Hey John and the rest of the brown staffers,
John your chest pad as exceeded what i thought. Coming from using Vaughn chest pads the last few years I took a lot of stingers and after one year with your chest pad I didn't get any stingers and I play with high caliber players. This unit gives me more confidence in playing the position knowing shots up high won't hurt like they once did. With your unit I won the mvp in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden in our annual NYPD vs FDNY game. The break in period for me took about 3 on ice sessions which I expected. The fact that you have made a unit that is large but moves and feels half its size is incredible. I also appreciate the email one year later your customer service is second to none. The whole process left me speechless. I look forward to ordering more equipment from you in the future.
Thanks for everything,
Mike - New York, United States
Thank you so much for everything, John. You'll be hearing from me again. With the exception of skates, mask and stick, your product is the only equipment I wear. I'll be following you on instagram and Facebook. Keep up the incredible work!
Casey - Rhode Island, United States
Thanks John! I've had the chest protector for at least 10 years and it has held up incredibly well! I've had two sets of your leg pads in the past and they lasted forever! Your equipment is the best out there.
Eric - New York, United States
I can remember where I was when I saw BROWN equipment at my local rink, and not on Hockey Night In Canada. My first thought was "Goalies outside the NHL are allowed to buy this stuff ?, sign me up...many years later, I'm still buying their equipment. I know I'm buying the best gear available, and my body thanks me for it !!...I still laugh when a goalie (or four) think they're saving a buck buying gear made offshore ...only to see them buying ANOTHER chest protector (for example) two to three years later...( and spending more $$$ in the long run) while my CHESTY is doing just fine....MY ADVICE: BUY BROWN EQUIPMENT , and forget about buying new stuff again for a long time!!...and actually save money , while getting the best protection available....
Rob - Ontario, Canada
I posted on your fb already but I want to take the opportunity to thank you in person. The first season with your chesty produced a gold and a silver medal in Ice Hockey and a Bronze in inline hockey. And a best goalie trophy in one of the teams. So it's safe to say your product delivered. And then some. Thank you for the confidence.
All the best
Mikael - Finland
I got the suspenders today. I have to be honest when I got the bill for $60 with shipping I was a little hesitant to buy them, but man was I wrong. I can't believe the quality and craftsmanship that went into a pair of suspenders. I'm a strong believer in that you get what you pay for and these are worth every cent. Thank you for the attention to detail and I'm extremely happy with the end product. BRAVO!
Sean - Ontario, Canada
I’m a goalie in my 40’s that plays 2 to 3 times a week with players of all calibers and sometimes formers juniors or NHL players. My major priority concerning my goalie equipment is the quality of the protection. In the past I have used several goalie equipment of all the majors brands (Vaughn, Koho, Eagle, Baeur, RBK, Passau, Brian) but none of them satisfied my standards in terms of protection.
However I just bought a new Brown 2400 chest protector (Bob spec + extra options / pictures THE DARK NIGHT on FACEBOOK). The chest protector was manufactured in a week and delivered at my house. Mr. Brown offered an impeccable service. It is the best quality of craftsmanship out there! No other chest protector can match the protection offered by Brown.
Thanks Mr. Brown
Roch - Quebec, Canada
Bonjour à vous tous,
Je suis un gardien de but dans la quarantaine, qui joue encore de 2 à 3 fois par semaine au hockey sur glace, avec des joueurs de tous les calibres dont certains anciens joueurs juniors et de la LNH. En matière de protection de l’équipement de gardien de but, je n’accepte aucun compromis. J’ai utilisé de l’équipement de plusieurs compagnies (Vaughn, Koho, Eagle, RBK, Passau, Brian, etc.) plus particulièrement pour les plastrons. Aucun de ceux-ci n’a été en mesure de répondre à mes attentes en matière de protection.
J’ai donc pris la décision de faire l’achat d’un nouveau plastron Brown 2400 (Bob spec + options en extra / photos similaires THE DARK KNIGHT sur FACEBOOK). Le plastron a été fabriqué en seulement une semaine et livré à ma résidence. M. Brown offre un service irréprochable et très rapide. La qualité du produit est exceptionnelle. Aucun plastron sur le marché ne peut offrir la protection d’un Brown.
Merci beaucoup M. Brown
Roch - Quebec, Canada
I was on ice today with new gear!! WOW! :D Now I know what you mean when you said that your pads are the best! I am really really happy.. that CA what I got earlier and now pants and pads, they work together so great!
