Some say a blocker is a blocker. However, Vaughn is out to provide a blocker that provides incredible protection with outstanding performance. Though similar to the V6 2000 blocker, the new XF Pro Carbon blocker has a couple upgrades that put this waffle board a notch above the rest.
The overall shape of the V7 XF Carbon Pro blocker is identical to that of the V6 2000 in almost every way. The board is bindingless, the sidewall nice and protective. However, one slight modification has made this superior to its predecessor. The thumb protection on the sidewall has been made slightly smaller, effectively opening up the gap between the forefinger and thumb to create more space for the stick, making the blocker easier to stickhandle in.
In addition to this slight modification in the blocker’s geometry, modifications to the internal structure of the blocker have made this an elite piece of equipment. The front face has been reinforced with a layer of carbon fiber. This is nothing new for Vaughn though. Now, though, the sidewall and finger protection are both layered with carbon fiber. This creates a blocker that is not only lighter than those of the past, but is just as protective if not more so.
The back of the blocker comes with an added air pillow between the sidewall and the thumb for added protection. The MSH3 palm itself is pre-curved to make wrapping around the stick easier, and also has an added grip texture. The palm has vented gussets to promote airflow and keep you comfortable throughout the sixty minutes that you’re out on the ice. To summarize, the new XF Pro Carbon blocker doesn’t change what made the past Vaughn blockers great, it only adds to it to make the piece even better.
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.
|Blocker 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
Key to a Proper Fit:
The blocker should be fitted based on hand size. The goalie's fingers should be no more than 1/4" from the end of the fingers in the palm. If the fingers are too long, chances are the hand tabs that tie down the palm to the blocker are too large. This will cause the blocker to wobble, tilt or rotate on the goaltender's hand, seriously affecting control while limiting coverage (blocking surface).