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  1. Reviewer Details: 32 years old / 5’11 / 220lbs Location: Calgary, AB Playing Level: Upper div men's rec league hockey (former minor league rep team player) I had to replace my old, heavy Vaughn mask as I progressed into higher levels of playing goal. I picked up a Bauer NME8 with CSA mask in Fit3 and I've been using it exclusively for approximately 6 months now. Fit I went with Fit3, because Fit2 was showing a bit too much of the back of my head. Maybe I have a weird shaped head, but I have a bit of vertical space in the Fit3. It's definitely within spec, but I'd like it to be a tad bit tighter. I've thought about wearing a skull-cap but it hasn't bothered me that much. The padding in the NME8 feels really nice. Coming from the Vaughn mask, which felt like wearing a bucket on my head, this feels like a light-weight velvet pillow. The sweat band also feels nice against my forehead and errant Velcro isn't irritating my skin like the Vaughn was at the end of it's life. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is the chin cup within the helmet. Its odd. It feels like it has too much travel and it often ends up wherever I don't want it. I've tried adjusting it, but I'm just not a fan of it's design and positioning. 8/10 Protection Protection feels good. You still feel the shots off the mask, but it definitely feels way better than I had become used to. A shot off the Vaughn rang in my ears for at least 15 minutes after being hit - not good. Imagine hitting a metal dumpster with a pole. With the Bauer, I still feel the shot impact, but its deadened. My head doesn't rattle or ring. I'm not nearly as worried about being hit in the mask. 9/10 Weight Such a light helmet compared to what I was accustomed to. Sometimes I forget it's on my head. It feels SO good. Couldn't ask for more! 10/10 Durability Everything looks good so far after 6 months of use. I dry it out after each session and haven't had any issues. I'm looking forward to using this mask for the foreseeable future. 10/10 Intangibles I like the view from the standard CSA mask. Way better than my old Vaughn. I feel like I can see better through the bars, they're positioned just right. I wanted the cats-eye but it wasn't available when I was purchasing. I may switch out the cage over time. I settled on the glossy black and then got some custom decals for the helmet - this was a more economical method than buying a higher model and getting a custom airbrushing at my level. Conclusion The Bauer NME8 mask is a great bucket for an intermediate goaltender playing rec hockey like myself. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and it's such an upgrade from my previous helmet. I love the weight and the protection. The view is great and I don't feel like I have any bad blind spots. Overall Rating 9.3/10
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