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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Table of Contents
- 1) Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Goalie Catcher – Senior
- 2) Bauer Vapor 2X Goalie Catcher – Senior
- 3) Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Goalie Catcher – Senior
- 4) CCM Extreme Flex IV Pro Goalie Catcher- Senior
- 5) CCM AXIS Pro Goalie Catcher – Senior
- 6) Warrior Ritual GT2 Pro Goalie Catcher- Senior
- 7) Bauer Supreme S27 Goalie Catcher – Senior
- 8) Brians OPTIK 2 Goalie Catcher – Senior
- 9) Bauer Supreme 3S Goalie Catcher
- 10) Bauer Vapor X2.7 Goalie Catcher – Senior
- Frequently Asked Questions
1) Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon Goalie Catcher – Senior
This catcher by Vaughn is easily one of the most popular on the market. It’s a top-of-the-line senior model and the higher price reflects it. It offers superior coverage due to the wide, deep catching pocket while the two-piece design provides great flexibility. The glove features a t-web top design and moulded palm which are reinforced with carbon fibre for additional strength.
The back thumb and inner hand inserts are also constructed with carbon fibre as well as the front cuff protector. The inner-hand area includes Neoprene flex which provides goaltenders with excellent glove control. There’s also an adjustment strap at mid-hand along with a padded, adjustable wrist strap. There’s additional padding and protection in the wrist, hand base, fingertip, and thumb areas to better handle shots and sticks.
The Vaughn Ventus SL R2 Pro Carbon catcher is available in several colours and can be broken in quite quickly and easily since it’s fully heat-mouldable. The glove offers first-rate protection and mobility and is recommended for higher-level goaltenders.
2) Bauer Vapor 2X Goalie Catcher – Senior
The Vapor 2X catcher from Bauer will comes with a 60-degree break for maximum hand closure while the pocket’s depth is built for easy catching with no rebounds or pop outs. Once the puck is in the glove it stays there. The cuff has been reduced to offer enhanced mobility in the wrist and effective rebound control. Bauer uses its popular lightweight but rigid Curv Composite material in the glove for protection, durability and stability.
The composite construction also helps the glove retain its shape year after year. The single-t pocket is quite flexible and game-ready while the pro nash palm is an added bonus. The wrist strap is quick-adjusting and comes with extra padding, giving it added protection while keeping it mobile. Your palm can be kept securely in place with the fast Velcro strap and the internal Thermo Max Liner works well at wicking away moisture and sweat.
The Bauer 2X catcher is a pro-level glove that’s suitable for all ages and skill levels. It’s very comfortable and flexible and offers maximum protection even though it’s a lightweight glove. The catcher is moderately priced and one of the best deals on the market.
3) Bauer Supreme Ultrasonic Goalie Catcher – Senior
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 Extreme Flex IV Pro Goalie Catcher- Senior
The CCM Extreme Flex 4 Pro Catcher offers wonderful mobility, comfort, protection and coverage for competitive netminders. It comes with a large, wide pocket which transitions seamlessly in a one-piece cuff design and is wrapped with SpeedSkin synthetic material for strength and durability. It has a 75-degree closure angle or 600 break for fast, natural closing and opening.
The palm boasts thick felt and D30 Smart Foam polyurethane which is made to protect your palm and fingers upon impact by hardening and absorbing the energy. Inside, the catcher comes with soft and comfortable nash finger stalls for greater control over the glove and has a quick-releasing wrist strap which extends throughout the cuff.
The pocket is equipped with a deep, double tee system which enables you to see the puck better through the glove. The game-ready CCM Extreme Flex 4 Pro Catcher is made with high-grade materials throughout and can generally be found in the upper-level price range.
5) CCM AXIS Pro Goalie Catcher – Senior
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 GT2 Pro Goalie Catcher- Senior
This lightweight goalie catcher by Warrior features the company’s Hypercomp Reinforced Core Technology for the ultimate in protection and flex. The reinforcements can especially be felt in the palm area while the double-t pocket helps dampen the puck’s impact when it reaches the glove. This gives you the ultimate in net coverage and makes sure the puck stays securely trapped in the large pocket.
This pro-style catcher features 75-degree finger positioning to provide an excellent closure and seal while the standard palm is non removable. The thumb angle is forward and comfortable and the liner allows you to get a secure, non-slip grip. This is a top-quality catcher that provides fantastic protection while still serving up plenty of flexibility and mobility.
The Warrior Ritual GT2 Catcher is aimed at competitive goalies who are searching for comfort and , protection while keeping the weight as low as possible. It’s a medium-priced model and offers fine value for the money.
7) Bauer Supreme S27 Goalie Catcher – Senior
Bauer is well known for their superior ice hockey goalkeeper gloves with this catcher being one of their best sellers. The Supreme S27 maximizes both the coverage area and protection while keeping the glove as light as possible. It features a split double-t pocket with excellent closure which helps keep the puck from bouncing out of it. The glove features a one-piece cuff with a well-protected palm area and a nash liner for comfort.
The perimeter of the glove is protected with MD foam to keep your hand safe from the hardest of shots, errant skates and wayward sticks. There’s both a junior and senior-sized glove available for either hand and they can be found in a variety of colour patterns. The catcher can be broken in quite quickly and it offers enough flexibility to snag even the fastest of shots.
Bauer’s Supreme S27 Catcher is aimed at recreational and intermediate level goalies who are looking for a top-notch glove without having to take out a bank loan. This glove offers plenty of protection and mobility and can typically found in the lower to mid-price range.
8) Brians OPTIK 2 Goalie Catcher – Senior
Brian’s OPTIK 2 Goalie Catcher is made to handle the hardest and trickiest shots and impacts opponents can muster. The hand-made glove is built with durable leather and polymesh accents which are wrapped around a lightweight but strong foam-filled core. It features a beveled thumb to help direct pucks into the wide and deep single tee pocket. It utilizes a 40-degree break angle and game-ready palm which is ready to be worn as soon as you take it out of the box. In addition, the back of the glove has a raised high-density foam finger ridge to protect you from skate skates and slashes.
Brian’s incorporates a single-piece SBA cuff and palm with Air-Kinit finger stalls and Hex-Air technology for the right amount of airflow and breathability along with a dial-adjustment system to keep your hand securely in place during the action without affecting your range of motion. There’s also an adjustable strap above the finger stalls as well as traditional pinky-finger and thumb loops for a snug fit and easier closing.
The OPTIK 2 Goalie Catcher weighs 2 lbs and is another quality product from Brian’s. It’s aimed at competitive netminders and can be found in the higher-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 Vapor X2.7 Goalie Catcher – Senior
The Bauer Vapor X2.7 Goalie Catcher features a deep Max Depth pocket to make sure you’re in control if anybody tries to beat you on the glove side. The reduced one-piece cuff is designed to direct shots into the glove and while providing excellent range of motion. The pocket comes with a full-hand 60-degree closure break to make sure the puck remains in the glove and doesn’t pop out. It’s easy to break the durable synthetic leather and nylon glove in as it comes with a hybrid single-tee pocket with a free-flex backhand.
The palm, cuff, thumb, fingers and perimeter are protected with high-density foam and moulded plastic to fight off stingers and vibrations without sacrificing any hand dexterity. Your wrist is locked down by a nylon, padded adjustable strap with a Velcro strap at the back of your hand keeping the glove securely against your palm for quick closing and to reduce slippage. On the inside, your hand is always cool ad dry thanks to the comfortable nash material which wicks away sweat and moisture.
The popular Bauer Vapor X2.7 Catcher can typically be found in the low to mid-price range with the senior model weighing in at 902 grams.
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.
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