he Bauer Vapor X2.7 Junior Goalie Blocker is recommended for Rec thru AA travel hockey levels.
Bauer Vapor X2.7 Junior Goalie Blocker
The Bauer Vapor X2.7 junior blocker is the hybrid or athletic style series from Bauer. With the Vapor series, the gear is made too be softer and move easier with the goalie, especially for a young goalie the extra flexibility is a huge asset. For the parent of a young goalie, price and quality are very important factors. We feel that Bauer has done a very nice job over the past few years of providing young goalies great performing gear at a great price point. The Bauer Vapor X2.7 junior blocker is an excellent blocker that has the protection and features needed without adding too much bulk. The X2.7 Blocker is a one piece blocking board which allows for better overall stability and better puck deflection when blocking the puck to the corner. For a young goalie learning to stick handle, having a blocker that can balance and function properly is vital.
Goalies Plus would like to point out that the Bauer Vapor X2.7 Junior Blocker is on the smaller spectrum of junior goalie blockers. Junior blockers can either be on the larger side of the junior category or the smaller side. We have found the Bauer Vapor X2.7 junior blocker is definitely on the smaller side with a perimeter of 32 inches (compared to a CCM junior blocker with a 34 inch perimeter).
Bauer Vapor X2.7 Junior Goalie Blocker Features:
- Maximum coverage and side hand protection
- Soft nash palm
- Free Flex cuff
- Regular – Blocker goes on the right hand
- Full Right – Blocker goes on the left hand
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 goalie 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.