For over 20 years, the story behind Eddymask has always been proper the proper fit of the shell to the entire head. Coming from a custom mask background, the philosophy of the company has always been to create a larger range of fit without being sloppy and creating gaps between the shell, the foam and the head. In the new GT Ultimate III for 2012, enhancements have been made to a popular design to create an extremely comfortable, durable mask that achieves the maximum levels of protection and performance.
The shell is made of Eddy's multi-resin system, and also utilizes their proprietary solid sheet technology. The result of this construction process is a shell mold that achieves the optimum balance between resin and fiberglass to achieve an increbibly strong, rigid shell. Shell rigidity is further enhanced by a new shell design that is sharper, and that has more pronounced ribs in the forehead and the chin. The more pronounced rib design also serves to eliminate flat spots in the mask, meaning that pucks will simply glance off of the main impact areas and will not impact the shell directly. For added protection, Kevlar and additional fiberlass have been added to the forehand and chin areas. The skull plate spans the entire width of the mask to keep it from compressing during heavy side loads.
The mask interior features a dual density foam which is 1/2" thick at the forehead and 3/8" thick at the crown, skull plate and sides. The foam layers are comprised of a higher density 8lb black foam that sits against the shell, and a softer blue urethane foam that touches the goalie's head and face. The black foam provides great impact resistance, and the blue foam is great for energy absorbtion and comfort, and it also serves to "grab" the goalie's head and face during impacts to help keep the mask from shifting.
The window opening of the GT Ultimate III is cut deeper to give the goalie better sightlines and unobstructed peripheral vision. The cage options are all made of stainless steel for maximum protection.