And need to say that I loved those gloves what I had few years ago (CG2200 & SG2200) and compared to these new ones (2400), WOW! You are doing great job.
Sami - Finland
Good afternoon John,
Everything arrived safely and very promptly. The gear looks fantastic!! I'll be wearing the pads for my Wednesday evening game. I'll wait until a little bit to break in the CA before game use. It has been a fantastic experience working with you in the creation of the gear.
Thank you very much!
Steve - Michigan, United States
At the age of 64 I decided that it was time to spring for a new set of John Brown gear. I have tended the twine for over 50 years and over that period was fortunate enough to wear your early leather pads (JB250's) with matching gloves, then into the 90's a couple sets of JB280 Excels and now my brand spanking new JB2100 Retros with a matching set of JB2200 gloves.
I was pleased that you agreed with my request that the new gear resemble my 30 year old set. John, you and your stuff really pulled it off from the vertical stitching, use of leather straps and the cherry on top was your old style BROWN sewn labels on my pads and gloves.
Now I own a set of current BROWN goalie gear with the lightness, superb craftsmanship and modern design of today's equipment but bearing a strong resemblance to my late 70's classic pads and gloves.
Our team plays 80-90 games a season so this new gear is going to get a real workload. Already after just a dozen games my kit is broken in and this mature body of mine is benefiting from my recent purchase.
Steve - British Columbia, Canada
I received my chest, pants, neck guard and suspenders today. I am over the moon with fantastic all the gear turned out! You and your team are true “gear artists” :) Today's big name companies don't even compare to the products I have received today!
The chest protector fits like a glove and feels broken in already. To be honest, it feels as good as my 15+ year old JB 503!!! It will require ZERO break-in time! The sizing is absolutely perfect!
The pants are beautiful and I am surprised at how protective they are!
Danny - Ontario, Canada
Everything is great, so far i've played two games and i feel very comfortable with everything on. We won both games so it's a good start ;)
The c/a is just the perfect size for me and the protection is awesome.
I really love the gloves, the catcher is really great.
The only thing i had to do is go buy some suspenders for the pants because they were really loose, but it's just perfect with that.
I'm very happy with everything, i look a lot bigger now and haven't sacrificed any mobility =)
Thank you very much!
Marc-andre - Quebec, Canada
Hi Mr. Brown,
thanks for the gear, they were fantastic!! The pants are light and very protective, with your amazing suspender, they fit very well and I really appreciate it. For the C/A, it was a TANK!!!
I had hard shot in the first game I play with and I don't feel the puck. I made the save and I check behind me to see the puck and finally, I had it, amazing C/A. The only concern is I said to you that I want 7 inches arm flapper and you put 8 inches !!! I had big jersey goalie cut and the sleeves are big and they were stretch around the elbow...But that doesn't bother me, the arms are stiff, but I know with more games, it will be broken and that will be perfect.... Amazing gear, I'm proud to wear your name and thank you to made great goalie gear. I hope to meet you someday and visit your shop...
Richard - Quebec, Canada
I've been a fan of your equipment as long as I’ve been on the ice, and in the sea of change that has swept over equipment manufacturing the last ten years or so, the JB gear has remained absolutely rock solid.
Thank you so much for the new equipment.Fit is very good, Very happy!
Paul - Manitoba, Canada
I recently moved to Collingwood from Boston and while driving my son to daycare I noticed a familiar "Brown" logo along Hurontario - a quick check on google and I found your site. Thought you might like to hear the story of one of your bags.
I grew up playing hockey in Calgary (I'm a forward, not a goalie by the way) and in 1986 I was playing Varsity at school in Halifax. Back then you could check up to 3 bags on Air Canada and there were no weight restrictions. Tired of hauling multiple bags with gear, books, clothes etc I asked my Father at Christmas to get the biggest hockey bag he could find.
He came home from Tuxedo Sports with exactly that: a goalie bag, blue with back straps and a"Brown" logo on the sides. Not being a goalie I didn't know the brand but I did know one thing, it was perfect for a student-athlete who had to drag all his stuff across the country a few times a year.
Since its arrival under my Christmas tree in Calgary in 1986 the "Blue Brown" has traveled on buses, planes, trains, cars, trucks, boats and even a ferry. It's hauled everything you can imagine -- It's been to arenas, schools, apartments, homes and countless trips to Calgary, Halifax and all over the East Coast; Montreal, Toronto, Florida, Boston, Cambridge, and now back to Collingwood - a perfect circle!
