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How To: Choosing the Right Hockey Goalie Pads | Source For Sports

August 22, 2019

You’re a new goalie parent and you’re out there to select your child’s first set of pads. We have a flat-faced pad, and we have your more traditional hybrid pad, with knee rolls. A hybrid pad with knee rolls will typically have a softer face in it, which makes the puck hit it, and stay a little closer to the pad. The flat-faced pad will typically have a higher density foam in through the face, so you have to direct the rebound where you want it to go. Moving on-to the knee rolls of the pads, you’ll notice that there’s two different styles the breaks, this is a double break pad, Where this is a single break pad. A double break pad is going to be a little more flexible. Having a double break pad will allow the five hole to seal up a little easier, and the second break on-top will help bring the five hole in to give you a better seal along the ice with your butterfly. the single break will change the top of
your house a little bit and the way the pad is going to seal the ice. When you go down you have to be a little bit more flexible and flair out your leg to get the same top of the house. Another
thing that you want to take a look at when selecting pads is the strapping system on the back
of the pad. Here we have two different strapping setups, this is your nylon strap, this is your
synthetic leather strap. The nylon straps are a little bit easier
with the young goalie because once you have them set up it’s just a quick clip. With the more
traditional leather straps, you have to find the proper hole and remember we want the two finger width technique on the back of the strap to get that locked in place Another point of difference that you’ll see on pads at the younger sizes is the different styles of toe brick, this right here is a sliding toe brick. It will actually slide when you’re going down into your butterfly and in your VH and allow you a little bit easier of a
push as it’s going to slide on the ice. This
is your standard traditional HD toe brick. Basically has a piece of HD Foam that’s going to sit directly on the cowling. After we look inside the pad, you’ll notice a couple different styles of calf landing. Your calf landing and your knee landing with this style of pad is gonna be brought right in to the inside of the knee landing and the calf, giving you a little bit easier slide-ability across the top of your crease when you’re down in your butterfly. The final thing I’m going to talk about, is the thigh wrap. There are two different styles of thigh wrap here. this one here has a little bit of added protecting through the inside of the knee where they have this additional doughnut
on there. So when you go down in your butterfly none of your kneecap is gonna be exposed. This is another version of a thigh wrap without the doughnut, it’s going to be a little bit easier to
rotate on the pad. However when you go down, you may still be exposed on the inside of your knee cap. From beginner to pro at Source for
Sports we have the right gear to get your goalie into the game. At Source for Sports, We know our stuff.


  • Reply Katherine August 6, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much, this really helped! 😉

  • Reply severhomes October 22, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Was this filmed at Dukes source for sports

  • Reply Keanu Nel August 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    +source for sports im a senior level pad never realy ordered pads always baught second hand but im going to be getting the warrior ritual g3s I was just wandering what is the +1 and +2 on the pads

  • Reply IAmProcrastinatingRightNow September 9, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    seriously, who is buying new goalie gear for a kid this small?

  • Reply Owen Hennessy December 2, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Yo this was filmed at source for sports I went to buy a pair of Brian's and he helped me his name is Craig

  • Reply Agnieszka Parent January 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    thank you!!!

  • Reply Austin Cudmore December 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Why not a left pad lol

  • Reply garet wa May 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    When I got my son his goalie pads, I took off the thigh rap. Its more annoying more then anything else and my boy has never got hit underneath the pad… And at age 8, kids don't shoot that hard anyway. As long as your kid is in the right state of mind and using proper technique, Chances of getting hurt under neath the pad is very slim..

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