Limited Edition and new for 2011, the Vaughn 7480 Goalie Leg Pads are styled directly from the 7900 series leg pads and they are an extremely high quality imported pad. The materials and construction processes used to create the 7480 series are nearly identical to those used in the 7900 pad, making them true Vaughn "Custom Spec" pads. These leg pads are designed the Hybrid goal tender who like the feel of a softer, "Velocity-like" boot and shin, but also prefer a thinner, more rigid thigh rise.
- Taller 1.5" thigh rise for increased blocking surface without massive weight
- Solid construction throughout and emphasized in the thigh area for tighter five-hole coverage
- Solid top outside roll and internal high density foams provide a more solid an improved blocking surface
- Fully adjustable knee cradle is movable and customizable for a precise fit
- Wide flat inner edge to provide excellent pad stability while down on the ice
- High density foam on the inner edge prevents hard shots from pushing past the five-hole and gives a tighter seal
- Wide leg channel aids in pad rotations and allows for complete pad control for quick movements
- Molded thigh guard for full coverage
- Limited Edition graphics provide a more visually imposing appearance
The Key factor is the overall length. The length can be divided into three sections:
B.Instep to knee
C.Knee to top or thigh rise
The proper length of the goal pad boot is determined by the goalie's skate size. The next key area is the instep to knee that determines the shin length. Finally, the knee to top or thigh rise is a personal measurement depending on how much pant and pad overlap the goaltender prefers. A general rule is 7" to 8".
A.Skates size: provide the skate size for proper boot fit.
B.Instep to knee: measure from instep to the front center of kneecap while leg is in slightly bent position.
C. Thigh rise: measure from front center of kneecap up the thigh to desire height.
A + B + C = Estimated size of pad
If fitted properly, the goalie's knee should rest directly behind the center knee roll with the pad securely attached to the goal skate and properly strapped on the goaltender's leg. Generally, this will ensure that the pad breaks (bends) at the knee/shin and ankle as designed for optimal performance.