In the case of the new Warrior Ritual G2 line, however, it’s hard to argue otherwise.
The pads weigh just over four pounds, have no traditional leather straps or toe tie (though both are included and can be added easily), the largest landing area on a knee stack we’ve ever seen, and the ability to adjust the thigh rise break on the fly.
And the gloves are even more innovative, with removable palms – that’s right, the palms can be taken out, cleaned and replaced in both the blocker and trapper – that provide levels of both durability and adjustability never seen before.
Best of all, these innovations work on the ice, not just in the laboratory, because the designers at Warrior are all goalies too.
So check out the special edition review issue, which includes a short video showing how easy it is to add padding into the glove – creating a practice palm in less than a minute is just one of many benefits of the removable palm – and you tell us if Warrior hasn’t provided another level of in the evolution of goaltending equipment.
After more than a month of secretly testing the Ritual G2, we’re pretty confident when we say they have.