The Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Carbon Senior Goalie Pant is a pro level pant. Recommended for 4 to 6 uses per week.
Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Carbon Senior Goalie Pant
The Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Carbon Goalie Pant is the top level pro goalie pant. Worn by over 50% of the NHL, Vaughn is the top name in pro goalie pants. There can be some confusion between the Vaughn VE8 Pro Carbon and Vaughn VE8 Pro Goalie Pants. The VE8 Pro Carbon is the domestic made pro goalie pant (which is exactly where all the NHL pants are made) and the VE8 Pro is the offshore pro goalie pant. They are both pro level pants and have 90% the same materials, the main difference being the VE9 Pro Carbon has carbon fiber inserts in the tail bone and hip pointer areas. Flexibility, comfort and protection is the foundation of the VE8 Pro Carbon goal pant. The VE8 Pro Carbon pant uses high density foams and has been a top seller for over a decade.
For goalies deciding between the Velocity VE8 pant and the Ventus SLR2 pant, the fit on these two pants are very different. The Velocity VE8 is the wider barrel style fit while the Ventus SLR2 is the slimmer fit.
Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Carbon Goalie Pant Features:
- Model Year: 2018
- Tapered fit waist with multi-section flex blocks
- Shaped lower shell with wider hip section
- Large thigh guards with HD construction for extreme light weight
- Aero-spacer mesh interior for flex and ventilation
- Belly pad can be vertically adjusted or removed
- Larger tail bone and lower back pad with HD foam inserts
- Carbon fiber tail bone sections
- Extra wide pant stretch sections
- Available in sizes: S (36-38), M (40-42), L (44-46), XL (48-50), XXL (52-54)
- Note: add 8-10 inches to actual waist size then match to appropriate pant size.
Pant/Chest Protector Combinations – Tucked In vs. Over The Pant
Tucked In – Some goalies prefer to tuck his or her chest protector into their goalie pant. When using this method, the suspenders will need to be worn over the chest protector. You will notice a little tab on the lower middle center portion of the chest protector. This tab will allow the goalie who tucks their chest protector in the ability to tie it into the pant. You can either use the pant belt to run through the tab or use skate lace string to tie it onto the chest protector. This keeps the chest protector from pulling out of the pant and becoming uncomfortable and out of position during play. Most goalies who use the tucked in method generally like to buy their pants one size to big for the extra room needed.
Over The Pant – Some goalies prefer to place the chest protector over the pant. When using this method, the suspenders will need to be worn under the chest protector. Although there is nothing wrong with this method and it is quite common, there is one problem with the over the pant method. Since the chest protector does not sit flush on the goalies stomach in this method, an air pocket is created. In the event of a very hard shot to this area, the air pocket gap closes very quickly and can cause bruising or the feeling of having the wind knocked out of you.
Sizing A Goalie Pant
Goalie pants can be a difficult item to size because many people do not understand how a goalie pant should truly fit. Goalie pants; unlike player pants should be worn loose. Even though all goalie pants come with waist belts, these generally are not enough to keep goalie pants from falling down. Suspenders should be used to keep the pant at the desired level on the goalies waist and knee. Pants should hang approximately to the top of the goalies knee cap. A big mistake made when buying goalie pants is thinking the pants should be worn like everyday shorts or player pants. Because of the flexibility needed to play the goalie position, there is a need for the pants to be at least somewhat big. This does not mean they should look like a clown pant on the goalie but they should not fit tight around the waist either. Once a goalie goes into his or her stance, a tight pant will become uncomfortable and may be restrictive. Goalie pants have been a big topic of debate because NHL goalies do generally wear their pants three to four sizes to big. The reason for doing this is to take up coverage space in the net. Goalie pants are one of the last items goalies can wear oversized – however this may change very soon.