The OBO Robo line perfectly meets the needs of players at the national and senior level, and those wanting to get there. Within the Robo family, there are a lot of different options that better suit different playing styles. As goalkeepers, we are all amazingly unique, so there isn’t a one-style-fits-all option when it comes to your equipment. It is important to make sure you are finding the gear that best compliments your playing style, not necessarily the style of the others in your GK squad.
There are pros and cons to every piece depending on the type of player you are, so take some time to get familiar with the equipment so you can get the best benefit out of your gear! The OBO Robo range is broken into three different playing styles of foam: Hi-Control, Hi-Rebound, and PLUS. There isn’t one that is better than the other, but there is one that is better for YOU. You can also mix and match between kickers, legguards, right hand, and left hand to really customize your game.
For example, take a look inside of my goalie bag
Generally speaking, the Robo Hi-Control gear is designed for the extremely active goalie. That player who has an endless amount of energy and is up, down and all over the place. Hi-Control is designed to make movement easy. Robo Hi-Rebound is a little bit of a hybrid between Control and PLUS. The Hi-Rebound equipment is for a player is more likely to stay on their feet and play upright, but will occasionally go down to make the save. The Robo PLUS gear is for the extremely upright and patient goalkeeper. If you want to get the benefit of maximum surface area and predictability, then these pads might be for you.
So let’s go down the OBO Robo range from bottom up!
Robo Hi-Control: These are the most durable kickers in the Robo range. The rounded toe shape maximizes player acceleration. They absorb the impact of the ball, keeping it close to your feet so you can be in complete control of your game to make the clear.
Robo Hi-Rebound: These kickers give you the highest bounce off the foam. If you are a keeper who likes the one-touch redirect, these kickers are for you!
Robo PLUS: These kickers are a game-changer. They are extremely lightweight, and the anatomical design makes your movements feel completely natural. The square edges give you predictability to be able to make that one-touch safe and know exactly where your rebound is headed. They have the most surface area and are the most protective, but if you go through kickers quickly or play on harsher surfaces they may not be the best option for you.
Robo Hi-Control: Maximize your movement! The legguards are built for you to get your groove on. They are narrower than the other legguards in the Robo range, but the left legguard is wider than the right to give you a little more area where it won’t get in your way.
Robo Hi-Rebound: Sitting as the middle man between the Hi-Control and PLUS, these legguards try to offer some of the best of both worlds. The Hi-Rebound foam gives you maximum bounce off of your pads while still providing as much natural movement as possible.
Robo PLUS: The newest from the wonder kids at OBO, the Robo PLUS legguards fit a very upright playing style. Robo PLUS offers predictability to your game and the ability to direct the ball out of danger or onto your teammate’s stick. Not quite as much rebound pop, but all of the peace of mind knowing exactly where the ball is going. If you are considering making the change to the PLUS legguards we strongly suggest trying them on first! Come to our Longstreth retail store or visit us at an event to put them on and experience the difference firsthand. These feel very different, so we definitely recommend trying before you buy!
Robo Hi-Control: This thick left hand protector is shaped to help deflect the ball downwards so you can make the controlled clear with your feet.
Robo Hi-Rebound: Maximum rebound means you can redirect the ball effortlessly, to the side or up and over.
Robo Hi-Control: The best part about the Hi-Control right hand protector is the complete freedom of your wrist movement. When on the ground, the protector has a flat profile that makes ground clearances easy and reliable.
Robo Hi-Rebound: The largest blocking face, this hand protector gives you maximum pop off of your pads. This will take some adjustment of your stick and wrist as you go to the ground.
Robo PLUS: Meeting in the middle, the PLUS right hand combines the best of the Control and Rebound RHP. More wrist movement than the rebound while still providing maximum front facing surface area.
Field hockey goalies aren’t always the tallest players on the team, here’s a shout out to those spicy keepers who are on the shorter side or have smaller feet… Robo MINI!
These legguards and kickers are made out of the elite Robo foam but in a size that fits you! Get the elite performance you’ve been craving without sacrificing fit.
Still have questions? Our goalkeeping experts are happy to help! Shoot us an email, give us a call, visit us at the Longstreth retail store, or stop by to see us at your next event. We love talking GK gear and are happy to help find the right equipment for your game!