ELEVATE YOUR GAME. PROTECT YOUR KNEES.

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MONSTER 45D KNEE BLOCKS

IF YOU PLAY THE GAME LONG ENOUGH, YOU'RE GOING TO DEVELOP KNEE PROBLEMS. FOR THE LUCKY ONES, IT'LL BE SOME SORENESS AND ACHING. FOR MANY OTHERS, IT'LL BE MORE SERIOUS. WE'VE ALL GOTTEN OFF THE ICE AND FELT SOME STIFFNESS IN OUR KNEES. MAYBE SOME SORENESS THE NEXT DAY. MANY OF US JUST THINK WE'RE GETTING OLDER AND THAT THIS IS THE PRICE WE PAY TO PLAY THE GAME. BUT HOW MANY OF US HAVE ACTUALLY LOOKED AT WHAT WE'RE DOING TO OUR KNEES?

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ALL 3 OF THESE BLOCKS STARTED AS THICK AS THE BOTTOM ONE

HERE ARE PICTURES OF 3 KNEE BLOCKS FROM VERY POPULAR BRANDS AND MODELS. THE BOTTOM ONE IS BRAND NEW. THE CUSTOMER SHIPPED THE PADS DIRECT FROM THE FACTORY AND WANTED THEM REPLACED BEFORE HE EVEN SAW THEM. THE MIDDLE ONE IS FROM A PAIR OF PADS AFTER ABOUT A YEAR OF USE. THE TOP KNEE BLOCK HAS ABOUT 3 YEARS OF REGULAR USE. 
AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S QUITE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR THICKNESSES. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS TYPICAL OF ALMOST EVERY KNEE BLOCK, NO MATTER THE BRAND OR THE MODEL.

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LOOK HOW MUCH THIS BLOCK HAS COMPRESSED

SO WHAT CAUSES THIS DEGRADATION IN YOUR LANDING GEAR? THE MOST OBVIOUS ANSWER IS THE CONSTANT REPETITIVE POUNDING YOUR KNEES TAKE WHEN YOU LAND ON THE ICE. YOU DRIVE YOUR KNEES INTO THE ICE ABOUT 100 TIMES A GAME. THE ONLY THING PROTECTING YOU IS YOUR LANDING GEAR. IMAGINE DOING THAT WITHOUT ANY PROTECTION!

TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT YOUR KNEE BLOCKS AND YOU'LL PROBABLY FIND A NICE DIVOT IN THE FOAM. SORT OF LIKE THE GROOVES WE MAKE IN OUR FAVORITE SPOT ON OUR FAVORITE SOFA. THIS IS WHERE YOUR KNEE IS LANDING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. FOAM PROTECTS YOU BY CREATING AIR BUBBLES BETWEEN THE SOLID MATTER. THESE MILLIONS OF TINY BUBBLES PROVIDE CUSHIONING EVERY TIME YOU LAND. THINK OF THEM AS TINY PNEUMATIC SHOCK ABSORBERS TAKING ON AND SPREADING OUT IMPACT. BUT AS YOUR KNEE BLOCKS ARE COMPRESSED THOSE AIR BUBBLES OF PROTECTION GET POUNDED OUT AND DISAPPEAR OVER TIME UNTIL THEY'RE AS THIN AS THE BLOCKS IN THE PICTURE ABOVE. WHEN YOUR LANDING GEAR HAS DEGRADED THAT MUCH, THEY'RE NO LONG PROTECTING YOU. WITHOUT THE SHOCK ABSORBING BUBBLES, THE FOAM IN YOUR BLOCKS ARE JUST ANOTHER SOLID MASS. THEY'RE NO LONGER ABSORBING AND DISPERSING THE ENERGY GOING TO YOUR KNEES. THEY'RE TRANSFERRING IT DIRECTLY TO YOUR BONES AND MUSCLES. 
IN EXTREME CASES, SUCH AS THE PHOTO ABOVE, THE BLOCKS TAPER AT THE EDGES, CREATING A RAMP WHICH CAN ALLOW YOUR KNEES TO SLIDE OFF YOUR LANDING GEAR AND LAND ON THE ICE.

