by The Warrior Goalie Development Team (Pete Smith, Neal Watts, Kirk Allen)
In our “Square Fast” blog, we spoke about the importance of three key factors affecting performance in goalie equipment: Blade-Ice Interface, Tilt Loss and Slide/Weight. In this blog, we will dig deeper into these topics to give you a more detailed picture of how the Ritual G3 sets a new industry benchmark for leg pad performance that will help you Elevate YOUR Game.
Blade/Ice Interface is the ability to move powerfully through your crease with precise skate edge contact/control without inference from the leg pads. This can be achieved the old fashioned way with numerous knots in your toe strings and a loose heal strap. However, this setup creates a sloppy, unresponsive connection between you and your pads, diminishing their (and your) overall performance. The Ritual’s Active Response Straps (the original elastic strap toe and boot system on the market) are the ultimate Blade/Ice Interface system available to goalies today. These straps allow your skate blade to maintain bite with the ice in the lowest and widest of upright stances and when digging in to push side to side in the butterfly. This is achieved with zero pad interference with the ice (slips outs), while maintaining a responsive, controlled feel. The elasticity of this system has the added benefit of adapting to each goalie’s natural range of ankle mobility while relieving strain on the knees and hips associated with the modern butterfly technique.
As a goalie, you know the difference between getting beat cleanly and having a puck sneak through. You know the hard shot along the ice that you were there for, that you felt, but somehow got through you anyway. These are bad goals. They are especially frustrating because you know you were there in position, but to everyone else you look like a sieve.
These goals are the result of Tilt Loss. This is when your pads are not solidly sealed to the ice. They are either tilted forward (under-rotated) or backwards (over-rotated) causing gaps and lost coverage. These gaps may seem small and insignificant but…
The Ritual line of pads has always aimed to alleviate Tilt Loss. With updated Active Response Straps, leg channel design and Knee Drive/knee block construction, the G3 leg pads offer the most solid and stable butterfly seal yet.
Being fast and mobile when down in the butterfly is an essential need of today’s goaltender. Whether it’s the final decisive push on a break away save, or getting from one post to the other on a wrap around; a fast, stable slide is essential.
In addition to the strong push offs facilitated by the Active Response Straps, these pads feature a smooth, stable and bindingless sliding surface. This, in combination with the Ritual G3 being, by far, the lightest pads on the market, provides the goaltender with extremely fast and stable slides requiring the least amount of energy (reduced fatigue).
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*Commenter Gianni brought up a concern below that we wanted to address. The diagram below illustrates how the measurement of the pads was conducted by our Goalie Team.