I still have the bag and even after 27 years and all those miles it's in great shape; I haven't even changed the zipper. My Dad still shakes his head at the fact that Blue Brown is still going strong.
I hope you enjoyed the story -- you make great stuff Mr. Brown!
All the best,
Patrick - Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
I am 46 years old and have played professionally in Europe and throughout North America in minor and juniors and this will probably be my last set of gear and I want to come full circle and go out with your fantastic gear once more.
Thank you for everything and helping me stop thousands of pucks over the years! John Brown.... You Rock !
Bobby - Arizona, United States
In other news, I'm absolutely loving the chest and arm and shorts. Got the suspenders and I'm really loving the size of everything now….
Mark - California, United States
I love the C/A and custom pants I recently ordered. I was able to talk my wife into allowing me to purchase a new set of goalie pads as well. I need your advice.
Mark - Minnesota, United States
It arrived via UPS around 4:30ish. The fit is perfect! With everything I've heard ( stiff bulky at first )I'm really quite amazed with the feel, I don't find it stiff nor bulky! Well done Sir! THANK YOU!
John - New York, United States
Everything came in today! All I can say is thanks a ton!!! Absolutely beautiful and very protective gear. Exactly what I wanted.
John - Florida, United States
You make the best goalie gear in the world, keep up the good work!
Matic - Slovenia
Just wanted to thank you for the amazing piece of equipment you made for me! It is so comfortable that I don't want to take it off. I used it for practice on Thursday and in both games over the weekend. You definitely have a life long customer for the years to come.
Dan - British Columbia, Canada
Thanks for being the best all around goalie company you even make your own gear that’s cool you’ve always known what us goalies need god bless.
Carson - Ontario, Canada
It's here and it is AWESOME. Thanks so much!
Greg - Ontario, Canada
Years ago, in the early to mid 70's, my father had somehow heard of you and brought me to your shop in Ontario on my way north to hockey camp to have my first custom mask made. For a kid from New Jersey it was something special. It was later that I got your custom chest and arm protector which was used until the end of my career in the late 80's.
I can't say enough good things about your equipment and the confidence it gave me as a young goaltender. So with that I say "thank you" for making me special as a kid and certainly well protected.
All the best and continued success. Sincerely,
Brant - New Jersey, United States
I'm speechless. You should have a statue erected in your honor. What an amazing piece of gear. The seal, the protection, the ergonomics. Unreal is the only word. Seriously, I compared your unit to the new Vaughn Ventus Lt98 that I've been using and I honestly can't believe I stand in front of the net in that thing. This will definitely change my game as I will fear no shot and know that I have full seals everywhere. I'm most impressed with the way the elbow floaters seal to the oblique pads.
You made my day (literally and figuratively),
Michael - New York, United States
Hi John ,
I just want to let you know that both the chest protector and the custom made jersey are both awesome ! I couldn't believe how fast the chest protector broke in . After 3 games it felt like it was a part of me . Your design is the one all others should be trying to copy and if they aren't they shouldn't be making goalie equipment .
Mike - Massachusetts, United States
My name is Andy, and I just wanted to let you know that I've been wearing your chesty for some time now, and that it feels great. Very protective, yet agile. I will be happy to order another one in due time! And next time with custom coloring!! You're doing a great job with these chesties!!
Andy - Sweden
Received the c/a today
It is awesome
The fit is awesome, its has a lot more protection than my old jb503 lol Gonna take a little getting used to but I expect it will be like wearing a T-shirt in no time
Thanks again, also the suspenders are awesome..... I expect to be in this gear a long time
Jeff - Newfoundland, Canada
The Chest & Arm is amazing. It's bulk took a bit getting used to, But it's way more Mobile than I expected, and built like a tank! I'm so used to feeing the sting of the puck, a few shots I wasn't totally sure they actually hit me. i could barely feel them.
Fred - British Columbia, Canada
I recently purchased the high end professional chest protector and pants form John (hoping it might retroactively heal the cracked ribs I have sustained over the past 54 years of my goalie career, as I am now aged 65) There is no doubt that the vastly superior protection and “feel” has taken getting used to! Regular telephone conversations with John provided break-in suggestions and most importantly, he offered me a money back guarantee if I was not happy... (in spite of me trying out the new gear for several weeks of summer Hockey).
