by the Warrior Goalie Team
It’s that time of year when many goalies are deciding what products they will entrust their game to for the coming year of hockey. As goalies and designers, we understand that goalie equipment is a big investment, financially and emotionally. You don’t want to find yourself mid-season wishing you’d chosen a better sliding pad. With so many important factors to consider; weight, coverage, mobility, durability, protection… the choices can be overwhelming if you don’t know all the facts.
Over the past several weeks we’ve presented the new Ritual G3 products through our blog posts. We’ve explained how many of the key features found in the new G3 line will help you to Get Square Fast and Elevate YOUR Game.
At this point we will provide some more context. We’d like to give you the chance to see how the G3 product line stacks up against the competition.
The weight of your leg pads is of obvious importance to your on-ice performance. Lighter leg pads mean faster movements and less fatigue late in the game when you need energy the most.
INNER BOOT / LANDING ZONE
The Inner boot/ landing surface of a leg pad is in almost constant contact with the ice. This area is vital for the performance of the leg pad, promoting smooth transitions from stance to butterfly and fast slides. The design and construction of this area is key not only to leg pad performance, but also durability. Archaic boot bindings, and carelessly placed nylon bindings collect snow and create drag, which diminishes slide. They also create friction points with the ice resulting in premature wear. Simply put, the smoother the slide surface, the smoother and faster the slide.
KNEE LANDING ZONE
The Knee Landing zone is also a key area for leg pad performance. A solid connection between the knee landing block and the back of the pad is essential for butterfly stability. It helps prevent under and over rotation ensuring that your butterfly coverage is always maximized. A well-designed knee landing area is a key factor for the interface with an independent knee pad. A cleanly constructed knee landing area has smooth, seamless edges. Outdated designs have overlapping flaps with edges that can easily get caught up by your knee pads and pants while transitioning between stance and butterfly. We offer a clean and simple knee-landing zone so the pad will transition in the most efficient, fastest way possible.
BOOT / SKATE ATTACHMENT
The ultimate connection between your skate and pad is one that gives you complete control of the pad while allowing your foot and ankle its full range of motion. It is essential that your Pad/Boot attachment allow complete blade edge contact no matter how wide and low the stance. The elasticity of our Active Response Straps allows you to get your skate all the way down to the ice, then pulls the pad back to center on your skate as you come up out of the butterfly into your stance.
Skate lace attachments do not provide responsiveness and force you to choose between pad control or blade edge contact or ankle mobility.
Other ill-conceived designs fail to adequately deliver control, mobility and durability.
Glove weight is often overlooked, but it’s crucial to your on ice performance. Lighter gloves mean faster hand speed. But it also means less fatigue, helping you to maintain good glove positioning late in the game.
TRAPPER CATCHING SURFACE
A trapper’s ability to open fully to the shooter is essential. The more catching surface you present, the better the odds of stopping the puck. Most trappers require a significant break in period before they can reach their maximum openness. They also utilize softer structural tee components to facilitate the break in process, which makes the tees more liable to cave in and let the puck through on a hard shot off the top edge. Our Axy Flex Tee design utilizes rigid tee components with a hinge mechanism at the attachment points. This provides great stopping power, eliminates cave-ins, and allows the trapper to achieve a wide maximum open with minimal break in.
TRAPPER / ICE SEAL
Another basic and essential function of a trapper is its ability to seal against the ice when you are freezing the puck. It is surprising how poorly some trappers do this.
BLOCKER FINGER PROTECTION
Generally, finger protection on blockers is made up of flat flaps and panels with seams to connect them. Seams in construction usually mean gaps in protection. The G3 design features continuous molded caps eliminating the seams and enhancing protection.
ADJUSTABLE BLOCKER BOARD POSITION
Goalies often have different demands of their equipment according to personal preference. This is usually accounted for by making equipment adjustable. Not so in the case of blocker board position. Now, with the new G3 adjustable blocker board position you can now choose between a low board position for maximized coverage, a mid board position for optimal balance and a high board position for maximum paddle down mobility.
TOTAL KIT WEIGHT
In this blog and previous blogs, we’ve attempted to illustrate the performance benefits of the G3 line and now how they measure up against the competition. One of the most striking comparisons is the total weight of a G3 Kit.
Weight is a crucial factor to the performance of goalie equipment. With this in mind, it’s especially compelling that the top selling set on the market is 40% heavier than the G3 kit. However, weight is not the whole story.
Slide, stability, maximized coverage, mobility, protection, durability…these are the characteristics that we target with our philosophy of performance driven innovation. They are the characteristics that we have designed into the new G3 line so that you can Get Square Fast and Elevate Your Game.