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Reviews written by Hermans
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I had my Graf 735 for about 3-4 years when I saw a pair of these on clearance a half size smaller than my 735’s. I tried them, found the fit comparable and bought them ask back up. After about another 6 months they became my favourite skate and I have moved the 735 to back-up status.
The ankle and sole are very stiff and supportive. The side walls are far more rigid and with stiffer material than the 735’s. My one main issue with the 735 was that the sides of the skate were made from such a soft (but comfortable material) that any hit or puck impact was absorbed rather than deflected. The G35 does a better job of deflecting impacts but you still feel them. I tried Nike Supremes for a season and those skates did a far better job of protecting from hits and puck strikes.
The additional stiffness throughout the boot gives me more confidence that these will be as long-lasting as my 735’s and indeed, longer lasting.
I had almost no problem with break in as 1) I was used to Graf skates and 2) I wore them while working from home or watching movies for about 3 weeks before I sharpened and wore them the first time on ice.
I developed an incredibly sore ankle bone on one foot, removed the Graf-Sidas footbeds that I took from 735’s and put back in the stock (thin) footbeds. After a short time the ankle pain disappeared and these skates became comfortable in all but one way. These G35 are ½ size smaller than my 735 and for one foot the big toe is tighter to the toe box than I prefer. I have taken to purchasing super thin socks to compensate and some extra room has been created from the natural break-in process but still it’s a tight fit.
My solution is to have a good stock of new waxed laces on hand and ensure that the laces keep my foot snug and well back into the heel of the skate.
I have had these for about one and third years and for the past nine months they have been my only skate. I have noticed some scrapes and small cuts but the boot has held up well, there is minimal wear on the holder, the soles and ankles are as stiff as day one and there are no problems with the liner.
The 735’s I had for 3-4 years are still in good shape and could give years more service. Both the 735’s and G35’s showed about the same wear and tear after a couple years of use.
I expect the G35’s are capable of lasting years as well. I skate 1-2 times / week during the summer and 2-4 times per week in winter including a 1 hour class and a 1.5 hour Saturday morning shinny that is typically 8 aside. While it may not be extensive use of the skates I think it demonstrates that these skates can stand up to typical adult rec use for a long time.
The performance is very good. The feel against my foot because of the extra stiffness and support was a bit of an adjustment but now it is preferred. I have discovered that the Graf boot is an acquired taste and while it may not be the light and highly rigid boots that a lot of people prefer it certainly allows for a great balance of mobility, stability and still lets the player put a lot of power into the blade. I think that once a person is used to skating with a lower cut but that these G35’s will allow you to reach the same performance, overall, as with any skate in a comparable price range.
5 years with Graf skates and I’ve had one crack in the plastic of one holder which was easily replaced. I’ve not had a spot of rust on the blades of either of my Graf skates with wiping them down with a towel after each skate, putting in a terry cloth skate guard and ensuring they sit in a well ventilated and dry place when not in use.
The runners, generally speaking, hold up for 6-10 hours of ice time (depending on mix of shinny, skating or games) before needing another sharpening and have been stable, resisting bending and twisting.
I like the all black look of the skate and if Graf would offer a skate all in black with no sliver or yellow patches on it I would rate it a 6. I like the simple classic look.
The skate is heavier than other skates you can get these days and indeed Graf has come out with a new version of the G35, the G35 “2010”, which is lighter and closer in weight to skates from Bauer or Easton or RBK. However I find that skates fit so well that I don’t notice the difference in weight.
I did purchase and try a pair of Bauer Supremes for a season, using the Bauers each Saturday morning for a shinny. The Bauers, while feeling noticeably lighter in the hand, didn’t seem to feel lighter while skating. I think weight difference, within reason, is not noticeable if there is a superior fit and the weight of the skate stays with the foot and doesn’t slip around the foot.
These skates really took a while to get used to as I was putting more of each stride into the ice than with the softer and more flexible 735’s. Fast forward a year and I am enjoying the skates so very much.
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Worth the small purchas price
I have an old dish towel i use to wipe my skates down after playing before using terry cloth guards for storage I have these and have had others and they all work to keep the blade dry and rust at bay. These are a basic to any hockey bag, in my opinion.
