Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro Intermediate Goalie Catch Glove – Special Edition
New for 2020 is the Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro Catch Glove. The design of the Velocity V9 Pro glove keeps the traditional 60 degree. The Velocity V9 glove has the split T with a U shaped pocket. At the base of the pocket there is a single t that splits into a double T the higher it goes in the pocket. The U shaped design with the single T at the base allows the glove much more flexibility then a traditional glove with a double T going the entire way to the base of the pocket. As the pocket transitions from the single T at the base to the double T in the pocket, the glove becomes very soft and deep in the main catching area of the glove. The Velocity V9 Pro Carbon glove can be heat molded for a customized fit.
A deeper look into the Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro glove will show some new innovations for 2020. Starting with the thumb angle, Vaughn has changed the thumb angle a bit to feel like their more traditional gloves – particularly the 5500 and the first generation V1 glove (commonly referred to as the Kipper Spec). This angle has a more natural feel when closing the glove and seems to give better closure by changing the angle. Vaughn has added an extra layer of protection in the palm area for added protection which gives this glove the same protection as higher priced full custom catch gloves. Vaughn also uses a molded palm and thumb insert versus a pressed plastic palm and thumb insert. The reason this is important is because the molded design will keep its shape for a much, much longer period of time compared to a pressed plastic. When shots constantly hit a catch glove, the pressed plastic glove loses its shape (particularly in the thumb area) and will become flat over time. This causes shots to bounce out of the glove instead of deflecting into the pocket.
Goalies Plus has added a skate lace pocket to the Special Edition colors. This gives the pocket extra an soft feel and overall easier to catch the puck.
Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro Intermediate Catch Glove Features:
- Model Year: 2020
- New V9 Graphic
- Special Edition skate lace pocket
- Two-piece cuff and front design
- Defined break point for easy closing
- Reinforced finger perimeter edge
- Floating cuff design for added wrist movement
- Hex mesh inner lining for faster drying
- HD Foam in the back finger area for added protection to the backhand
- Finer tip deflecting rail with HD Foams
- Deep back thumb molds add stability and comfort
- 43” max perimeter size
- Cuff with no binding maximizes blocking surface
- Four section backhand padding for extra flexibility
- Internal grip rail on inside palm for more closing grip
- Mesh finger stalls for comfort and heat dispersal
- Full wrist strap allows for tighter adjustment
- Added padding in wrist strap for increased comfort
- Regular – Glove goes on the left hand
- Full Right – Glove goes on the right hand
Sizing Differences: Youth, Junior and 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.