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InGoal Unveils Chris Mason’s New Brian’s G-NETik Predators Gear

InGoal Unveils Chris Mason’s New Brian’s G-NETik Predators Gear

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Mason G-NETik for newsletterAs InGoal Magazine puts Brian’s innovative new G-NETik line through its first on-ice test sessions outside the professional ranks for a full review in our September issue we are pleased to bring you a sneak peak at the set of Nashville’s Chris Mason today. Among the many features of the G-NETik line is the ability to customize the pad to fit your game, whether it’s switching between traditional leather straps or the smart strap system introduced in the SubZero line worn by Mason in Winnipeg last season,or customizing breaks.Mason’s new G-NETik pads shown above feature a 3-3-3 break pattern, meaning the softest options available, with both internal and external breaks at the boot, below the knee and above the knee. This soft flex will be the stock option on the new G-NETik pad and is a pattern that Brian’s recommends for the typical hybrid goaltender in search of a soft, form-fitting feel.

Brian's GNet-ik Chris Mason

This flexible feel extends to the knee rolls seen on the face of Mason’s pads, a traditional look that Brian’s has updated with a technological twist they plan to unveil this week on the Brian’s G-NETik page.

G-NETik gear is coming this fall, with the first full review and an exciting contest already set to be unveiled in the pages of InGoal Magazine early next week. But you can see more pictures of Mason’s gear, including a new glove that Canucks goalie Eddie Lack raved about (so did the first two InGoal testers to try it), by scrolling down the page.

While you wait for the review, be sure to check out Mason’s New Predators Mask, and keep checking back at Brian’s G-NETik page to stay on top of the latest equipment teases and updates.

Chris Mason Brian's G-NETik Glove

Could the logo on the side of Mason’s pads below be a sign of things to come for the front?

Chris Mason Brian's G-NETik Pad Side View

About The Author

David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.

21 Comments

  1. Joe Hutek

    Holy smokes! Will these be available for public ?

    • armands

      You can order any type of pads in any company – it is called Custom model!!!

  2. Paul Ipolito

    Cool pads- but. Are these almost-weekly innovations getting to the point of being nothing more than pure marketing gimmicks? Can the average goalie actually tell the difference all these breaks and rolls and knobs and whistles achieve? This is starting to remind me of the car magazines that always have Ferrari on the cover.Fun to look at, but 99.9999% of us will never own one.Obviously, improvements are welcomed in any product, but I think this is more marketing. I also have no issues with Brians per se.I believe all of the major pad manufacturers are caught up in the marketing game.

    • Richard St-Onge

      I have to agree with Paul, one upgrade or innovation a year is justifiable as the average consumer has a budget to consider as well as time to properly test run the new equipment. It’s great to see how a company/brand is implicated in new advancements, but we are not fools, most of these top models are developed with the pro in mind.

      Nevertheless, good work from the gang at Brian’s!

  3. Chris @ Brian's

    All of the innovations Brian’s will be coming with in next few weeks are not gimmicks at all. You have to remember, they are not a huge corporation with tons of marketing dollars to spend. These innovations, many of which I promise you will rave about, are all purposeful and legitimate.

  4. TJ Bova

    Just when I thought I had the latest and greatest (ordered my Sub Zero’s about 2 weeks ago) Brian’s announces the G-Netik haha. All good though, I’d say my SZ’s are going to be a giant upgrade from my DX2’s.
    Anyway, those look pretty sick. I like that they’re putting the Smart Strap on other pads, as well as being able to customize flex points. That was a HUGE selling point when I decided to buy my SZ’s

    • Paul Ipolito

      TJ- I rest my case. The manufacturer’s should also give their customers a break and at least let the pads get broken in before they obsolete last season’s “next big thing” and “revolution in goaltending.” As I noted above, my comments are not directed specifically at Brians.They make great equipment. I take issue with the constant stream of “new and improved” equipment.Marketing overrules Engineering everytime.

      • David Hutchison

        Paul,

        I’m not sure that’s fair – in what industry do the manufacturers not innovate year in and year out? This year’s new car models do not make a car purchased last year ‘obsolete.’ The iPhone 5 when it comes out will certainly make me wish I could have one, but my current iPhone will still work just fine and I’m glad I have it. Sure we all wish we could have the latest and greatest, but it’s unfair to expect an industry to stop innovating.
        I’ve been fortunate enough to see and use many of the new products in the goalie industry and I’m impressed by the innovation – it’s not all marketing. Brian’s Smart Strap is fantastic and a logical next step in design – why wouldn’t Brian’s try to improve by adding features like this? The new G-NETik has taken strap innovation another step forward. I would argue that changes like these, and the Bauer TotalOne changeable breaks are also to the consumers’ benefit. You can order your pads one way and you aren’t stuck with your decisions for years – modify your strapping, and your breaks. That’s a nice advance if you ask me.
        Do these make your current pads obsolete? Not at all.

