High impact (slap shot) hockey skate protectors – Skate Fender vs CF9 review

hey guys Chris from hockey tutorial here
and today in this video we’re going to be taking a look at skate protectors
sometimes also known as skate fenders essentially what they are it’s a product
that provides an extra layer of material that sits over the top of your skate and
what it’s there for is to protect you from high impact puck shots so if you’re
in front of the net and you’re blocking slap shots and snap shots and one
catches you on the ankle or the forefoot if any of you have experienced that it
is incredibly painful and it can even result in shattered bones here it is
again it’s soo bad can really shoot it these products have been designed to
make sure that that doesn’t happen or to minimize the chances of that happening
we’re going to be looking at skate fenders and also cf9 from edge again now
both of these products do the same thing but they have a few differences and
we’re going to touch on those differences in this video I felt that
after having looked at a lot of the skate protectors that are out there on
the market that these are two of some of the bests that are available so I wanted
to show you some of the differences between them to help you decide on which
one of these will be great for you but it doesn’t matter what level of hockey
you play this should definitely be something in your arsenal or in your
hockey back now one of the first differences you’re going to notice when
you look at each of these to skate protectors is going to be their
appearance or their color scape fenders are clear whereas the cf9 from edge
again is black the reason for this is because of the materials that have been
used to construct each of them skate vendors have been constructed from a
polycarbonate which in other words is a reinforced plastic now when we say
plastic for the skate fenders this isn’t in any way to give you the impression
that they’re not going to be protective that they’re going to be flimsy because
they’re made from plastic the polycarbonate plastic that’s used inside
the skate fenders is the same type of plastic that you’ll find in bulletproof
glass and also in eye covers or eye goggles for protection that you get in
labs so it’s incredibly protective it’s great with resisting high impacts and
it’s the reason that it’s been used to create these skate fenders now when we
look at the cf9 from edge again that’s constructed from carbon fiber which as
we know is an incredibly tough and rigid material the same thing we find in our
hockey sticks it’s great for high impacts and it’s also incredibly light
and that’s the reason in the CF nines have the appearance that they do
thing else that you’ll notice when you take a closer look at the skate
protectors is the skate vendors in particular are entirely constructed from
that reinforced high-impact resistant plastic whereas the cf9 although they
are constructed with a carbon fiber multi-layered weave it also has a layer
of foam on the inside of the skate protector now the idea behind this layer
of foam isn’t only to avoid scuff marks on your skates but it’s also there to
create an additional layer of protection the way you best protect yourself from
high impacts is to create as many layers between your foot in this case and the
object that’s striking your foot having your skate body or the quarter
package and then the skate protectors which in this case of the CF nines with
a layer of foam in between the body of the skate and the outside where the
carbon fiber is basically repelling all of the impacts from ensures maximum
protection while you’re in the CF nines to minimize the possibility of you being
injured from a shot now in Reverse when we look at the skate fenders these have
one single layer to protect you from the high impacts that you might receive on
the ice now this isn’t to say one is more protective than the other but
having the additional layer definitely goes a long way
but the thickness of the plastic that’s been used in the skate vendors is why
they still offer great protection on the ice although both of these products do
the exact same job which is effectively protecting us from high impacts on the
ice starting off with the cf9 compared to the skate fender they fastened
themselves to our skates in very different ways the CF 9 7 1 rubber hoop
which we use to attach or fasten the skate protector to our skate whereas the
skate vendors contain two straps now although both of these options for
fastening the skate protectors to our skates work they both have their pros
and cons with the CF 9 it’s simple it’s nice and clean it looks great and it
does a great job except it can be quite tough to pull or extend to be able to
hook it to the back of the skate on the other side the skate vendors used two
velcro straps to be able to fasten to the skate one at the back of the skate
just above the heel and one that goes underneath the skate now although two
velcro straps is nice and easy to be able to fasten onto our skates and it
doesn’t give you that resistance that the rubber hoop on the CF 9s does it can
be a little bit tricky to get them to fast and securely to your skates
depending on the make and model and also without any excess velcro being left
after having spoken to scape vendor this is something they are going to be
updating they’re going to be reducing the length of the velcro tabs just to
make sure that we do away with this issue when we look at actually placing
