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New for 2019, Vaughn Custom Sports has introduced their brand new leg pad model in the Ventus SLR line. The Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Senior Goalie Leg Pads are designed specifically for today’s butterfly goaltender and features key materials and features to excel this pad above the rest.
Starting off with the face of the Vaughn Ventus SLR2 goalie leg pad, the graphic is designed as a series of long color zones that start at the lower outside of the pad, travel in toward the middle and then shoot toward the upper outside of the pad, creating the illusion of a wider leg pad.
Moving on to the internal build of the Vaughn SLR2 Pro Carbon, the leg pad comes without outer breaks but still has a single internal break below the knee to help shape the pad to help cover the five hole. The SLR2 features a high density, full pro core structure with a carbon insert throughout the length of the pad. On top, the SLR2 Pro Carbon has an added piece of carbon that sits on the top portion of the face of the pad to help create a rigid and stiff thigh rise. A pre-shaped curved upper profile has been implemented and helps along with the stiff thigh rise to create an optimal seal to the five hole area.
Down toward the bottom of the pad, the boot break features a stiff build to help the pad sit up on the goaltender’s leg. Despite this build appearing as a stiff pad, the SLR2 is designed with strategic flex points to provide a responsive pad that will create easy and quick movements during usage.
On to the outer gusset, Vaughn has used a solid outside roll with a beveled shape to prevent shots from skipping up and over the pad when making saves. The inside edge of the SLR2 Pro Carbon leg pads are designed to be flat to have a full complete seal on the ice and is made up of Vaughn’s proprietary QuickSlide material that helps create better pushes with less effort.
On the back of the Vaughn SLR2, the knee cradle is comprised of an MSH3 liner with plenty of space for any size of knee pad to fit comfortably. The knee block features a Velcro knee strap that can be run behind the knee or angled down to the calf. Inside the calf wraps, the Reactive Rotational Control strap is added to provide a snug internal fit. This RRC strap can be adjusted to the goaltender’s preferred tension to create a faster responding pad and is fully secured with a magnetic quick clip.
On the leg channel of the SLR2, the calf wraps have been extended to fit more on top of the goaltender’s leg to create a better response from the pad. Closing off the leg channel, there is a Y-Strap that pulls through the outside and doubles back over itself. At the ankle, the same style strap is featured to help pull the pad up on to their skate and lock the goaltender’s leg to the pad.
Finally, the boot strap of the SLR2 features a hybrid build between traditional leather with an elastic middle. This allows the goalie to wear their boot strap snug but still allow the foot to engage when in deep movements. Also, this strap is fully adjustable which allows it to be placed under the skate, behind the heel or removed entirely. The new toe bungee system on the SLR2 line is designed in the same vein as the boot strap, where the toe of the skate can be worn tight against the pad but will stretch and engage when needed. The toe tie is made of an elastic stretch cord with a unique plastic and clip system that snaps in place in seconds.
In comparison to the Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Senior Goalie Leg Pads, the Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon features a domestic build with carbon and higher quality materials.
If you are an elite-level goaltender looking for a flat faced and responsive leg pad made for a butterfly style of goaltender, the Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Senior Goalie Leg Pad is the pad that will write “Your Story”.
Vaughn goalie products are covered against defects in manufacturing and workmanship for a period of 90 days from the date of purchase