Brand new for 2020, Vaughn Custom Sports is proud to unleash their newest version of their Velocity Line, the Vaughn Velocity V9 Junior Goalie Leg Pads.
With the Velocity line being the most accomplished and successful line of butterfly oriented pads in the last 20 years, Vaughn has made specific and key changes to the V9 Junior pads to enhance their visual look, slide and overall performance on the ice.
Starting with the graphic, the V9 leg pad features sharp and distinct lines to create a tall visual look. The inside edge is strategically built with Vaughn’s QuickSlide material which is visually and physically different from regular synthetic jenpro. This inside edge has also been reinforced with harder foams. With these harder foams and QuickSlide material, it creates one of the best slides that any Vaughn pad has ever had.
Internally, Vaughn has stiffened up the core of the pad, so the pad sits consistently on the goalie’s body over time. With this stiffer core, goalie’s do not need to worry about the pad shrinking as they will get the proper fit and feel throughout the entire life of the pads. The stiffer core also helps with kick rebounds out further than before. This will ultimately help the goalie get rebounds safely to the corner and out of danger.
Moving to the top of the pad, the thigh rise has been overly squared to help seal the five hole perfectly on the ice. The top binding has been reshaped and slightly recessed to help closure in the butterfly. While this might be a minor detail, it helps prevent the pads from poking into one another without losing coverage. The outer roll has been dramatically lowered in height to further aid in the closure of the five hole and even save weight. With the lower profile outer roll, the goalie can keep their stick closer to the pads.
On the back of the pads, there have been a lot of little changes which ultimately provide a large advantage to the goalie, a better feeling pad on the leg. At the knee cradle, there is new MSH3 material to help provide grip on the knee landing area, so the goalies knee does not slide around in specific movements. The MSH3 also has better durability than other nylon materials as it is more resistant to wear and Velcro. The outer knee cradle is still removable to provide the goalie the option to run the knee elastic across the knee or down to the calf.
Within the leg channel on the V9 leg pads, there are new materials which are designed to be more durable and resistant to wear over time. The calf wraps have been redesigned to better fit the goalies anatomical shape of their leg. Combined with this shape, there is a new calf pillow on the inside to provide support when the goalies in the butterfly. Yes, this pad comes without leather or nylon straps as there are specific elastic straps at and above the calf to securely hold the goalie’s leg in the pad.
Down at the boot, there is a new shape on the inside calf to help protect the foot and boot strap. This is meant to reduce wear further provide support to the goalie when in the butterfly. Finally, the goalie will find elastic toe ties and an elastic boot strap which helps keep the pad tight on the foot while still allowing the proper amount of movement in and out of certain movements.
Lastly, there are other notable changes to the outer edge of the pad. The entire outer gusset has been thinned out to create a lightweight build and provide a better seal on the goalie’s body. To close off the entire build, the thinner outer gusset provides the perfect flex that today’s butterfly goalie needs.
If you are an intermediate-level goaltender looking for the best version of the Velocity pad to date, with domestic inspired materials and designs, look no further than the Vaughn Velocity V9 Junior Goalie Leg Pads.