EZ Goal Folding Hockey Net Review

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by Jeremy Rupke on June 19, 2010

I recently received an EZ goal from hockeyshot.com and have had the chance to take it out, set it up, and take a bunch of shots. I have been shooting on this net for a few weeks now and tested it for quality and durability. If you are thinking of getting a hockey net, check out this Hockey net review.

Testing the EZ goal hockey net

EZ goal hockey net review

After getting the EZ goal I set it up and took a few shots on it, I took note of how easy it was to set up, how well it folds, and the overall quality of the material. Since then I have been shooting on it daily, below you will find my detailed EZ goal review

How to Set up the ez goal hockey net

Set-up was super simple, all I had to do was look at the picture on the box ( who uses manuals these days) and snap the pieces together. There are no tools required, you just push the tabs in, and then fit the posts together.

To put on the hockey netting we just aligned the net properly ( red tab at the top middle) and then used two long pieces of string to lace every square to the wigley wire. Putting the net on takes some time.

How long does set up take?

Setting up the frame was easy, it only took about 10 minutes. Putting the netting on was also easy, but it was time consuming. Lacing the net took about 30 minutes.

How well does the EZ goal fold?

folding hockey net Folding the hockey net up is really easy! All I had to do was pull the pins from the bottom posts, then separate the middle post, then fold down the top, and fold up the bottom. Presto chango, the net is all folded up! It takes under a minute to fold and unfold the net, I do not think they could have made it any easier.

Quality of material

In our EZ goal Detailed Look video (embedded below) I show you close up shots of the posts, and netting so you can get a good idea of the quality. I will then tell you how the posts and net held up after a few weeks of heavy shooting.

Quality of Netting

The netting is fairly thick compared to other nets in this price range. I have used netting like this before on other hockey nets and they usually last a few seasons before getting any holes in them. After a few weeks of shooting a few hundred slapshots a day I only have one hole in the net, right near the bottom where I likely blasted a few thousand 75 MPH slapshots. I didn’t really expect the net to hold up to that type of abuse, and for the purpose of the review I was trying to put a hole in the net. Over all the netting is great for kids and adults, but hold off on the slapshots if you have a cannon.

The goal posts all have wigley wire on the back for you to thread the net through. Some cheap nets do not bother with wigley wire so you just have to wrap the string around the posts, which looks terrible, and also if the string breaks it is annoying, so it is nice that the EZ goal has the wigley wire.

How about them Goal Posts

EZ goal hockey goal postI have tested my wrist shots and slapshots numerous times on a few different radar guns. My wrist shot is between 50 and 60 miles per hour and my slapshot is around 75 miles per hour

The posts held up fine to my wrist shots, snapshots and my lighter slapshots, but the off time when I hammered a slapshot right into the post it left a small dent. I was actually surprised I didn’t dent it more, the posts held up to all my shots except when I put everything I had into a slapshot, which you don’t usually do in road hockey or pond hockey anyways. I hammered the white post in the center a bunch of times and I haven’t been able to dent it at all.

Review of a hockey netThe picture to the left is probably a good example of what to expect from the posts, most shots will just leave a mark, but you can dent them with a really hard shot. The black mark was a full powered slapshot and there was no dent, then I hit the post dead on with another full powered slapshot and you can see a small dent.

After a few weeks of normal shooting on the hockey net (not trying to break it anymore ) I have only added a few dings to the post, and they are all from my slapshot. I would say these posts will withstand basically anything you can throw at them, unless you or your kid is playing elite hockey, then just lay off on the slappers :D

Ez goal compared to other hockey nets

Price compared to other hockey nets

The ezgoal is around $100, most nets of this quality start at $120 and the real cheap plastic, or metal ones with thin posts (not recommended for players with good shots) start at around $70. The ez goal comes with targets, which is a sweet bonus, and for an extra $50 you can get a backstop which let’s you spend more time shooting and less time looking for pucks! Another sweet bonus is that the ez goal folds up, and I have not seen another hockey net that can do that.

For a pro hockey net you are looking at around $500, they are really heavy and near impossible to move. The only advantage to pro nets is the thicker posts, and thicker meshing, but for most hockey players that isn’t really necessary.

Quality compared to other hockey nets

In my opinion the EZ goal matches or exceeds the quality of netting and posts of other more expensive hockey nets, plus it folds up. Advantage, ez goal!

  • EZ goal compared to plastic ball hockey nets
    • I have destroyed a lot of ball hockey nets in my life. They are cheap, made of plastic, and don’t stand a chance against pucks. Here is how the EZ goal stacks up against ball hockey nets
    • Better quality posts and netting than plastic nets
    • A bit more expensive
    • Will last a lot longer
    • Ez goal is heavier than the plastic nets
    • I would recommend the EZ goal over ball hockey nets because ball hockey nets usually last about one season (one day if you use pucks) before you need to buy a new one!
  • EZ goal compared to metal road hockey nets
    • The Ez goals 2″ metal piping will last longer than 1″ piping
    • Sturdier than 1″ piping nets
    • EZ goal folds up for easy storage
    • EZ goal is similar in price, but better quality
  • EZ goal compared to PRO regulation hockey net
    • Same size and dimensions of a PRO net
    • MUCH lighter
    • Pro nets are one piece, and welded together, Ez goal folds up and is easy to move
    • Cheaper than pro net ($400 cheaper)
    • Not as durable

