Vaughn Velocity V9 Junior Goalie Leg Pads – Stock Single Break
The Vaughn Velocity has always been the bench mark for hybrid goalie pads in the hockey industry. The Velocity V9 Stock version has a single break versus a double break that is found on the Velocity V9 Special Edition. The single break is better for a goalie with a wider butterfly and the double break for a goalie with a narrower butterfly. The single break has a slightly stiffer torsional flex compared to the double break.
As for the features of the Velocity V9 leg pads, a lot has changed from the VE8 version. The major difference compared to the previous generation is the active rebound benefit on the face of the Velocity V9. Vaughn has made the foams in the V9 more active and therefore the puck will rebound off the face of the pad with more energy.
Some other new features on the Velocity V9 leg pads are the addition of Quick Slide material on all stock models. The Quick Slide material was a huge success on the Vaughn Ventus SLR2 goalie leg pads and is now a stock option on the Velocity V9. The Quick Slide material greatly increases side to side movement and makes bad third period ice feel like a fresh clean sheet of ice. Vaughn has also widened the leg channel of the Velocity V9 and extended the wrap around protection on the back of the legs. The knee landing area on the Velocity V9 has been lengthened. This helps provide a second level of coverage in the butterfly position and is especially helpful for shots that squeeze through the thigh rise while making a save using the butterfly technique. The lengthened blocks seal nicely behind the thigh rise and seal up these types of situations.
Vaughn Velocity V9 Junior Goalie Leg Pads – Stock Single Break Features:
- Model Year: 2020
- Firmer front surface gives more active rebound
- Quick slide material on inner pad edge
- Bottom trim with quick slide material
- Wide inner leg cradle with wider shape
- Extended back leg coverage
- Lower profile outside roll with single break style
- Plus 2” thigh rise with square shaped inside edge
- Thinner outside panel profile for less bulk
- Pre-curved shape for precise shape
- New inner knee cradle pad is adjustable
- Two-way adjustable knee cradle strap
- Wider inner knee landing surface
- Three knee roll design
- Inner core is more rebound active for 2020
- Scoop bend with easier flex
- Outer knee cradle pad is adjustable or removable
- Reinforced instep over skate
Choosing the correct size for a young goalie
Parents have a difficult job when purchasing new goalie pads for a younger goalie. They want to get the best gear they can to help their child fulfill their potential. They also don’t want gear that the goalie will grow out of right away. Finding that balance can be very difficult, however the goalie manufactures do a very nice job keeping most youth, junior and intermediate goalie pads on par with each other price wise and generally quality wise. You will not see wildly different price ranges in these three younger categories. The decision of what goalie pad to buy really comes down to what type of goalie they are and their particular style of play. Most hybrid goalies – meaning goalies that tend to make saves with several different methods and techniques generally like goalie pads with extra breaks and knee rolls on the face of the pad. This allows the pad to be more flexible and move with the goalie easier in these different motions. Most butterfly oriented goalies tend to like flat face pads which tend to be more stiff and help utilize the butterfly technique. Although the butterfly is not a style of play but rather a technique, goalies are generally categorized as a butterfly goalie if they use this method on the majority of saves they make. These simple suggestions can go a long way in determining what type of pad to purchase for a young goalie.