Like it's big brother, the XF Carbon Pro, the Vaughn Velocity 7 XF is designed to be a pure catcher in every sense. Every aspect of the glove has been designed to maximize glove size and performance. If you haven't tried a Vaughn glove before, the XF will force you to consider one.
The first thing you'll notice on the XF is the incredibly large catching surface - larger than most gloves on the market today. To increase it's overall perimeter, Vaughn reduced the height of the cuff box slightly and also shortened the heel of the glove. The surface area found from reducing the size in these areas was put into the elongated pre-curved finger area and the t-web, creating a large overall pocket. The thumb plastic was also made shorter to make the pocket even wider!
The interior of the glove has also been redesigned, and it's as comfortable as you hope it would be. The lining is made of a grip material, and there is a pre-shaped grip rail where your fingertips sit. The grip rail has two functions - it helps fill the spring mesh finger stalls to give the glove a nice, snug fit, and it acts to give your fingers a bit more leverage when closing the glove. The wrist cuff has been moved up the glove slightly to allow for better wrist flexibility, and the underside has been lined with softer foams for a comfortable feel. The wrist strap has a new "dual pull" system that allows the goalie to customize the fit from both sides of the wrist.
Additional features include:
- Extended length and wider double bar T-web for deeper pocket and puck control
- Flared back cuff for increased wrist flex
- Four-piece back hand padding for flex
- No binding cuff for increased blocking surface
- Heat moldable for custom fit
- Fingertip to thumb closure
- Perimeter measurements: SR - 45", INT - 43"
Measure your hand from the heel of the palm to the tip of the middle finger, then consult the chart below to find the size that will work for you.
|Catch Glove Sizing Chart
|4 3/4 - 5 5/8 in.
||5 5/8 - 6 1/4 in.
||6 1/4 - 7 in.
||7 - 8 3/8 in.
|119 - 143 cm
||144 - 160 cm
||161 - 178 cm
||179 - 213 cm
Keys to a Proper Fit:
- The goalie's fingers should extend out to the end of the finger stalls of the inside palm to ensure a proper fit. However, any more than 1/2" from the tip of the goaltender's finger to the end of the finger stall and the goaltender will not have the leverage needed to properly close and control the glove.
- The heel of your hand should line up with the heel and cuff of the catcher. If not, the proper balance between the cuff and catching portion of the glove may be disturbed, making the glove too cumbersome while sacrificing protection.