View Full Version : Quick question for goalies
11-12-2006, 05:44 PM
hey, i've been playing ice hockey for about 12 years now and a couple weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if i wanted to play net for his inline team coming this march. i was wondering if all the equipment is basically the same (except for the skates obviously) and if i would be needing anything else?
and about the skates, is there a certain model/brand i should be looking at? i was looking at some skates earlier today and i wasn't sure which ones would be better. i'm used to playing with my goalie skates in ice hockey so inline skates are going to be a huge difference.
11-12-2006, 06:37 PM
All of the equipment can be used on either surface (save for the skates). You may want to see about pads with nylon calf wraps or slide plates or something (if you decide to do it seriously). For the time being, it's probably just fine to use your ice gear.
I can't play roller hockey without goal skates because I like to slide on the cowling. I bought a pair of Bauer 7000s, cut the blade off, and put a Labeda Predator 5-wheel chassis on them. Bauer does have a pre-made one available, though. I think it's the XIV. Some of their older goalie skates (RHG 1000s) are still available in limited sizes:
Hope that helps.
11-12-2006, 08:17 PM
alright thanks for the info, i was also wondering would my pads get worn down a lot from sliding?
11-12-2006, 09:09 PM
I used Velocity 1s for a while, and they show no extra wear from using them on Sportcourt.
11-13-2006, 12:11 AM
i got a pair of kohos that are a few years old
very similar to these
im still a bit concerned about them getting worn down. i read on different sites about putting the soft velcro stuff on the parts that would be touching while im in butterfly or making like a nylon covering for them
11-14-2006, 02:30 AM
one counter-point for your consideration:
on ice, it is touch, response, and balance that is premium, since mobility on the frictionless surface is not a problem.
On plastic, friction is a great mobility-limiting factor, and has spawned a bunch of contraptions and pad/skate modifications over the past decade.
I am only a stand-in, secondary 'keeper for the teams I play. I only get in the crease when our regular guy isn't here, so my recommendation comes with that as a disclaimer...but...
consider that actual skater inline skates are so much more mobile than the five-wheel, small wheel configuration of the "normal" keeper inline skates. As you can imagine, the norm for the inline keeper was patterned after the flat, non-rockered blades on keeper ice skates...but...the consideration is totally different between the two sports: ice = balance; inline = mobility...
No one less than Rob Laurie was quoted in Roller Hockey Magazine as noting that "nobody has come up with a good techinique for goalies inline sideways mobility yet." Not sure that they have since, either...
It has always been my contention that the inline manufacturing community goofed from day one in simply imitating the flat ice blades for goalies...they should have "gone the other way" all along, opting for the greatest mobility possible...
just my two nickels, take 'em for what they might do for you.
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