        • Paul Ipolito

          Hi David- Good discussion as usual.Your comments made me think of $300 Nike sneakers and all of the electronic gimmicks added to new cars today.Does any kid need $300 sneakers? Probably not. Do I need a car with more computer power than NASA? Probably not.I remain convinced this is marketing run wild.I think we will agree to disagree on this topic.At the end of the day no one is forcing me to buy these pads.
          Best regards-
          Paul Ipolito

  5. Chris @ Brian's

    Generally every hockey product has a 2 year life cycle. Sub-Zero’s came out in the Fall of last year as the butterfly style pad. The G-Netik will now replace the hybrid Zero-G line which has been around even longer at 3-4 years. I would not feel bad about a Sub-Zero purchase, these will not replace those but add another line in case the SZ is not your cup of tea.

  6. Chris @ Brian's

    Brian’s pro-level products come out a bit earlier than the rest due to being a small company and being domestic made product.

  7. Mickey

    Brian’s always releases their products in the fall. and Brian’s likes innovation, which makes the pads better and not similar to other companies. other companies use gimmicks, but brian’s actually takes the time to upgrade equipment to make it healthier, stronger, and better.

  8. Mike

    Why did Mason switch from the butterfly Sub Zero to the hybrid GNetik? Why wasn’t he wearing Zero G’s if he likes that style of pad?

    • Dan

      Mason might be working with new techniques. We all know its easier to do B-flys with nice flat/ firm pads but the pads that have all the breaks move better with skating and “organic” movements of the body. He might “drop” less and start doing a little more 2011 Thomas lol. IMO I could be wrong..

  9. Joe boutette

    First off just cause a goalie switches from a “butterfly” pad to “hybrid” one doesn’t make either or, he just likes his a certain way therefore gets Brian’s to make them his way that he likes, second for all those who are complaining about marketing schemes that the manufactures are force feeding all the new mods year after year. Stop reading up about the latest and greatest new thing you are obviously either way to in love with your gear or are pissed off that u can’t justify a new set just to keep up with the best new gear out there. Nothing ever stays the same it’s the way of the world, if it wasn’t we would all be standing up for every shot and helmet manufactures would never exsist. Live in the now man!!!

  10. paul szabo

    I agree with some of the questions raised by readers about whether all of the “innovation” is really innovation. Do we point the finger at the manufacturers, for putting out product with shorter and shorter life cycles, or the consumer, for running as fast as they can to sign up for the flavor of the month club?

    Still, working closely with an equipment manufacturer (Passau Hockey), I can confirm, as Chris from Brian’s said, that there is a lot of thinking that goes into some of these modifications, which try to follow and sometimes may even provoke changes in the way we play or what we expect the equipment to do. I suppose the consumer will have to judge for him or herself.

    Here is a current example: the knee cradle on pads is becoming flatter and more open and the knee straps have gone down to calf level as we realize that goalies need better and quicker rotation, and as they wear wider and more protective knee pads. Many goalies were hardly attaching the pad straps (for years in fact), so this opening up of the pad channel, lightening and reducing the strapping system in some respects was a natural direction to head in. That to me is not gimmicky.

    As far as the frequent changing of esthetics and graphics on the pad, well, maybe the opposite argument could be made. But I like to think that a successful design or a great look has staying power. An example: look how many goalies went back to the vintage 80’s look, with colored pad rolls. I think that look still is a winner.

  11. Neal Maxwell

    Great debate Paul and David. I think the real question here is whether or not Chris Mason is using a blocker this year.

    • David Hutchison

      Neal, I think he’s planning on using the new Finnish glove technique where you catch anything in the general vicinity of the net, on either side of your body.

  12. SRS BZNS

    Paul I. and Richard,

    I think you guys have taken the argument to the wrong company here. Your argument holds more water for Vaughn and Reebok who tend to release two pads a season one Hybrid and one Butterfly with minimal changes. (look at the p4 gloves compared to the P3). Now Brian’s generally tends to release one pads a season for a 2 year rotation. Subzero’s last year replacing the focus I believe in butterfly category and the G-netik this season replacing the Zero G in the Hybrid category. So like I said it seems you guys are barking up the wrong tree.

    I’m really interested in that catcher. Can anyone answer if that is close to the stock G-netik catcher design. No offense but it looks like a P4/P3 clone with a split T which is totally what I am looking for

  13. Scott

    It is a simple equation. Brian’s is replacing the zero g line for hybrid goalies. Many begged, including myself for the smart strap option on zero gs. This is the response. The SZ pads are butterfly box pads. Two different uses for two different pads. That’s why the innovation train is rolling at Brian’s.

  14. semipro

    When can I get a glove??