Brand new for 2018, Bauer has continued their revolutionary line and brought out the new Bauer Supreme S29 Senior Goalie Leg Pads. The S29 Senior leg pad will feature tweaks in the build process, construction and overall durability to make the Supreme line of equipment better than before.
The S29 pads will feature outer materials which are similar to the S190 predecessor, which is a standard synthetic leather front face.
At the top portion of the thigh, the S29 features a new binding and design, similar to the Vapor line. This new design thins out at the very edge of the pad which reduces overall surface area, allows for a seamless closure at the thigh rise and improves durability from the pads rubbing together. Other improvements on the pad are found on the inside and outside toe portion of the S29 pad. Now, there is a subtle material reinforcement which is now sewn down to reduce any lifting from friction or sliding. On the outside toe, the reinforcement patch is larger and sewn down to help improve durability.
Internally, the pad features a pro HD foam insert which will help increase rigidity and durability throughout the life of the pad. This HD foam shape will help kick out rebounds to increase the recovery time and reduce the amount of second shot chances. On the knee section of the pad, there is a new knee block which is made of a simple nylon material designed to help the goaltenders knee grip into the pad. The thickness has been updated as well to provide more comfort when dropping into the butterfly. Moving through to the calf, in the previous generations there was a slight gap that pucks could potentially slip under, and this new laced-in design to the inner slide plate will create a better seal when in the butterfly.
The knee and calf slide plates on the S29 are made of the identical C.O.R.TECH – ST skin found on the 2S Pro counterpart. This skin will also for increased sliding speed, durability and seal that elite-level goalies have enjoyed in the Supreme line.
On the back of the pad, goalies will find similar strapping when compared to the previous generation as it has stayed consistent on the 2S. The leg channel features CRS strapping options on the knee, calf and boot. There will be 1 knee strap which can be run directly behind the knee or angled down to the calf depending on the goalies preference. Next, the calf will feature 3 straps to secure the leg to the pad. The upper calf strap is a CRS double strap which starts internally and doubles back to the outside of the calf wrap.
The middle strap runs from the outside of the leg to the inside of the calf to secure the inner calf and sliding plates. The last strap in the calf is lower on the leg, just above the boot to keep the goalies leg in the pad. Finishing off the pad, the 2S will feature an offset toe tie with standard skate laces to keep the pad close to the goaltenders leg.
Compared to the Supreme S29 pad, the 2S will feature higher quality materials both internally externally that will allow the pad to have better durability and a lighter weight.
If you are an intermediate-level goalie who is looking for key upgrades in durability, seal and comfort, all packaged with slide plates that will slide with unmatched speed, the Bauer Supreme S29 Senior Goalie Leg Pads will be for you.