The Bauer Supreme S190 Intermediate Goalie Blocker is recommended for A thru AAA travel hockey levels.
Bauer Supreme S190 Intermediate Goalie Blocker
New for 2016 is the Bauer Supreme S190 Intermediate Goalie Blocker. The Supreme series is the maximum coverage “butterfly” style series from Bauer. For a highly competitive young adult who has not quite reached senior or pro sized gear yet, the 190 intermediate blocker has all the features of the Supreme 1s blocker without the Curv composite in the blocker board and a different palm material. For as quickly as goalies grow out of intermediate gear, the S190 gives the specs needed to succeed while providing a price tag reasonable for the goalie parent. The S190 intermediate blocker has great finger protection, maximum side wall coverage and is extremely light and well balanced. Coverage style blockers tend to have a tighter fit in the palm and finger stalls while the hybrid style blocker tends to have more room in the palm and finger stalls. The Supreme S190 being a coverage style blocker has a tighter fit in the palm.
Bauer Supreme S190 Intermediate Goalie Blocker Features
- XRD® Foam reinforced fingers
- Maximum coverage and side hand protection
- Soft nash palm with extra layer of reinforcement
Is A Blocker Just A Blocker?
Many times you will here the phrase – a blocker is just a blocker. What does this mean? Well if you took it literally, it would mean that all blockers are basically the same and it really doesn’t matter what blocker you are using. I know when I here this phrase it drives me crazy as goalie. Just like most things goalie these days, you have two styles of gear; a coverage style and a hybrid style. The hybrid goalie generally likes a more wide open cuff, more contour on the blocker board and a palm to maximize mobility and agility. The coverage style goalie likes a flatter board with a tighter palm for a more secure and stiff feel. Another key aspect of blockers is weight. It is important to realize that on the right side of the goalies body (for a regular handed goalie), the goalie is wearing a blocker and holding a stick. On the left side of the body the goalie only has a glove. This makes the goalies body off centered because of the weight difference and the goalie must counter act this difference to get a correct center of gravity. By reducing the weight of the blocker, you are reducing the difference in the center of gravity therefore making the goalie more naturally balanced. Another key aspect is stick handling. Goalies are getting better and better every year with stick handling. Since the level of training and coaching in goaltending has gone up so much in the past ten years, sometimes the difference between making a team and not making a team can be stick handling. Since the blocker hand is the dominant hand while stick handling, have the right blocker is extremely important.
Sizing Differences: Youth, Junior & Intermediate
Many parents do not understand the sizing terms used in goalie equipment. Youth, junior and intermediate are often confused as too which term goes with which age group. We will explain the differences to help eliminate any errors in the ordering process. Youth goalie gear is the smallest on the market. This is generally for your five year to eight year old goalies. Youth gear is generally less expensive and not made with high quality materials. Higher quality materials and foams at a youth level pose two issues. One; they are too stiff for a small goalie to move around and two; the goalie will outgrow the gear before they even break it in. Therefore it is ok to have lesser quality at the youth goalie gear age group. The junior goalie equipment is for the eight year to the twelve year old goalie. This again is not made with the highest quality materials. The quality is certainly better then the youth gaolie gear however the need for flexibility and movement outweighs the need for high end materials that will last several years. In the junior level gear, specs are more defined and equipment is made with performance in mind. Generally junior goalie equipment will have a lot of performance features that will be found in higher level gear. Lastly is the intermediate level goalie equipment. Intermediate gear is generally for eleven to fourteen year old goalies or even smaller adults. This gear generally uses higher density foams and higher quality materials. Goalies in this age group put a lot of wear and tear on their gear so manufactures need to build it accordingly. Everything about intermediate gear is made with higher level performance features and extra protection features. Players at this age group are playing faster and shooting harder therefore the goalie gear needs to be better as well.
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