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This is a discussion on Senior vs Intermediate equipment within the Equipment Chat forums, part of the The Gear category; I'm looking at replacing my glove and possibly block in the future, and right now I have senior equipment (Vaughn ...

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    I'm looking at replacing my glove and possibly block in the future, and right now I have senior equipment (Vaughn T2000 glove, Brown blocker). Both are just a little on the big side, so I spend a lot of time pushing my hands further in. I tried on some senior and intermediate gloves at the store the other day. The senior stuff is still a touch big, but the intermediate gloves fit, well, like a glove. They weren't tight, just snug, so any "swelling" (for lack of a better word) that occurs during play shouldn't make it uncomfortable.

    What I really want to know, is there any major difference in protection between senior and intermediate, or by going with intermediate sizes am I asking for a lot more bruises? I play with adults of all levels, some who can really rip the puck, so I don't want to invest in new gloves only to have them let me down safety wise.
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    Int. is touchy. I had int. pads for the longest time and had no problems with how hard people could shoot. When it comes to gloves though, I would recommend pro or senior just for the factor of punishment to the hands, and really I'm talking about the glove more than the blocker. I had an Int. glove and used to catch pucks off the palm and get stingers every time. I know that int. is specifically marketed towards like beer league mid level, where pucks aren't super fast and play is mid range, fast but not like college, junior type fast. Hope this helps.
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    Have you thought about wearing a tight fitting glove inside your catcher? Maybe like a baseball batters glove or a golf glove to take up some space. Plus that will gove you padding on the palm of your hand.

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    Intermediate is made for kids, it's smaller, it's less protective, and I wouldn't recommend using it in a senior league.

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    The answers are yes and yes.
    My experience from having an intermediate trapper as my first trapper is that it's made for smaller hands, i.e. boys and girls. And, it provides a level of protection for people who play at that level (pee wee and bantam). It was really easy to close for obvious reasons. I got stingers on the palm, fingers, the thumb, and even the wrist where the palm of the trapper meets the forearm block. I hated getting hit on the thumb more than the fingers and palm.
    I have small hands too but senior size glove is the only way to go.

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    Okay. I'll just have to try on a bunch of senior gloves and see what fits best!
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    Open up each glove as you try them on to see what you like or dislike about the strapping inside. Some manufactures, like Bauer, have more than one position for some of their hand straps. This can really change how it feels and sits on your hand.

    You really should stay away from int. stuff. Also, when purchasing senior level stuff, ask a ton of questions. Some manus offer pro palms at senior prices. The Bauer X60 has a pro palm, and the run around $300-350. Don't need pro palm, you say? Keep in mind, you usually get what you pay for, and the more robust equipment will last you longer if properly maintained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockey School Dropout View Post
    Okay. I'll just have to try on a bunch of senior gloves and see what fits best!
    Do like hockeeplayrr said as well, try a golf or batting glove in there. I see it all the time with goalies.

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    Yeah, I'll give that a try in my next game Sunday. I've got some batting gloves from my softball days, it'll just mean a little adjusting of straps.
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    I have small hands, too. If I wear a baseball or golf glove, it's really restricting. You might try on a Reebok pro glove (any of the series), grip the glove so that it's fully closed, and then tighten the finger and back-of-the-hand straps until they feel tight enough. I prefer a pretty loose wrist strap to give me some mobility/rotation. That's the only way I've been able to get any glove feel comfortable.. close it and then tighten it. I still have to push my hand all the way in to start, but once you get in the game it should be fine.

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