the scape protectors over the top of our skates with the CF 9 s being constructed
from carbon fiber which is incredibly stiff incredibly rigid we found that it
was much harder to get them to open up to put over the top of our skates we
were worried that we didn’t want to crack or chip the carbon fiber on
because as we know carbon fiber is very stiff very rigid but when we look at the
skate vendors because they’re constructed to them that high impact
resistant plastic it was much easier to open them up we felt like there was a
lot less risk of the material cracking or breaking as we were trying to attach
it over to the tops of our skates now a massive deal is going to be how do the
skate protectors feel on your skates while you’re skating on the ice do they
impede on your skating they’re striding your crossovers a quick answer is no if
you look down at your skates while you’re skating while you’re playing
hockey you’re going to see them you’re going to notice them because something
looks different but if you keep your head up as you should be and play the
game you will not notice a thing I’ve been unable to feel the weight
difference to feel any interference with my striding my crossovers or my tight
turns using either of these two skate protectors in terms of the weight that
they added the skate vendors came in at 196 grams that’s for a size 8 skate
fender whereas the CF 9s from edge again came in at 206 grams now you probably
think in carbon-fiber versus plastic surely carbon fiber should be lighter
when we took a closer look at both of these products we found that the skate
vendors were a little bit shorter and a little bit smaller than the CF 9mm edge
again because the CF nines are bigger although they are made from carbon fiber
which is notoriously incredibly lightweight because of the extra size
means extra material which means extra weight where we notice the size
difference between the skate vendors in the CF 9 s was around the high ankle
area the CF 9 sit a little bit higher up and they’re also a little bit longer
than the skate vendors now these points aren’t to say one of these products is
more protective than the other this is just to highlight some of the changes
that we have noticed while using both of them the main point behind these
products is that they both protect the critical areas of your foot that are
otherwise exposed in your skate which is going to be the ankle bone
area and the forfeit area both of these two products adequately protect those
areas so what types of players should be using skate protectors I know a lot of
you that watch hockey a lot will notice there are many many players in
professional leagues that are using v skate protectors and the reason for that
is because they want to avoid being injured of course now these products
aren’t something that should only be considered for professional athletes
professional hockey players because at the end of the day if you play the game
recreationally or you’re even trying to pursue a professional career your main
focus should be on staying on the ice staying healthy and staying uninjured
for your recreational players it’s because you have to wake up and go to
work the next day having a broken ankle or broken forfeit isn’t going to help
you in any way shape or form now on the other side if you’re trying to pursue a
professional career in the sport you don’t want to get injured you want to
make sure that you can turn up to all of the practices play all of the games
increase your chance of moving up and developing in the game so it doesn’t
matter what type of player you are you should always be prioritizing on keeping
as protected and as healthy as you can while you’re on the ice and that’s
exactly what these devices do the last point is going to be the price on the
day that this video was filmed the skate vendors retail for sixty nine ninety
five dollars and the cf9 from edge again retail for one hundred and thirty nine
dollars so your choice between these two comes down to of course the price and
which features you prefer that we’ve covered in the video if it’s going to be
the two velcro straps versus the rubber hoop that’s featured on the CF 9s or if
it’s going to be the case that the CF nines are a little bit taller and a
little bit longer offering you that little bit of additional protection or
you might prefer that clear look versus the black carbon fiber look hopefully
this video has helped you to identify the differences between these two
products so you can figure out which one’s going to be the best one for you
to pick up as a side note please note that it doesn’t matter what manufacture
skates you have if you’ve purchased your skates off the shelf or from in a store
and they don’t feature any custom components that have been put there to
specifically protect you against Park shots sticks lashes this goes across the
board for any manufacturer of skates not one over the other I’ve seen a couple of
comments where people suggest one type of skate is more protective than the
other but if they’re from a store off the shelf and not custom that’s just not
true you’re at risk and that’s exactly why these products in
necessary as always we’ll pop links down below in the video description so you
can find a little bit more information out and of course where to pick them up
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65 thoughts on “High impact (slap shot) hockey skate protectors – Skate Fender vs CF9 review

