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 Tusk II Junior mask for 2012, Eddy has incorporated many of the enhancements of their Senior line of masks into a mask specially designed for the Junior goaltender.
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 area. 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. The chin features a curled in design which gives it more stiffness and strength. The skull plate spans the entire width of the mask to keep it from compressing during heavy side loads.
The mask interior features an 1/2" thick impact foam at the forehead and crown, and a dual density foam which is 3/8" thick at the sides. The impact foam at the forehead is the same as that used in many football helmets, and it achieves a consistent 5-star test rating. The cheek and face 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 Tusk II 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.