Written by Jonothan Holloway
The second iteration of the Warrior’s GT line, the GT2 series, is a tweaked version of the original GT gear. No crazy changes, but instead, some key refinements and crossover tech from last year’s G4 launch. For a second-generation launch this is what we would expect, and overall we’re quite pleased with the changes. Designed to be light and soft, the GT2 maintains unique Warrior feel while also improving the stability of the pad in the butterfly. With the addition of HyperComp in the thigh-rise, the GT2 Pro increases durability and prevents the pad from shrinking over time. A much-needed addition that doesn’t sacrifice the weight or balance of the pad.
The GT2’s tapered boot and improved torsional flex systems combine to improve the attack angle of the pad without losing a perfect seal. Warrior has focused on the playability in a butterfly – and why wouldn’t they? These are the changes we were hoping for. One feature that we were hoping to see was AIRslide tech, but we recognize that not all goalies are ready to adopt the new sliding system. Keeping this as a G4 exclusive provides us with an option to choose which is nice also.
The G4 launch was a massive success in 2018, and in 2019, Warrior is aiming to solidify and grow its market with the GT2 series. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the GT2 line.
To quote Warrior “Tradition elevated” is what the GT series leg pads have always strived for and the GT2 pads are no exception. Warrior doesn’t want to stray from the traditional feel goalies are used to, but rather improve or ‘elevate’ it to perform better without sacrificing the true leg pad feel. With the addition of HyperComp being carried over from the G4, Warrior keeps the GT soft and flexible while still incorporating HyperComp into the thighrise for added stopping power and seal. The torsional flex allows the pad to move more naturally with your leg and seal the ice perfectly and the 360-degree ACTIVEdrop leg channel provides a loose fitting leg channel for the perfect pad rotation every time. Overall, these leg pads look to be an improvement to the previous models without changing the pad too drastically.
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