  1. Hi Chris! I️ was wondering I️ play inline hockey and I’ve been playing for like 4-5 years and I️ am 13 and really want to start ice hockey. Me and my mom always get into fights about if I️ should sign up for program first or get my equipment first. I️ think I️ should get my equipment first. What’s your take on this? Thanks so much!

  2. http://www.shotblockers.com/ This is the best for skate protection and I'll tell you why.
    I used to have skate fenders, but they don't protect the tongue on the skate. I got hit by a slapshot a couple of years ago just below the shinguard, but above the skate fender. I couldn't walk properly for a week! Than I ordered from ShotBlockers.com and I never looked back. I have the Tongue protection from the "Shotblocker XT" and I have the side and even a bit of rear protection from the "Shotblocker XT Pro". I've blocked countless shots in the past two years have zero pain, even from slapshots. You still feel the impact of a hard shot, but it doesn't hurt.

    For the "Shotblocker XT Pro" I had to mail my skates to them since they hadn't made them for that model (Easton Mako 1 or Easton Mako 2) which are almost identical. That made it a custom design, but they did an amazing job and I'm sure they can do any skate now. I think I even have a picture of my skates somewhere when I first got them here. https://photos.app.goo.gl/mZcqUzCNL4h0hKev2

    Best investment you can have for lightweight protection that doesn't look goofy. 10/10

  3. I purchased the "Nash wrap" and molded them to my skates myself. I guess I didn't do a very good job because it did get caught with another players skate.

  4. No, you pay a lot of money for cool looking skates, these make them ugly, heavy and slower. Another unnecessary product no one needs.

  5. What big hockey companies need to do is start making skates for us defensive players. Most gear is suited for the fast offensive players.

    Only few sticks like the aluminum wrapped ones are made for defensive players. But we’d like skates with the protection built in without having to add these accessories.

  6. I see that a lot of players have different ways of taping there stick blades, could you make a video for the purpose of the different ways that players tape there stick. I'm getting back into playing (slowly) and it's something that I find interesting, just an idea. Thanks for making great video's.

  7. I find it funny the amount of haters here on Youtube. Like these hockey gods (haters) have never been hit in the laces or blocked a pass with the side of their foot. I did both last Sunday on my beer league (that is apparently pathetic according to some on here) and my foot is so pretty with all the different colors. This video couldn't of come out at a better time, thanks Chris for your unbiased reviews of the products that we all need and use.

  8. I would take the cf9 if they had the Velcro where the other kind has it. Cold rubber gets hard and brittle and can break easily.

  9. You're never going to get laid if you wear these, its a fact. Girls on the sidelines are going to see these and get weirded out. This is almost as bad as wearing transition lens glasses. Either way I'm not blocking shots… fuck that. You guys go figure that defense shit out, I'll go wait up at the blue line.

  10. I have the 50k CCMs with the pump and lace locks and am having a hard time with finding shot blockers. I tried to use the clear ones but the lace lock and pump on the Skate got in the way. Have you tried the CF9’s on a Skate like mine or do they make specific ones for those skates?

  11. I wish I could just get the custom reinforced skates you see guys in the NHL wearing. With the black reinforced side panels, like the ones Karlsson is wearing this season. Still has the protection but doesn't look horrible. Those CF9s are brutal.

  12. Hope skate fenders starts using a better quality velcro for their straps as well. The stuff they're using now feels really cheap, especially for what you pay for their product.

