The CCM Extreme Flex Shield 1.9 Senior Chest Protector is a high mid-level chest protector. Recommended 3 to 5 uses per week.
CCM Extreme Flex Shield Pro Chest Protector
New for 2016 is the CCM Extreme Flex Shield Pro Chest Protector. The Extreme Flex Shield is part of the CCM E-Flex II series which is built for the hybrid style goalie who values flexibility and movement in a chest protector. The Extreme Flex Shield is different from the CCM Premier chest protector which has a much bigger and wider fit. With new rule changes possibly coming in the 2016/17, the Extreme Flex Shield may be the more common chest protector in the future. This chest protector was built with the idea of flexibility and adjustability in mind. Goalies buying high mid-level chest protectors want a custom fit and the more adjustments, the closer they can come to that custom fit. The Extreme Flex 1.9 chest protector has adjustments in the shoulder floaters, arms length and torso. Built with segmented HD and PE Foams, the 1.9 chest protector has great flexibility and excellent protection.
Chest Protector Style – Athletic Hybrid Style
CCM Extreme Flex Shield Pro Chest Protector Features
- Shoulder Wings: Segmented, molded HD and PE Foam help to offer great protection and mobility
- Sternum: 3D molded high density foam helps to increase overall protection
- Chest: Segmented, molded HD and PE foam help to offer great protection while maintaining mobility
- Bicep/Forearm: Compression molded high density EPP foam offers great protection without adding weight
- Elbow: Independent adjustable elbow protector for a customized fit
- Shoulder Cap: Compression molded PE foam helps to maximize coverage and protection
Athletic Style (Hybrid) Vs. Blocking Style (Coverage) Chest Protectors
There are two basic designs in the goalie market in regards to chest protectors. These are based on the two types of styles that goalies play – hybrid and coverage. The hybrid goalie needs a more athletic style chest protector that allows him/her to move freely and maximize their agility. These units contour around the body with little to no gaps. The shoulder floaters are also smaller and form around the goalie in a more natural manner. Arms and elbow guards move freely and do not bind up, allowing for maximum mobility. The big upside to having an athletic style chest protector is the movement and freedom these provide. The downside to the athletic style chest is a decrease in size and materials. Now we are not saying they are not protective because most chest protectors are built to a very high standard and are have great protection qualities. However to make something move better you have to take something away and by doing this there will obviously be less material. We can say honestly that athletic chest protectors are extremely protective and the added materials in the blocking style are more about taking up space then adding protection.
The blocking style chest protectors are built for the coverage goalies that like to play big and take up as much space in the net as possible. The shoulder floaters are much wider and usually have multiple layers. The arm and elbow guards are also flared wider to take up as much space as possible. The blocking style chest protector tends to have more gaps and extra space on the goalies body because of the extra size. The upside to the blocking style chest protectors is the extra space it takes up. These chest protectors can easily make the shoulder width of a goalie four to six inches wider compared to an athletic style chest protector. Also, since the arms and elbow are bigger, there are less gaps for the puck to squeeze between the goalies body and arms. The downside to these blocking style units is the lack of movement. Because of the extra bulk, movement can be compromised. You can’t have the best of both worlds, if you make it bigger it will take away mobility.
best of both worlds, if you make it bigger it will take away mobility.
Pro Vs. Mid-level Chest Protectors
The question always seems to come up about pro vs. high and low mid-level chest protectors. Since the heart is very vital to protect, the selection of a proper chest protector should be taken seriously. Pro chest protectors are what the name implies – pro level. These are meant to be worn everyday, two hours a day. The hd foams are the highest quality and that allows for great protection and durability. High mid-level chest protectors have very similar characteristics and features compared to pro level chest protectors. These units use a slightly less quality hd foam but the design is 90-95% the same as the pro unit. The protection is generally not compromised with these foams however the durability is. We say that a good high mid-level chest protector will last a goalie about two to three years based on our usage guidelines. A pro level chest protector will last about four to five years under the same usage guidelines. Protection is the number one element of any chest protector and we feel both the pro and high mid-level do a great job in this category with the main difference coming down to durability. Now for the low mid-mid level chest protector, we generally try to stay clear of these units unless the goalie is playing a very low recreational level. There is no need to roll the dice on your head or heart, better to be safe then sorry. The hd foams in these units are pretty low and the goalie can definitely get hurt wearing these. Even the beginner level player from time to time will get there body weight into a shot and really rip one, at this point the lower level chest protector is beyond its capability. At Goalies Plus we always try to educate our customers and air on the side of caution. Please do your research before buying a chest protector.
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