Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Senior Chest Protector
There are two Vaughn senior chest protector options, the Ventus SLR and the Velocity VE8 Pro. Although both are top notch quality but there are differences between the two units. The Ventus SLR has a slightly larger look and feel to it, especially in the shoulder area. The Velocity VE8 is a very flexible and tapered unit that contours more to the goalies shoulders and body. The Ventus SLR increases the width in the shoulder area making the goalie larger in this area. For a goalie that may consider themselves more of a hybrid goalie, we suggest the Velocity VE8 chest protector and for the goalie that considers themselves to be more of a blocking or butterfly goalie, we would recommend the Ventus SLR. Either way, Vaughn chest protectors move extremely well and have great arm flexibility.
Chest Protector Style – Athletic Hybrid Style
Vaughn Velocity VE8 Pro Senior Chest Protector Features
- Light weight
- Large segmented shoulder floaters
- Reinforced HD foam chest pad blocks
- Arm strap adjustments for comfort and fit
- Contoured neck guard
- Mesh arms for easy flex and break-in
- HD molded shoulder caps
- Chest pad side extension padding
- Full back pad adjustment over shoulder area
- Molded elbow pads with four point adjustment
- Tapered forearm padding
Athletic Style (Hybrid) Vs. Blocking Style (Coverage) Chest Protectors
There are two basic designs in the goalie market in regards to chest protectors. These are based on the two types of styles that goalies play – hybrid and coverage. The hybrid goalie needs a more athletic style chest protector that allows him/her to move freely and maximize their agility. These units contour around the body with little to no gaps. The shoulder floaters are also smaller and form around the goalie in a more natural manner. Arms and elbow guards move freely and do not bind up, allowing for maximum mobility. The big upside to having an athletic style chest protector is the movement and freedom these provide. The downside to the athletic style chest is a decrease in size and materials. Now we are not saying they are not protective because most chest protectors are built to a very high standard and are have great protection qualities. However to make something move better you have to take something away and by doing this there will obviously be less material. We can say honestly that athletic chest protectors are extremely protective and the added materials in the blocking style are more about taking up space then adding protection.
The blocking style chest protectors are built for the coverage goalies that like to play big and take up as much space in the net as possible. The shoulder floaters are much wider and usually have multiple layers. The arm and elbow guards are also flared wider to take up as much space as possible. The blocking style chest protector tends to have more gaps and extra space on the goalies body because of the extra size. The upside to the blocking style chest protectors is the extra space it takes up. These chest protectors can easily make the shoulder width of a goalie four to six inches wider compared to an athletic style chest protector. Also, since the arms and elbow are bigger, there are less gaps for the puck to squeeze between the goalies body and arms. The downside to these blocking style units is the lack of movement. Because of the extra bulk, movement can be compromised. You can’t have the best of both worlds, if you make it bigger it will take away mobility.