Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Chest & Arm Protector (Custom Black)
Vaughn chest protectors account for 50% of all chest protectors worn in the NHL. One of the most popular choices in the NHL is the Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Chest & Arm Protector. The Ventus SLR2 Chest Protector is the continuation of the Vaughn Epic Chest Protector series. The Epic was one of the most popular chest protectors Vaughn had ever made and the SLR2 Ventus Chest Protector is the modern version of that series. The Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Senior Chest Protector series is built for the coverage style or butterfly style goalie that likes the shoulders to be a little larger. The SLR2 Pro Carbon chest protector was built with large, squared shoulder floaters that maximize shoulder width in the net. Although the shoulders are larger, the arms still have a great range of motion compared to other coverage style chest protectors. Vaughn also added a second layer of protection built underneath the shoulder floaters, this second layer is velcro’d in and can easily be taken out or put back in. Some goalies love to have this added layer in practice for additional protection and take it out in games for added flexibility. For 2019 Vaughn has added a strap at the top of the shoulder floaters that can be snapped and unsnapped. The reason for this is for goalies who wear suspenders. Traditionally goalies have fought to find a place to put their suspenders, often times the suspenders would slide down over the goalies shoulder and interfere with the goalies arms. By having these straps, the suspenders are locked into the proper position and cannot fall down over the goalies arms.
Goalies Plus has custom built this particular custom SLR2 Pro Carbon Chest Protector in a black color with the pro reinforced arms. The arm movement in the SLR2 Pro Carbon Custom unit is not affected by the pro arms, it is still extremely flexible which is what Vaughn is known for. The pro arms add a bit more protection in the forearm and bicep areas. We choose the all black color to eliminate any sweat staining and also eliminate any bleed through from the chest protector through the jersey. There are a lot of crazy colored chest protectors on the market today, when a goalie wears a white colored or light color jersey, those colors bleed through the jersey, making our uniform look odd. We all know goalies love the fashion aspect of the position, so the black chest protector keeps you looking sharp in all situations and eliminates any bleed through.
Differences between the Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon and the VE8 Pro Carbon Chest & Arm Protectors: The main difference between the SLR2 Pro Carbon Chest Protector and the VE8 Pro is the shoulder area. The Ventus SLR2 has a larger and more squared off design to the chest protector. The VE8 Pro Carbon unit tapers to the goalies body in a very natural flow of the shoulder area. For goalies that have issues with the mask hitting the shoulder floaters when they turn their heads, the VE8 has much less size in this area and generally eliminates the issue of the mask hitting the shoulder floaters. Generally the goalies that are blocking or butterfly style goalies prefer the SLR2 Ventus and the goalies that are athletic and mobile like the VE8 Pro Carbon unit.
Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Chest & Arm Protector (Custom Black) Features
- Carbon fiber enhanced construction for light weight and protection
- Fully adjustable back spine padding with HD protection
- Tapered forearm padding
- Carbon fiber sternum insert with extended length
- Back forearm padding
- Suspender straps
- Large mid belly flap with length adjustment
- No gap main arm floaters with molded side elbow caps
- Carbon fiber and HD lower body protection
- Mesh arm base for easy flex and break-in
- Molded plastic and foam forearm and bicep padding
- Four point adjustable elbow pads
- Larger shoulder floaters with wider profile
- Extra-large shoulder floater cushion air padding keeps shoulder floater more square and adds protection
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.