Vaughn Ventus SLR3 Junior Goalie Pant
The Vaughn Ventus SLR3 goal pant offers a wider profile for added room and comfort. The waist features a larger upper waist section for a loose fit. Ventus SLR Pants give complete coverage and flexibility for improved body movement. Wide style thigh guards stay on the thighs and hang naturally to help fill the five-hole area. Large side thigh slash pads help to extend net coverage and increase the protected areas and square the edge of the pant and provide a stiff blocking surface. When comparing the Ventus SLR3 goalie pant to the Vaughn Velocity series, the Ventus is a longer and narrower (in the hip area) pant but still has maximum net/size coverage in the thigh area. We say it is longer because the padding in the kidney area goes higher then the Velocity pant. The Velocity pant is what we consider to be a barrel style fit that is wider and more loose fitting then the Ventus SLR3 and shorter in the kidney area.
**The Ventus SLR3 pant fits very large for the stated size. Compared to CCM and Bauer (even Vaughn V9 junior), the SLR3 are much bigger at the same tagged size compared to those brands.
Vaughn Ventus SLR3 Junior Goalie Pant:
- Model Year: 2022
- Loose fit style with front groin pads
- Lace up front for adjustment
- Wide thigh guards with slight curve for added net coverage
- Inner five-hole blockers on inner thigh
- Taller upper waist section for increased coverage
- Molded kidney protection and segmented HD inserts in waist
- Extended upper tail bone padding with high-density inserts
- Wider crotch stretch panel for added flex
- Inner thigh five-hole padding
- Inner support belt with double pull adjustment straps
- Wide thigh pads with 10″ width
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.