Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Carbon XP Senior Goalie Catch Glove
New for 2018 is the Vaughn Velocity VE8 XP Pro Carbon Catch Glove. This glove is something entirely new for Vaughn as it is the first time Vaughn has made a 75 degree palm angle at the retail level. The XP glove is made for a goalie that likes the feel of the CCM/Reebok Premier glove but wants to stay in the Vaughn family. The Velocity VE8 XP Pro Carbon glove has the single cuff design that adds strength and stability to the wrist area. This feature is also popular with goalies that like to stick handle with the pocket of the glove facing upward. The palm of the glove has an extra layer of foam on the outer portion of the glove that adds extra protection for the goalies hand. Another new feature is the split T design of the 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 single t at the base gives the glove much more flexibility then a traditional double t base. As the pocket transitions into a double t, the glove then takes on the soft open characteristic of a double t pocket. This is popular as it creates a soft catching pocket which is much more forgiving then the single t pocket. This t pocket design also allows the glove to open and close fully which give the goalie the blocking surface area and the max closure of the glove.
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Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Carbon XP Glove Features:
- Full grip interior palm surface
- 75 degree palm break
- Hand security strap across fingers
- Large wide span T-web with new spilt VE8 design
- Solid thumb/cuff design with more open front surface
- Padded wrist strap lined with Neoprene
- Offset t-web creates deeper pocket
- Shock Shield high impact foam padding in palm and thumb base locations
- Floating cuff design allows glove to be held at a more acute angle to the arm.
- New visually disruptive graphics
- Full pull wrist strap for glove control
- Added foam padding in palm area
- Reinforced finger palm area perimeter edge
- Adjustable inner hand padding for precise fit
- 45” max perimeter size
- Light weight
- Heat moldable for custom fit and quick break-in
- Made domestically in the USA
Vaughn Velocity Gloves – VE8 vs. VE8 XP
When most goalies think of the Vaughn Velocity series, they automatically think of a hybrid style goalie like Jonathan Quick or Tuuka Rask. Although this is very much the case, Vaughn does offer two versions of the Velocity VE8 glove that could be used by a hybrid or butterfly style goalie. With the two different Velocity VE8 gloves, one has one piece cuff/thumb and one with a two piece cuff with two different break positions. This gives the goalie the option on the type of closure they want and the stiffness of the cuff. The VE8 Pro has the traditional Vaughn 60 degree break with a two piece cuff design and a game ready thickness palm. For goalies that like the traditional feel of a Vaughn glove (example being a 5500) and wants/needs more wrist movement, this is the version that would best suit this goalie. The second version of the 2018 Velocity Glove is the VE8 Pro XP. The VE8 Pro XP an entirely new design for Vaughn, this has a 75 degree break in the hand (which is commonly seen in the Reebok/CCM Premier series). The palm on the glove also has an added layer of foam on the outer portion of the glove for extra protection. The VE8 Pro XP also has a one piece cuff design that is popular among blocking (butterfly) style goalies because it adds rigidity to the cuff area of the glove. Both of the new VE8 gloves use the same new split T that allows for a deep pocket and increased overall flexibility.