Roller hockey is great for those skaters that like to go out and dangle and not worry about being lined up. Every great part of ice hockey has been added to roller... but goaltending is a different story. Sliding from post-to-post can be more difficult for a goaltender than watching a Wayne Gretzky highlight video.
Mission says no more heartache for goalies. The Mission Slyde Series Leg Pads feature Slyde construction on the inside knee, shin and boot gussets. Slyde is a slick, hard plastic material integrated into the pad, that moves with you along the floor, allowing you to slide further and quicker each time you need lateral movement. Basically, these pads give you that ice hockey feel and slide to get you moving at the pace at which you want to be.
Adding to the easy sliding movement is the lightweight, butterfly construction. The square and thin profile with a tapered toe makes your regular stance feel more natural, letting you drop with an easier feel.
The Adjustable Knee Lock (AKL) lets you customize how locked-in your knees are at all times. The top straps are also adjustable, letting you choose your own fit and closure. How your pads feel when strapped to your legs is totally up to you.
An integrated under-pant thigh protector rounds out the Slyde Leg Pads. This gives you extra protection in what has been a problem area for goaltenders in the past. Worrying about dropping to the butterfly and taking one to the top of the knee is a thing of the past.
The weakest part of most roller hockey goalies is when they are moving side-to-side in the crease. Now watch yourself go side - to Slyde - to side faster than ever.
The Key factor is the overall length. The length can be divided into three sections:
B.Instep to knee
C.Knee to top or thigh rise
The proper length of the goal pad boot is determined by the goalie's skate size. The next key area is the instep to knee that determines the shin length. Finally, the knee to top or thigh rise is a personal measurement depending on how much pant and pad overlap the goaltender prefers. A general rule is 7" to 8".
A.Skates size: provide the skate size for proper boot fit.
B.Instep to knee: measure from instep to the front center of kneecap while leg is in slightly bent position.
C. Thigh rise: measure from front center of kneecap up the thigh to desire height.
A + B + C = Estimated size of pad
If fitted properly, the goalie's knee should rest directly behind the center knee roll with the pad securely attached to the goal skate and properly strapped on the goaltender's leg. Generally, this will ensure that the pad breaks (bends) at the knee/shin and ankle as designed for optimal performance.