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#1 DetroitIan

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:33 PM

I played hockey for almost 4 years. And I for one have used PLENTY of different kinds of equipment. But honestly, I can say that out of everything I've used, the most reliable brand seams to be Bauer. CCM is also a reliable brand. Anyone have any preferences? Likes, or dislikes? What do YOU use?

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:43 PM

Every underpad I own is Nike Bauer. I have Mission pants, and gloves. I just got an RBK helmet after I've been rocking Bauer helmets throughout all my years of hockey. I just got a RBK 7K stick which is sick, but I go through a few sticks. I just got a new pair of Nike Bauer Supreme 10s which I love.

So for sticks and helmets, I prefer RBK, or Easton. Pants and gloves, Mission. Everything else, Nike Bauer.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:43 PM

For skates I like my Easton Z-air's. They were like new and I got them for $30 from a teenager that outgrew them.

My favorite stick is the Bauer Vapor XXX Lite. It's a Jason Williams game used that I got at JLA for $100.

My pants are CCM, ditto for helmet. I use a set of really nice CCM Pro gloves that I also got at JLA for $50 and appear to have been used in prospect camp.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:45 PM

Being a goalie I really like Vaughn. I also use an rbk composite stick that I like too.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:47 PM

QUOTE(BeeRYCE @ July 14, 2007 - 01:43PM) View Post

Every underpad I own is Nike Bauer. I have Mission pants, and gloves. I just got an RBK helmet after I've been rocking Bauer helmets throughout all my years of hockey. I just got a RBK 7K stick which is sick, but I go through a few sticks. I just got a new pair of Nike Bauer Supreme 10s which I love.

So for sticks and helmets, I prefer RBK, or Easton. Pants and gloves, Mission. Everything else, Nike Bauer.


Actually Im totally with you there. Easton sticks seam to be BY FAR the most durable. I STILL have my old Easton stick. But during the past 2 years I've had 3 different Jofa sticks break on me. In fact I was JUST thinking about how bad I need to buy an Easton. thumbup.gif
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:47 PM

Skates - Graf Supra G5s (Best skates ever, besides the Ultra G5s)

Shin Pads - Graf 700s (Best shin pads ever)

Pants - Graf 700s (Best pants ever)

As you can see. Graf makes the best equipment.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:50 PM

QUOTE(Gizmo @ July 14, 2007 - 01:43PM) View Post

For skates I like my Easton Z-air's. They were like new and I got them for $30 from a teenager that outgrew them.

My favorite stick is the Bauer Vapor XXX Lite. It's a Jason Williams game used that I got at JLA for $100.

My pants are CCM, ditto for helmet. I use a set of really nice CCM Pro gloves that I also got at JLA for $50 and appear to have been used in prospect camp.


Dude thats frickin awesome!! Dont be breaking that one! lol

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Skates - Graf Supra G5s (Best skates ever, besides the Ultra G5s)

Shin Pads - Graf 700s (Best shin pads ever)

Pants - Graf 700s (Best pants ever)

As you can see. Graf makes the best equipment.


Absolutely! Definitely the best shin pads ive used. I dont have the pants, so I'll take your word on that. But those shin pads can take so much abuse. Yet seam brand new. Love it.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:52 PM

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Dude thats frickin awesome!! Dont be breaking that one! lol
Unless I trip and fall on it, I think it'll last a while... I don't have a strong shot!
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:54 PM

QUOTE(DetroitIan @ July 14, 2007 - 01:47PM) View Post

Actually Im totally with you there. Easton sticks seam to be BY FAR the most durable. I STILL have my old Easton stick. But during the past 2 years I've had 3 different Jofa sticks break on me. In fact I was JUST thinking about how bad I need to buy an Easton. thumbup.gif


Yeah, can't go wrong with Easton. Those new Synergy Elites look really nice, but you can thank them for bringing in a whole new wave of hockey sticks. The first two piece alluminum hockey sticks changed sticks forever in the early 90's, thank Easton. thumbup.gif

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:30 PM

QUOTE(BeeRYCE @ July 14, 2007 - 01:54PM) View Post

Yeah, can't go wrong with Easton. Those new Synergy Elites look really nice, but you can thank them for bringing in a whole new wave of hockey sticks. The first two piece alluminum hockey sticks changed sticks forever in the early 90's, thank Easton. thumbup.gif



Oh absolutely! I really wanna try a Synergy. Im just in a broke faze right now. lol Otherwise I probably would already have one.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 01:58 PM

I work at Metro Sports, we sell a lot of hockey stuff, and we see a lot of broken sticks. I must say for all who think easton sticks are the most durable, you must be getting lucky, because there is no composite stick that we see more come back in that are broken than easton. We rarely see bauers and that is what i use. When the Vapor XXX lite's came out we got some leftover pro-stock ones from the red wings. we got Kronwall, Lang, Holmstrom, and Mowers. I bought a mowers stick and have had it for about a year and a half, before that i had a Vapor XX that lasted me two years. Bauer is the best for sticks

As for the other equipment. I have mostly Jofa (now RBK) and Bauer. I have CCM pants and Easton skates from '03 before they started to suck.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:12 PM

QUOTE(Gizmo @ July 14, 2007 - 06:43PM) View Post

My favorite stick is the Bauer Vapor XXX Lite. It's a Jason Williams game used that I got at JLA for $100.




i wonder if they'res such thing as a Game used Andreas Lilja stick that wasn't broken into 75 peices?


