If you hope to snag fast-flying pucks before they cross the goal line you’ll need to find yourself the ideal catching glove. There are numerous sizes, colours and models on the market for netminders of all ages and skill levels. However, while price is obviously a major factor when deciding which glove to choose, you should also consider its fit, comfort, level of protection, durability and flexibility. Not only are you going to catch pucks with it, but you may also find yourself on the wrong end of slashing sticks and even the odd skate blade.
Below we have listed what we consider to be the eight best hockey goalie gloves available.
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|Picture||Hand||Color||Where to buy|
Vaughn Ventus V9 Pro Goalie Catcher
|Regular||Black/Black, White/Black, White/White||Buy Now in the US|
Bauer Vapor 3X Goalie Catcher
|Regular, Full Right||White, White/Black, White/Blue, White/Navy, White/Red||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Goalie Catcher
|Regular||White/Navy||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
CCM AXIS A1.9 Goalie Catcher
|Regular, Full Right||White/White, Black/Black, White/Black||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
CCM AXIS Pro Goalie Catcher
|Regular||White/White, White/Black, Black/Black, White/Black/Red||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Warrior Ritual G5+ Goalie Catcher
|Regular||White||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Goalie Catcher
|Regular||White/White||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Brians GNETIK X Goalie Catcher
|Regular||White/Red/Black||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Bauer Supreme 3S Goalie Catcher
|Regular||White, White/Black, White/Blue, White/Navy, White/Red||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Bauer GSX Goalie Catcher
|Regular, Full Right||White, Black, Navy||Buy Now in the US
Buy Now in Canada
Table of Contents
- 1) Vaughn Ventus V9 Pro Goalie Catcher
- 2) Bauer Vapor 3X Goalie Catcher
- 3) Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Goalie Catcher
- 4) CCM AXIS A1.9 Goalie Catcher
- 5) CCM AXIS Pro Goalie Catcher
- 6) Warrior Ritual G5+ Goalie Catcher
- 7) Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Goalie Catcher
- 8) Brians GNETIK X Goalie Catcher
- 9) Bauer Supreme 3S Goalie Catcher
- 10) Bauer GSX Goalie Catcher
- Frequently Asked Questions
1) Vaughn Ventus V9 Pro Goalie Catcher
The Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro catcher is popular with competitive goalies who are looking for a comfortable and protective glove with a fast break-in period. It features a split T design which combines the best features of a double T and single T pocket. The lightweight mesh fingers offer great breathability while the internal grip rail inside the palm enables a perfect closure and grip.
The neoprene-lined interior comes with an adjustable strapping system for a custom fit and the exterior is made with tough and durable synthetic leather material. This catcher comes with a bindingless, wide open one-piece cuff to enhance the blocking surface and the soft, antimicrobial liner speeds up the drying time after games and practices while also wicking away moisture, odours and bacteria. It provides all the elements of an elite catching glove without inhibiting your range of motion.
The Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro catcher catcher is a premium glove which is available in several colours and sizes and can usually be found in the mid to high price level.
2) Bauer Vapor 3X Goalie Catcher
The new Vapor 3X catcher boasts a CatchLite pocket with Double T-Trap material for excellent puck retention and a quicker break-in time. It allows for superb hand closure while the depth of the pocket is designed for easy catching with no costly pop outs or rebounds. Once the glove catches the puck it remains there. The cuff provides optimal wrist mobility and rebound control while the rigid but lightweight Curv Composite material provides tremendous stability, protection and durability.
The composite construction also helps the glove to keep its shape season after season. The flexible pocket is game-ready and the pro nash palm adds to the overall comfort of the glove. The quick-adjusting wrist strap has extra padding without affecting your mobility. Your palm is kept firmly in place with a Velcro strap while the soft Thermo Max Liner wicks away moisture, odours and bacteria.
The Bauer Vapor 3X catcher is a top-level glove which comes in different sizes and can usually be found in the mid price range.
3) Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Goalie Catcher
One of the best new products this season is the lightweight Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Catcher which is made with performance, comfort and flexibility in mind. It features Bauer’s durable CORTech ST skin, a solid-one-piece Curv Composite cuff and a CatchLite palm with reinforced Poron Foam for added protection. It has a 75-degree closure which allows you to catch shots above and past the fingertips.
