Bauer S20 Supreme 3s Intermediate Goalie Leg Pads
The Supreme 3S Goal Pad has pro level technology but at the second price point. It features the Butterfly assist calf pillow for comfort and support. This combination of an added calf pillow and ridge on the calf plate gives the goalie added stability and ice seal in the butterfly. There’s a151 degree core flex to give a defined shape and a Connect flex 125 degree boot flex for better movement. New this year is Tunefit Connect strapping,which locks the knee in with a removable strap to provide more stability in the butterfly. Finally, there’s Curv composite that’s reinforced tightly with Cortech ST on the knee and a calf plate to assist sliding.
The Bauer Supreme 3s is considered the blocking or “butterfly” style pad in the Bauer line. Make no mistake on the Supreme 3s goalie leg pad, it is a very stiff pad. We would probably rate the Supreme 3s as the stiffest pad that we sell. So if you are looking for that stiff style pad with a very active rebound, the 3s is probably the best pad you can purchase.
Looking at some of the features of the new 3s goal pads, we will start at the knee. An adjustable outer knee wing is stock on the 3s pad, so if a goalie like a tighter or more loose knee channel – it is easy to make this adjustment. The knee block itself has a square design to help seal the internal butterfly coverage. The Tune Fit strapping system comes with a control strap just above the calf. The control strap is becoming more and more popular with most of the manufactures. This is because the new style elastic strapping that everyone is using allows for a lot of stretch from the goalies leg to the goal pad, probably too much. The control strap keeps the pad closer to the goalies leg without compromising pad rotation. This allows for maximum performance while adding a safety measure. The calf area utilizes an internal elastic strap and an external elastic strap. A calf pillow comes standard on the 3s goal pad which adds stability and support to the lower leg area while in the butterfly technique. The boot area of the Supreme 3s goal pad has a 125 degree flex which allows for a good range of motion on the boot and ankle area. This is very important in the recovery process for a goaltender. The toe area will continue to use an offset bungee attachment system that has been standard on previous Supreme and Vapor goalie pads.
Another item of consideration with Bauer intermediate sizes goal pads is the width factor. The Bauer Supreme 3s Intermediate goal pad is ten inches wide in all three sizes (Small, Medium & Large). This is a bit narrower at the Medium (31in.) and Large (32in.) compared to other manufactures. It is definitely something to consider when buy an intermediate pad. Some very tall thin goalies prefer the narrow pad while other prefer the slightly wider versions.
The Bauer Supreme 3s is a high mid-level pad. Recommended for A thru AAA travel hockey levels.
Bauer S20 Supreme 3s Senior Goalie Leg Pads Features:
- Model Year: 2020
- Knee Construction: Square knee block plus CORTECH ST landing
- Strapping: Tune Fit Connect system
- Leg Channel: Butterfly assist calf pillow
- Boot Flex: Connect Flex 125 degree
- Core: 151 degree core with one flex below the knee
- Toe: Offset bungee toe attachment
- Material: CORETECH ST
- Calf Plate: Stable Plate + CORTECH ST
- Knee Wing: Adjustable width
- Boot Strap: Included as an accessory
- Width: 10in. wide
- Small = 30+
- Medium = 31+
- Large = 32+
Difference between the Bauer Vapor & Supreme Goalie Pads
The main difference comes down to the Bauer Vapor 2X being a hybrid style goalie pad and the Bauer Supreme 3s 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 to the entire pad, this allows a goalie with a narrower butterfly technique to opportunity close the five hole completely. The Supreme 3s goalie pad is much more rigid with only one break below the knee, this makes the Supreme pad much stiffer all around. From the bottom of the knee up, this is very little curve in the Supreme pad, so this is best used by a goalie with a wide butterfly technique – an example being a goalie like Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars. Both series come with a fully adjustable strapping system and the ability to add or remove a boot strap.