I’m reviewing the Bauer Nexus 6000 elbow pads. I’ve used them for about 33 games so far. Here’s what I found.
The first thing I noticed when I picked up these pads is how thick the padding is. The thickness of the padding varies depending upon the location of it. The padding facing the player’s body is the thinest. That’s expected. At the thinnest point, it was 9mm. The outer padding, the padding facing away from the player’s body, varied in thickness. At the thinest point, it was 12mm. At the thickest point, it was 20mm. That’s a good amount of padding.
The pads have 3 velcro straps that you pass over your arm and attach on the other side. You don’t have to run the straps through loops or anything like that. Easy on, easy off.
The lower strap that goes over your forearm is a bit long. If you want that portion of the pad really fitting tight against your arm, the hook velcro part will run over the top of the covered plastic portion of the guard. You don’t really need this strap to be on tight though to keep the pad in place.
The middle strap is uncomfortable. Without your arm being in the pad, the strap barely fully connects on the other side. The strap runs right over the joint of the arm. If you don’t tighten this middle strap, the pad will start to fall down as you move your arm. You need to have the top two straps tightened for the pad to stay in place.
The highest strap fits comfortably over your arm.
There’s no problem with extending your arm. The pads feel comfortable. The problem comes when you retract your arm to a 90 degree angle. That’s when the pads start to become uncomfortable.
A possible, better color combination for these pads would have been blue, silver, and light brown. A color combination like that would also make the pads stand out in the shops, among the other pads.
I bought these Bauer Nexus 6000 elbow pads because I was looking for more protection. That’s where these pads really stand out. The padding is thick. They aren’t the most comfortable, or flexible, ones I have ever owned. Would I buy them again? The price, construction, and protection would make me buy them again.