The Ventus SLR Pro Carbon leg pad is new to Vaughn in 2017 replacing the LT98. The SLR features a flat faced pad with a full foam core, light weight internal structure.
The biggest difference between the SLR and the LT98 is the strapping system. The SLR is constructed with an inner leg strap for maximum rotation, an adjustable angled skate/knee cradle strap, and a new calf and leg strapping system for maximum flexibility and response.
The SLR features a pro core internal with full length carbon fiber reinforcement. An extra carbon fiber layer has been added above the knee for added pad stiffness.
The new Ventus pad has a wide knee cradle design to enhance pad rotation. A deeper inner knee side panel was also added for balance and coverage. The tapered outer edge on the knee cradle also ads a great ability for pad rotation.
The pad also features an offset toe tie and a higher boot angle for increased flexibility & great lateral pushes while on the ice.
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.