Vaughn Ventus SLR Junior Goalie Blocker
Vaughn has two versions of junior goalie blockers, the Velocity XR and the Ventus SLR. The SLR in our opinion is a high quality junior blocker that can be used for recreational use or can be used by the high caliper AAA level goalie. The SLR blocker is built for the high level young adult who needs higher quality hd foams. At this age group, players are now shooting the puck substantially hard and the level of play is getting much faster. Goalies need gear that can perform like pro level gear in smaller packages. Goalies Plus has stepped up the color selection of the Ventus SLR line by offering five custom color combinations not available anywhere else.
Vaughn Velocity Ventus SLR Junior Goalie Blocker Features
- Front board with defined top angle
- Laced down front surface for more consistent deflecting
- Higher palm position
- Large side shield with floating index finger extension
- Large index finger double layered protection with carbon fiber inserts
- Adjustable wrist strap
- VX suede palm
- Grip surface on palm exterior for stick control
- Large finger protectors
- Double layered side index finger protection
- Flex cuff for added wrist movement
- Air cushioned back hand shock pad
- Blocking board size 13 ½” x 7 ¼”
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.
Washing and Overall Care
Your equipment will wear much better if allowed to thoroughly dry between uses. Wet materials are more subject to abrasive type wear. Equipment should be air dried at room temperature. DO NOT use heat to dry equipment as this can cause premature, unseen damage to the surface materials and internal padding which will accelerate wear.
Catch gloves and blockers should only be cleaned with a damp warm rag, wiping both the interior and exterior. Gloves need to be air dried. You can also treat the gloves with a spray, such as Lysol, to help eliminate smell from bacterial growth. You may also treat your gloves with a waterproofing spray.