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We just got an EZ Goal in the mail. This is not just any hockey net though, the EZ goal is advertised as a top quality hockey goal that can be folded up for easy storage and transportation (because we all need more room in our garages) Below you will see our DETAILED EZ goal review. We also have another article where we give you a detailed look at the EZ goal.
Taking the EZ Goal to the street
We set the ez goal up at a nearby school and then tested stability, quality and durability. We also tested how easy it was to fold and unfold. We also tested the quality of the netting and posts to see if they could hold up to slapshots and wrist shots. Lets get to it!
Setting up the EZ goal
Setting up the EZ goal was very easy, all I had to do was dig into my memory of how a hockey net should look, and then snap the pieces together. If you don’t have the image of a hockey net etched into your memory you could always look at the picture on the box (or use the manual, if you are into that sort of thing!). There are no tools required, you simply press the metal tabs in, and then fit the goal posts together.
To put on the hockey netting we just aligned the net properly ( red tab at the top middle) and then used two long pieces of string. Putting the net on it pretty easy, but it takes some time.
Set up time
It took us about 10 minutes to unbox everything and put the frame together. The netting took about 30 minutes to put on.
Folding and unfolding the EZ goal
I don’t think they could have made it any easier to fold up the net. All you have to do is pull out two pins by each goal post, pull apart the center piece, then fold down the top part and that is it. To un fold the net, just do the opposite! Here are a few shots of the EZ goal and what it looks like folded up
Quality of Material
In our detailed Ez goal video and our first look at the ez goal we show you close up shots of the netting and posts. Too sum up that article the quality of the posts and netting are the best quality you get at this price point. The next step up from this net would be a regulation goal, which is very heavy and pretty damned expensive.
Durability of posts and net
We ripped a bunch of shots at the posts and net to see if they would stand up to wrist shots and slapshots, we looked for any tears in the net and dents in the posts. I have tested my wrist shots and slapshots numerous times on a few different radar guns. My wrist shot is between 50 and 60 miles per hour and my slapshot is around 75 miles per hour
The netting is fairly thick compared to other nets in this price range. We did not have any problems with the net after taking a lot of shots.
How about them posts
I hit the crossbar and posts with my wrist shots as hard as I could ( 60mph ) from about 15 feet away and I could not dent the posts. There were a bunch of black marks left on the posts, but that is normal with any hockey net.
My slapper is around 75 mph and with a point blank, dead on hit, I was able to put a small dent in the post. I had about 4 dead on hits, and two small dents, I had a few shots that did not hit dead on and the posts deflected them nicely. You can see in the picture above one small dent, and another shot that just left a black mark.
Is that a problem? Not really, I have used a lot of hockey nets and the only ones I haven’t been able to dent were the regulation nets ( expensive, heavy, and a pain in the butt to move!)
So if you have a 75mph slapshot and for some reason you aim for the posts a lot you may end up with a few dents, but the net will still work just fine.
Ez goal compared to other hockey nets
Of course if you are in the market a hockey net you wan to know how this one compares to others. I have played ice hockey, ball hockey, barn hockey, floor hockey, pond hockey, street hockey and every other type of hockey and used a lot of different types of hockey nets, most of them probably from Canadian tire, wal-mart or another department store. Below is my personal opinion on how the ez goal compares to other nets
Price compared to other hockey nets
The ezgoal is around $100 most nets of this quality start at $120 and the real cheap plastic, or metal ones with thin posts (not recommended for players with good shots) start at around $70. The ez goal comes with targets which is a sweet bonus, and for an extra $50 you can get a backstop which let’s you spend more time shooting and less time looking for pucks! Another sweet bonus is that the ez goal folds up, and I have not seen another goal that can do that.
Quality compared to other hockey nets
In my opinion the ez goal matches or exceeds the quality of netting and posts of other more expensive hockey nets, plus it folds up. Advantage, ez goal
The only downside to this net was that I was able to dent the posts ( the only posts I haven’t dented are on regulation nets) but in order to dent the post you need to shoot atleast 75 MPH AND you have to hit the post dead on.
What we like about the EZ goal
- Great quality compared to other more expensive nets
- Easy to set up
- THE NET FOLDS (sorry for yelling, but that’s cool!)
- Easy to store and transport
- Folds and unfolds quickly and easily
- Comes with good targets (something to shoot at, and one less thing you have to buy)
- They have a backstop so you don’t have to go hunt for pucks, or lose them in your neighbors yard (sold separately, review coming soon)
We would recommend this net to any hockey player, including ones with hard shots. As long as you take care of the net you will be able to use it for a long time. In this case if I wanted to do a good hour of slapshot practice I would just get creative. I could aim for the middle of the net, drape an old carpet over the net to protect the posts from denting (take it off when I want to snipe some wrist shots) or just ease up on my power and work on accuracy (which is much more important than power)
EZ Goal Video Review
In this video we show you how to set up the EZ goal, how well the EZ goal folds up, and how the EZ goal can stands up to some serious slapshots!
Where to Buy the EZ goal
You can order the EZ goal, the backstop and the mesh target on the EZ Goal page on Hockeyshot.com