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!!New Sept. 2021!! I finally changed my pricing and made it more convenient to buy Overdrive. 1 pair of (either) blades is $30.00, 2 pairs (of either) are $50.00. With the 2-fer, you can also team up with a friend anywhere, and if you buy the older Overdrive, you qualify for an upgrade when you get the new skates without a cowling. Check out the ordering page for details.

!!New Jan. 2021!! Overdrive once again fits all skates. I just received the new Overdrive blades for skates without a cowling. This is the finished version, and the improvement to mobility is a thing of beauty. When I first started working on these blades, I wasn't sure if Overdrive would help these skates all that much, but the diff is great. You need it. An install instructions link is here or in the menu to the left.
This means there are now 2 versions of Overdrive, the old version for skates with a cowling, one size fits all, and the new version for all skates without a cowling, one size fits all. Both blades are the same price and use the same hardware, but when you order, be sure to tell me what skates you have and what blade you will need. I'll be checking anyway. Below are my Bauer S27s with the new blade. E-mail me with questions or to check on your skate model.


The widening-out of goaltending moves causes injury because the legs and hips are built to swing forward and back. Moving against this natural motion places stress upon body parts not built for heavy action. For instance, the groin muscles are made to be stabilizers that keep the legs in line, but goaltending forces them to become load-bearing and endure constant use. Breakdown anywhere from the hips to the knees is inevitable because goaltenders widen out explosively, tens of thousands of times a year. In addition, goalie skates do not offer secure footing on these moves. As you widen out, the ball of the foot is driven into the ice and can lever the blade up, causing a bootout, a sudden slipping of the foot that widens you even more.

To the left is a good example of a bootout. It's Quick's injury on Oct. 13/16, with his right leg booting out as he tries to push off while down. The injury ruined his season, and he has not been the same since, with only occasional flashes of his all-star form. Goalie injuries often result from an accumulation of minor strains, ending with a full-scale injury on a seemingly simple move. You can see a number of these on the Injuries 2 page. Here, the bootout isn't bad because not a lot of weight is on his right leg when it slides out - he's on his knees and the left knee is taking most of his weight. Injuries like this are the result of a long process, with the damage having developed through constant widening out.

By solidifying your footing, Overdrive eliminates bootouts and reduces the cumulative wear that leads to injury. It allows you to control your widening out, to reduce it, and even not to use it by keeping you on your feet, all while offering increased mobility.

Overdrive=Safety+Mobility
Sharpened skates give you better safety and mobility; proper treads on your tires give you better safety and mobility.

Nothing has changed with the legality of Overdrive in pro leagues, but Overdrive is not going away. Goalies will always move laterally; they will always need it.

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