Henrik Lundqvist and Devan Dubnyk show off how well 1S OD1N pads slide
o say InGoal has taken its time reviewing Bauer’s OD1N 1S line is an understatement, and while not everyone has appreciated the wait, it has at least been time well spent.
In addition to feedback from pros like James Reimer and Devan Dubnyk during time on the ice together this summer, InGoal was able to put our test set through the ringer, including Junior A camps, one month with a German-league Pro, and now more than 100 sessions of recreational play.
While a complete review is still set to roll out with a new magazine, we’re also breaking out key points goalies kept coming back to during the testing here on the website. We started with a look at the importance of fit and set up for a unique pad that may not fit preconceived notions, and now we’ll take a look at how well these new pads slide – and why.
As new Toronto Maple Leafs No.1 goaltender Frederik Andersen already mentioned in the overview that ran in the last magazine, goalies might have to be careful they don’t end up in the corner with the puck because of how well the 1S OD1N pad slides along the ice.
Minnesota Wild starter Devan Dubnyk noticed the difference after switching back from his first set of 1S OD1N last summer to his original Bauer NXG pad early last season.
There is a massive difference between the friction on the ice and the slide-ability of that OD1N material and leather – and I mean massive,” said Dubnyk, who briefly switched back to NXG for the familiarity and fit of his original calf set up, but was soon back in a modified OD1N pad. “Oh my God, when I got on the ice with the new set the difference between how easy it was and how quickly I could slide in the OD1N pads compared to leather was mind blowing.
The fact OD1N is so light plays a role (our 36-inch test set weighed in at four pounds, 12 ounces) but the bigger difference appears to be a function of the innovative new one-piece, completely water proof C.O.R.TECH SKIN that wraps the entire face and side of the pad.
This new skin is made up of five layers (Cross-Linked Polyethylene Foam, Lycra-Spandex, Polyurethane, Digital Print and Clear Coat) that are thermo-molded together into one piece in the shape of the pad. This five-layer “skin” makes up the face, sides and angled outer roll of the OD1N pad, and is wrapped overtop of and around a more traditional three-layer core.
While C.O.R. stands for Coefficient of Restitution, which refers to the rate at which an object returns to his original form after impact, and is more about the lively rebounds that come off the 1S pad (more on that in part 3), this firmer surface also produces less friction when it slides along the ice. The section on the bottom of the kneestack is also made up of C.O.R.TECH SKIN, but is noticeably stiffer and since this is the primary point of contact with the ice (and therefore provides the most resistance) in a butterfly slide, there is even less resistance.
“You have to re-calibrate how quick your movements will be on the ice or else you will end up sliding four inches past the old spot – that’s great because it means you are moving faster and getting there quicker,” said Mike McKenna of the Florida Panthers. “The weight and material and the way it fits, you are not fighting against it. It has a really square, stable edge and there’s not any forward or back on the ice and digging in. The contact point is the knee and that’s it. On other pads it gets bigger as they soften but with these it stays rigid and fixed.”
Part of that is the use of Bauer’s Curv composite technology, which was originally developed for use in skates as a way to stiffen and protect the outside, as an insert into the thigh rise in the core of the pad to provide added stiffness at the top of the 1S OD1N.
Bauer measured the differences two ways: speed and distance.
Speed was measured by how long it took goalies to slide from one side of the ice to the other along the blue line using backwards butterfly slides; and distance was how far they went with one hard push from a standing position with their foot of the boards. They compared the results to several pads, and testing them all on fresh ice and then putting the OD1N back out again for another session with more “snow” after the ice had started to break down.
The 1S OD1N pad was up to two and a half seconds, or 22 percent, faster across the ice but there are a lot of variables that go into making multiple pushes from boards to boards and it’s not exactly part of everyday goaltending, so it was the distance test that really stood out.
The 1S OD1N pad slid between 35 and 46 percent further than other pads on fresh ice, and when the OD1N went back out again after the ice broke down it still slid between 28 and 40 percent further than the other pads did on fresh ice. No wonder goalies notice a difference.