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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:51 PM

QUOTE(DetroitIan @ July 14, 2007 - 01:33PM) View Post

I played hockey for almost 4 years. And I for one have used PLENTY of different kinds of equipment. But honestly, I can say that out of everything I've used, the most reliable brand seams to be Bauer. CCM is also a reliable brand. Anyone have any preferences? Likes, or dislikes? What do YOU use?



Helmets: I only wear the old style CCM's like Chelios uses. I refuse to wear anything else. Oh yeah, and no visor. Who needs their eyes anyway biggrin.gif

Skates: I've had all kinds over the past 20 years, currently rockin' out the CCM's. Missions for inline.
Gloves: Have used Easton's, CCM's primarily. Favorite pair and what i've used for the past 5 years are 13" Hespeler short cuffs (they're easy to shed, hehe)
Shins: Rocking out the same old school Vic's for the past 12 years. Sort of have a Craig Ludwig nostalgia for me although not as big as his were.
Elbows: CCM supra hard-caps. These are about 5 years old also.
Shoulders: hmm....hell, I actually can't think of em right now. They're the same ones I used in high school so they're roughly 15 years old.
Pants: Winnwell's. Hell, are they even in business anymore? Same as my shoulder pads these pants are prolly 15 years old but comfortable as hell and they block alot of shots for me without getting me hurt.
Sticks: WOOD, WOOD, WOOD!!!!!! I've used every major brand's wood sticks. For the past 5 years i've been using nothing but Sherwood's. I swithced a few years ago to the 5030's thinking I was Paul Coffey (but roughly 50 games and 2 goals later it ain't my destiny). Anyway, Sherwood's are reliable, cheap, have a great heft to them and they hurt like hell.

Sherwood/CCM/Bauer skates pretty much you can't go wrong there.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 02:59 PM

RBK and Easton for the most part. My helmets a s***ty white CCM one, hopefully before hockey season next year I'll get a better one.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 03:15 PM

skates - synergy 1500's (comfortable as hell)
shin and elbows - bauer, but want the rbk 7k's
shoulders - easton, but i want some old joffa's, the eastons make me look like a linebacker...
gloves - easton, love them.
helmet - bauer, want the rbk 9k (light and comfy)
i stick with easton sticks, i love the SL grip and ST grip...stealth and elite are to overprized....also warrior sticks are pretty good, kronick....

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 04:26 PM

Everything I own is Easton except for my helmet which is Bauer.

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 04:39 PM

hmm lets see, mission skates and pants, bauer gloves, helmet, vic elbow pads, ferland shoulder pads, hespler shin pads, itech jock and D & R neck guard, shock doctor mouth guard and sherwood stick that yes is wooden, i actually like to feel like im holding something instead of air, plus you can lay a good two hander without shattering your stick. biggrin.gif
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 04:39 PM

I played goal for a few years, and have been thinking about getting back into it. I've always liked Vaugh goalie stuff, but lately I've been looking at Itech. I've always liked this model of pads:
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I've also thought about the Reebok pads:
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 05:00 PM

QUOTE(Hockeytown0001 @ July 14, 2007 - 05:39PM) View Post

I played goal for a few years, and have been thinking about getting back into it. I've always liked Vaugh goalie stuff, but lately I've been looking at Itech. I've always liked this model of pads:
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I've also thought about the Reebok pads:
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Yeah my friend Chris is a goalie. And he was telling me about his new Reebok pads. He said they are the best pads he's had. He's been playing for like 14 years or something. So he's gone through a ton. I would definitely go with the Reeboks.
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Posted 14 July 2007 - 05:04 PM

QUOTE(GordieSid&Ted @ July 14, 2007 - 03:51PM) View Post

Helmets: I only wear the old style CCM's like Chelios uses. I refuse to wear anything else. Oh yeah, and no visor. Who needs their eyes anyway biggrin.gif

Anyway, Sherwood's are reliable, cheap, have a great heft to them and they hurt like hell.


haha, Sherwoods! Montreal was my pick back with wood, not necessarily pricey either.


These are a couple of mine: CCM 952 Tacks, Easton synergy 750s. The skates have put up with seven years of abuse... and they've got perfect bend for directional movement out there, I've even redone the fastenings and replaced a pair of chassis on them.

Once the palms go out on these synergies, it's gonna be up to these: Bauer vapors, CCMs, Eagles, Tours or Warriors (Totally can see the freedom of hand movement theme here, eh?)

all in all, I gotta say, no two pieces matter to me more than your hands and feet. A guy I was skating with the other night mentioned his team picked him up some $650 CAD Eastons on their buck, and they're great - which is good, cos I've been curious about Eastons... I'll have to give them a look.


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