Brian’s OPTIK Gear Release: Live Blog
We will continually update this post with photos of the latest gear release from Brian’s Custom Sports, a line they’re calling “OPTIK”.
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August 25th: @goaliesonly announces BOA technology in the OPTIK gloves
In an Instagram post, the Brian’s team announced a partnership with BOA as a technology upgrade in the way their gloves are built.
Personally, having rarely used traditional wrist straps in gloves, I am a fan of this upgrade. It’s a great opportunity for Brian’s to show how they innovate and it will actually help the goaltender quickly tighten their glove (to the perfect tightness) in quick game situations.
This is a unique upgrade to their latest gear, we should start to see much more this week.
BOA //// B⭐️ Taking the OPTIK to new heights with the help of @theboasystem – one of the many new innovations set to impress. Allowing the glove to be adjusted and tightened like never before. No loosening during game play and making the hand and glove feel as one. Check out our Instagram and Snapchat story today to see the dials in action. #boatechnology
August 24th: Anderson posts in depth photo gallery
With the exception of a close up look at the internals of the latest pad series from Brian’s, Craig Anderson (goalie for the Ottawa Senators) posted a series of photos yesterday that signal much more to come.
A couple items to note, this does appear to be the standard graphic on the pad. This was a point we had assumed a bit earlier in this article. Second, note the extremely thin outer roll. This was something we saw with the GN3TIK line last fall.
As you can see from the boot area of the pad, it’s highly likely that Anderson has his own custom specs that will not be a stock option of the OPTIK series.
Lastly, Brian’s logo for the gear, as is their tradition, replaces the “I” in OPTIK with “1”. This does not come as a surprise, as they are shuttering their older SubZero line in favor of the OPT1K gear.
The Instagram account @tendyswag dropped a photo of the OPTIK setup to be used by Dylan St. Cyr at Notre Dame during the upcoming season.
The photo is a standard Brian’s pre-pad shipping photo, yet they did not post it on their official Instagram, so it’s a little unclear where it came from.
A quick note, this is clearly a custom graphic built specifically for St. Cyr. Brian’s typically does not offer the old school Brian’s logo as a standard on their lines of equipment, as they opt for the newer “B Star” type logo.
Brian’s did, however, post this photo of St. Cyr in action over the weekend, wearing their new OPTIK line.
August 4th (evening)
A few more photos of the Brian’s OPTIK have dropped this afternoon, including University of Wisconsin Badgers Jack Berry.
Earlier today, Berry posted this photo (pictured below). For the most part, you can see the entire graphic. Assuming this is the stock graphic (it has to be), it appears as if there are a TON of color options and only time will tell..
The part about this being the standard graphic for the gear is largely just an assumption, however, as seen in this video we reposted of Eddie Lack training in the gear you can clearly see the same graphic on his gloves.
Later in the evening, Goalie Gear Nerd dropped this photo of the backside of Steve Mason’s (NHL, Jets) OPTIK trapper.
And then this photo of what we presume to be Jack Berry’s gloves, given the post he released earlier in the day.
Exciting times, these are!
*UPDATE: August 7th, it appears as if Brian’s contacted (assumption) Goalie Gear Nerd and asked the account to remove the photo of the OPTIK gloves. This is fairly common in the industry, gear photos are leaked all the time and then subsequently removed. If and when the photo of the gloves is re-posted we will update this article with the photo.
This post was updated at 7:37 Friday, August 4th. We will continue to update with more photos / updates until the full lineup is released later this fall.
The OPTIK series of gear from Brian’s will replace their SubZero line. We wrote more about this transition on Eddie Lack’s 2017 gear post.
Update August 4th, 2017
Right now, just like the rest of the goaltending community, we know almost nothing.
The folks at GGSUnited appear to have seen the gear in person, quoting that it’s the “most impressive pad we have held”. If Brian’s lives up to the name, the folks at GGSUnited are probably spot on.
— GGSUnited (@GGSunited) August 2, 2017
August 2nd, 2017: Brian’s Announces a new gear line, OPTIK
The gear is said to be replacing their SubZero line, which will have ended at the SubZero 3. We’re currently working on a list of some of the best Brian’s SubZero 3 designs of all time.
Secondly, if you’re not following @goaliegearnerd on Instagram, it’s a must do. They’re one of the leaders in breaking new gear design and information and a must follow for Instagrammers.