New 997 Jr Pro- Custom Awesome
Tyler LaFaive : 12/17/2012
We ordered these new pads for our son. He is 10 years old and we had purchased his first set of Simmons pads 3 years ago when we were traveling through Canada on a family Vacation. Our service in the store convinced us that this was where we would purchase all of our pads. the fit was perfect and there was minimal break in time. My son was able to do things in these pads that other kids his age could not because of how soft and easy to use they were.
So, when it came time for our second set of pads we placed our order online and selected the custom options. My son had a specific color combination that he wanted to match his uniform. We made our selections and on Sunday Mark called and we went over the order and he helped us to finalize the color combinations and make sure we were getting exactly what we wanted. The pads were made and delivered just as Mark had explained and the fit was perfect. We will continue to purchase our gear from Simmons because of the exceptional product and the great service. These pads are light and easy to use right when they arrive. My son is very happy with the pads and he gets tons of comments about them from other teams and fans.
Thanks so much Simmons.
994 LEG PADS
mchirico : 11/28/2012
SWEET PAD LIGHT COMFORTABLE AND GREAT FLEXIBILITY.
Best pants I've ever owned
Mark Ejdrygiewicz : 11/17/2012
Until recently I've been playing with Bauer pants. Though they did the job, they really didn't match up with a stand up style of play, leaving a lot of room between the legs, while bunching up at the top of the pads. Now, before there's questions of proper sizing, over the last while there's been a lot of trying out different sizing for both overall size and length of pants. My problem (not too uncommon) comes from a stand-up style of play with a chest rig that's tucked into the pants, not overtop.
I had enough of the monkey business, and shortly after my enjoyment with Simmons 996 Chest Rig, I called up Simmons and decided to see what could be done. After a very helpful phone conversation, and an assurance that custom pants could be made if needed, I went down to see Paul at my local goalie shop. Long story short, found exactly the right size I needed, and off to the ice we went! If you've read my other testimonial, I was of the mentality that goalie gear is there to stop you from getting injured, not from getting hurt, and so bruises on the thighs and inner (more sensitive areas) were not uncommon... NO MORE! Pants that fit right, don't bunch up at the top of the pads, fit right around the waist with the chest rig tucked in, and still let me be as flexible and mobile as I want to be! For the first time in all my years playing, I've found a set of goalie pants that work with me and my style, with no need to adapt to just what the pants can give me. It is a great feeling to be able to bend down and touch my toes while wearing these pants with both cups and the rig tucked in, and not feel like the waist is going to burst at the seams!
The "floating pad" inside the lacing on the front also allows for flexibilty in how high or tight you want to lace up the front, without any crazy setup. Great pants overall!
What a Chest Rig!
Mark Ejdrygiewicz : 11/17/2012
What can I say? I had started early this season with a Vaughn V9400, and liked it for it's ease of mobility and flexibility. Initially, it did the job, and although I was finishing games with bruises and a few tender spots, I was of the old opinion that hockey gear is there to "stop you from getting injured, not from getting hurt." Well, everything came to a head when I had a shot permanently dent the left bicep piece of plastic. Enough was enough, and so I went down to see a good man down at our local goalie shop, and brought in my problem. Long story short, after learning a few surprising facts about the rig I was currently using, I took his suggestions and great advice and started to size myself up for Simmons 996 chest rig.
Though I had already put in an order a couple weeks before for pads, blocker and catcher, this was the first piece of Simmons gear I had actually had the fun of playing in. It's been 5 weeks now and over 20 games and practices since. I'm all smiles! Though noticeably bigger than my old Vaughn rig, this 996 Chest & Arm protector from Simmons gives me even more flexibility and mobility (note: I still tuck my chest rig into my goalie pants). There isn't a bit that worries me about this piece of kit. Easier to move in, the rig wraps around the body nicely without leaving gaps or being too tight. The adjustability of the various key areas makes for an ideal fit no matter the goalie. What's more, control of the shots is much easier than before, with rebound contol and taking a shot high or low, shoulders or abs, in the arms or anywhere, all the time being able to feel the puck, but have no bruises left from any shots. Wearing a helmet with a dangler, the shoulders on the 996 offer no problems with turning extreme left and right, nor do they stop me from being able to look down and around.
Before I put my recommendation in writing here, I will say that I've taken a couple other goalies with the same problems I had down to see the same shop, and they've both come out with the same rig, and have all enjoyed it as much as I have. This is without a doubt one of the best pieces I've played with for the upper body and arms, and highly, highly recommend this rig to anyone who is looking for a great amount of protection, and not having to compromise on mobility and flexibility.
Simmons 997 Pro Custom Blocker: Initial Review
Ronald Ladue : 08/14/2012
I’m changing my equipment to a set a little more personalized and lively for myself instead of my semi sterile white/black/silver sets of the past few years. As before I had won a P3 glove in phoenix red and white so not knowing that is was a touch different color I ordered maroon for the blocker and leg pads. It’s not too far off and I can always put the P3 up for sale and order a P4 in maroon colors and get almost the same glove. I in fact went down to Monkeysports in Norwood Ma. to check out a number of gloves. Looks like I would be getting a P4 or Koho 588. Anyway on to the blocker.
My first glove ever playing was a Simmons platinum p2k which when I realized now was kind of ahead of its time. I wanted to try Simmons out again after all of these years because they make a good quality piece for a damn good price and are willing to do a lot more on the custom front than most companies are. I was also looking for a company where a blocker wasn’t just a blocker. To top it off they had a graphic that almost perfectly matches my P3 glove. Ordering was very easy. Place an order on the website and then you get a call from one of the guys there and talk things through. They are all extremely helpful I have to shoot out a HUGE thanks to Mark and Rick for all the info on their lines on this and the leg pads I just ordered which will be a future review.
What I was looking for this time around was weight, good hand and finger protection and a more open flexible stick area. I started out and stayed in Vaughn blockers for a long time then after a hand injury I moved to a Reebok Larceny blocker which is basically the tank of blockers. My biggest complaint has been that the inside cuff which was super rigid and had the pillow really limited stick movement affecting handling and poke-checking because the index finger protection and thumb were sewn in a way that the actually applied pressure to the stick on their own. My blocker basically held my stick without me. Not so with the Simmons unit, there is a larger opening in the side board but thanks to an A+ finger design the area still seals up. Another great Idea is the us of Jenpro in the crook of the thumb binding where Nylon usually wears out.
Other great innovations are the wrist strap that runs up the inside of the side board and actually allows you to adjust the position of the side board a bit possibly flaring it out or pulling it tighter in. I make just as many save with my side board as with the face of the blocker so I am curious about how I will perform with a bit smaller more tapered side board. The cuff is something that I have been underwhelmed with on a number of gloves . I don’t exactly wear a huge C/A but from a Vaughn 9400 to a Reebok P3 to Reebok Larceny I have had issues with the cuff being to small for the sleeve on my C/A causing it to always feel like it was being pushed off. I had to cut a strap off the Larceny specifically for the reason and enlarge the cuff. The 997 cuff is softer and articulates separately from the blocker board itself. I would consider this design to be something anyone who really plays the puck would want. I also think this will be the end of my sore hand and wrist on my blocker side.
Still shocked at how light this thing is. Even with having Beefy Jenpro finger protection.