Typically they last me about a year.
beginner price and low quality
I bought these as my very, very first every elbow pads. I was doing stick and puck and after about 3-4 hours of use the fabrics for the Velcro separated from rest of the pads. I used them for a few more weeks using hockey tape to hold them in place.
The materials are soft, protect somewhat okay except that they quickly degraded and would slip out of place all the time. No matter how good it could have protected based on it's construction these just kept falling out place as the velcro fabric ripped a bit more each time.
I made a point of ripping them up before throwing them away so that no one else could possibly use them, they were that low quality.
I have seen some upper end items from Winnwell that were okay but stay away from their low-end entry items.
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great glove poor durability
Comfort and Fit
The glove is light, has acceptable ventilation, good comfort padding and has good flexibility. It is a close, snug fit and yet is not restrictive as it is very flexible. The three piece fingers give the glove an extra bit of comfort and fit as well.
One thing, compared to most other gloves, when soaked with sweat I don’t feel that these gloves get “heavy” and the palm retains its feel for the stick and puck.
Overall, comfort and fit are excellent.
The black digital overlay on the palm of the glove wears very easily. I have had these gloves for six months and treating them as I do my other gloves I have already wore through the black overlay. I hope the grey underlay of the “multi-nash” palm holds up.
The sublimated fabric that covers the glove is thin, light and wears as easily. I had a pair of Nike Bauer Supreme 70’s that have 5-6 times more use than these Projects and have less wear. They are heavier, however, and less flexible.
The glove has “rolls” that run up and down your hand (wrist to finger tips) rather than across the hand (thumb to little finger) with breaks to allow for rolling the hand. I prefer this, finding that the glove has excellent movement across the back of the hand as well as having good dexterity through the fingers and the cuff opens for solid wrist mobility.
The bone system works exceptionally well with respect to slashes, etc. It is truly an outstanding glove for the balance of protection (higher than normal) and weight (lower than would be expected for the projection). The cuff is reasonably protective as well, the thumb has some backwards flexibility but locks soon enough to give the impression that it will prevent hyper extension.
The sublimation on my glove was light in colour, faded in many spots and the white portions stain and get dirty easily. The gloves just end up with a look like they are covered in cheap, faded cloth.
Yes there are lighter gloves but I challenge you to find ones that are this light with this much protection.
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Good for the price
This cage ended up on a Cascade M11 size small. It fit well and was easy to install. Maintenance is a breeze compared to a full visor snd airflow is great and their is no fogging ever. However i like my full visor for its superior vision. For your averge beer league this will offer all i need as long as it is a good fit in combination with my helmet. The chin cup drains sweat and water very well and is easy to clean.
It is a cage that simply does the job with no fuss and no muss.
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Better in the right size
I had a medium and it seemed that the padding compressed, grew thin and the helmet "expanded". I purchased a small and on a Bauer recon full visor and then a lower cost Bauer 2500 visor. While a cage gives great airflow the visor sits better on a small helmet than the large sized helemt and rarely fogs up. It taught me a lesson of helmet fit and that if I buy a helmet that seems a bit tight in the store that it will loosen upn"just right" and thát if it feels right in the store it will quickly feel lose on the ice.
The small helmet sits tight enough that visibility is good. The large helmet started this way but after it expanded it seemed to fall too far forward restricting vision. One I corrected the sizing I has the full visibility of the visor with minimal fogging issues.
Sometimes sizingis hard to learn and although this helmet (medium) is now borrowed to a friend i wish he had choosen to take my NB 5500 instead.
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very nice but pricey
Durabilty should be high. The materials are manufactured to resist skate cuts etc and the general stitching seems to be okay. The one minor area of wear after 8-10 uses is where the Velcro on my jock shorts grabs at the inside of the sock at the very top of the leg (where the outside material folds back over into the inside of the sock).
