It’s that time of year again, pond season or odr szn as they say. Pond season allows players to get out into the elements and play endlessly. For the hockey purist, there is nothing better. However, for some players, dealing with the elements means cold hands (or if you’re like me, frostbite…thanks -18 without the wind pond hockey tournament ). This is where Third Assist comes in. Third Assist has been making gloves for a long time. This is their first “modern” short cuff glove that reinvents what they have done in the past, pushes their glove-making efforts forward, and keeps your hands warm.
The outside of the glove has a traditional 4 roll design and while it doesn’t fit as wide as say the Bauer 4 roll, there is some room but not too wide. In colder temps, the tighter the better. The palm has the traditional double nash material to protect from wear and classic nash gussets. The cuff of the glove is shorter but slightly wider to allow for jackets or other thicker outdoor playing clothes room to cover the forearms but not get into the way of your mitts.
The inside of the glove is what is really unique. This new model for the 2021 – 22 season, has a new style of liner not seen in a hockey glove before. It has a unique “Refhlex” material. This material allows the heat off your hand to be absorbed and reflected back into your hand to keep your hands warm. This material hasn’t been seen before in modern gloves! It’s a very unique idea. The gloves are more suited for outdoor use but can be used on very cold indoor rinks. (My hands were too warm in October when I first got them and used them inside. I have used them inside in January and they were perfect. I have used them in sub-zero temps and they worked well too. It’s all personal preference.)
Another unique featured addition to the inside of the glove, is a neoprene gator cuff to help keep heat in. It’s kind of odd at first and sometimes a little hard to get that second hand in without it going inside the glove and you having to fix it, but in cold weather, it’s a great feature. The more uses you get out of the gloves, the easier the cuff becomes to deal with.
Overall, if you’re looking for a great, modern-looking glove for pond and the odr season, these are some of the best gloves out there. They are easy to break in. If you’re picky about transitioning from indoor gloves to outdoor gloves, these make it smooth since it has a pretty modern feel to them. The Third Assist Refhlex glove is the first “modern” short cuff glove that reinvents what they have done in the past, pushes their glove-making efforts forward, and keeps your hands warm.