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Old 08-06-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried making DIY slide plates for goalie pads?

I never knew until today, that some goalies have been using something called "slide plates" to help them slide for floor hockey.

I'm going to be playing floor hockey in a gym,
so I was thinking these can come in handy.

But I think I specifically need Polyethylene plastic...
Does anyone know where I could get this?

And how effective is it anyway?
If it doesn't make a big difference, it's not really worth my time to "mod" my pads.
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I'm guessing you could use uhmw which some cutting boards are made out of. You can use any woodworking tools to work with it. Saws, router to chamfer the edges etc.

Any pics of what you mean?
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there's a thread in goaliestore forum that teaches u.

the guy used ABS material, from a hardware store.

this was for his roller hockey pads though, so this might be a bit hardcore for just ball hockey.
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i dunno if this would work, but a lot of people use acrylic and wood cleaner sprayed on to mimic a sheet of ice. they use that outside to shoot pucks , to get the same friction and feel. you can look on youtube for tutorials, and maybe you can cut it to size for pads? hope that helps.
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I've been looking at goaliestore forums non stop for the past few days.
So many variations...

I've figured having plastic plates might be too complicated for me to put effort into making them.

I'm going to either use UHMW Slippery Tape or Velcro strips.
I can't decided which is better to use, because based on the forums,
people have had all sorts of preference.

They said female velcro was better as well, but when I think logically,
the male side has less friction, therefore more sliding. I'm not exactly
sure what to use at the moment, but I'll think of something...

Thanks for all the input so far btw.

If anyone has had experiences with this, please share.
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I know two goalies in VIHL that modded their equipment so it mimic's ice surface more.
it was a piece of white plastic stuck onto the pad
not exactly sure but i know they guys did it themselves.
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I use an older set of pads from ice for ball hockey in a gym, so I didn't really mind doing the following to my pads. It's more of a permanent fix and it works really well. My solution was to buy a tougher vinyl fabric from Fabricland, cut it to size and contact cement it to the inside of the pad, where the leather might otherwise stick to the floor. I've found that it minimizes friction to the point where it's only a little bit off to how you slide on ice. It does tend to collect dust if you play in a dirty gym, though.

It's lightweight, inexpensive, durable, and effective.

These are my pads: you can also see that the aesthetics haven't really been altered and they look as though unmodified.

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i use pad covers made of cordura. used it for a season of ball and a couple season of roller. i'm selling my old set if you're interested.

these are on my 31+1 rbk premier II

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