The socks are “tighter” fitting than any sock I’ve worn and it’s a small effort to pull them over my 15’’ RBK 10K shins. However they have sufficient stretch to fit without feeling restrictive. I like that the socks stay tight around the ankle and (Achilles) tendon guard on my skates. As a plus the Velcro tabs on both the front and back of the legs extend well down the sock allowing for the skater to pull the sock up high if necessary; they could be wider but that’s a minor issue.
The length, for an adult size, leaves me a few extra inches of length (2-3) and I’m 5’10’’ and wear a 32 leg.
Comfort against bare skin above the shins is good.
Weight is about the same as traditional socks; just note that while these look like the RBK edge sock they are heavier. Despite the heavier fabric these socks dry fairly quickly and importantly they don’t soak up much moisture, they don’t slide on the ice more than any other socks.
Many thanks to JMM at OYP for getting me these to try and for the pair of tactics skate socks as well. Of the two, skate socks and hockey socks, I would prefer these as they offer more overall coverage and extend down low enough for me and tight enough around the skate ankle. The skate socks only extend up to about the knee and not beyond.
I’ve a nice gash on my left inside leg between the calf and ankle that would was suffered in minus 20 celcius weather on a shinny pond. It wouldn’t be there as a big scar with either of these two products.
For looks my all black socks are simple and there is a small tactics logo on them that really does not enhance nor detract from the sock appearance and actually helps me orientate the socks. You can get them customized via sublimation which is nice.
All in all I think I would order them in blue to match my regular men’s league team jersey and to match my leaf’s home and aways that I wear for shinny.
I put visual looks at a 3 for one reason; these are very pricey socks and I need a place on the review to hold the overall rating down for the price issue. At $45-$50 bucks I would re-assess to a pure 5 and at $55-$60 I would put it at a 4. At the current price it’s tough to go a top review.
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In the past I have used Shock Doctor mouth guards as I had a bad concussion in a car accident and wanting to never go through that again I thought a mouth guard was a critical item in preventing concussions. I’ve changed my opinion and I think a mouth guard is not going to prevent concussions and at best they will lessen the chance and severity of a concussion. However I have learned that a mouth guard can actually add comfort by cushioning impacts in the teeth and jaw and lets me clench and grind my teeth with little wear; and I clench and grind naturally so a mouth guard is a good thing.
I’ve used the shock doctor in the past and gave up on it because of how physically large it is and the fact that it’s hard to talk, drink or breathe. I’ve been using a custom mouth guard from the dentist and also the pro-tech dent since October and November.
Look, I had a problem the first few times I did boil and bit with shock doctor mouth guards and in fitting my dentist custom guard they went through the process four times. I found my new dentist when I joined a Saturday morning skate and I’m glad. He’s very professional in the office and very demanding and insisted that the fit of the mouth guard covered high above the upper gums to allow for proper coverage and support. You can feel the difference with the extended coverage and I applied this to the protech dent guards which led to my problems with adaptation.
My problems with adaptation came from pursuing perfection over excellence. I was looking for a perfect fit and I kept playing with the protech dent re-boiling water and trying again. While ultimately satisfied with the result I realize now that I could have gone with one of the earlier attempts; trying again and again did not improve the fit; only confirm that the correct method.
I was provided a package of two mouth guards to work with and that is a good thing. I stretched and twisted, reheated, bent and fought the first one. I am actually still using the first one but it’s a mental comfort to know I could play around with it and still have the second one to work with.
Don’t worry about the stretching and softness of the mouth guard when soft as in my experience it is very durable and even after 1-2 hours of league play or shinny it remains that way. Once it cools it’s rigid with a bit of give and very durable.
My one “wise advice” is that you don’t stretch the guard when moulding it and instead you fold it and like the videos on the website say, don’t hold it to far back into your mouth but keep it forward and fold it forward so it covers the front. You truly don’t need it to wrap around the back of the teeth.
Durability is great. The material is rigid when cooled and holds its form. There are no softer gel materials like in the shock doctor guards. With the Shock doctor guards the softer materials (which are inside the guard and next to the teeth) wear first, wear more easily and you lose fit. You won’t find that with a custom guard from the dentist or with protech dent.
