Vaughn Velocity V9 Intermediate Chest & Arm Protector
Vaughn V9 Chest Protector Style – Athletic Hybrid Style
The new Vaughn V9 Intermediate Chest & Arm protector is the next generation of the extremely popular VE8 Chest Protector series.
There have been quite a few changes in the V9 intermediate chest protector compared to the previous generation VE8. Most notably is the amount of adjustment this unit has. As a goalie grows, the arms and chest area can be adjusted on the V9 intermediate chest and arm protector. This gives a parent the assurance that their young goalie won’t grow out of the chest protector in a month. The arms on the V9 chest protector have a velcro attachment system that allows for adjustment in a matter of seconds. The shoulder caps have been attached to the upper arm to add another layer of protection. These will also protect the upper arm when adjusting the arm length as it will seal any hole that may be created in the adjustment process.
Also new for 2020 is the bicep area in the V9 intermediate chest protector. The cap of the bicep has been flattened out with extra protection in this area (one complaint goalies would have about previous Vaughn units was lack of protection in this area). Along with more padding in the front of the bicep area, the side profile of the bicep area has been made deeper with an extra outer extension pad. The arm floaters also have a new mid bar pad in the center seam which eliminates any gap there may be while a goalie is flexing there arms. The arm floaters have also had HD Foam and Carbon inserts added for extra protection.
The great thing about all of these new features is the V9 still has the great mobility that the Velocity line is known for. There is a reason that Vaughn chest protectors account for 50% of all chest protectors worn in the NHL.
Vaughn Velocity V9 Intermediate Chest Protector Features:
Model Year: 2020
HD Carbon foams used for light weight and increased protection
New style chest pad straps
Scaled in fit, flex and protection for junior size goaltender
New chest design expands coverage area
New chest pad vertical adjustment system
Designed for light weight and comfort with extreme adjustability
Segmented shoulder floaters with HD foam
Arm floaters with deeper side profile adds to coverage area
Arm floaters with new mid bar pad in center seam
Adjustable arm length and positioning for precise custom fit
Available in standard color Black/White/Charcoal
Available in sizes Medium, Large, XL & XXL
Athletic Style (Hybrid) Vs. Blocking Style (Coverage) Chest Protectors
There are two basic designs in the goalie market in regards to chest protectors. These are based on the two types of styles that goalies play – hybrid and coverage. The hybrid goalie needs a more athletic style chest protector that allows him/her to move freely and maximize their agility. These units contour around the body with little to no gaps. The shoulder floaters are also smaller and form around the goalie in a more natural manner. Arms and elbow guards move freely and do not bind up, allowing for maximum mobility. The big upside to having an athletic style chest protector is the movement and freedom these provide. The downside to the athletic style chest is a decrease in size and materials. Now we are not saying they are not protective because most chest protectors are built to a very high standard and are have great protection qualities. However to make something move better you have to take something away and by doing this there will obviously be less material. We can say honestly that athletic chest protectors are extremely protective and the added materials in the blocking style are more about taking up space then adding protection.
The blocking style chest protectors are built for the coverage goalies that like to play big and take up as much space in the net as possible. The shoulder floaters are much wider and usually have multiple layers. The arm and elbow guards are also flared wider to take up as much space as possible. The blocking style chest protector tends to have more gaps and extra space on the goalies body because of the extra size. The upside to the blocking style chest protectors is the extra space it takes up. These chest protectors can easily make the shoulder width of a goalie four to six inches wider compared to an athletic style chest protector. Also, since the arms and elbow are bigger, there are less gaps for the puck to squeeze between the goalies body and arms. The downside to these blocking style units is the lack of movement. Because of the extra bulk, movement can be compromised. You can’t have the best of both worlds, if you make it bigger it will take away mobility.