CCM Extreme Flex E5.5 Junior Goalie Leg Pads – Double Break
Goalies Plus is bring the Flex back the Extreme Flex with our E5.5 Special Edition junior leg pads. The stock Extreme Flex 5.5 comes with a single break below the knee with an extremely stiff profile from this break to the top of the pad. This made it almost impossible for a goalie with a narrow or medium with butterfly to get full closure in this position. Also by having this stiff upper profile, it took away lateral flex from the pads. Vertical flex and lateral flex are the two major flexes needed for a hybrid style goalie. We spoke to CCM concerning these issues and it was their opinion that goalies want an extremely stiff upper portion of the pad. However this opinion is mainly based on their focus groups. These focus groups are generally made up of high level college, junior and pro goalies who do not need the extra flexibility. We feel based on what we have seen with goalies wearing the Extreme Flex 4.5 series in our retail store and the tremendous success of the Vaughn Velocity Double Break series, there is a large number of goalies that need the extra flexibility of the double break to perform at their peak performance.
With junior leg pads, we feel the double break is particularly necessary. As foams are shortened and made for smaller pads, they tend to get stiffer (just as cutting down a stick makes the stick flex stiffer). So in the smaller sizes of pads, the pad stiffness can become extremely stiff – too stiff – which binds the goalie up and they cannot move. Smaller goalies need more flexibility, not less – so we feel that the double break especially helps younger goalies perform and move at their best.
The double break allows for increased flexibility and greater lateral flex (more independent flexibility of the pad – top, middle and bottom). By having more lateral flex in the pads, the goalie has greater control and more natural movements compared to a stiffer version. Another reason we went with the double break was the increase coverage in the butterfly technique. A hybrid goalie considers themselves a hybrid for many reasons; size, mobility, body limitations, etc. A very common characteristic of a hybrid goalie is a narrow to medium width butterfly technique. Since a hybrid goalie will still utilize the butterfly technique, it is important that the pad can do its part. By having the double break on the pads, even a narrow width goalie can still perform a butterfly technique with full closure. Without the additional break in the pad, there is a possibility that the hybrid goalie will leave a gap in their five hole because the pads will not wrap around enough and seal the five hole area.
There are some very noticeable new features to the Extreme Flex E5.5 series on the front side of the pad. Starting with the new knee roll design, CCM has created a uniquely shaped molded knee roll utilize the new CONTROL Knee Roll technology. This technology provides a better seal to the ice in the butterfly position while adding a level of rebound control in the knee area that is unique to the Extreme Flex E5.5 pad. The core of the Extreme Flex 5 pad will use the DUAL1TECORE which is extremely lightweight and built to provide better lateral flex in the lower portion of the pad. This core is known for the explosive rebound is creates when the puck rebounds of the shin area. The boot area will have a 90 degree boot with the softer feel that most goalies prefer for quicker and easier recoveries from the butterfly position. CCM will again use the popular Speedskin on the out layer of the E5.5 junior pads. The Speedskin material is known for its enhanced slidability when the goalie is moving side to side – especially on bad ice surfaces. The E5.5 junior leg pad will also come stock with a bungee style toe tie system.
Moving to the backside of the Extreme Flex 5.5 pads, you will notice the tight and deep fit that is obtained through the Quick Motion Strapping System (QMSS). The QMSS system keeps the pad tight to the goalie leg which provides better feel and performance for the hybrid style goalie. The knee and landing area of the Extreme Flex E5.5 pad will continue to use the Nylon/PE Foam with a raised inner edge stabilizer. This knee design has been known for its excellent pad seal and stability with maximum impact absorption. The knee cradle will also continue to use the same design as the previous generation Extreme Flex 4.5 series. The knee cradle will feature recessed foam with removable knee cradle wrap which will help seal the 5-hole in the butterfly technique.
CCM Extreme Flex E5.5 Junior Goalie Leg Pads Features:
Model Year: 2021
Graphic: Exclusive colorways to Goalies Plus
Backing Material: Goalies Plus choose to keep the entire backside material of the pad black to avoid colors bleeding or sweat stains.
Thigh Rise: All Special Edition Junior Pads will come standard with a +1 thigh rise.
Double Break: The Special Edition Extreme Flex E5.5 junior pads will come with a double break on the outer roll below and above the knee.
Pad Face: CONTROL Knee Rolls. Minimized knee rolls provide more predictable rebounds while maintaining flexibility.
Core Construction: DUAL1TECORE Technology. Lightweight dual flex profile for quicker transition into butterfly.
Knee Blocker & Landing Area: Recessed foam with removable knee wing.
Knee Cradle: Deep Soft. Added mobility and feel between the skate and pad.
Strapping System: Deep, Tight Fit with QMSS. Responsive feel for optimal reactivity and connection with the leg.
Bungee Toe Tie: The CCM Extreme Flex 5.5 junior goalie pad comes stock with a bungee toe tie system. 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.
Boot Flex: Deep 90-Degree with Torsional Flex and Bungee Toe String System. Enhanced connectivity and flexibility for power pushes.
Boot Channel: Deep Soft. Added mobility and feel between the skate and pad.
Outer Material: Speedskin for increase ease and speed in the butterfly slide technique.