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INNER GEL/FOAM LAYERS INSIDE A MONSTER 45D

SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THE FOAMS. MOST BRANDS USE ONE TYPE OF FOAM IN THEIR BLOCKS. FOR A DEVICE THAT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE PROTECTION FROM IMPACT, CREATE STABILITY AND FORM, AND BE AS LIGHT AS POSSIBLE, THIS IS NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU WANT TO COMPROMISE. USING ONLY ONE TYPE OF FOAM FOR ALL OF THESE TASKS IS A MISTAKE. THIS MISTAKE IS COMPOUNDED WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE TYPE OF FOAMS BEING USED. MOST MANUFACTURERS USE THE SAME FOAMS THAT ARE IN THE FACE OF THEIR PADS. IT'S GREAT FOR STOPPING PUCKS, CONTROLLING REBOUNDS, AND BEING VERY LIGHT. BUT KNEE BLOCKS TAKE A DIFFERENT SORT OF POUNDING THAN THE FRONT OF THE PAD. YOU'RE DROPPING YOUR BODY WEIGHT PLUS GEAR ONTO ABOUT 4 SQ INCHES OF FOAM UP TO 100 TIMES A GAME. A PAD MIGHT GET HIT BY A PUCK IN THE SAME SPOT ONCE OR TWICE A GAME. THE SORT OF PROTECTION AND DURABILITY REQUIRED BY KNEE BLOCKS IS ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LEVEL THAN THE REST OF THE PAD.

AT MONSTER, WE OBSESS ABOUT REMOVING EVEN HALF AN OUNCE OF WEIGHT FROM A PAIR OF PADS. WE DIDN'T DESIGN THE LIGHTEST STRAPPING SYSTEM FOR THE FUN OF IT. BUT WE WON'T COMPROMISE ON PROTECTION, ESPECIALLY IN THE KNEES. WE LAMINATE TWO LAYERS OF PURPOSE SPECIFIC MATERIALS TO CREATE THE MOST ADVANCED KNEE BLOCKS ON THE MARKET.

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PROTECTION AND STABILITY

THE GREEN LAYER IS MALTESE GEL. THIS IS WHAT YOUR KNEES LAND ON. THIS IS WHAT PROVIDES THE BEST PROTECTION IN THE BUSINESS. UNLIKE FOAM, THE MALTESE GEL WILL NOT DEGRADE. BECAUSE IT'S A GEL AND NOT A FOAM, THE MALTESE IMMEDIATELY RECOVERS TO ITS ORIGINAL FORM AND SIZE AFTER IMPACT. THIS PROVIDES AN UNPARALLELED DEGREE OF PROTECTION. UNLIKE MEMORY FOAMS WHICH SLOWLY RETURN TO FORM, MALTESE GEL INSTANTLY RECOVERS, READY FOR THE NEXT IMPACT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THIS IS A PRETTY IMPORTANT ELEMENT WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW QUICKLY AND OFTEN GOALIES DROP DOWN FOR SAVES.

THE WHITE LAYER IS THE BASE LAYER. IT IS MADE OF A VERY LIGHTWEIGHT BUT STIFF POLYETHYLENE FOAM. THIS IS WHAT CREATES THE FORM AND STABILITY OF OUR KNEE BLOCKS. LAMINATED TO MALTESE GEL, POLYETHYLENE IS THE PERFECT BASE FOR OUR KNEE BLOCKS.

TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR LANDING GEAR. ASK YOURSELF IF THEY'RE GIVING YOU THE PROTECTION YOU NEED. IF THEY'RE NOT, CHECK OUT OUR 45D KNEE BLOCKS.


