Introducing Reebok XLT: New Name for Reason
Reebok has introduced a new name to goaltending, and there is a really good reason for it.
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Rather than continue their revolutionary Premier line by rolling out a P5 for next season, Reebok introduced the Premier XLT to three NHL goaltenders – and InGoal Magazine – at their Goalie Summit in Montreal. And for those wondering why the company would break from a name that has become tradition since the father-son design team of Michel and Patrick Lefevre introduced the original Premier a decade ago, it all about the way new version of the Premier pad will play for those of us not in the NHL.
XLT isn’t about a marketing slogan. It tells a story about the core of the pad – a modified and improved core.
The XLT stands for Cross-Link Technology, and while Reebok and the Lefevres have been using cross-link foams for years, the latest version has been re-designed with more thicker, harder foams closer to the face in order to give the rest of the us what NHL goaltenders have long relied on the Premier line for: longer rebounds directed out of danger areas that buy time to recover.
“You don’t want the puck to stop five, six feet away from you,” Crawford told InGoal Magazine after testing the new XLT line in Montreal. “You want it to kick out a little bit further away from you and you want to give yourself a chance to get over and get to the rebound. I definitely like a pad that is going to give me time to recover with those long rebounds instead of short ones.”
Which is a lot easier when guys are firing pucks at you in the 80- to 100-mile-an-hour range. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), the rest of us don’t see shots that hard, which makes it easier for him to shoot those rebounds out further.
That’s where XLT comes in.
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“We’re trying to give other players the same rebound Corey Crawford gets in the NHL,” said Sonya Dibiase, the head of the Reebok and CCM goalie equipment division. “It’s the same foam as the pro – the exact same foam that Corey Crawford will have in his pads in the NHL this season – but it’s designed to react to a soft shot the same way a pro pad does to those harder shots he sees.”
It’s a big innovation, one that warranted its own name. Hence no P5. It’s the Premier XLT instead.
“What’s new? It looks like a P4, with all the leg options and great features of the Premier line, but it’s really about what pad does for pros and making one that will do the same thing at retail for lower level players facing softer shots,” Dibiase said. “It’s about buying them some time through longer rebounds – time to recover. We want the pad to play like an extension of your stick.”
There are other new tweaks from the extremely popular P4 line that also debuted at InGoal Magazine two seasons ago, as well as some internal changes to improve the XLT glove, which comes with a double-T option, and a new-look binding-less XLT blocker.
InGoal will take a closer look at the entire line – and put the rebound control claims to the test on the ice – in a future edition.
For now enjoy some behind-the-scenes footage and images with Crawford and the Reebok’s new XLT line in action on the ice in Montreal, and know the changes are more than just a name. For goalies not already in the NHL, the name – and the reason for it – could change everything.