Brian’s G-Netik 8.0 Intermediate Goalie Leg Pads
The engineers at Brian’s redoubled their efforts to create a high quality and affordable leg pad. The G-Netik 8.0 offers a flat-faced pad with awesome durability. The ease of use is at the forefront, and Brian’s “Smart Strap” design is one of, if not the best in the industry. Goalies can easily strap on the G-Netik 8.0 without worry that the pad will shift during gameplay.
The look of the G-Netik 8.0 varies from all previous G-Netik pads because it now has a flat face design instead of incorporating the traditional knee rolls. The flat face design has caused a bit of confusion between the Sub-Zero line and the new 2017 G-Netik lines. Even though the look is very similar between the two pads, the way they play is completely different. The G-Netik line still plays like a softer, hybrid style pad with a lot of flexibility and lateral flex. The Sub-Zero line is a much stiffer face that is used more by the coverage (butterfly) style goalie. The Sub-Zero does not have near the amount of flexibility that the G-Netik line has. We feel that is is important to understand the differences in the two lines so the potential customer can choose the appropriate pad for their playing style
Brian’s G-Netik 8.0 series offers a more affordable option without compromising quality spec’s. The G-Netik 8.0 pads feature an external double knee break for increased flexibility. This shuts down the 5-hole more easily. The stock Smart Strap system comes standard, but the pads provide the option of using traditional leather belts. Brian’s takes advantage of the maximum IIHF size for the knee block. This elevates the goaltender in the butterfly while limiting stress on the lower body.
Brian’s G-Netik 8.0 Goalie Leg Pads Features
- Smart Straps – Features Brian’s original Smart Strap system, providing unmatched comfort and adaptability.
- Synthetic Knee Cradle – Full synthetic knee cradle provides superior durability and improves pad rotation.
- Double Break – Double break outer roll for increased pad flexibility.
- Available in White/Red, White/Blue and White/Black.
Choosing The Correct Intermediate Goalie Leg Pads
Parents have a difficult job when purchasing new goalie pads for a younger goalie. They want to get the best gear they can to help their child fulfill their potential. They also don’t want gear that the goalie will grow out of right away. Finding that balance can be very difficult, however the goalie manufactures do a very nice job keeping most youth, junior and intermediate goalie pads on par with each other price wise and generally quality wise. You will not see wildly different price ranges in these three younger categories. The decision of what goalie pad to buy really comes down to what type of goalie they are and their particular style of play. Most hybrid goalies – meaning goalies that tend to make saves with several different methods and techniques generally like goalie pads with extra breaks and knee rolls on the face of the pad. This allows the pad to be more flexible and move with the goalie easier in these different motions. Most butterfly oriented goalies tend to like flat face pads which tend to be more stiff and help utilize the butterfly technique. Although the butterfly is not a style of play but rather a technique, goalies are generally categorized as a butterfly goalie if they use this method on the majority of saves they make. These simple suggestions can go a long way in determining what type of pad to purchase for a young goalie.