want to make sure they offer enough protection when playing against some of the better age 7-8 yr olds in new england. thanks!
if the design on the back side hasn't changed much since the 2011 and 2013 models, then they should be fine in terms of protection from the face.
* if facing "elite" shooters, even mites, you'll want "other" knee pads anyway, and that's probably the only place lacking in these. my son uses the bauer reactor knee pads under his and they're fine. another year or two—now that he's in squirt level—and he'll need to move to a plastic cup-style knee pad.
the only other concern with regard to protection is the outside of the leg channel does not have a solid exterior "wing" tracing down the side to protect from bad angle shots. on tiny kids, I've only seen them get in the way of mobility anyway, but that's the only other weak point I'm aware of. my son is a tiny 1st-year squirt and I'm ordering the 26+1. he practiced last season in 24s that protected him just fine from some of the best youth players pgh had to offer in the mite ages (most of whom since have gone on to elite/select teams in the region). under a 28" pad, for my money these are far and away the best youth pads on the market... best strapping, wear factor is solid, protection is good, knee blocks are firm and channel is adjustable. even with peewees shooting on him in dual practices, there's never been a complaint about "feeling" anything through these prodigy leg pads. I'm confident that if the production is the same, he'll wear these 26+1s until he grows into the 28s he has waiting for him.
Date published: 2016-07-24