The Vaughn Velocity V7 XF Intermediate Goalie Catch Glove is recommended for A thru AAA travel hockey levels.
Vaughn Velocity V7 XF Intermediate Goalie Catch Glove
New for 2016 is the Vaughn Velocity V7 XF Pro Goalie Catch Glove. To avoid any confusion, we want to make sure people know the difference between the XF Pro Carbon and the XF Pro. The XF Pro Carbon is the domestic made version of this glove. The XF Pro is the off-shore version of this glove. The XF – which stands for flexible is the more true hybrid style glove that Vaughn has been known for. The two piece glove allows for more wrist flexibility and the huge double t pocket helps secure pucks. New for this series of Velocity gloves is a new perimeter design to maximize coverage area. Vaughn has done a very nice job with the new Velocity gloves by placing a carbon fiber palm section in the hand. This gives extra protection above and beyond the traditional felt protection. Another great feature is the reinforced finger perimeter. Some gloves in the past would tend to curl at this section which took surface area away and made the glove awkward, by reinforcing this area that problem does not exist with the Velocity glove. The Vaughn XF Pro glove can be custom ordered in special colors. Generally in this price range there are no custom order options however the XF Pro is custom orderable!
Vaughn Velocity V7 XF Intermediate Goalie Catch Glove Features
- Complete new design and shape to maximize surface area
- Reinforced finger perimeter
- New molded front thumb protection
- Extended curved fingertip deflecting rail for extended coverage and protection
- Tapered front cuff profile
- Flared back cuff for increased wrist flex
- Four-piece back hand padding for flex
- Dual pull wrist strap for glove retention
- Shaped grip rail on internal fingers
- No binding cuff for increased blocking surface
- Lightweight and balanced for feel and performance
- Extra easy break-in design
- Heat moldable for custom fit
Vaughn Velocity Gloves Vs. Vaughn Ventus Glove
When most goalies think of the Vaughn Velocity series, they automatically think of a hybrid style goalie like Jonathan Quick, Tuuka Rask & Matt Murray. Although this is very much the case, the Vaughn Velocity glove does things a little different then other manufactures. Vaughn actually has two versions of their Velocity gloves, one with a one piece cuff/thumb and one with a two piece cuff. This gives the goalie the option on a more flexible version or a stiffer version. The two piece cuff version (XF) uses huge double t pocket while the one piece cuff/thumb (XR) uses a single anchor t. Both versions have a shallower thumb angle which creates more surface and blocking area. The choice is there for either the hybrid style goalie or the coverage style goalie when looking at a Velocity series glove. The Ventus line is considered Vaughn’s coverage style series but this glove is actually built more like a hybrid style glove. The Ventus uses a two piece cuff and a deep thumb angle which are generally characteristics of a hybrid style glove. Another difference is the Ventus glove uses a single t pocket, single t pockets are used in both hybrid and coverage style gloves. There really is no right or wrong when selecting goalie gear however specs do play an important roll in how the gear will perform with a particular playing style.
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.
Any products that require repair under warranty should be returned through the retailer that the product was purchased from. We (Vaughn) believe in the importance of satisfying our customers by manufacturing quality products. We (Vaughn), however, must be the sole judge in the matter of returns under warranty and we must have the product in hand to make an appropriate determination.