EZ Goal Review Video

I shot this Ez goal review (embedded below) so you could get an idea of the set up, how it folds and unfolds, and the quality of the material

Overall thoughts

The only downside to this net was that I was able to dent the posts with a 75 mph slapshot which is no surprise because the only posts I haven’t dented are on regulation nets. The net also has a hole in the bottom now, but that is due to repeated canon shots to the bottom right corner. The next step up from this type of net is a pro hockey net and I am not about to pay $500 for a net I can barely lift! I loved this hockey net, the quality was great, I love how it comes with targets and folds up. The backstop is a great idea as well and we will do a full review of the EZ backstop and targets soon.

Overall I would recommend this net to everyone with kids who play hockey, or any adults who want to have a good portable net for pond hockey.

Where to Buy the EZ goal

If you want to buy an EZ goal you can get it here we also have a coupon for our readers. If you subscribe to our blog we will instantly send you a coupon to save $10 off the EZ goal.

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Seth Myers February 18, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I have built a goal out of 2″ super heavy duty PVC. It has been painted and is patiently waiting to be netted. However, I have been laboriously searching for the EXACT DIMENSIONS of the actual NET that comes with the EZ Goal. I know it is cut specifically to fit this goal (6′ x 4′ x 30″), but I was wondering if anyone knows the measurement or could measure the exact dimensions of the net itself so I know whether or not I can make this puppy fit on my goal (6′ x 4′ x 34″). I know that sounds like it obviously won’t fit, but there are a few variables that I can work with to try and make it work, despite the 4″ “on-paper” difference.

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acid_jazz March 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

Costco now has these nets on for $109. Comes with the backstop and the 4 corner targets. Steal of a deal! http://www.costco.ca/.product.458556.html#BVRRWidgetID

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Jeremy Rupke March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Great deal for Canadians!

Mike November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

This must be a defect with this net because I had the same issue.
Got the net last summer, went to play with my kids this past weekend and the netting completly fell apart. Tennis balls were breaking holes with ease. I grew up with cheap nets as a kid and they lasted for YEARS!!! The frame of the ez-goal is excellent, but because of the cheap netting and cost of replacement netting, I wouldn’t reccommend it.
Very dissapointed! :(

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Jeremy November 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I haven’t yet found an affordable hockey net that has regulation netting. The only solution is to order regulation hockey mesh and string it on yourself. I ordered fishing net and draped it over the net and that works for me (although it’s not pretty!)

Gage February 25, 2012 at 3:47 pm

When I fold up the goal it always falls down, any solutions.

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JEAN VEILLETTE December 10, 2011 at 6:52 am

Bonjour, j’ai offert ce but de hockey à mon fils en Août 2010. Il s’en est servi un seul hiver. Maintenant, tout le filet se déchire aussi facilement qu’une feuille de papier.

Où puis-je retrouvé un nouveau ensemble complet de filets ?

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Hello, I offered this end hockey with my son in August 2010. He used one winter. Now, while the net is torn as easily as a piece of paper.

Where can I found a new full set of nets?

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Jeremy December 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm

You can contact EZ Goal and they will ship a replacement net, this is common with all mid-priced hockey nets.

Clark Johannson September 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

This net worked really well for the first season then the netting completely disintegrated. I mean my 6 year old was putting holes in the netting with his wrist shot. I’ve spoken with other Dad’s and everyone has the same story. Great product but expect to buy net netting every season which costs about $60 to replace.

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Jeremy September 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I agree, I ordered a BIG fishing net and used that to reinforce the entire net, it works great and I don’t have any problems. The fishing net is cheaper than hockey net but you will have be creative when attaching it to the goal.

Norm September 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

If you have a problem with your net it is less than one year old it is still under warrantee and will be replaced free. You can also order replacement nets from the company at a much lower cost than $60.

Jeremy September 17, 2011 at 7:04 am

Thanks for clearing that up Norm!

TK March 23, 2011 at 4:31 am

Did you say to put the string through each square? That didn’t work too well for me; I assume it’s supposed to be every other square right?

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Jeremy March 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I put it through every other square and I had a lot of string left over, so that is why I suggested hitting every square.

Jeff Paskach February 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for the coupon code on the EZ-Goal. I bought one after demolishing a street hockey goal of lesser quality. There is nothing else like it in the price range it is in. The EZ-Goal is far and away the best value for the dollar. Thanks again!

Jeff

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John August 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm

The rage cage looks pretty sweet. http://www.ragecage.com I’m sick of putting the net we use on top of my car.

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Mark August 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

Question about the Hockey Dryland Tiles and use of the EZ Net.

Will the EZ Net scuff and/or damage the Dryland Tiles?

Regards,

Mark
turnmar100@yahoo.com

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Jeremy August 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

It shouldn’t be a problem, the tiles are pretty tough and don’t scratch too easily. I would recommend just putting the net off the tiles, that way the net is not taking up a lot of room on the tiles, and you get more area to play on.

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