The SLR2 youth goalie leg pads from Vaughn bring a lightweight modern pad feel down to growing goalies. With simple strapping, a fast Quickslide sliding surface, and bungee toe ties the Junior Ventus pads are a great choice for young goalies.External Material
The SLR 2 youth pads feature a traditional synthetic leather surface, but include their Quickslide material on the inner sliding edge. This Quickslide technology reduces friction on the ice and creates a faster sliding pad that will allow young goalies to incorporate butterfly slides easier into their game.
The full foam core construction that the SLR 2 youth pads offer is a solid surface that will kick rebounds much further away from the goaltender than Vaughn’s softer Velocity pads would. The one piece build is also designed to give the most predictable rebounds off the pad as the entire face of the pad is flat.
The no break precurved design of the pad provides maximum surface area, while still being curved enough to allow the goaltender to close the five hole effectively. The outer roll of the pad is also beveled to redirect pucks down towards the ice + the corners.
The boot angle of the SLR2 youth pads is a taller modern pad style that sits around 60*. This puts the pad much higher on the foot for a taller pad appearance as well as better rebound control into the corner when in the butterfly.
The knee cradle of the Vaughn SLR 2 keeps the goaltender secure with two key features. The angled velcro knee strap allows for a secure but free moving space for the goaltenders knee. The second key feature is the suede on the inside landing pad itself. This material limits the slip and allows goaltenders to stay more solidly on the knee stack.
Knee & Thigh Protection
The Ventus youth pads do not offer any native knee protection, and instead rely on a seperate knee pad to keep fully protected.
The strapping is one of the best features of the SLR 2 pads. The Rotation Control Strap keeps the pad snug on the leg without limiting the pads rotation. The rest of the strapping is simple velcro that goalies of any age should be able to manage.
The toe taper is going to be 90* for the best seal on the ice when the goaltender is in the butterfly. In combination with the boot angle, the pad easily directs pucks off the shin and foot into the corners.
Sizes & Colors
The available sizes for the SLR2 youth goal pads include: 22+2, 24+2 and finally 26+2. As for colours; White, White/Black, and White/Red will be available.