The Bauer Vapor 2X intermediate goalie pads raise the bar for performance gear, with very little difference separating it from the pro model. Some tweaks and improvements Bauer has brought are a softer flex profile, a Free Flex 100-degree boot and Monster H.A.L toe straps.
Bauer uses a synthetic leather front face with their trademark C.O.R.Tech knee and calf plates, promoting the pad to launch rebounds far from the net, providing extra time to set up for the next shot.
Bauer uses their new Dynamic Flex core with Curv Composite in the thigh rise. The dynamic flex core allows the pad to be softer and more flexible than the previous 1X pad. The Curv Composite added into the thighrise ensures the pad keeps it’s integrity and shape even after countless ice times.
The Bauer 2X Goal Pads have a soft flex profile, with pad breaks above and below the knee. The pad breaks encourage the pad to sync with your leg and move seamlessly with each movement.
The Vapor 2X leg pads have a 100-degree free flex boot, this helps the pad be more reactive and play in sync with your body without restriction.
Bauer has equipped the 2X with a 45-degree Stabilislide Knee block, lined with Ax Suede Quattro. The knee block is designed to raise you off the ice and provide a solid base from when in the butterfly. Ax Suede Quattro is Bauers sanitized odour resistant treatment to fight against any bacterial or fungal growth, keeping gear is top condition and clean. Bauer has also made the knee wing adjustable/removable for a more customizable fit.
The strapping system stays familiar with the classic Vapor Tune Fit strapping, allowing a quick and easy set up with only 3 velcro straps. The strapping consists of an outer velcro strap to keep everything together, a strap that wraps around the knee or upper calf and lastly the Tune Fit strap that allows the ability to choose wear it is done up on the calf, once again giving a more custom fit.
The toe on the new Vapor 2X goal pads has a slight taper to it, allowing goalies a better attack angle. To ensure a strong seal along the ice, Bauer uses uses a combination of torsional flex as well as their new Monster Toe Ties. The new toe ties are a bungee lace similar to the previous bungee lace they used, though this one has velcro on each end to simply wrap through the bottom of the skate and then attach the velcro on to of your skate, similar to where you would tie your lace.
Sizes & Colors
Bauer does things slightly different than other brands, only offering XS,S,M,L,XL pad sizing, though these sizes still increase in only 1 inch increments. In senior sizing, a small would be equivalent to 30 +1, medium 31 +1, and so on. The new Vapor 2X pads will come in white, blue, navy and red colour combos.