Bauer S21 950 Senior Goalie Mask – 2021 Model
New for 2021 is the Bauer S21 950 Goalie Mask. Not to be confused with the 950X Goalie Mask, the 2021 edition has many new features. Starting with sizing, the S21 950 comes in three sizes – Small, Medium & Large (as opposed to two sizes in the 950X). The small would be the new size with the medium fitting the same as the previous generation Small/Medium and the Large fitting the same as the previous generation Medium/Large.
Another new feature on the Bauer S21 950 Goal Mask is the Power Core Shell. This shell is a pro level shell that can be uses at very high levels of play. This shell is a combination of a composite woven material, advanced glass reinforcement and carbon fiber epoxy.
The foams on the S21 950 are also new to this model. Bauer added more Poron liner material in the cheek and forehead area for better protection and an increased overall comfort level. The liner is also channeled for increased airflow throughout the mask which allows the goalies head to stay cooler during play. A stretch spandex chin cup has also been added on the 2021 model for increased comfort in the chin area.
The Bauer S21 950 mask comes standard with a stainless steel cage. The cage has been designed for better sight lines and better overall vision.
The Bauer S21 950 Goalie Mask is a high mid-level mask. Recommended 3 to 5 uses per week.
Bauer Profile 950 Goalie Mask Features:
- Model Year: 2021
- Certification: HECC Certified
- Backplate: Occipital Support featuring Poron
- Chin Cup: Elite Chin Cup With Elastic Stretch Strap
- Harness: Pro five point harness attachment
- Liner: Airflow Liner With PORON XRD on Cheeks & IX Foam
- Shell: Power Core Shell
- Wire Cage: Stainless steel with new vision design
- Small: 20.5in. to 21.5in.
- Small/Medium 21.5in. to 22.75in.
- Medium/Large 22.5 to 23.5
- 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.