New Reebok Pro Goalie Kneepads Also Help Joints
In addition to better balance, one of the benefits of the bigger landing area and more open knee cradle in both the Reebok and CCM pads is extra room for kneepads. This was always important for goalies with a narrow butterfly, and has become more important in the NHL, where new rules mean shorter pads and more exposed knee.
Protection from pucks, however, is just one reason goalies with every variety of butterfly widths should consider using kneepads.
Perhaps more important is protecting your knees – and your hips and ankles – from the damage done by repeatedly dropping down into the butterfly. Yes, kneepads can help in this regard as well.
Because the NHL mandated a maximum knee stack thickness of 2.5 inches, every pad is made to the same specifications. But as studies have proven – and Reebok is working on an impressive new one right now – the higher the knee is off the ice in relation to the ankle and skate, the less pressure there will be on the ankle, knee and hip. It’s also true that increasing this height will widen out a butterfly.
So if the thickness on the pad is fixed, how do we raise the knee?
Enter the new Reebok Pro Goalie Knee Protector designed by Patrick Lefevre using the company’s proprietary JDP technology.
The JDP stands for Joint Discharge Principle, a hard-cap technology inherited when Reebok acquired Jofa. It was designed to transfer the energy from impact into the bigger muscles that surround the joint rather than into the more fragile joint itself. It’s been popular in NHL player elbow and shoulder pads for years and now Reebok has brought it into kneepads for goaltenders.
Add in a soft grey mesh-like material that surrounds your knee, and the extra height from the lower piece that wraps around the top of your shin, and testers felt these new Reebok kneepads really did relieve stress on the joint. Perhaps best of all for any goaltender that has had to borrow sock tape to wrap up a set of kneepads, they stayed in place as well as any set the InGoal crew has every tested.
It’s a result of two things: the first is a lower section that is easy to secure in place around the top of the calf.
More important, though, is the hinge that connects that lower section to the top on the inside of the knee (the outside is connected with a short, flexible elastic) to ensure it doesn’t move around or slide down your leg during the course of a skate.
The top section is split, with the lower elastic wrap around a wider portion directly over the knee to provide maximum coverage and protection, and another elastic wrapping around a narrower upper section to reduce any potential conflicts inside the pants.
There are buckles at the top if you want to lace them into a garter belt or connect to the pants, but there’s no need to do so just in order to prevent the kneepads from slipping down – these knees stay put.
Best of all, they work exceptionally well within the large Reebok and CCM knee cradles that were designed for extra knee guards.
Given all that, it’s surprising to learn most goalies still aren’t wearing kneepads. If knowing how many different ways they can help isn’t enough to reverse that trend, the new Reebok kneepad should.
You can read more about the new Reebok Pro Knee Protection and the new Reebok XLT line in the current edition of InGoal Magazine by clicking here, or on the image below: