Warrior’s Revolutionary New Chest-and-Arm Protector Reviewed
InGoal Magazine had been aware Warrior had something they believed would be truly revolutionary in the works for their new chest-and-arm unit for quite some time.
That didn’t make our first look at it three months ago any less shocking.
To say Pete Smith and the crew at Warrior’s Montreal-based facility went a little mad scientist on the concept of traditional chest-and-arm protection when they designed the new Warrior Ritual Pro Chest and Arm is a serious understatement. With hinged plastic sections on the arms and a mechanical elbow complete with sliding pulleys, Warrior didn’t just think outside the box.
They built a brand new box.
The arms ensure goaltenders will never feel another puck, and never have to heal another bruise, but it’s not just about adding a plastic layer. The increased protection is as much about adding air, as in the inch-plus gap between that plastic shell and the “hammock” that lies behind it, holding the arm in place and away from direct – or any – impact.
The innovations and additions extend to the chest piece as well, including more custom adjustability than ever. But the Pro Model – there is also a Ritual Senior version with more traditional foam arm protection – will be judged largely by the new arms.
Of course anything this different and unique is bound to come with questions and some doubters, so we took a close look at how the Warrior Chest and arm is designed, and how it performed on InGoal testers, which this time ranged from the american Hockey league to Canadian University varsity, to junior, to various-level rec leaguers.
InGoal also talked at length with Florida Panthers’ goaltender Scott Clemmensen, who along with Detroit’s Jonas Gustavsson has been wearing the new Ritual C/A since the summer. And while it’s understandable most will take his comments with a grain of salt after seeing Clemmensen on Warrior’s advertising, the veteran was candid about having many of the same questions when he first put it on.
For most outside observers, those first-glance questions about focus on three things: durability, rebound control, and mobility.