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OBO is all about constant learning and making your life in the goal even better. The bruise competition enabled us to see where people are still vulnerable (though many of you who submitted your shocking technicoloured photos did note that the bruise was not incurred while wearing OBO) and we have acted on this info quickly. We were in the final stages of developing a new pair of goalie pants designed to offer more protection, durability and ease of use compared to the existing ROBO HOT PANTS. While there was already quite good protection in the inner leg, based on the bruise photos we have decided we need to further beef up the protection in this most vulnerable area.
Have a look at the photo below. We’ve chalked an outline and hashed an area where your bruise photos suggest we should add more protection. Do you agree? Would you add more protection here? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
We are now researching the right material for this area… possibly impact reaction fabric, impact gels, or more good old closed cell foam.
Your pain enabled us to make a gain … thanks heaps !
Keep the photos coming … they are helping us design better products, and remember there is a set of ROBO legguards and kickers up for grabs for the most “liked” photo. The competition closes in a couple of weeks.
Cheers. Simon and the OBO team in New Zealand.
This is the style of top that a lot of keepers have been waiting for. No more ¾ length tops or using a similar style from another sport. The other company that does this style is Kukri, however they will only normally produce a GK top as part of a team order and they do not have a vented back.
For info, I had both GK’s come over from the game prior to mine to have a look and the opposition GK after our game (all in OBO kit, two had a Mazon shirt with the other wearing an older OBO design – silver/black). Also, it received a lot of compliments from my own team. That has never happened before.
Great combination and looking forward to seeing the other colours to match specific foam colours. My complete kit is red and black. [Admin: available colours are black/orange, blue/black, black/silver, blue/orange.]
Great integration of the OBO into the number one at the back. However, a lot of GK’s are not number 1; therefore, does this come as an option unprinted? [Admin: we no longer print the number ‘1’ on the back of the shirts].
In addition, I have had this screen printed with my name on the back and the number 1 on the front also.
At first glance this top (size L) look really small and figure hugging almost like a muscle top. This isn’t just my view but also that of the other GK’s who have much better physiques – (I will blame age and beer). However, once worn with body armour it really does come into its own. The body armour is kept firmly in place and whilst it is definitely snug it does provide an overall sense of protection. I can only relate to the same way it feels when wearing the stripper pants and overshorts as everything is compact but comfortable. I do not know how much difference is there is between the L / XL etc but would be worth noting the exact sizing details on the sales info.
This is definitely a top that is not suitable for the full body armour with arms; however, I believe that is self explanatory when buying a top of this nature. It fits really well with the OBO elbow guards as the fitted arms do not get caught in the guards unlike the sports tops that I wear.
Great for me in Australia during warm games however am not sure of the whole philosophy. If anything, the back is probably the coldest area on a keeper as the body armour always keeps the front warm. In addition, there are a large number of keepers now wearing Skins or equivalent. I still either use an OBO wicking or skins. The old style GK Tops were always vented being a spin out of ice hockey smocks with the new way being all enclosed similar to outfield players. I am not sure if there are actually any performance differences but am sure you guys have researched it more than I am aware of. In summary, I do not know whether or not it is needed and honestly do not have a preference either way.
I absolutely loved this top and consider it by far the best one I have had and surpassing anything that OBO have produced previously. The colour range will be important as it always is with OBO products as different foam colours also play a big part.
hey awesome people!
I wrote a previous article, regarding the Hi Rebound Right hand, and I wanted to share further developments with you guys! =)
Almost a year ago, I managed to get hold of the new mercian right hand glove… and I have to be honest! I really really liked it!
I liked it so much, it gave me some ideas on what I needed to do… to my already modified right hand!
I personally believe that a gk’ers stick is an extension of the arm and the technique/ philosophy, “should be used as if your catching a tennis ball with a straight arm”.
So I removed the whole back of the glove… so that the stick could be inline with my forearm.
put the inner foam back in its original spot and cut the same line!