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KNEE BLOCK PROFILE IN VINTAGE TAN

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SOME MORE GOALIE PORN

DESIGNED FOR PERFORMANCE

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MONSTER 45D KNEE BLOCKS

IN PART 1 OF OUR KNEE BLOCK SPOTLIGHT, WE TALKED ABOUT THE PROTECTION AND IN PARTICULAR, THE ADVANTAGES OF USING MALTESE GEL. IN PART 2 WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE ADVANTAGES OF OUR 45D KNEE BLOCKS.

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WHAT'S WITH THE FUNKY SHAPE?

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45 DEGREES

THE FIRST QUESTION WE GET ABOUT OUR KNEE BLOCKS IS ABOUT THEIR SHAPE. WHAT'S WITH THE CUT AT THE TOP? DID YOU RUN OUT OF MATERIAL?

AS WITH EVERYTHING WE DESIGN, WE TAKE A FRESH LOOK AT NOT ONLY HOW EQUIPMENT WORKS, BUT ALSO HOW IT WORKS WITH YOUR BODY. THE 45 DEGREE CUT IS DESIGNED TO ALLOW GOALIES TO BRING THEIR KNEES IN TIGHTER, SHUTTING DOWN THE 5 HOLE, AND PREVENTING THOSE GREASY SHOTS FROM GETTING THROUGH.

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STACKING KNEE BLOCKS IS A PROBLEM

IN THIS PHOTO TAKEN DURING LAST YEAR'S NHL PLAYOFFS, YOU CAN SEE THE RIGHT KNEE BLOCK SITTING ON TOP OF THE LEFT ONE. IT'S USUALLY THE TOP CORNERS OF THE KNEE BLOCKS THAT BUMP TOGETHER. IN WORST CASE SCENARIOS, AS IN THE PHOTO ABOVE, THE BLOCKS CAN LAY ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, CREATING A GAP IN YOUR ICE SEAL AND OVERALL INSTABILITY ON THE ICE.

EVEN AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS, WITH THE BEST CUSTOM GEAR, GOALIES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THESE GEAR ISSUES. IN THE 2013 STANLEY CUP FINALS, JONATHAN QUICK GAVE UP A SOFT GOAL THROUGH THE 5 HOLE BECAUSE OF THIS LAYERING ISSUE. THE ANNOUNCERS BLAMED A LACK OF FOCUS, BUT WHEN SEEN IN SLO MO, IT WAS CLEARLY A GEAR PROBLEM.

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45 DEGREE CUT VS STANDARD KNEE BLOCK

BY REMOVING THAT TOP CORNER, WE ALLOW THE PADS TO BE BROUGHT TIGHTER TOGETHER WITHOUT COMPROMISING COVERAGE. IT GIVES GOALIES THE ABILITY TO BECOME MORE REACTIVE ON THE ICE, GIVING A WIDER RANGE OF MOVEMENT.

PRO SPEC VS. JOE SPEC - SIZE MATTERS

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PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY - SIZE MATTERS

LET'S CLEAR UP A COMMON MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE TERM "PRO SPEC". PRO SPEC DOESN'T MEAN PRO QUALITY OR PRO LEVEL GEAR. IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT THE GEAR CONFORMS TO THE SIZING LIMITATIONS PUT FORTH BY THE NHL. THE NHL PUTS STRICT LIMITATIONS ON THE SIZE OF GOALIE GEAR. BUT NOT ON PROTECTION OR QUALITY. YOU COULD MAKE STREET HOCKEY GEAR FIT INTO NHL SPECS. THEY ONLY PUT RESTRICTIONS ON SIZE. OTHERWISE WE'D HAVE GOALIES WEARING GARTH SNOW CHESTYS AND MASSIVE GIGGY THIGH BOARDS TO SHUT DOWN THE 5 HOLE.

FOR KNEE BLOCKS, THIS MEANS THAT THEY CAN BE NO LONGER THAN 7 INCHES FROM THE BASE OF THE PAD. AGAIN, THIS IS AN NHL REGULATION. THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE GOALIES IN THE WORLD WILL NEVER HAVE TO CONCERN THEMSELVES WITH NHL SPECS. SO WHY DO WE BUY NHL SPEC GEAR?

