Designing the Covert PX Helmets

by James Searle, Warrior Helmet Engineer

In 2014 when we began to establish goals for what would become the Covert helmet line, the two main areas of focus were fit and protection. The changes to the fit system were very straight forward; develop a traditional fit adjustment system to give the customer a fit that they are familiar with.

BUILDING A NEW FITTING SYSTEM

Moving on from the four-play adjustment system on our Krown helmet line, we decided to develop a traditional side clip system for front to back adjustment for the new Covert line. Contrary to the original Krown line, this did not necessarily represent an evolution in helmet fit and adjustment but it was exactly what we were being asked for, especially from the NHL pros. This change in adjustment system would allow us to reduce the number of plastic components in the rear of the helmet, ultimately reducing the weight and improving the balance of the helmet as well. This, combined with the sleek new look of the re-designed rear piece allowed us to bring a modern, lightweight helmet to market while maintaining that traditional Warrior look. Now players can just flip open the side flaps, adjust the helmet, close the flaps and forget about it. Mission accomplished.

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When we started talking about our protection goals, we ended up with more questions than answers. How can we tangibly improve protection? Protection has become such an important part of helmet technology, what can we bring to the industry to improve impact management? How does improving high-impact performance affect low-impact performance? Can you have both? To answer these questions, we had to get back to basics; get on the ice and throw some hits and learn from focused impact research.

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Ritual GT – Tech Overview

by the Warrior Goalie Team

In our previous blog we shared some of the questions we asked ourselves before designing the new Ritual GT line. These questions could be summed with this; “Can we offer products with traditional design elements that also provide the unparalleled high performance established by the Ritual G3 line of gear?”

In this blog, we’ll introduce the features of the new Ritual GT gear. We’ll show you how we’ve combined conventional design elements with the best in class innovations of the G3 line. This merging of tradition and innovation delivers comfort and tried and true feel while still offering the advanced performance you need to Elevate YOUR Game.

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Tradition Elevated – Ritual GT

by the Warrior Goalie Team

When we designed the Ritual G3 line of pads, trapper and blocker, we set out to create products that would elevate every goalie’s game through performance driven innovation. The G3 set a new standard for goalie equipment performance; maximizing coverage, stability and mobility all while being the lightest gear on the market. With that said, there are still some aspects of modern goalie gear that do not suit every goalie out there. There are elements of past designs that are still relevant to goalies today and these features are important for some in how they move about their crease. As we designed the new Ritual GT line, these are some of the questions we asked ourselves:

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Thank You Hayley!

by DT, Warrior Hockey Marketing
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Photo courtesy of Dave Holland

Hayley Wickenheiser, one of Canada’s most iconic athletes of the last 20-years, announced today that she is retiring from competition.

An icon in every sense of the word, Wickenheiser leaves the hockey world with an astonishing list of accomplishments and the respect and admiration of millions worldwide. Five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver), two Olympic MVP awards and 13 World Championship medals (seven gold, six silver), highlight a career that spanned more than 20-years.

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Elevate YOUR Game – Ritual GT

by the Warrior Goalie Team

Happy New Year from the Warrior Goalie team! We hope you checked out and enjoyed our video highlighting the all new Ritual GT gear line and Ritual CR composite stick line. We are very excited to be bringing these new high performance products to you in the spring of 2017.

This past April, we launched the Ritual G3 line of pads and gloves. These high performance products have not only set a new standard for our competition to try and match but they have set a new expectation for what a set of gear can mean to your game. We have created the lightest pads and gloves on the market! At the same time, the G3 line offers exceptional stability, protection, durability and overall performance. We also introduced industry leading programs such as our six-month product warranty, our custom leg pad fit guarantee and an extensive product demo program through our retail partners.

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30-Years of Innovation

by Neal Watts – Warrior Goalie Designer

As many of you know, Pete Smith has been designing goalie gear for a long time. In fact, this year marks Pete’s 30th anniversary in the business of designing and building goalie equipment.

In 1986, the summer before his senior year of high school, Pete made his first sale. It was a blocker and trapper set that he made in his parent’s basement. He had brought a sample pair of gloves he built to a goalie camp to show his childhood idol Dan Bouchard (Quebec Nordiques) who was coaching that week. He received his first order from a fellow camper and thus he began his career in the goalie business. By 1987, Pete was designing and building pads and gloves for the retail market as a contractor for the brand Victoriaville (Vic).

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From his early days in the business, Pete was an innovator. In 1990, he started building pads for Tom Barrasso. That season, Tom and the Pittsburgh Penguins got off to a shaky start. About 10 games in to the season, Barrasso switched into a new pad designed and built by Pete. With its unique hinged knee and ankle design, the pads looked like nothing else on the market at the time. The foam core design and all white shell looked boxy and, quite frankly, bizarre compared to all the soft and squishy dear hair stuffed leather pads of the era. They may have looked strange, but they worked for Barrasso. He immediately went 8 and 0, before capping off a solid season with a Stanley Cup championship, then winning the Cup again the next year. As odd as they may have looked, those pads were way ahead of their time.

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Tom Barrasso in his Pete Smith designed pads.

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See Me in G3 Contest

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As hockey season begins across North America, goalies of all ages are entering their crease looking to elevate their game to a higher level than ever before. At Warrior, we aim to deliver the highest performing and lightest equipment on the market. We truly believe the Ritual G3 provides goalies the best chance at stealing wins, posting shutouts and winning championships this upcoming season.

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