Function and Comfort
Fit is function? Maybe. The protect dent fit tighter and better than anything I’ve experienced before including three different types of shock doctor guards, a generic plastic mouth guard and the dentist custom. Also I truly almost forget this guard is in my mouth as it is thin, you can breathe and talk almost normally. I can talk better than with any other guard and drinking is a cinch.
The comfort comes from how tight and form fitting it is across your mouth.
In comparison a custom guard is more flexible and softer and as you bit down or move your jaw it’s not as tightly in position. This can make talking a bit more difficult than Protech dent as the materials move in position and you don’t know how far the tongue can move before encountering resistance.
My dentist guard is made of softer material and comfort is incredible for that. The protech dent has harder material and when the teeth close the front teeth seem to rub against the rigid materials.
I’m sure if it was moulded properly it would look good. Also you can get a wide variety of colour and the guard fits nice and tight and is not bulky which makes it look better. However I stretched the materials rather than properly folded them over my teeth.
For durability, looks and function these are top notch and for comfort they are close to a custom guard. All in all, I prefer the custom guard by a slight margin for the softer materials that don’t feel as tough and abrasive against my front. I think that with a bit of experimentation by re-heating and re-setting I can resolve this.
It’s an impressive product and one that bears a bit of patience in learning how to fit it and one I’m confident that will be better once I try to fit the second of two guards I have.
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these will be excellent once they correct the strapping system
As purchased the shell provides superb protection but the standard strapping system is next to useless. I bought these for my Graf 735 skates which have a softer shell through which you feel the full impact of even light blows by pucks and skates. Tired of bruises and sore feet I went to look at these at a store and pulled a Graf 735 off of the shelf and put a fender on it. I quickly realized that you will need a small/medium sized fender for smaller skates as the larger one will stick out at all sides and corners and the straps can't cinch tight enough.
Even with an appropriately sized fender I still found it was difficult to get the fender tight to the skate boot using the stock strapping. My skating was negatively affected as the fender slid on my boot as I skated, throwing off my balance and catching on my other skate from time to time. I threw the stock strapping out and purchased four pump straps. These are 'single-sided velcro straps that loop back on themselves and are static (i.e. do not stretch). They make cinching the fenders nice and snug a simple and easy task and now they stay put during play.
These straps are easily purchased at most sporting, hardware or cycle shops and cost a buck or two each so they don't break the bank. Buy a few replacements as the straps are subject to a lot of wear and tear. Even though the replacement straps are not expensive it is annoying to have to spend some extra money to improve the product because these fenders aren't very cheap to begin with.
Now having said that the fenders aren't cheap and that you have to spend money to improve them I think they are well worth the purchase. You see them more and more on NHL players wearing the fenders and it's because they work. You don't feel hits unless they are 90 degree straight on. The fenders have a ridged design that deflects most impacts from sticks and pucks, they cover the lower half of the tongue, and they are relatively light, are strong and provide excellent protection. If you can get them tight enough to the boot they don't impact skating.
If you see a friend or team mate with them, borrow them and put them over your skates and whack them with a stick and see for yourself.
Strangely enough they seem to peak curiosity and it's the one thing I have that people stop and ask me about to the point that after a game guys from the other team sometimes skate over to take a second look.
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alternative to hockey backpacks
This is a slightly larger version of the MEC duffle bag that has a zippered compartment along the bottom of the bag. Open the zipper and you can take out two back-pack straps that attach quickly and easily to give a serviceable back-pack. It's good for shorter trips like when you only find parking a few minutes walk from the rink or having to take transit. It does not, however, have proper framing, full cushioning or full strapping for long hauls.
Like the standard duffle bags it is cheap, it is smaller but will fit a full set of adult sized gear with planning and will last and last; my regular duffle bag, if professionally cleaned, could be re-tagged and back on the store shelf without anyone being none the wiser.
This is a true duffle back and doesn't stand up like a 'tower' back-pack will and so I keep an extra cloth in it to wipe the bottom clean, if need be, before I put it on my back. As with any duffle, it's flexible and therefore can be pushed into more spaces than a rigid wheeled bag (i.e. better for smaller apartments, cars, crowded spaces).
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