CCM YFlex Chest & Arm Protector
The CCM Yflex youth chest and arm protector is a great beginner level chest protector for goalies 4 to 8 years of age. This unit provides the basic needs that a young goalie will need to be protected. This chest protector is also very popular because it is very mobile. Goalies at this age generally do not have the strength to move a large bulky chest protector around so it is very important to have a unit that is flexible enough. The CCM Yflex definitely has the flexibility needed for a very young goalie.
CCM Yflex Youth Chest and Arm Protector Features
- Sternum: PE foam. Segmented molded PE foam help to increase sternum protection.
- Shoulder Wings: Segmented Molded PE Foam
- Chest: PE Foam Blocks.
- Bicep/Forearm: PE foam helps to offer great arm protection and mobility.
- Elbow: Independent adjustable elbow protector for a customized fit.
- Shoulder Cap: Compression Molded PE Foam – Maximizes coverage and protection.
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 gaolie 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.