Great Pad But Cheaper Details
Hi there. I’ve been a Vaughn goalie for many, many years. I’ve tried everything but always seem to come back to Vaughn. I recently purchased the Vaughn Ventus SLR Pro Senior Goal Pad. Used it for the first time today. I was very impressed. Excellent quality, light weight and surprisingly flexible for a flat-face butterfly pad. Looks good too. I play a hybrid game (with some butterfly) so this pad suited my style perfectly. To me, it’s a “best-of-both-worlds “ pad. However I was very disappointed with a couple facets of the pad. Despite a 16% ($130) year-over-year price increase, I was surprised to see that Vaughn used some cheaper, less effective parts. 1) On last year’s SLR SR pad, the individual Vaughn lettering on the outside sidewall was made from Clarino and individually sewn but this year they used a heat transfer vinyl. It looks very cheap. 2) The new bungee toe tie was frustratingly difficult to undo. I have already replaced it with a Velcro solution. And 3) They are using a smaller, cheaper plastic clip for the Reactive Control Strap. I found it much harder to do up and almost impossible to release. In general, I love the pad but was very surprised that Vaughn took such a backward step in terms of parts quality.