Vaughn Velocity VE8 Youth Goalie Blocker
Vaughn has two versions of Vaughn youth goalie blockers, the Velocity VE8 and the Ventus SLR. The SLR in our opinion is a slightly higher quality youth blocker that borders on a size that is in between youth and junior. The VE8 in our opinion is a true youth sized blocker with slightly less quality materials, however this makes it easier to open and close for a very young goalie.
Vaughn Velocity VE8 Youth Goalie Blocker Features
- Curved flare at top blocking board
- Side shield for added coverage and protection
- Contoured cuff for increased wrist movement
- Side index finger pad
- Full finger protection
- Tapered top and bottom board edges
- Palm position optimized for picking stick up off ice
- Molded thumb protector
- Regular – Blocker goes on the right hand
- Full Right – Blocker goes on the left 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.