Now back to my schedule of 5-6 games a week with different age groups, I no longer wince when one of the young guys blast one at me! I just wish John sold something that made me “faster” and while he’s at it “younger”. John your concern that the gear you sell is appropriate tor your customers needs---is exemplary and not seen with any other purchases I have made over the years. Thanks again for everything, and hopefully I will be around to buy some new gear from you at age 70!
Roger - British Columbia, Canada
Got my new armour. WOW!. Thank you very much. I think pads and gloves are next.
Neil - Ontario, Canada
I just received the chest protector earlier today, it fits perfectly. Thanks for taking the time to make sure that it would fit right, I appreciate it.
Thanks so much,
Brett - California, United States
Just thought I'd follow up with you to let you know that the chest unit is EXCELLENT!!!! No problems with fitting into my team jerseys. Furthermore, any mobility issues that I anticipated are actually non-issues. I've played about four games with it and I am very happy with it.
Thank you for this fantastic and well-fitting product!
Happy New Year!
Vic - Alberta, Canada
WoW WoW that's all I can say.
I bought the 2300 chest pad it's great so comfortable fits like a sweater if that makes any sense. Great customer service never been happier thanks Again Guys.
Mario - Ontario, Canada
John - I just received it and my first reaction, after trying it on, is that it's fantastic. It seems to fit me perfectly. We talked about how I like the wrists - the wrists seem perfect too.
The unit is easy to maneuver in. I can easily raise my arms in the air, and can easily touch my mouth and my nose. I can't touch my ears so I see how it may be difficult to remove the mask clips (which is not a big deal to me). To reiterate ... it's fantastic and I am very excited to play my first game in it
Paul - New York, United States
Received the unit today. It looks amazing! Will try it out tomorrow.
Thank you for the service and the C/A.
Ryan - Ontario, Canada
Mr. Brown, your chest [protector] is awesome. I get great confidence facing hard shooters wearing your chest [protector]. Sometimes I get shots by guys who don’t care how they shoot or where, they just shoot hard as they can and your chest protects me and I get confidence like I didn’t have before, which elevates my game.
I wouldn't buy anything else. Your chest [protector] is the best I have had. Thank you very much!
Daniel - British Columbia, Canada
Hey John ....jus to let you know ...the body body armour is the best I've had.....(since your last one I had) .....just don't understand the pull/push straps on the under arms /elbows .....I'll figure it out ......GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!….
Rob - Ontario, Canada
I received everything yesterday and tried it. C/A is fantastic and fits perfectly. The jock fits great.
Mike - Ontario, Canada
My C/A arrive today! I have had a chance to check it over and it looks great! I am going to have to take some time to get it adjusted and broken in, but as of right now I am thrilled. I have to get myself to work now, but I wanted to let you know that it got here. Thanks again and I will drop you a line after I get to use it. My next game is not till the 17th so I should get a chance to get this thing adjusted and broken in.
As a side note: I have ordered a lot of hockey equipment over the years. Most of it has been through catalogs and shops, a couple of pieces have been custom. My previous C/A was only custom in the size and color, speaking with you showed what custom really was supposed to be. Thank you. You set the standard as far as custom work goes.
David - Florida, United States
Just got my c/a, it's perfect. Cool thank you very much, it was great doing business with you and I will recommend other goalies to do so.
Mitch - Quebec, Canada
Hello! My name is Sergey, I from Russia. Your equipment is famous in our country as well. And It's honour to every goalie to wear it.
Sergey - Russia
The pads are amazing, I like it… The kit was PROFESSIONAL… Thank you
Richard - Quebec, Canada
I've been reminding myself to send you a follow up and tell you how much I'm loving the 2100 pads. I'm about 12 skates in and they're feeling like I've had them for years now. Perfect. Great combination of hard no-pain at all "thump" saves and a softness that makes them behave like a catching surface for old schoolers like me who actually like to control rebounds. Been skating with a bunch of really good kids who are still looking for NHL or KHL jobs and feeling like I can play with them and not worry about where my new bruises are going to be is super.
Tom - California, United States
The pads arrived today!
My 8 year old son was so excited. He said he was in Hockey Heaven.
He looked at you John Brown since 1970 patch and said that's really old. I explained that you were one of the first companies to make goalie pads and that you made this set just for him. He said we should say thanks to John Brown. After seeing the quality of your pads and craftsmanship that went into them, I'm glad we purchased the Brown pads. I asked my son if they were worth the wait and he said yes, these are the best.
