The Vaughn Velocity V7 XF Pro Goalie Catch Glove is a pro level glove. Recommended 4 to 6 uses per week.
Vaughn Velocity V7 XF Pro 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 Pro Goalie Catch Glove Features
- Complete new design and shape to maximize surface area
- Reinforced finger perimeter
- New molded front thumb protection
- Extended length and wider double bar T-web for deeper pocket and for puck control
- Wide extended T-web top with carbon fiber support strips
- Extended curved fingertip deflecting rail for extended coverage and protection
- Tapered front cuff profile
- Flared back cuff for increased wrist flex
- Large 45″ perimeter size
- 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.
Senior Level Gloves Vs. Pro Level Gloves
Catch gloves are the one items that we generally recommend spending a little more money on (out of pads, blockers & gloves). The main differences you will see in a senior catch glove vs. a pro catch glove are the synthetic leathers and more importantly the felt used to protect the hand. It is the felt that makes a glove protective and function properly. If the felt does not crease properly, the glove will not open and close properly. If the felt is too thin, the goalie will feel stingers in the palm. In the past mid-level gloves were pretty bad with felt issues. However in the past two to three years, the high mid-level gloves are being made much, much better. The lower mid-level gloves still can have stinger issues, so if you are concerned at all with stingers – we recommend going with a higher mid-level glove or a pro level glove. The pro level gloves are built with pro felt which enables proper closure angle and creasing for break in. They also come in different padding options – games ready (most common) and practice palm. A practice palm is essentially so stiff that you cannot open or close the glove however the felt is so thick that you will probably never get a stinger. Most high level goalies only use a practice palm in practice situations just to prevent injury. For games they generally use a game ready palm.
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.