I was at a local coaching meet & greet and some coaches were talking about these. The guy that seemed to be the most knowledgeable about them is a blowhard about everything else he speaks about so I can't say I particularly trust his opinion. They're spendy - about 500 bucks. My son, a senior, is looking to play college ball so I'm wondering if it's worth it. I coached baseball for a lot of years and there was always the dad that bought his kid a $400 bat thinking it would make him the next Barry Bonds. I don't want to be that dad but if it better protects my kid (who already has a shoulder issue) I'd consider it.
Any thoughts/experiences on these things is appreciated.
For $500 you could get top level Douglas or Riddell Custom Power, they are proven and used by NFL and top colleges, I have never seen these Russell pads in use at any level. I like their uniforms etc but would need to see these in person to trust them
Best pads I have put on kids so far are the Gear Pro-Tec Razors. Those Russell shoulder pads I have not seen in person yet and I have not had one rep try to sell me them. I liked the Razor shoulder pads better than douglas though. They have some newer technology. Douglas is the best at what they offer, but they are older technology. These russell pads might be the best technology out there, but again, nobody has experience with them.
Post by fkaboneyard on Aug 22, 2017 22:11:58 GMT -6
My son goes to a private school and he has a teammate with a rich dad - the type of dad that has more money than he knows what to do with. Anyway, he signed up his son (never played football before) to play on the team and then promptly went out and bought him the best gear money could buy (including these pads). The kid went to three practices and then decided he didn't want to play. The kid's dad showed up at practice yesterday and said to my son, "My son said he doesn't want to play anymore. He said you're a nice young man. I'd like you to have these". He handed him a duffle and walked away. Inside were the pads & a Riddell speedflex helmet.
These pads are freaking impressive. My son said it just feels like he's wearing a compression shirt, light as a feather. Said they're also more shock absorbing than the Douglas pads he had, said he barely feels hits. He looks a lot less imposing in them than he did in the Douglas pads, they are significantly smaller. As much as my kid is raving about them I'd probably buy them if they weren't given to him.
Anyway, that's my experience, worth what you paid for it.