Brian’s Optik 3 Pro Goalie Pants
After a brief halt in production, the Brian’s Optik 3 goalie pant is now available. This is a domestic made, high end pro level goalie pant. This pant is made to take up space in the net while also being extremely protective and flexible. With a dual belt system – one internally and one on the outside, this goalie pant can accommodate a chest protector that is tucked in or worn out and over the pant.
A primo material has been added to the bottom of the pants to help with durability. This bottom area has a lot of friction because of pad overlay and knee pads worn under the pant. The primo material adds a layer of durability not seen in other pants.
Brian’s Optik 3 Pro Goalie Pant:
- Model Year: 2023
- Made in Canada
- Leg Profile: SQUARED MAX COVERAGE
- Belt System: DUAL (INTERNAL/EXTERNAL)
- Thigh Pads: FIXED
- Frontal Fins: SQUARED / SEGMENTED
- Pant Liner: AIRKNIT
Pant/Chest Protector Combinations – Tucked In vs. Over The Pant
Tucked In – Some goalies prefer to tuck his or her chest protector into their goalie pant. When using this method, the suspenders will need to be worn over the chest protector. You will notice a little tab on the lower middle center portion of the chest protector. This tab will allow the goalie who tucks their chest protector in the ability to tie it into the pant. You can either use the pant belt to run through the tab or use skate lace string to tie it onto the chest protector. This keeps the chest protector from pulling out of the pant and becoming uncomfortable and out of position during play. Most goalies who use the tucked in method generally like to buy their pants one size too big for the extra room needed.
Over The Pant – Some goalies prefer to place the chest protector over the pant. When using this method, the suspenders will need to be worn under the chest protector. Although there is nothing wrong with this method and it is quite common, there is one problem with the over the pant method. Since the chest protector does not sit flush on the goalie’s stomach in this method, an air pocket is created. In the event of a very hard shot to this area, the air pocket gap closes very quickly and can cause bruising or the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you.
Sizing A Goalie Pant
Goalie pants can be a difficult item to size because many people do not understand how a goalie pant should truly fit. Goalie pants; unlike player pants should be worn loose. Even though all goalie pants come with waist belts, these generally are not enough to keep goalie pants from falling down. Suspenders should be used to keep the pant at the desired level on the goalie’s waist and knee. Pants should hang approximately to the top of the goalie’s knee cap. A big mistake made when buying goalie pants is thinking the pants should be worn like every day shorts or player pants. Because of the flexibility needed to play the goalie position, there is a need for the pants to be at least somewhat big. This does not mean they should look like a clown pant on the goalie, but they should not fit tight around the waist either. Once a goalie goes into his or her stance, a tight pant will become uncomfortable and may be restrictive. Goalie pants have been a big topic of debate because NHL goalies do generally wear their pants three to four sizes too big. The reason for doing this is to take up coverage space in the net. Goalie pants are one of the last items goalies can wear oversized – however this may change very soon.