The Vaughn Ventus LT80 leg pad features a full flat front surface with a solid outer roll to give the pad a firm shape. The pre-shaped boot scoop and side profile keeps the pad in a taller posture to increase net coverage and reduce drag on the ice. The internal edge of the pad is designed with a wider landing area at the knee, which creates a wider surface for increased balance and control. The inner shin five hole structure gives a flatter surface area for better stability and sliding performance.
The internal knee cradle has an angled strap system that positions the straps below the bend in the knee for added comfort and less friction during pad rotation. Adjustable knee straps allow for precise adjustment to support the knee in the body of the pad to help elevante it from the ice surface. This allows the goaltender to get a wider butterfly spread and it reduces stress on the knees and hips.
The leg cradle features a wide inside landing pad that is shaped to encapsulate the leg and cushion the body weight while going down on the ice surface. The outer leg cradle pad is sculpted to cover the calf and extend coverage into the side profile of the pad to cover gaps when up tight against the post. Both the knee and the leg cradle are designed to create a pivoting hinge so the pad will quickly rotate around the leg to effectively square up the pad to the most effective blocking position.
- One piece outside roll structure
- Inner core for precise pad shape
- Extreme light weight with superior pad and balance
- Tall +2" sizing standard
- Laced in adjustable thigh guard
- Off-set toe tie with lace adjustment position
- Pre-shaped firm design and construction
- New Ventus graphic gives a taller, longer appearance
- Curved upper side profile helps close five hole when in butterfly
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.