on CCM's part (I ended up cutting a garter belt and sewing it to the shorts part of the ST girdle so I have a built in garter belt, I use a CCM Pro jock so it was either this or wear a separate garter belt which I was getting tired of). Overall I prefer the Super Tacks girdle and after a little back and forth I haven't worn my 9K since well before covid hit. One thing to keep in mind though, any girdle or pants won't give you total protection in the butt/hip area, there's always going to be spots that will hurt like hell if you fall just right (and then you'll always happen to fall on that same spot for 3-4 games in a row because why wouldn't you? Never fails haha), so if you want to protect those in between areas you might want to add a pair of padded shorts underneath like others have mentioned.
  20. My first thought was the 70K made to look like the newer models, I know a few of those guys never really wanted to move on from them (or whatever the model before 70k was). As for Mac.. he's still using the old school Ribcor stick with the multiple ribs which is like 6 gens old by now so you never know
  21. Starting to wonder if just buying a sheet of grip tape from a skateboard shop would accomplish the same thing at a fraction of the price.
  22. Just noticed some shot blockers attached to the bottom of Goodrow's shinguards, I don't remember seeing those earlier in the season, I'm guessing he has a blue and a white set for home/away. You can also see some of the design he has on the skate skin shot blockers where it says Goody and has the Liberty logo.
  23. CCM kind of messed with their numbering with the 100k... they went from 70k to 80k and then jumped to 100k as the top of the line Ribcor skate, so the 90k is really the new 78k which is why it's not a one piece and doesn't have the full tech of the the previous top of the line model. Granted the 90k is prob a step higher than the previous 78k but it's still one level down from the top so they had to hold back on some of the fancy options. I found this out when looking to upgrade my 78k's, I thought I found a steal on 90k's but then realized they were essentially just a newer version of what I already had (I completely jumped ship and went with a NOS pair of Jetspeed FT490's that I found for a bargain and have come to love).
  24. Another vote for P90TM. I used P28's for a number of years before switching over. I never cared much for the P92, found it to be too big of a hook, preferred the open toe of the 28 more so. The issue with the P28 was how open the toe was, it made for awesome shots when you got it right but it was very unforgiving if you misfire towards the toe. The P90TM is slightly more closed at the toe which, for me, made all the difference in being more forgiving on misfires (also I found it was better for backhanders, much easier to control backhand shots and passes than the P28 was). I now have a bunch of P28's I need to figure out what to do with and have also been trying to decipher pro stock listings for P90TM's since it seems to be a crap shoot between what they describe and what it'll actually be lol
  25. Owen Power in CCM mitts but Bauer everything else, figured he'd be in all one or the other since they tend to sign these young kids to sponsorship deals pretty early on.
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