In this article, we'll cover the major construction, fit and performance characteristics of Vaughn's three PRO level catch gloves: the 2000 V6 (which replaces the 7800 V5), the 2200 V6 (which replaces the 7990 V5), and the LT90 Ventus.
When reading this review, please keep in mind that several of the design and performance characteristics of Vaughn's PRO level catch gloves can also be found in the mid-level lines (see the list below). Though there will be differences in construction options and materials, both the rest of the gloves in the line should perform similarly.
Mid-level lines for these pro gloves include:
Design & Construction
New for 2014, Vaughn introduces their new "Carbon Enhanced Technology" to the Velocity 6 line of trappers. In the case of the 2000 and 2200 catchers, a molded carbon fiber sheet replaces traditional internal plastics to both reduce weight, give the glove more stiffness, and provide exceptional protection overall. Additionally, there are also smaller carbon fiber slats between the seams in the palm to provide even more protection against stingers.
Aesthetically, you'll notice that both Velocity 6 gloves share the same graphic, which was intentionally designed to be very similar to the LT90 Ventus glove graphic. This allows the goaltender to mix and match pads and gloves and still keep a similar look to his/her overall setup.
In the sections below, we'll disect the palms, backhands, and internal palm of each glove to give you a better idea of how each glove is designed and built.
Glove Fronts & Exterior Palms
From left to right, the V6 2000, the V6 2200, and the LT90 Ventus.
- V6 2000: The 2000 V6 catch glove is somewhat based on the prior 7800 model, and users will find that it feels fairly similar. The design was optimized to provide a higher thumb angle to create a more open hand position and a wider pocket opening. The top of the double T-web is also a wider design which also aids in spreading the glove open as well. As mentioned earlier, The palm is made of carbon fiber and it also features carbon fiber slats to further protect against stingers. Further, an extra layer of plastic reinforcement has been added to the perimeter of the finger tip area to keep the glove from curling in. New for 2014, the lacing eyelets on the finger side have been removed to save weight and give the glove a cleaner look. Weight: 2.30 lbs
- V6 2200: The new 2200 V6 is a completely new glove for 2014 (there are no similarities between the 2200 and the glove that it replaces, the 7990), and it borrows many of it's design and construction features from the LT90 Ventus catcher. Those who try it will find that it feels and catches much like the LT90, but with a one piece cuff and thumb to provide a more rigid overall blocking surface. The overall catching surface of the 2200 is slightly larger than the LT90, and the "cuff" area was made slightly smaller to create a true catching mitt. Like the 2000, the 2200 also has plastic reinforcement around the finger perimeter to keep the glove from "curling in". Weight: 2.34 lbs
- LT90 Ventus: In simplest terms, the LT90 is an updated, modernized version of Vaughn's most popular glove - the 5500. It uses the same thumb and palm mold as the 5500, with a new, reinforced single T web with a skate laced pocket for a natural closure and feel. Though there is no carbon fiber in the glove, the palm does feature Pro-Spec padding and the finger perimeter has been reinforced with extra plastic to keep it more rigid and protective. As you'll see in the picture above, the LT90 uses a traditional two-piece cuff and thumb design. Weight: 2.35 lbs
Backhand Protection & Glove Cuffs
V6 2000: New for 2014, the 2000 V6 now has a four-piece segmented backhand pad which allows for bit more flexibility than the old 7800 design. This backhand pad is stitched at the top, and it is held to the glove using two backhand straps - a design that allows the backhand to be completely exposed for drying or easy strap adjustment. The cuff features an aggressively flared, mesh top cuff, and the entire cuff is now detached for great wrist flexibility. A nylon webbing wrist lock strap extends outside of the cuff for easy adjustment.
V6 2200: The 2200 V6 uses the same 2000 V6 backhand pad design, though there is a small leather lacing tab that sits between the backhand pad and the glove pocket. This lacing tab keeps the backhand protection closer to the finger stalls, though it does prevent the backhand pad from opening completely when it is laced down. The cuff is attached, and it also features an aggressive flare at the top to allow for great wrist mobility. The stock leather strap wrist lock does not extend outside of the cuff for adjustment purposes.
LT90 Ventus: The LT90 Ventus features a more traditional two-piece segmented backhand pad, which is sewn down on the thumb side to keep the protection close to the hand. The cuff is attached, and is has a very wide and steep mesh outer cuff that creates a very wide overall cuff opening. A nylon webbing wrist strap extends outside of the cuff for easy strap adjustment.
Internals & Strap Setups
- 2000 V6: The base of the palm to the finger stalls is made of clarino, and the base material at the finger stalls is made of a gray, grip texture material. A new gripping rail sits at the base of the finger stalls to help give the goalie a better grip and more leverage when closing the glove. The 2000 has three (3) wrist adjustment straps - one at the base of the fingers, one over the back of the hand, and one nylon webbing wrist strap. New for 2014, the wrist and backhand cuffs have been combined into one piece to securely lock the hand and wrist into the glove. Also new, the thumb tunnel has a wider adjustable thumb loop to give the hand better leverage when snapping the glove shut.
- 2200 V6: The entire palm - from the base through the finger stalls - is constructed of Vaughn's gray textured material to give the goalie a secure grip whether the palm is wet or dry. And, like the 2000, the 2200 also has a finger rail at the base of the finger stalls to give the goalie more leverage when closing the glove. The internal strapping consists of three (3) straps - one at the base of the fingers, one at the back of the hand, and one leather strap & metal buckle wrist locking strap. Like the 2000, the 2200 has a wide, "3-tab" thumb loop to help increase leverage when closing the glove.
- LT90 Ventus: The base of the palm (from the heel of the hand to the finger stalls) is made of a BS Clarino material. This material doesn't dry up and get crusty after it gets wet, and it gives the glove a very comfortable feel. The finger stalls use the gray grip base material which allows the goalie to really grasp the glove well whether the material is wet or dry. The glove is held on the hand using a split two-piece neoprene design which allows the single, v-shaped diagonal strap to be pulled much tighter for increased glove control. A nylon webbing wrist strap extends outside of the cuff for easy adjustment, even with the blocker on.
So...which glove should you choose?
Vaughn doesn't design gloves based on style (reaction/hybrid vs. blocking/butterfly). Instead, emphasis is given on how the goalie catches the puck and how the goalie uses the glove in his/her overall game. With this in mind, here are a few things to consider when choosing the right Vaughn catch glove for your style of play.
- Thumb Angle Considerations: The angle of the thumb plastics and and the break angle of the closure determine the overall thumb angle of the glove. This is an important consideration when choosing the best glove for your game. For example, if you're currently using a glove with a more "flat" thumb angle, and you notice that pucks keep deflecting off of the thumb and out of the glove, then you may want to choose a glove with a higher / steeper thumb angle. This design rotates the pocket upwards - more in line with how you probably tend to catch. Of the gloves that we describe here, the LT90 model has a highest thumb angle, and the angles on the 2200 and 2000 are slightly lower.
- Cuff Considerations: The models with a separate or "two-piece" cuff tend to have more wrist flex than "one-piece" cuffs do. These gloves tend to be used by goalies with quicker hands, or goalies who play the puck a lot. The solid or one-piece thumb style tends to be chosen more by a blocking style goalie or a goalie who tends to take lots of shots off the cuff, who doesn't play the puck a lot, or who wants a stiffer blocking surface and more cuff protection.
Still need more information?
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