The pads which are worn by the goal tenders to keep their legs safe from sticks, skates and any other thing that might come their way during the game play are known as goalie pads. The basic function of the pads is protection from external injuries to the leg during match time. These pads are made of various types of materials that include synthetic leather, nylon and also different types of foam padding.
The leather straps: these type of goalie pads which are of the level of the elite are mainly equipped with metal buckles and straps of leather. Leather straps have been preferred from many years due to the comfort and the fit that they provide to their players. They are little bit heavier compared to the nylon webbing straps but these are very durable.
Nylon webbing straps: the introductory level and the mid – level goalie pads have the nylon webbing straps and the quick clip buckles, which are also called as the alligator clips. It might sometimes be difficult to get the nylon straps adjusted but once you have set them according to the length that you desire the quick clips will be very convenient to use.
The leg pad foam: these days materials of higher quality and cost efficient materials are being used to pad the walls of the goalie pads. The manufactures use foams which are a combination of both higher density and lower density foams in their goalie pads. While the higher density foams will help the pads in order to retain their stiffness and their shape along with the aspect of providing great protection, the other lower density foams will be sued deaden the puck which will help the goaltender to control the rebounds. The higher density foams are used in the front and the sides of the leg pads while the lower density foam pads are being used in the interior of the channels of the leg to make it more convenient and comfortable to wear.
The features of:
The butterfly style goalie pads
- They have a flat face and a shape that is pre – curved and they do not have any breaks on the rolls at the side. But recently manufactures have started implementing the internal flex breaks in order to gain some flexing of the butterfly style pads.
- These are the thicker landing pads for the knees. The thickness will vary on the level of the quality and also the maker of the pad. Using the thicker landing pad will help reduce the strain on the hips and also on the knees while the player is in the position of the butterfly.
- It has shin cradle which is shallower and it allows the pads to easily rotate when butterflying
- It is squared up the thigh and the boot will provide a coverage that will be maximum
The steps that are involved in putting on the butterfly goalie pads
- In the first place the toe ties have to be attached to the pad.
- Run the strap of the boot through back hole of the skate cowling.
- If the pad consists of the calf wrap strap, attach it to the level of tightness that you desire.
- Get the straps of the knee or the thigh attached. These can be worn loose of all the straps that are available.
- If the pads come along with the knee or thigh protectors which are attached, get the straps tightened around the knee and the thighs and then get the pad underneath your pant leg.
The hybrid style goalie pads
- They are the traditional knee rolls, which makes it much easier for the goaltender to flex the pads at the knees
- The shin cradle is deeper which ensures that the pad stays in the position as the goalie keeps moving around
- These are the thick landing pads which help in protecting the goaltender’s knees in case they flop down
- They also have flex cuts on the vertical side rolls.
The standard sizing of the goalie’s pad is based on the combination of the size of you skate, the measurement from the ankle to the knee and the measurement from the knee to the thigh. But always before you buy a goalie pad make sure you try it on so that you are sure of your size and also the comfort and the fit.
The face of the goalie pads has the following features:
- The thigh rise: this helps the goalie to close their five hole in the position of the butterfly. The advance goalies will want a thigh rise that is larger to help them even more.
- The outer roll: it runs the full length of the pad. This should always be located on the outside of the body of the goaltender. This outer roll helps in strengthening the pad and also allows to hold the shape the way it does.
- Knee rolls: there are also options which you are provided for the area of the knee, they add flexibility to the pad and also help deflect the pucks and also help in controlling the rebounds. The knee area options will include: knee rolls, flat knee rolls or the flat face.
- The toe ties: these are attached to the bottom of the pad at the bridge of the toe. These ties will run under the skate and help in holding the pad to the skate. There are two types of traditional ties that are the standard toe tie and the active response strap.
- The sliding toe bridge: this helps in keeping the pad centered and tied to the skate. It lets the tie to slide along the bridge.
The leg pads which have a single break have a break which is below the knee, this lets the pad to easily flex around that area. The pads which have a double break above and below the knee can easily be flexed and bent both above and also below the knee.