Bauer Supreme Mach Pro Goalie Leg Pads
The Bauer Supreme is considered the “butterfly” style pad in the Bauer line. The Bauer Supreme Mack pad features an all new core called the Shocklite+ core. Bauer has done a tremendous job creating a pad that is rigid with a very active rebound yet the Mach goalie pad does not feel like a stiff piece of steel on your legs. The Supreme Mach pad has an L-Shape design with a single break below the knee that is perfect for a goalie with a medium to wide butterfly. Bauer also uses a CURV Composite material in the thigh rise of the Mach pad which keeps the thigh rise stiff and not does not become prone to becoming soft and sloppy over time.
A new outer skin is another feature of the Mach leg pads. The SL1D3R skin has better slideability for the Mach pad and also has better long term durability. Bauer will continue to use the Stabilislide knee block system on the Mach goalie pads. This one piece knee block that is integrated into the sliding edge of the leg pad is considered to be the best knee block system among many in the goalie community. The Slabilislide knee block has been proven to provide greater stability to the goalie in the butterfly position and also moving laterally in the butterfly slide techniques and also provides a better overall seal to the ice surface. The stock knee wing on the Supreme Mach is removable, so if the goalie prefers the knee strapping to be angled versus behind the knee – this flap can be easily removed. There are four variations of the knee wing that can be custom ordered.
Also new for 2022 is the Calf Support System (C.S.S). This new calf wrap construction includes a calf pillow that provides optimal balance in the lower leg while the goalie is in the various butterfly techniques.
The strapping system on the Bauer Supreme Mach leg pads features the Tune Fit+ system. The Tune Fit+ is an elastic and velcro strapping system that allows the goalie to customize the fit of the pad in a matter of seconds.
Bauer will continue with the popular 120 degree soft boot flex on the Bauer Supreme Mach leg pads.
In the toe area, Bauer will continue to use the bungee cord system from past generations of Vapor and Supreme goalie pads. For years manufactures have used a skate lace to connect the toe of the pad to the toe of the skate. In recent years, after market bungee toe tie products have become very popular because they allow the toe of the pad to stretch from the toe of the skate with an elastic type effect. This stretching and recoiling improves the recovery process and creates more power pushes for the goalie. This toe system also takes pressure off the goalies ankles, knees and hips because it eliminates the quick stop and jerk process that skate lace has when it runs out of slack.
** Please note that Bauer sizing does seem to run smaller then Vaughn and CCM. So if you are a 34+ in a Vaughn or a CCM, more then likely you will be a 35+ in a Bauer. Please reference our goalie sizing guide for proper sizing instructions.
Bauer Supreme Mach Pro Leg Pad Specs:
- Thigh Flex: Stiff (Supreme Mach)
- Knee Block Construction: Stabilislide
- Strapping System: Tune Fit+
- Boot Strap: None
- Toe System: Bungee Toe Tie
- X-Small = 32+
- Small = 33+
- Medium = 34+
- Large = 35+
- XL = 36+
- XXL = 37+
Difference between the Bauer Vapor & Supreme Goalie Pads
The main difference comes down to the Bauer Vapor being a hybrid style goalie pad and the Bauer Supreme being a blocking style or butterfly style goalie pad. The Vapor goalie pad is a softer pad with more horizontal flex and lateral flex while still keeping a stiff face for maximum puck rebound. The Vapor pad has more pre-curve “S” shape to the pad, this allows a goalie with a narrower butterfly technique to opportunity close the five hole completely. The Vapor pad also has a thinner profile compared to a Supreme pad.The boot flex of the Vapor pad is a stock 110 degree versus the stock 120 degree of the Supreme. The Vapor pad comes stock with a Stabiliflex knee block while the Supreme comes stock with the Stabilislide knee block.
The Supreme goalie pad is much more rigid with only one break below the knee, this makes the Supreme pad much stiffer all around. This stiff flex gives the Supreme pad a “L” shape – straight from boot to bottom of the knee and then straight from bottom of the knee to top of the pad. This design is best for a goalie with a wide butterfly technique – an example being a goalie like Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars.