Brian’s Optik X3 Intermediate Goalie Leg Pads
The new Brian’s Optik X3 Intermediate goalie leg pads are designed for a high level (generally teenage) goalie looking for top level performance. The Brian’s X3 are made for youth goalies playing A thru AAA travel levels. Based on the very popular Brian’s Optik 3 graphic, the X3 provides a pro level look at intermediate sizing.
The Brian’s X3 goes to a thinned-out profile for 2023 with no break in the vertical roll. Since the profile has been thinned out, no break is necessary to add flexibility. A pre-molded s-shape allows the Optik X3 to seal the five hole for goalies that have narrower and medium width butterfly coverage. Generally younger goalies need more flexibility in their pads since they are smaller therefore making everything more compacted compared to a taller adult goalie. The more compacted a goalie gets, the harder it gets to move. Therefore, a pad with more flexibility is needed at these younger ages.
On the inside of the pad, Brian’s uses the very popular primo material on the inner edges. The primo inner edge provides improved slidability and makes lateral movements while in the various butterfly techniques much easier with less effort. The inner binding on the Optik X3 has also been recessed to reduce friction.
Another feature of the Optik X3 leg pads is the Smart Cord bungee toe tie system. Gone is the big, clunky elastic straps that Brian’s used in the past. This style (cord) tow tie allows for maximum flexibility and attach angle while the goalie is in their butterfly techniques. The cord can be adjusted to any skate size.
The X3 has a slightly wider than average leg channel. The leg channel can be custom fitted with adjustable elastic straps in the knee and calf areas. The foot scoop of the Brian’s X3 leg pads utilizes a softer boot which allows goalies a great range of motion while in recovery movements and general skating movements. This added range of motion has become extremely popular over the past few years. The Optik X3 comes with a Smart Boot strap under the heel. This nylon webbing design is very user friendly with a velcro design that allows the goalies to secure and take off in seconds.
Brian’s Optik X3 Goalie Leg Pads Features:
- Model Year: 2023
- Pad Face: Flat / Laceless
- Outer Roll: Streamlined
- Toe Taper: 80 Degree
- Sliding Edge: Primo
- Calf Strapping: Optik 2 Style Calf Wrap
- Knee Strapping: Dual Option Knee Strap
- Knee Flare: Removable
- Smart Boot: Made with a high-grade nylon commonly used in seat belts. The boot strap is fully adjustable allowing the goalie to find their preferred set up without fear of stretching or breakage that is common on traditional leather straps.
- Smart Cord: Bungee cord toe tie system replaces the old thick elastic straps used on older Brian’s models