Secure it with tape
Also I removed the wrist strap entirely and put in a thumb strap… similar to the Hi control glove… & tape through the stick gap to make the finger strap!
In the original models I put the thumb strap close to the front foam… and something that I have noticed when struck around the thumb area it bloody hurts!
so I added a slice of a left handed protector on top which gave better rebound and protection, but moving on from that, I simply relocated the thumb strap further back into the glove… preventing the thumb being compressed by the ball on the foam!
I personally think it has all the benefits of the hi control movement and keeping the stick at the same angle as the glove (especially on the deck) with the high rebound foam and surface-size! =)
The only 2 areas I’d like to improve on the glove is the bottom part – where the glove rounds off… If that could become flat so when diving bottom right or logging the glove doesn’t rotate making the save with the front foam and the flat side of the stick! second! thicker foam (similar to the LH) as its very thin in comparison!
Warning!!! there is very little protection on the back of the glove on mine! I have seen keepers with unusual movements been hit there so just be careful if you do these mods as protection will be less and keep the moments correct!
Over the next couple of months you should start seeing a completely new range of bags appearing at your local OBO stockist. New designs… new colors … same quality materials and construction. We have made heaps of changes to the wheelie bag though … have a squiz at these photos …
Look Mum … no hands – I can stand all on my own ! From now on your bag will not occupy half the changing room or dug out. Pack and unpack in the “lying down” position but then just park it up.
Roomy End apparel storage pocket so that you can keep articles dry and separate from the gear in the main compartment of the bag.
A handy nick knack pocket for smaller items that you need ready access to.
Telescopic handle recessed in a zipped compartment so it won’t get busted in transit.
Two comfy padded “end handles” on the top of the bag are back so that the wheelie can be easily loaded into the boot of a car.
A smelly stuff pocket in the main compartment of the bag for smaller smelly items you need to keep separate and in an easily accessible place.
Plastic inserts for both sides of the bag providing shape for the bag and protection. Total size is a little bigger than the old model …its now weally weally big !
A sturdy base for strength and protection from all the mess and dirt created by your team mates.
Carry bags are also available in the new colour scheme.
Let us know what you think about the changes in the comments below.
We’ve updated our facts & features for 2011. You can download the updated versions in PDF format using the links below…
|110 Robo HI REBOUND Legguards|
|120 Robo HI REBOUND Kickers|
|130 Robo HI REBOUND Right Hand Protector|
|150 Robo Hotpants|
|170 Robo Body Armour|
|210 Robo HI CONTROL Legguards|
|220 Robo HI CONTROL Kickers|
|230 Robo HI CONTROL Right Hand Protector|
|310 Cloud Legguards|
|320 Cloud Kickers|
|350 Cloud Hotpants|
|370 Cloud Body Armour|
|410 Yahoo Legguards|
|420 Yahoo Kickers|
|470 Yahoo Body Armour|
|510 OGO Legguards|
|520 OGO Kickers|
I’m trying to develop field hockey shoes for goalkeepers with strap ridges cut out of the grips on the sole of the shoe. My idea is to develop a waterproof shoe but bulky enough to fill out the kickers nicely and never slip out of the kickers because the straps slot into nice grooves just for them and the goalkeeper also has better surface traction because there is no risk of slipping in the straps.
What do you think about the idea?
Do you like it?
I’ve just submitted the following reviews to the Barrington Sports website and thought that I’d share them here too. I’ve had the Obo training gear since September 2010 so feel that I’ve used the equipment enough for me to write a well informed review. I have a pair of Deflecta’s, a Flicka stick and a bag of Bobbla’s.
This is an excellent piece of training equipment that really helps to sharpen and hone the reactions. It is very expensive in my opinion but that’s what you expect for anything to do with goalkeepers and their kit (economies of scale certainly screw us all here).
