Bauer 2S Goalie Gear Review, The 2S gear is here
Along with Brian’s (OPTIK), CCM and their new Premier II series of pads, Bauer is set to release their line creation of goalie gear. This is a continuation of the original 1S ODIN gear that featured technology never before seen in goalie gear.
The team at Goalie Coaches has been testing the Bauer 2S goalie pads for well over a year now and we’ve formed a pretty good opinion on the product.
One of the most surprising things: the gear doesn’t break down as quickly as some have stated. When Bauer released their 1S gear several years ago, we had heard things like “the gear performs, but does it last?”.
The answer is, yes. The new Bauer 2S gear is one of the most technologically advanced lines on the market today and well worth every penny. It’s built for the efficient, pure butterfly style of goalie, affording excellent rebound control.
On Ice Testing Bauer 2S Goalie Pads
For the past year and then some, the Goalie Coaches team has been putting the Bauer 2S line through the paces on the ice with a number of different goalies. As you’ve probably noticed with our Bauer Development Series, video production is starting to ramp up for the summer.
In the video below, you’ll see a couple sets on the ice for training. Similar to the 1S, the most impressive part about the 1S/2S line from Bauer is the rebound control. Pucks hit the pads and explode out of the danger zone on impact. In addition to the pads, we’ve also been skating with the new Bauer NME VTX, Bauer 2S skates and the new Bauer 2S goalie stick.
Bauer 2S Goalie Pads Review
One of the first things you’ll notice when wearing this setup is how light it is. The gear is incredibly light from top to bottom. In fact, the gear is the lightest one of our goalies has ever worn.
Second, as shown in the videos below, pucks fly off of these pads. For most goalies, rebound control is about getting sticks on as many pucks as possible, or “swallowing” up close rebounds. With Bauer’s line, the pads offer superior rebound control capabilities simply by how far pucks richochet off the gear.
Despite the gear appearing to be “stiff”, the 2S line is actually quite conforming. Take these on the ice 3-4 times and it’s game over. The gear simply performs.
Demonstrating the rebound control on the Bauer 2S pads.
Bauer 2S Gear Specs
This gear is designed to be efficient from top to bottom. The focus of the gear is threefold.
First, lightweight in nature. Second, excellent rebound control. Third, unmatched sliding ability for efficiency in the crease.
What’s the difference between the Bauer 2S pads and 1S?
- Added C.O.R.Tech ST technology to skin of pad
- Added ST (super tough), for added durability
- Traditional top welting reduces wear
- Reinforcements in boot area (in a year + of testing, there’s been no wear here)
- Stiffer knee stack and inner calf material
- Binding on calf from 1S removed on 2S
- Knee landing has new nash flat front design
- Added Curv composite on thighrise reduces weight adds stiffness
The strapping on the Bauer 2S line uses their Custom Rotation System (CRS), with dual sizes for each strap. This allows the goalie to get their perfect fit while increasing the rotation value of the pad.
Calf wrap has venting capability reducing weight and keeping pads dry. The pads have offset toe ties that the Vapor 1X line had.
When will I be able to order Bauer 2S pads?
Actually, as of March 5th, you can order in store. Bauer announced in an Instagram post that due to overwhelming demand, “the 2S pro custom factory is now open!”. While the customizer on the Bauer site is not completely up, they promised delivery of the customizer by April. For now, head to your local Bauer retailer to place an order.
December 19th: World Junior Tournament Gear
It’s tournament time and the latest and greatest World Junior Goalie Gear is generating more buzz than the Kardashian’s moving about Beverly Hills.
First, we have Team Russia’s Mikhail Berdin. Standard Bauer 2S design in Team Russia colors. Berdin actually wear’s CCM Premier 2 gear with his USHL team, the Sioux Falls Stampede so this is interesting to see him switch back to Bauer for the tournament.
Second, and perhaps the best looking set of the entire tournament (though, you can compare for yourself at our 2018 tournament gear tracker) we’ve got Colton Point of Team Canada.
November 2nd, Bauer posts photo of Justin Fazio’s set
We may be a bit behind on the times with this, however Bauer did fire up the below photo of Justin Fazio’s set on Instagram.
One big item of note here is the multiple colors available on their pads. With each leg featuring alternating colors, it does point in the direction of having this customization option.
August 17th, Frolunda HC Posts photos of Henrik Lundqvist training in his new Bauer 2S gear
The first photo, below, shows off the knee cradle system that Henrik prefers. In addition, you can see the cool Henrik Lundqvist logo near the calf wrap portion of the pad. On Instagram, @goaliegearnerd pointed out that this “wide elastic at the knee strap and a thin nylon strap holds the knee block in place while scrambling.” If you don’t follow GGN, it’s a must do.
And in the video they posted, Lundqvist can be seen training with Frolunda HC.
August 4th, Kane Van Gate takes Freddie Anderson photo
This isn’t the first Frederik Anderson photo out there, but it’s one of the best (shows the full graphic). Photo is by Kane Van Gate, a must follow on both YouTube and Instagram.
On top of this photo, here’s one from Goalie Gear Nerd.
And lastly, a walk through of some of the inner workings on the new Bauer ODIN 2S pads, from the official Goalie Coaches Snapchat.. Love it!
Cool things happening over at @goaliecoaches Snap including showing off the inner gusset and strapping on the next gen Bauer Supreme pad. Making the inner gusset seamless, devoid of binding, means these things will slide even faster (if that’s possible). Thanks for @everettya and others for the heads up. #GGNBauer
One of the other things (and probably the most exciting) about the new Bauer ODIN 2S gear is the technology in which they print the graphic. Henrik Lundqvist posted a photo this week of his set, presumably for the upcoming season, with a custom graphic printed on the front.
Though I personally am not as big a fan of the graphic printed on these pads, it does get ones imagination going when thinking of the possibilities of this gear. Should something like this get down to the consumer level, and be halfway affordable.. we may see a mass exodus of kids from other brands heading to Bauer.
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