AT MONSTER, WE DON'T MAKE GEAR FOR PROS. WELL, ACTUALLY WE DO. BUT WE'RE FAR MORE CONCERNED WITH THE AVERAGE AMATEUR OR BEER LEAGUE GOALIE TRYING TO HAVE SOME FUN A COUPLE NIGHTS A WEEK. GUYS AND GIRLS LIKE YOU. SO WE MAKE GEAR THAT FITS YOUR GAME. OUR KNEE BLOCKS ARE 7.5 INCHES LONG. THAT HALF INCH MIGHT NOT SEEM LIKE MUCH, BUT IT WILL HELP KEEP YOUR KNEES ON YOUR LANDING GEAR AND OFF THE ICE. IT ALSO CREATES A LITTLE MORE STABILITY ON SLIDES AND RECOVERIES. AND WITH ALL OF THE GIANT KNEE/THIGH PADS OUT THERE, THAT LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA LANDING GEAR CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. WE PROMISE, WE WON'T DIME YOU OUT TO KAY WHITMORE.

ON THE LEVEL

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LEVELER ADDS STABILITY

WE GET TWO QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KNEE LEVELER ON THE KNEE BLOCKS. HOW MUCH ARE THEY? AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

THE LEVELER IS NOW INCLUDED IN EVERY KNEE BLOCK THAT WE MAKE. WE FEEL THAT IT PLAY SUCH AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN YOUR LANDING GEAR WE'VE MADE THEM A STANDARD FEATURE IN ALL OF OUR KNEE BLOCKS.

SO WHAT DO THEY DO? IN MODERN PADS, KNEE BLOCKS TEND TO BE LONGER THAN THE KNEE WINGS (OUTSIDE LANDING PIECE). THIS CAN CAUSE A RAMPING EFFECT WHEN YOU LAND ON YOUR KNEES. OVER TIME, THE FOAMS BEGIN TO BEND IN THIS DIRECTION, CAUSING YOUR KNEES TO SLIDE OFF YOUR GEAR AND ONTO THE ICE.

THE LEVELER IS A SMALL INSERT THAT GOES ON THE END OF THE KNEE BLOCK. IT'S DESIGNED TO TAKE UP THAT GAP ALONG THE ICE, KEEPING THE ENTIRE LANDING GEAR ON THE SAME LEVEL. MOST STOCK PADS INCORPORATE THIS FEATURE NOW, AND YOU DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO PLAY WITHOUT IT.

SO WHAT'S A FAZIO?

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JUSTIN FAZIO

THIS IS JUSTIN FAZIO OF THE SARNIA STING WEARING FAZIO SPEC KNEE BLOCKS.

WHAT'S A FAZIO SPEC?

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FAZIOI SPEC

FAZIO SPEC KNEE BLOCKS WERE ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED FOR JUSTIN FAZIO. THEY'RE A 2 PIECE KNEE BLOCK WHICH INCORPORATES THE BLOCK AND THE LANDING PART OF THE KNEE CRADLE. IT ALLOWS GOALIES WHO WANT A MORE OPEN LANDING AREA TO REMOVE THEIR KNEE CRADLES. 
AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURE ABOVE, THERE'S A THIN PAD OVER THE KNEE BLOCK. THAT PIECE CONTAINS THE MALTESE GEL.

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OPEN UP YOUR KNEE CRADLE

IN THE PHOTO ABOVE YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH SPACE YOU CAN OPEN UP IN YOUR LANDING ARE BY REMOVING THE KNEE CRADLE AND INSTALLING THE FAZIO SPEC KNEE BLOCK SETUP.

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WE HOPE THIS ANSWERS A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR KNEE BLOCKS. FOR A LIMITED TIME, WE ARE OFFERING A FREE TSHIRT WITH ALL KNEE BLOCK ORDERS. FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO CLAIM YOUR TSHIRT.

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