New Vaughn V6 Velocity 2300: Hip To Be Square
Vaughn Custom Sports continues to expand its family of Carbon Enhanced Performance pads, adding a new look, new features and new options to the Velocity V6 line with the 2300 pads.
The first difference that jumps out is the square knee rolls, but that’s far from the only new feature in the Velocity V6 2300 pad. And while the knee rolls may invoke thoughts of the more flexible Velocity V6 2000 pad, the reality is this new 2300 pad is closer in fit and feel to the flat-faced Velocity V6 2200 pad that debuted last season.
Whereas the proprietary flexible carbon fiber is used only in the top of the V6 2000 pad, the core of the V6 2200 and new 2300 pad has the Carbon Enhanced Performance technology from top to bottom.
Like the V6 2200 pad, the new V6 2300 features Vaughn’s new Pro Core, an inner foam that runs top to bottom, eliminating clean breaks and preventing any settling as it breaks in. With the additional carbon fiber running through the solid core, the pads literally bounce back to form after being flexed. The true beauty of both pads is they do both with ease: flexing with the skate and lower leg at the boot break, and wrapping around the five-hole at the knee – all without sacrificing pad height or shape over time. And the new V6 2300 has two additional pieces of carbon fiber to further enhance that flex performance.
The first extra carbon fiber layer in the V6 2300 pad runs from below the knee to the top of the pad, and the second runs from the middle of the knee to the top, further stiffening up and adding spring above the knee of a pad that comes stock with two breaks in the outer roll.
In many ways the new V6 2300 pad provides a perfect balance point between the more traditional V6 2000 and the flat-face V6 2200, with a softer, more connected feeling down at the boot break, the added flex of a double break above the knee, and extra carbon fiber to ensure all that flexibility doesn’t mean shrinkage over time. Add in the new, stiffer Ventus Pro LT98 line that debuted last week at InGoal, and Vaughn has something for every style. But more carbon fiber and square knee rolls are far from the only innovation in the new V6 2300 pad.
For starters, the Velocity V6 2300 weighed in at just five pounds, six ounces for the 34 + 2 inch model that InGoal worked with. But it’s possible – easy, in fact – to make the new pad even lighter because the V6 2300 is easily the most adjustable Vaughn we’ve seen. And with a couple of really quick strapping adjustments, InGoal had the 34 + 2 Velocity V6 2300 pad down to just five pounds.
Like the new Ventus and the Velocity V6 2200, the outer buckles on the V6 2300 have multiple attachment point options that allow every goaltender to quickly adjust how they want to set up the top of the pad. But the bigger change is on the calf, with six different attachment point options set up for each of the two calf-wrap buckles.
Perhaps more importantly to anyone who has experience with the Smart Strap system used by Brian’s Custom Sports, the new Vaughn Velocity V6 2300 pad has a Velcro-based strapping option around the calf.
It is a “Y” strap, with a split to two adjustable attachment points on the inside of the leg and one more on the outside of the calf.
This new strapping system made it easy to adjust the set up and achieve a variety of fit options around the calf, making it an easy and attractive option to remove the leather and metal buckle straps completely to lighten the pad up even more.
The same goes for the top strap that runs from the inside of the thigh rise. Some goalies use that strap to pull the top of the pad closed around the 5-hole, and it works well with the double break adding flexibility and the carbon fiber helping it pop back straight when the goalie gets back up and the tension on that strap is eased. But for those that don’t need it, the strap is easily removed to cut weight.
Combine all those new options with the performance characteristics of the new Vaughn Velocity V6 2300, and you’ve got a pad that can be set up to work well with a variety of playing preferences.
The additional carbon fiber layers also strengthen this more flexible pad in both directions. In addition to holding its shape from top to bottom, the use of the Carbon Fiber Performance technology also improves durability across the face, or width of the pad, supporting the foams to maintain stronger edges that improve both coverage and sliding performance with firmer edges for a longer period of time.
Other notable features include a double-elastic knee strap that can either be attached around the knee in a traditional manner, or run down to the top of the outer calf wrap. Vaughn also added a hard protective section inside the bottom of that outer calf wrap, an area more goalies are susceptible to take shots off when standing against the post on sharp angle shots and plays below the goal line.
Vaughn is also allowing goaltenders to custom order the new Velocity V6 2300 with the new Ventus LT98 knee cradle, which comes with an impressive new integrated kneepad system that can also be removed to create a wide-open knee stack area and more landing gear space for goalies that prefer to wear an oversized independent knee pad.
Because the graphics on the Velocity V6 2300 work with the other line, it’s easy to mix and match the new pad with gloves and blockers from the V6 2000, V6 2200 and even Ventus LT98 lines.
Add it all up and the new 2300 pad, which is already available at retail, is a great addition to the Vaughn family, with plenty of new options, technology to improve durability and reduce weight, and all the performance and feel Velocity goalies expect.