The Vaughn VM Carbon Pro V Elite Senior Goalie Mask is recommended for 5 to 7 uses per week at mid to high levels.
Vaughn VM Carbon Pro V Elite Goalie Mask
The Vaughn VM Carbon Elite goalie mask is a full carbon fiber composite shell with aramid fiber fused to the shell to increase strength and protection. The VM Elite mask construction is what we consider at Goalies Plus a high level goalie mask and protects in a manner consistent with custom made NHL goalie masks. The VM Elite has a unique feature of an extra large face opening. The large opening creates better site lines and also allows for more ventilation which keeps the goalie cooler compared to masks with smaller face openings. The cat eye cage that is used on the VM Elite is a large center bar design. The larger center bar creates more strength which is extremely important when the face opening is larger then normal. One design feature that is different on the VM Elite mask compared to other high end goalie masks is the padding. Vaughn uses a triple layer foam design in the forehead are and a molded EVA foam design in the cheek area to create a comfortable yet protective fit. A antimicrobial chin cup help create a cleaner inner surface for the face to rest against.
The VM Elite mask fits a face and head size with more volume (round). Along with the added volume and extra wide face opening, the chin shape helps eliminate mask interference with the shoulder floaters of the chest protector.
Vaughn VM Carbon Pro V Elite Goal Mask Features
- Hand crafted pro goal mask features an increased thickness shell for increase impact resistance
- Shell is constructed with carbon fiber and reinforced with additional layers of aramid fiber bonded and infused with Epoxy resin
- Triple layered interior foam surrounds the head with no gaps for even and complete protection
- Foam liner features a perforated top surface to increase air flow and allow for quick drying, vent holes aid in air flow to reduce heat buildup when playing
- The shell is designed with sloping contoured shape to deflect impact away from the head to increase protection
- The cage is available in two styles a straight bar or cat eye style and the cage is made with super lightweight stainless steel for extreme strength
- Pro cat eye cage features a large angled center bar for increased cage strength and to provide amazing sight lines
- Cheek padding is made with molded EVA foam that is tapered and contoured for a precise fit
- Large rear skull plate also features the triple layer padding and gives full coverage
- Chin cup is a molded foam covered with an anti-microbial fabric and is adjustable with dual Velcro straps.
- Non-certified pro cage only
- Colors available in Black & White
- Available in Adult sizes medium and large
- Medium = 21.25in. to 22.75in.
- Large = 22.65in. to 23.80in.
Goalie Mask Construction
Goalies Plus is very particular about the kind of masks we sell, we feel there are good masks on the market today and unsafe masks on the market today. Our pro level masks and high mid-level masks are all glass lay-up shells with either carbon or Kevlar reinforcement. These types of masks are very rigid, when a shot hits the goalies mask – the mask is solid enough to deflect about 90 to 95 percent shots away from the head without any or minimal shell flex. What this means is the mask shell will not flex towards the goalies head under impact. Under extreme impact, the mask will actually start to crack and disperse the shock away from the goalies head. This dispersion keeps the mask from flexing in towards the goalies head. The glass lay-up masks are also very rigid so if you try to squeeze the mask at the ears, it will have very minimal flex. This is very important if a larger player falls on the goalie. The rigidness of the mask helps minimize the risk of a compression concussion. These types of masks start in the price range of $ 350.00 and go up from there based on features. We feel that this is a very sound investment for any goalie. Even at a recreational level, a beginner or low level player can still get a hold of a shot by dumb luck, better to be safe then sorry in our opinion.
Now for the other type of mask construction – plastic injected masks. You will hear terms like polycarbonate or other fancy terms but the reality is these mask are built in a mold by plastic injection. There are claims of these shells being crack resistant or holding up better under hammer or puck shooting machine tests. These are actually true, a plastic injected mask generally will not crack; however the problem of shock transfer to the head is increased dramatically in our opinion. Plastic injected masks do not break – they bend, when it bends the impact is transferred back through the goalies head. This is our opinion and we feel this makes a very dangerous situation for a goalie has the impact transfers from the shell through the foam and onto the head. Also, when you squeeze the ear areas together, there is a huge amount of flex. If a larger player falls on a goalie, this can create a compression concussion. Sometimes at a youth or junior level, there may not be an option for a higher level mask so a goalie may have to choose a plastic injected mask. However at the senior sizes, there are plenty of safer options. Again these are our opinions about goalie masks and we feel confident that our customers are being given the proper information to make an educated decision on their head protection.
The goaltender’s mask must be inspected frequently for any visible damage. If the shell of the mask is chipped, cracked or if any of the internal padding is ripped or unglued, the mask should not be used as the protection may be reduced. If the wire cage has any broken welds, bent wires or other defects, it should be replaced before further use. The mask should not be altered in any way. Under no circumstances should the mask be painted other than by a factory-authorized painter. Do not drill holes, sand, paint, cut heat, or use solvents or any type of tape or stickers on the mask. Do not install a replacement cage or other components that are not intended to fit the specific model mask. Any alteration of the mask voids the warranty, along with any and all certification, and could potentially cause or contribute to injury to the user.
The exterior shell should be cleaned with a damp non-abrasive cloth and mild dishwashing soap, if needed. The interior foam components can also be wiped down with a damp cloth. The sweatband can be machine laundered and dried. Replacement sweatbands are available. Never under any circumstances, use any chemicals or solvents to clean the mask.