Bauer Vapor HYPERLITE 2 Pro Goalie Leg Pads
The Bauer Vapor HYP2RLITE is considered the hybrid style pad in the Bauer line. The Vapor HYP2RLITE pad has a great pre-curved “s” shape that allows just about any goalie to seal the five hole. Goalies with a narrow and medium butterfly width can use the Vapor pads and know they can still perform at the highest level. Bauer also uses a CURV Composite material in the thigh rise which keeps the thigh rise stiff and not does not become prone to becoming soft and sloppy over time. The Vapor HYP2RLITE goalie pad also has good lateral flex which again is ideal for the hybrid style goalie as the pad will move more independently (top, middle and bottom) compared to a stiffer blocking style pad. The boot of the Bauer Vapor HYP2RLITE pad uses a stock 110 degree break. Again this is the softest boot Bauer offers and it provides the most mobility possible.
The 2023 Vapor HYP2RLITE pad will continue to use the Stabiliflex knee block system. This Stabiliflex knee block system has been proven to provide greater stability to the goalie in the butterfly position and also moving laterally in the butterfly slide techniques. The Stabiliflex also provides a better overall seal to the ice surface. The stock knee wing on the Vapor HYP2RLITE is removable, so if the goalie prefers the knee strapping to be angled versus behind the knee – this flap can be easily removed.
The HYP2RLITE will use an updated balance plate located on the inner calf area of the pad. The balance plate creates a stable surface for the lower leg to rest on while in the different butterfly techniques. The new calf plate for 2023 will use a single bracket design for better mobility compared to the past version.
The skin and core of the Bauer Vapor HYP2RLITE has also been updated for 2023. Bauer has introduced the SL1D3R material for the Supreme Mach in 2022, it will now be used on the 2023 HYP2RLITE pad. This material has better durability then previous generations.
The strapping system on the Bauer Vapor HYP2RLITE pads will feature a new Tune Fit strapping system which will attempt to bring a tighter and more connective feel of the pad to the goalie’s leg.
In the toe area, Bauer will continue to use the bungee cord system from past generations of Vapor and Supreme goalie pads. For years manufactures have used a skate lace to connect the toe of the pad to the toe of the skate. In recent years, after market bungee toe tie products have become very popular because they allow the toe of the pad to stretch from the toe of the skate with an elastic type effect. This stretching and recoiling improves the recovery process and creates more power pushes for the goalie. This toe system also takes pressure off the goalies ankles, knees and hips because it eliminates the quick stop and jerk process that skate lace has when it runs out of slack.
Bauer Vapor HYPERLITE 2 Pro Leg Pad Features::
- Model Year: 2023
- Calf Plate: Hybrid Calf Support System- single calf bracket for stable mobility
- Knee Landing: Stabili-Grip Knee Landing to help keep the knee centered on the block
- Strapping: Tune Fit Strap System (1060213) featuring new lower calf strap for leg connectivity
- Boot Flex: FREE-FLEX 110 Degree Boot (Soft for Flexible Feel)
- Toe Attachment: Centered Elastic Toe System
- Knee Block: STABILIFLEX Knee Block to limit over-rotation with some flexibility
- Flex Core: REBOUND BOOST CORE (Soft) + THIN geometry for full leg connection + CURV Stiff Thigh
- Material: SL1D3R skin for lightweight, slideability and fast rebounds
- X-Small = 32+
- Small = 33+
- Medium = 34+
- Large = 35+
- XL = 36+
- XXL = 37+
- *** Bauer pads tend to run smaller compared to Vaughn, True & CCM ***
Difference between the Bauer Vapor & Supreme Goalie Pads
The main difference comes down to the Bauer Vapor being a hybrid style goalie pad and the Bauer Supreme 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 “S” shape to the pad, this allows a goalie with a narrower butterfly technique to opportunity close the five hole completely. The Vapor pad also has a thinner profile compared to a Supreme pad. The boot flex of the Vapor pad is a stock 110 degree versus the stock 125 degree of the Supreme. The Vapor pad comes stock with a Stabiliflex knee block while the Supreme comes stock with the Stabilislide knee block.
The Supreme goalie pad is much more rigid with only one break below the knee, this makes the Supreme pad much stiffer all around. This stiff flex gives the Supreme pad a “L” shape – straight from boot to bottom of the knee and then straight from bottom of the knee to top of the pad. This design is best for a goalie with a wide butterfly technique – an example being a goalie like Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars.