Vaughn is legendary in the goalie world for creating the Velocity series, the ultimate in soft-style goalie pads. However, Vaughn is straying slightly from that flexibility in order to cater to those who saw the traditional Velocity design shrink and break down more than they'd like over time. Cue the 2300 Velocity V6 goal pads. Vaughn introduced Carbon Enhanced Performance to their 2000 and 2200 pads by placing a layer of carbon fiber in the core of the pad. This serves to maintain the Velocity's flexibility while keeping the pad's shape true over its life. The 2300 V6 utilizes the same layer of carbon fiber while adding even more of the durable material. Vaughn has placed two more layers of carbon fiber in the core, extending from the bottom knee to the top of the pad. These extra layers of carbon fiber operate as a spring mechanism that immediately pushes the pad back into shape after flexing.
The 2300 V6 is also the first pro Vaughn pad to feature flat knee rolls. This gives goalies the look and added flexibility of traditional knee rolls while providing the rebound predictability of a flat-faced pad, giving goalies the benefits of both types of leg pad.
Evolution has also done its work on the back of the 2300, giving goalies a truly modern Vaughn pad. Compared to the 2000 V6 and 2200 V6, which utilize narrower knee cradles, the 2300 has a very wide knee cradle, allowing for the use of bulkier thigh guards. The strapping system has also been completely revamped to offer a maximized amount of fit customizability. To keep up with the growth of "strapless" designs, Vaughn has introduced their Y-Strap to the calf lock area of the pad. The Y-Strap operates by giving goalies a single, Y-shaped strap across the calf to reduce weight and customize the pad's rotational capability to his/her taste. If one prefers Vaughn's traditional leather straps, they will not be disappointed either. The 2300 includes four leather & buckle straps. Both the buckles and straps can be shifted up or down the leg or removed in favor of the Y-Strap alone, offering unmatched strap customizability.
For Total Goalie, Vaughn has included a simpler "sock" graphic to cater to goalies who like some color but want a very basic graphic.
- Carbon Enhanced Performace technology, offering a layer of carbon fiber in the core for structural integrity
- Two extra layers of carbon fiber from the bottom of the knee to the top of the pad to spring the pad back into shape after flexing
- Flat knee rolls for added flexibility and great rebound predictability
- Y-Strap over the calf to offer a "strapless" design and rotational customizability
- Four adjustable, removable leather straps to offer supreme customizability of the fit and feel of the pad on the leg
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.