The back of the glove has a Free-Flex design across the back of your fingertips to the wrist for excellent range of motion when making crucial saves. The interior is outfitted with a Catchgrip liner to keep your hand comfortable and dry by wicking away moisture and sweat and making sure it’s stable when catching shots. The Double Tee Spine sees additional skate lacing in the pocket to make sure the puck remains there after being caught.
This durable glove is built with top-level materials all over and provides an easy hand closure with a minimum break-in period required. The elite-level Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Catcher offers the complete package for advanced-level netminders and can be found on the higher-price scale.
4) CCM AXIS A1.9 Goalie Catcher
Competitive goalies who are in search of superior protection for the entire hand often turn to the CCM AXIS A1.9 catcher. This glove is easy to break-in and features a layered-core palm to cut down on stingers and has a double straight T pocket with a 590 break angle and 60-degree hand closure. It comes with raised-foam fingers and a large one-piece blocking board.
This model features CCM’s exterior SpeedSkin synthetic material technology and can easily be adjusted with a backhand Velcro strap and closure system to keep your hand locked into position at all times. The AXIS catcher is equipped with a one-piece injection-molded cuff and thumb as well as a segmented foam outer wrist flap while the soft, liner is designed to quickly wick away odours and bacteria-causing moisture while reducing the drying time.
The CCM AXIS A1.9 catcher is a high-performance glove which comes in different sizes with the senior model weighing 1,090 grams. It can usually be found in the mid price range.
5) CCM AXIS Pro Goalie Catcher
New this year for elite-level performers is the CCM AXIS Pro Goalie Catcher. This glove is designed for comfort, protection and an easy break-in period. It boasts CCM’s D30 Smart Foam inside the palm for the ultimate in impact protection and the flexibility of the glove enables it to easily close and open. The foam then quickly hardens when hit by the puck to properly absorb the energy and reduce vibrations and stings.
The backs of the fingers are also protected with moulded high-density foam for any type of in-ice impact. The AXIS comes with a 590 break for maximum hand closure and has a double-tee pocket which is webbed with skate lace. It is outfitted with a large one-piece blocking board to help make sure the puck doesn’t get past you when down on the ice in the butterfly.
The exterior is wrapped with durable synthetic Speed Skin Technology to handle wear and tear and repel water while the backhand strap below the adjustable cuff ensures the glove securely remains in place while making the toughest of saves. The CCM AXIS Pro Catcher is the real deal and can be found in the higher-price range.
6) Warrior Ritual G5+ Goalie Catcher
Warrior’s lightweight Ritual G5+ catcher is designed top-level performance and protection. The adjustable glove enables you to alter the fit and break-angle via the removable liner and you can wear it as secure or as loose as you like. It comes with a 75-degree liner, however you can choose to go with 60 or 90 degrees if you prefer. It is kept in place with a convenient and adjustable strapping system and is kept cool and dry thanks to is excellent moisture and odour-wicking qualities.
Pucks can be easily caught in the catcher’s deep and wide single-T pocket with AxyFlex technology without popping out. There’s plenty of high-grade protection for impact absorption thanks to the reinforced construction of the glove but it still offers supreme flex and mobility. This model boasts a HyperComp palm with an added layer of protection as well as a mobile one-piece cuff and thumb.
The Warrior Ritual G5+ catcher is available in several colours and sizes and offers quality performance, durability and protection. It can typically be found in the mid price bracket.
7) Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Goalie Catcher
Competitive goalies may want to check out the newly-released Vapor Hyperlite catcher from Bauer this hockey season as it is highly innovative. It has a one-piece cuff design with a 60-degree closure angle and a wide double T pocket. The free-flex backhand boasts Curve Composite technology for excellent range of motion and protection while the palm comes with Curv Composite and Poron foam protection to disperse impact energy.
The breathable, soft Catchgrip liner is designed to keep the glove from slipping on your hand as well as quickly wicking away perspiration, moisture, odours and bacteria while reducing the glove’s drying time. The entire hand is well protected and kept comfortable and dry without having sot sacrifice any mobility and puck handling skills.