My son wanted the retro brown after seeing the winter classic on TV. I like that brown too. It reminds me of my youth hockey days. He will catch allot of attention in them. Hopefully it brings you more business.
Thanks so much for taking the time to get it right.
William - New Jersey, United States
Thank you once again John, you always go over and above , always appreciated! These pads are perfect!
Chris - Ontario, Canada
I ordered a set of 2100 pads and gloves from you about five years ago and just wanted to let you know how great they are. They are still holding up and seem to only get better with age. The protection, comfort and rebound control they afford are second to none. I've been wearing your gear for almost 20 years and will continue to for the rest of my hockey days.
As a goalie who likes to be able to close the 5 hole in the standing position, I'm disappointed with the monopoly butterfly pads have on the current market. I hope eventually the tides will turn back a little in the other direction. Hopefully your company will have a big part in that. I'm glad your catalog still includes the 2100's and now even the 287's in retro! I wonder if you have or would ever adapt the 287's to the new 11 inch pro specs, while maintaining their basic "stand up" shape with tapered tops and wider toward the ankles. I rue the day I have to shop for new pads, but knowing these two models are still out there puts my mind at ease. Thank you and keep up the great work!
Mike - New York, United States
Thank you. The pads arrived yesterday and I wore them last night. FANTASTIC! Good call on the nylon. Very easy to wear "right out of the box." I really appreciate how quickly, and perfectly, you completed the pads. I hope to have them for a very long time.
PS- I'm already working on my wife to let me spring for a set of vintage pads/gloves!
Good Morning Mr. Brown,
I am sorry that I am sending this email a couple of days late. I just wanted to let you know that I did receive my pants on Wednesday of this week. WOW!!! How awesome are they!!!. I have tried them on couple of times, just getting use to them. I can't wait till this Sunday to put them to the test. I would really like to thank you and everyone at Brown Hockey for the incredible customer support, the absolute attention to detail, and the timely manner in which you constructed these pants.
To some people it might only seem like a pair of goalie pants, but for me it was a great ending to what started as a nightmare with another manufacturer. As much as I would love to drag his name through the mud, I am just going to leave it at that.
I greatly appreciate all you did for me,
Thank you so very much,
Brennen - Pennsylvania, United States
PS. Now a lifetime member of Brown Hockey Equipment
Wow. To you it must be old hat, but to open this box and see these pants is nothing short of amazing. Your craftsmanship is a lost art in today's world. To say that I am proud to trust my safety to you and your equipment is an understatement. It is truly an honor to suit up in these pants.
Mike - New York, United States
Just a quick note I've now used the new goal pads and pants I purchased in the summer. Fantastic! Good fit and finish. Rebound control will take some time, but that will come. Pants are very comfortable. So comfortable I lost a puck in them. Serious.
Thank goodness for good defensemen.I will be contacting you in the future for some gloves as well.
Paul - Manitoba, Canada
I recently had the opportunity to purchase a XXL C/A and pants (60"!) from you. I wanted to take a moment to tell you that I am very happy with the design, quality and protection offered by these products.
Your reputation is well earned, sir.
Mark - Minnesota, United States
PS. The last pair of pants that I had ordered are just great.Thanks
I received my pants today and wow! I have heard nothing but great things about your gear for years but never had the experience of wearing any of it. This whole experience is what is going to make me keep coming back to you! From the phone call making sure i'm wearing something that fits me to the passion and the pride you put in your work just shines through on your final product! What a great pant!
John thank you for everything!
I'll be in touch about the chest piece.
Darren - Ohio, United States
Just a follow up on the blocker and glove. Love them and so durable. Playing 3 days a week. Back to you in a few months for a pair of pants. Have a Merry Christmas.
John - Massachusetts, United States
Thank you very much for the fast service on the glove.
Mike - Massachusetts, United States
I wanted to thank you again for making my equipment. It is starting to break in and really enjoying it. They pads and glove look really good with our retro philly jerseys.
Jim - Georgia, United States
Just wanted to touch base with you. I have about a half dozen skates under my belt, and everything is going pretty well. Pads are totally as expected, still kind of playing around with the strapping though. Very happy with the gloves, they are breaking in better than I expected, and more than a few guys have asked about the flatter thumb, and no stingers so far!
MD - New Jersey, United States