Bauer Vapor 2X Pro Senior Chest Protector

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Bauer Vapor 2X Pro Senior Chest Protector

The Bauer Vapor 2X Pro is an Athletic style chest Protector.

The new Bauer Vapor 2X Pro Senior Chest Protector provides a plethora of new features that will help you become the wall in net that you should be. Nothing will slow you down with these new features which include a Dynamic 3 FLEX system providing the goaltender with greater flexibility and an increased range of motion. The Vapor 2X Chest Protector also features the Arc Adjustment System that provides additional adjustability in the front and back of the chest protector giving you the absolutely perfect fit. In the Bauer Vapor 2X Chest Protector, you’ll also notice the Extension Fit system that allows you to adjust the length to your desired fit for optimal protection!

The Bauer Vapor 2X Chest Protector along with the entire line of 2019 Bauer Vapor chest protectors is probably the biggest surprise to us at Goalies Plus.  The Vapor 2X has the combination weight, protection and maneuverability in this unit.  The Vapor 2X Pro chest has a contoured shoulder design that provides maximum protection while also allowing for the most mobility possible.  The sternum area of the 2X Pro Chest Protector uses Curv Composite material which provides a very strong and durable layer of protection.  Moving on to the stomach area, the 2X pro uses high density HD foams which are segmented in three sections.  This creates the mobility a goalie desires along with the protection that a goalie needs.  Bauer also uses a Fast Strap system in the stomach/rib area to tighten the unit to the goalies body.  Unlike conventional chest protectors, the Vapor 2X chest protector does not use clips to attach the unit, the Fast Strap is simply pulled on both sides of the body and this secures the unit to the body.  The arms of the Vapor 2X pro chest protector are extremely mobile and with the use of the Curv Composite in the forearm and bicep area which creates a superior level of protection.  The arms also have the Dynamic 3 flex system in the elbow floaters which create a full range of motion in the arms.  Goalies can bend their arms and straighten their arms with an ease of movement that is generally not seen in most goalie chest protectors.  In the wrist area, Bauer added a removable pad on the glove side (which can be moved to the right arm for full right goalies).  This pad adds a layer of protection in the wrist area that is commonly exposed between the goalies catch glove and bottom of the chest protector arm.

Bauer Vapor 2X Pro Senior Chest Protector Features

  • Dynamic 3 FLEX system provides a better range of motion
  • Arc Adjust System allows for a custom fit in the front and back
  • Extension fit system to adjust the length
  • Available in two custom colors: Black and Blue, Black and Red
  • Senior Small Size: 5″3″ to 5’6″
  • Senior Medium Size: 5’6″ to 5’9″
  • Senior Large Size: 5’9″ to 6’1″

Athletic Style (Hybrid) Vs. Blocking Style (Coverage) Chest Protectors

There are two basic designs in the goalie market in regards to chest protectors. These are based on the two types of styles that goalies play – hybrid and coverage. The hybrid goalie needs a more athletic style chest protector that allows him/her to move freely and maximize their agility. These units contour around the body with little to no gaps. The shoulder floaters are also smaller and form around the goalie in a more natural manner. Arms and elbow guards move freely and do not bind up, allowing for maximum mobility. The big upside to having an athletic style chest protector is the movement and freedom these provide. The downside to the athletic style chest is a decrease in size and materials. Now we are not saying they are not protective because most chest protectors are built to a very high standard and are have great protection qualities. However to make something move better you have to take something away and by doing this there will obviously be less material. We can say honestly that athletic chest protectors are extremely protective and the added materials in the blocking style are more about taking up space then adding protection.

The blocking style chest protectors are built for the coverage goalies that like to play big and take up as much space in the net as possible. The shoulder floaters are much wider and usually have multiple layers. The arm and elbow guards are also flared wider to take up as much space as possible. The blocking style chest protector tends to have more gaps and extra space on the goalies body because of the extra size. The upside to the blocking style chest protectors is the extra space it takes up. These chest protectors can easily make the shoulder width of a goalie four to six inches wider compared to an athletic style chest protector. Also, since the arms and elbow are bigger, there are less gaps for the puck to squeeze between the goalies body and arms. The downside to these blocking style units is the lack of movement. Because of the extra bulk, movement can be compromised. You can’t have the best of both worlds, if you make it bigger it will take away mobility.