Unlike past Velocity leg pads that saw only small changes from version to version, the new Velocity 7 XF Pro Carbon leg pads for 2016 are a brand new design. Though Velocity aficianados will find enough familiarity to keep them coming back to this tried and true pad, several new elements have been introduced to make the V7 the best model ever!
The biggest enhancement, undoubtedly, in this year's V7 is the removal of shredded foams at the shin and boot. Instead, the XF Pro Carbon uses full sheet foams from toe to thigh rise, with a sheet of carbon fiber sandwiched between the foam sheets for a more rigid, consistent shape (think: minimal shrinking). This carbon sheet has perforated holes at all of the flex points (upper knee, lower knee & boot) to help it flex more easily, and Vaughn also uses a slightly softer foam at the face of the pad to help keep deaden rebounds. Though this pad is more rigid than past Velocity pads, the XF Pro Carbon still has a good amount of vertical and torsional flex to keep it true to past designs.
The leg channel has been made wider in the XF to aid in pad rotation, and the knee cradle is also wider to accomodate goalie's desires for more open space here. A larger, more segmented calf wrap covers the goalie's leg for added protection. At the boot, the heel strap has been moved higher up the pad to aid in pad rotation, and to also better accomodate goalies that use a "Lundqvist loop" setup with their goal skates.
The stock pad comes with a traditional double-break, though the traditional rounded knee rolls have been removed in favor of a more modern square knee roll design for better rebound control. The pad still keeps an "over-squared" design on the inside edge / upper thigh rise to keep the pad sealed tight to the ice. Additionally, harder foams are now used on the entire inside edge to make sliding easier than ever.
Finally, goalies wishing to customize these pads will appreciate the updated graphic that includes a new, separate zone on the pad face near the outer roll. This new zone gives goalies and extra custom color option for even more unique designs!
Additional features include:
- Plus 2" thigh rise standard
- Extended length knee lifter
- Dual knee straps with angled buckles
- Elastic adjustable leg cradle strap
- Cushioned inside leg cradle for leg support
The Key factor is the overall length. The length can be divided into three sections:
B.Instep to knee
C.Knee to top or thigh rise
The proper length of the goal pad boot is determined by the goalie's skate size. The next key area is the instep to knee that determines the shin length. Finally, the knee to top or thigh rise is a personal measurement depending on how much pant and pad overlap the goaltender prefers. A general rule is 7" to 8".
A.Skates size: provide the skate size for proper boot fit.
B.Instep to knee: measure from instep to the front center of kneecap while leg is in slightly bent position.
C. Thigh rise: measure from front center of kneecap up the thigh to desire height.
A + B + C = Estimated size of pad
If fitted properly, the goalie's knee should rest directly behind the center knee roll with the pad securely attached to the goal skate and properly strapped on the goaltender's leg. Generally, this will ensure that the pad breaks (bends) at the knee/shin and ankle as designed for optimal performance.