HockeyShot Extreme Goal & Backstop Review
When you’re looking to train at home on days you can’t be at the rink, the last thing you want to worry about is damaging the car in the garage or driveway, or even worse, putting a hole through the 60” big screen television in the basement.
The HockeyShot ExtremeGoal & Backstop Combo, a 4' x 6' regulation-size net with a 78" tall by 30" wide backstop, will give you peace of mind from damaging the home while getting in some extra training.
This is a great product that is similar (yet more durable) than the Easy Goal & Backstop (no longer available). The set up is much the same, with parts coming right out of the box neatly sorted and pretty self-explanatory. You will not be throwing screwdrivers and cursing at your spouse like you do while putting together products from a well-known Swedish furniture store we all love and hate. Offering easy pushpin installation (located on the backside of the unit so it won’t get dinged by pucks), the thick piping on both the goal and backstop provide a solid construction, while the polyester UV protected netting guarantees a long-lasting and sustainable product. Setting up the frame first, followed by the netting and backstop, total assembly time should take about two and a half hours. That’s half hour for the goal and backstop, and two hours just for the netting. It’s easy but takes some time, so don’t let that discourage you.
With netting on both sides (about 11 feet wide) and across the top, the set up makes it nearly impossible for even the most incapable shooter to miss the netting. It’s fairly simple to string in during set up, with little red flags positioned to help you keep things straight. Running two strings of netting, it’s easiest to start by knotting them in the middle then pulling one side to the left and down, and the other pulled to the right, down and around. Be sure to go every single eyelet on the net so there are no gaps left open for a puck to sneak through. The netting set up is simple but a little tedious, so feel free to go every other hole on the meshing for the backstop if you want to save some time. It’s secured with bungee cord, so no need to worry about it flying loose.
The nice thing about the Extreme Goal & Backstop is that you can practice your shooting straight on, or adjust the backstop by turning it inwards so you can also practice your corner shots. The top meshing stays intact and doesn’t move along with the sides, which allows you to work on different aspects of your shot.
If you’re looking for a great accessory to maximize your training with this product, the Extreme Targets are available on our website for $29.95 USD ($34.95 CAD). Set those up and fire away!
The HockeyShot Extreme Goal & 2D Backstop works for all ages, providing range large and easy enough for players just starting out, and offering stability solid enough to withstand the stronger and more experienced shooters.