Vaughn Launches New GX1 Goal Skate on InGoal
When InGoal Magazine first saw a prototype of a goalie skate in Mike Vaughn’s office two years ago, needless to say we were excited. Now, after a lot more testing and research to make sure they nailed it, we get to share that excitement with our readers as Vaughn Custom Sports launches the new GX1 Goalie Skate right here at InGoal, starting with a message from the President:
Introducing the first goalie skate from The Goalie Company
“Ever wonder why goalies have some of the ugliest feet in every hockey locker room? Why so many calluses and a gnarly, misshaped toes? I wondered that too, and frankly I think it’s because goalie skates have never been made specifically enough for goalies. Most are little more player skates, re-packaged in a protective goaltender-specific cowling.
“So I set out to design and build a skate specifically for us goalies, because at Vaughn we understand a goaltender’s stance and stride is different from a skaters. We put the focus on fit and comfort, all designed ergonomically to match the unique bio-mechanical needs for the way all goaltenders stand and move, with the understanding those of us who stop pucks don’t get to take a break, sit on the bench between shifts and rest our feet. We goaltenders are on the ice from the drop of the to the final whistle.
“Now for the first time, Vaughn has built a skate designed to do just that as well, combining maximum comfort and performance built just for goalies. Introducing the Vaughn GX1 Goal Skate, a design more than two years in the making.
“Check out all the features, and then try a pair on for yourself this spring. We promise they will fit and feel like nothing you’ve worn before. That’s because nothing you’ve worn before was built just for goalies.”
~ Mike Vaughn, President of Vaughn Custom Sports
INTRODUCING FORWARD LEAN
At Vaughn, we understand that goalies don’t stand straight up.
We spend most of our time pitched forward, so why don’t our skates?
Why has the lace pattern always been cut straight up from bend in the ankle?
There’s a reason some goalies don’t even bother to use the top hole in their laces. It pulls the leg back, away from the natural crouch for a goalie.
The new Vaughn GX1 Goal Skate solves this problem by creating a patent-pending forward lean that becomes visually apparent when you look at the top two eyelets for the skate laces. We’ve matched the neutral lace and skate position to the natural stance of a goaltender, putting the foot and ankle in an anatomically correct position for quick, powerful pushes and movement.
WRAP AROUND FIT AND COMFORT
Ever wonder why tightening the laces on your goalie skate feels like you are just pulling them tighter across the top of your foot, pinching in a way that ultimately contributes the lace bite? The Vaughn GX1 Goal Skate solves that problem with higher sides and recessed eyelets, so that when you pull the laces, you are tightening the entire skate around your foot, wrapping the pro-stitched, lightweight boot around the outside rather than just pinching it tight at the top.
So instead of pushing your foot down, the Vaughn GX1 design pulls the sides in, truly forming around the shape of your foot rather than trying to force your foot to conform to the shape of the skate.
The ankle and heel were built with the understanding that ankle bones are not symmetrical – just look at yours, it sticks out higher on the inside than the outside – and placed the ankle pockets for both in the correct spots, helping to lock in the foot even more and prevent the heel from lifting, which costs a goaltender both power and precision.
The toecap on the boot is wider for a superior fit that keeps the inner edge and toes from distorting, firmly setting the foot on the foot bed for increased control. Speaking of the removable foot bed, the Vaughn GX1 comes with one that is properly molded, with edges rising from the bottom and sides of the foot to match and support its shape, rather than flat flap of foam that comes with most skates.
Add in several other goalie-specific creature comforts, including a neoprene collar; a larger tongue that combines orthopedic felt with a high-density molded inner core to spread lace pressure; gel foam and HD lace bite pads; and you’ll quickly feel what separates the Vaughn GX1 from all others.
PERFORMANCE AND PROTECTION
It starts with the bottom of the boot, which has a full carbon outsole, creating a rigid base that gives the boot strength and eliminates twisting or pulling away from the attached cowling, ensuring all the effort that goes into every push and stop is transferred completely to the ice without performance lag.
Speaking of the cowling, in addition to a double-thick toecap for protection where it is needed most, it has several new goalie-specific performance features. The inside edge sidewall is higher than most for increased protection, but also includes cutouts on the inside edge that allow each goalie to dial in their own perfect blend of protection and weight, either by leaving the high protective wall intact, or by removing sections along one of two lines:
The back inside pillar is angled to match the angle of the bootstrap goalies run through it, reducing any twisting and increased wear on the strap. The gap for the toe tie is angled in a “V” shape so the laces don’t slip down, maintaining the optimum connection between the skate and the pad.
The skate blade itself is stainless steel, 4 millimeters in width, and anchored at three points, with the front two closer together in order to increase blade strength and reduce the flex that costs goalies power on their pushes.
The extra attachment point also helps prevent catastrophic blade attachment failures, while two small cutouts atop the blade help save weight, and there are plans to offer taller replacement blades to further increase attack angle.
The latter is already super aggressive thanks to the last – but certainly not least – new innovation in the Vaughn GX1 Goal Skate, a beveled inside edge on the cowling to support goalies that want an aggressive angle.
This new angled inner edge functions as a secondary stopping point, reduces slip outs and allows the goaltender to balance on a flat surface in a half butterfly, providing superior control for quicker body positioning.
Like the rest of the Vaughn GX1 Goal Skate, it’s new and unique.
Like everything else at Vaughn, it’s just for goalies.
Look for the Vaughn GX1 at retailers in 2014, and keep checking InGoal Magazine for more information and the first reviews of both the new skate and the new V6 line, which features several bold new directions for Vaughn.