The Bauer NME8 Goalie Mask is a high mid-level mask. Recommended 3 to 5 uses per week.
Bauer NME8 Goalie Mask
The Bauer NME8 Goalie Mask is a very popular selling goalie mask. It has the looks of the pro Bauer mask which is worm by over half of the NHL. The NME8 also has a very good protection rating because of the aramid fiber and carbon construction. This mask also uses a three level foam protection which is mechanically attached. The three layers of VN foams absorbs impacts from head shots, while fitting comfortably on your head with gel comfort zones. There are three sizes to the NME8 masks, Fit 1 = Small, Fit 2 = Medium & Fit 3 + Large. A padded mask bag is also included on each NME8 mask sale. For price, style and protection – the NME8 is definitely a mask that is worth consideration for anyone serious about protecting their head.
Bauer NME8 Goalie Mask
- SHELL: Fiberglass base; Aramid fiber reinforcement; Vibration dampening tape; Carbon edge wrap reduces chipping
- LINER: Mechanically attached liner; 3 layers of VN foam; Soft comfort padding in pressure zones; THERMO MAX + sweatband
- WIRE: Stainless steel flat wire; Wire wrap technology
- ALSO INCLUDED: Padded mask bag & Extra sweatband
Goalie Mask Construction
Goalies Plus is very particular about the kind of masks we sell, we feel there are good masks on the market today and unsafe masks on the market today. Our pro level masks and high mid-level masks are all glass lay-up shells with either carbon or Kevlar reinforcement. These types of masks are very rigid, when a shot hits the goalies mask – the mask is solid enough to deflect about 90 to 95 percent shots away from the head without any or minimal shell flex. What this means is the mask shell will not flex towards the goalies head under impact. Under extreme impact, the mask will actually start to crack and disperse the shock away from the goalies head. This dispersion keeps the mask from flexing in towards the goalies head. The glass lay-up masks are also very rigid so if you try to squeeze the mask at the ears, it will have very minimal flex. This is very important if a larger player falls on the goalie. The rigidness of the mask helps minimize the risk of a compression concussion. These types of masks start in the price range of $ 350.00 and go up from there based on features. We feel that this is a very sound investment for any goalie. Even at a recreational level, a beginner or low level player can still get a hold of a shot by dumb luck, better to be safe then sorry in our opinion.
Now for the other type of mask construction – plastic injected masks. You will hear terms like polycarbonate or other fancy terms but the reality is these mask are built in a mold by plastic injection. There are claims of these shells being crack resistant or holding up better under hammer or puck shooting machine tests. These are actually true, a plastic injected mask generally will not crack; however the problem of shock transfer to the head is increased dramatically in our opinion. Plastic injected masks do not break – they bend, when it bends the impact is transferred back through the goalies head. This is our opinion and we feel this makes a very dangerous situation for a goalie has the impact transfers from the shell through the foam and onto the head. Also, when you squeeze the ear areas together, there is a huge amount of flex. If a larger player falls on a goalie, this can create a compression concussion. Sometimes at a youth or junior level, there may not be an option for a higher level mask so a goalie may have to choose a plastic injected mask. However at the senior sizes, there are plenty of safer options. Again these are our opinions about goalie masks and we feel confident that our customers are being given the proper information to make an educated decision on their head protection.
This product is warranted against defects in manufacturing and workmanship per the following terms:
Warranty – 90 days from the consumer date of purchase
Who Should I Contact?
If it is within 90 days of your purchase, please return to the retailer where you purchased your item for assistance with warranty. While warranty exceptions are unlikely, if it has been more than 90 days since your purchase and you have the original receipt from an authorized BAUER dealer, you may contact us via email: U.S.: Warranty.US@bauer.com