Depends on what you want the pads to do and what method you intend to use.
Buttefly with a flat faced pad? traditional pad w/ knee rolls?
If you want the pad to rotate onto its side to form a wall(pro-fly) it will typically be a moderate tight strap to secure the pads lower skate portion tight into the ankle. The straps up the calf would be easy to slip your four fingers under and the knee strap only enough to make sure that you do not come down off your landing gear. newer pads have knee lock systems to prevent this. The knee strap is very loose and the knee lock snug. The top most thigh strap...why do they even keep this strap on the pads? most goalies only put it into the first hole or if w/ speed clips just enough to keep it out of the way.
You also want the pad to slide over on the top of your skate. IF the skate gusset does not slide over, the inside edge of the pad will lift the skate blade free of the ice early. The blade should not leave the ice until your skate cowling has contacted the ice. If using toe laces you need to have a set amount of slack to allow this to happen.
note in the picture below how the skate gusset has pushed over to the side letting the blade stay in contact with the ice. This allows for a full push for lateral drive and requires less knee lift to regain that edge when you recover.
Distance between the two knots is about 1-1.5 inches.
Posted on Dec 13, 2007, 5:29 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199