The new Bauer Hyperlite catcher is a professional-level glove which comes in different sizes and colours. It can usually be found in the higher price range.
8) Brians GNETIK X Goalie Catcher
Brian’s popular GNETIK X catcher is aimed at competitive goalies who demand a durable glove with Grade A features at an affordable price. This model has a 35-degree full-hand closure which needs no to little break-in time. It’s made with protective lightweight foams beneath the tough and durable synthetic leather and nylon exterior and features a bevelled thumb design with a deep and wide double T pocket.
The breathable AirKnit fingers keep your hand cool and dry while the No-Slip-Grip palm and cuff allow you to get an excellent grip by keeping your hand firmly locked in during the action. This catcher is equipped with a Nash-lined palm, a secure strapping system for a custom fit, a stiff rigid cuff and a soft antimicrobial liner to help eliminate sweat, odours and bacteria.
The top-performing Brian’s GNETIK X catcher comes in five different colours and several sizes and can usually be found in the mid price range.
9) Bauer Supreme 3S Goalie Catcher
The Bauer Supreme 3S Catcher comes high-grade leather, double tee trap material and a CatchLite pocket for premium puck retention and a faster break-in time. The one-piece cuff is made with Curv Composite to help it retain its shape while reducing the energy impact from the hardest shots imaginable. It also comes with a 75-degree closure angle to provide the right balance of flexibility between making saves and puckhandling.
Internally, it features an Ivory Nash palm with a soft, comfortable Thermo Max liner to keep your hand dry and cool by wicking away bacteria-causing odour, sweat and moisture. It boasts moulded polyurethane and foam protection in the palm, wrist and fingers and has a one-piece moulded thumb. The catcher is kept in place with a Velcro palm and nylon wrist strap for easy and quick adjusting.
Bauer’s new Supreme 3S Goalie Catcher is ideal for intermediate and advanced netminders who are seeking a quality catching glove in the mid-price range. It comes in different sizes with the senior medium glove weighing 1050 grams.
10) Bauer GSX Goalie Catcher
The top-rated Bauer GSX catcher is an ideal option for casual and recreational goalies as it’s great for catching shots as well as stickhandling. The double T pocket offers superb puck retention and protection without affecting your wrist mobility. The catcher can be quickly adjusted via the
Fast Strap Velcro system while the breathable Air Mesh liner keeps you cool and comfortable at all times while also wicking away moisture, germs and odours.
The exterior is constructed with tough and durable synthetic leather and polyester and it features a one-piece molded cuff. The catcher has a 75-degree break angle closure which is very easy to open and close. This model also showcases molded foam and poly protection, a segmented foam outer wrist flap, HD foam fingers, a Nash palm and large thumb box.
The Bauer Vapor 3X catcher is a top-level glove which comes in different sizes with the senior model weighing 963 grams. The glove can usually be found in the low to mid price range.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need a regular or full right goalie glove?
To decide which one you should get, you just need to decide which hand you are going to catch with. Of course, this isn’t a huge concern since you already know which hand you feel most comfortable with, but, it’s information you need to provide when buying a goalie catch glove nevertheless.
So, if you want to catch with your left hand, and hold your goalie stick wtih the right, go with regular goalie catchers, whereas a full right goalie glove is worn by people who catch with their right hand and hold the goalie stick in their left.
Which size goalie catcher do I need?
There are different sizes for a catch glove spread into four categories: senior, intermediate, junior and youth. First, determine your hand lenght by measuring from measuring heel to the tip of the middle finger, then use this chart below as a sizing guide:
Should I buy a used or new goalie catcher?
There wrong answer for this situation, not just for catchers, but for other ice hockey goalie equipment as well (like blocker, leg pads, goalie mask, chest protector, leg guards, etc.). So, if money is not an issue for you, always go for a new one, but, if you are on a budget there are a lot of good quality used goalie catch gloves out there that you can choose from that will do a similar job on the ice.
|Length (in.)||4 3⁄4 - 5 5⁄8 in.||5 5⁄8 - 6 1⁄4 in.||6 1⁄4 - 7 in.||7 - 8 3⁄8 in.|