  13. great video….I have the skate fenders and play rec leagues…these have saved me on more than one occasion….i like the look better than the CF 9 but either one would be protective especially if you play defense and like to block shots and passes with your feet…nothing worse than ruining a day by a puck to the inside or outside part of the foot that can take months to heal…and that is only for a bone bruise…..be smart and protect yourself

  14. Hi, I have a couple questions. I'm a bigger guy and I want to get into skating/hockey. I live in the Pacific Northwest and hockey is not a very big thing here. My question is, being a bigger guy. What would be the best skates to get without breaking the bank. Also, what other equipment (not necessarily hockey) would help me learn the basics. Love watching your videos and it's made me take a huge interest in my local teams, the Eugene generals and the Portland winterhawks. Watching a lot of "beer leaguers" I've seen a lot of bigger players and it's very inspiring to get out on the ice. My next question is, once I buy my skates, what preparations do I need to do before they are "ice ready"? Again, I love your channel and it's giving me a great love and respect for a game I have somehow overlooked in my life. Keep up the good work.

  15. I'm an over 40 beer league player (now). I've had the skate fenders for almost 5 years now and I swear they're the most valuable piece of equipment, next to my cup, that I wear.

  16. I saw this in an official game somewhere like one or two months ago.. I was confused why someones skate split into several parts yet it was still hanging from the boot.. good to know whats going on 🙂

  17. I was at the Bruins,(Go Bs) Habs game last week n noticed 2 things.. Most the Canadians had been wearing the clear ones,, also most of them wore nexus skates must be the flat, wide feet of the French lol jk

  18. I have worn these after getting hit with a slapshot from the side at 5 feet. My foot was tender for a month. I bought a pair and they work to protect you from any shot.

  19. Fuck me! I just got whacked in foot today practicing with two beginners, he got lucky and got a hold of an amazing slap shot. Right on top only metetarsal bone (top of foot) I had to sit out rest of practice. Still hurts as I type this almost 12 hours laters , totally buying these . I can’t afford to get injured or get slowed down . Thanks for this video , defenseman for life!

  20. Every league that I’ve been in the rules are that “the skates may not be modified or added to in any way” so wearing these would instantly get a penalty.

  21. What you're calling "carbon fiber" is just fiber-reinforced plastic (same thing as fiberglass, except it's reinforced with fibers made of graphite rather than glass). It's light compared to any structural-use metal you can name, but it isn't light compared to plastic, because it is plastic with graphite in it, and graphite is about twice as heavy (for a given volume) than typical plastic. For example, the density of Lexan (polycarbonate) is ~1.2 g/cm3 (nearly all hard plastics have a density in the neighborhood of 1), while the density of graphite is ~2.27 g/cm3. You can't mix in something that's denser than plastic, with plastic, and expect to end up with something lighter than plastic.

  22. These are dumb UNTIL last week when I took a shot to the tongue last week right where there's no protection… now I'm off for weeks…

  23. I did a review for the Skate Fenders about 8 years ago for Schoolyardpuck.com.
    I play once or twice a week in rec hockey. The first 4 years I had them, I played center and blocked a bunch of slapshots about 5 feet away at the point. I've been playing D the other 4 and I block shots (with my feet) multiple times each game. I have been made fun of for wearing them. I don't care. It's worth the protection . I've saved my feet from being injured so many times. I still feel the shots, but not enough to take me out of the game/play.
    Here's a link to the article: http://www.schoolyardpuck.com/2011/10/skate-fenders-protect-your-feet-from-hard-shots.html
    It's worth the $85 or however much they are now. My only complaint is the velcro. I've had to sew it back together on each fender.
    *edit: Over time, the fender will cut into your skate (at the top of the ankle) where the top corner of the fender is. It took about a year for it to start doing this, but it sucks that it cut my skate.

  24. I'm confused… If you're worried about cracking carbon fibre just stretching it over your boot, then a puck at 80mph would definitely crack the hell out of it… It may be stiff and rigid, but impact dampening requires elasticity unless it's a one time use and expected to shatter when absorbing that impact.

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