As they are made from recycled tyres, you should expect them to be quite heavy….. and they are! This is great in that they stay put once placed on the pitch but they’re a pain to carry to and from the pitch. As you can’t bend them (because otherwise they’ll break) I recommend you carry them at the bottom of a spare goalie bag with the rest of your coaching equipment or use a couple of ladder lock straps to hang them off your shoulder.
I have found that they work better in pairs as they cover more area in front of goal as not everyone is skilful and accurate enough to get the ball to hit a single Deflecta every time. It also gives you option of having the mats facing opposite ways and therefore giving a high and low profile for more unpredictability.
I definitely recommend that you have a look at the Obo Goalkeeping YouTube channel to see how they suggest you utilise the mats. www.youtube.com/user/obogoalkeeping
All in all, the Deflecta is an excellent coaching tool but the price is prohibitively high and likely to only be affordable to more well off clubs. Thankfully I have a forward thinking and supportive club that see the importance of supplying quality training equipment to both outfield and goalkeepers alike. Twitter – @SutColHockey
I had high hopes for the Bobbla balls but have been very disappointed with them.
I was expecting them to be unpredictable and to actually “bobble” about but unfortunately they don’t do either.
The only way to have the balls “bobble” about is to use them slowly but this makes them all too easy to follow and kick. If you bring them up to a realistic playing speed, it makes the balls act like a normal hockey ball and therefore is totally readable. I have tried many various ways of rolling, hitting, throwing, bowling and spinning the balls and just do not think that they are worth the money. I feel that there are plenty of better ways of spending £76 on training equipment (price related to www.BarringtonSports.com as of 12-April-2011).
My other issue with the balls is that they are made from a very soft plastic compound and they don’t look like they’ll last. Unfortunately for me I train at a very poorly maintained council run pitch and most of the goals have metal backboards. Footballs and idiotic vandals do not mix well with hockey goals and the metal backboards are all seriously dented and pulled away from their frames. This leaves some sharp edges sticking out and quite a few of my Bobbla balls have been damaged with deep cuts. The normal training balls do not appear to have the same problem and are impacting at much higher speeds.
In conclusion, the Bobbla is a nice idea that just doesn’t seem to work that well.
If you want to see more about how Obo think you can use the Bobblas then have a look at the Obo Hockey on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/obogoalkeeping
The Flicka is so much fun! It is relatively easy to use and you can become fairly proficient after a session or two.
I feel that the most impressive feature of the stick is the way that it is effective at any speed. I am able to lift the ball fairly slowly and accurately in order to train with lower level keepers and then ramp the speed all the way up to eleven when I train my National League keeper.
The stick is well made and as it’s made of wood, I’m sure it will give me many years of use (unlike my Obo Fatboy stick which lasted three months before shattering so maybe Obo have improved their quality control).
Like any hockey skill, you need to keep practicing in order to get the best out of the stick. Most people will be able to lift the ball within 5 minutes and then build it up to being able to hook the ball high and wide to the left after another 10 minutes. This skill with this stick is being able to flick to the right and you need to learn to open your shoulder and make a deliberate rotation to your right to get it to go that way. Once you’ve got this skill sorted, you’ll be having great fun with the keepers you train.
As with my other reviews of the Obo training equipment, I recommend that you have a look at their YouTube uploads to see how to get best use out of the equipment www.youtube.com/user/obogoalkeeping
When I first got my hands on the Flicka I hadn’t quite got the technique right and thanks to YouTube and my iPhone I was able to watch the video and repeat the action – easy!
I highly recommend this stick for coaches of all abilities and coaching keepers of all abilities and out of the three Obo Training products would rate this as my number one purchase, followed by the Deflecta.
A: Is it worth replacing it, and
B: How do I go about removing the existing foam without damaging the shell?
Can’t really afford to buy a whole new lid, especially as being the kit-tart I am it would have to be a custom graphic version!
Can I use the Robo hi rebound kickers with the ogo legguards??