The Grays Goalkeeper range has been built around the needs and advice of world, FIH Goalkeeper of the Year and Olympic Gold medalist, Maddie Hinch. Named the shootout stick with Maddie Hinch’s heroic 4 goal shut out at the Rio Olympics in mind, the specialized field hockey stick is a key part of Grays new top-quality goalie equipment.
Maddie has won FIH goalie of the year 3 times so she knows what she’s talking about and Grays have listened and worked well with her to produce a stunning collection of goalie gear.
At the length of 41.3″ the goalie’s stick is the maximum length allowed by the FIH, ideally suited for excellent reach. I particularly like the octagonal handle which Grays says gives increased ‘torsional’ stability though in layperson’s speak is a better way of gripping and then twisting the stick in a speedy way.
The updated rules of hockey, published in 1991 allow for a hockey stick to have only one curve on either side of the stick. The stick handle may be bent or ‘deviated’, in a smooth curve only, once only to either side. This allows designers to have created the MH1 hockey stick with a bend on the heel and on the toe providing a larger surface area to block shots. It makes for a peculiar-looking design, though is excellent at blocking shots.
You could say the MH1 Shootout stands out like a hunting beagle among a pack of golden retrievers with its specially designed head shape. the advantage is clear to see and clearer when you don the gloves and handle the MH1.
If you’re thinking this hook shape is going to give the goalie who bestows this stick on match day a distinct advantage, you’re probably right. I haven’t seen another goalie stick with an armory like the hook on the MH 1. It also feels light and strong and feels like it could keep bullets out of the net. It’s available worldwide.
The G600 Helmet once more was designed in liaison with Madie Hinch. They don’t come cheap but safety is important when choosing your goalie helmet and you have to pay more to be completely secure. It has an injected molded shell with an adjustable strap. The G600 protects the face, skull, and ears while providing great visibility.
The MH1 body armour is lightweight and yet is tight and comfortable.
Shoulder and bicep protection offer full protection from the wrist upward while protection in foam and plastic is designed with anti vibrations in mind. The fit is snug but allows the goalie to move with great flexibility and fits well under the shirt.
This Grays Maddie Hinch addition to the MH 1 range, offers great protection on both sides of the thighs to protect goalies from stinging balls and swinging sticks. Velcro makes the kit east to get on and off and lock goalies in snuggly. Maddie loves them.