The blocker might be one of the most boring pieces of equipment that a goalie can wear and many say that a blocker is “just a blocker”. However, many goalies (myself included) will disagree by saying that a blocker “isn’t just a blocker”.
Each and every blocker is created differently. Some are more balanced, comfortable and durable than others. You don’t want to get a blocker that isn’t going to fit all of your standards.
In this article, I’m going to give you a list of the best goalie blockers on the market today. This list is top of the line equipment and only the best are on this list.
These are the best goalie blockers for 2020.
- Brian’s Optik 2 Pro
- Vaughn Velocity V9 Pro Carbon
- Bauer Ultra Sonic
- Warrior G5 Pro
- Lefevre L 20.1
- CCM Axis Pro
- Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
- Warrior Ritual GT2 Pro
- Brian’s G-Netik Pro IV
- CCM Extreme Flex 4 Pro
- Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon
Best Goalie Blockers
As I said earlier, there is no blocker on this list that isn’t the great. You could close your eyes and take and draw one of the blockers out of a box and have an amazing experience with it.
Brian’s Optik 2 Pro
The Brian’s Optik 2 Pro goalie blocker is the best goalie blocker you can get right now. It’s very similar to their original Optik blocker, but better. It has a thinnish beveled face to reduce weight, but it also has a bigger board directly above the back of the hand and wrist so it doesn’t hurt to get whacked by a puck.
This blocker has the SBA no slip palm so when you start sweating in it, the blocker won’t start sliding around in your hand. The palm is placed slightly above the center allowing for low blocker saves to be easier to reach. The BOA system (super easy wrist strap adjuster) is on this blocker too.
Finally, this blocker is insanely comfortable. It feels really centered and good in the hand. It may come as a surprise to many that Brian’s is at the top of this list, but this blocker truly is amazing.
Vaughn V9 Pro Carbon
Next up on the list is Vauhn’s newest lineup, the Velocity V9 Pro Carbon blocker. It uses a thin foam board internally with reinforced carbon on the top. The V9 Pro has a deep bend in the top of the board to send rebounds flying. The rebound control on this blocker is incredible.
The palm of the V9 Pro Carbon is very comfortable. It’s a new and upgraded palm from previous Vaughn blockers. Not only that, the hand protection on this blocker is very protective. It features front finger protection and a carbon mold protecting the thumb. There is very low chance that a stray puck finds a finger.
Finally, the Vaughn V9 Pro Carbon blocker is very mobile. It has a floating cuff design that ensures high range of movement in the wrist. You won’t have any concerns with mobility in this blocker.
Overall this blocker is one of the best blockers you can get for 2020. We definitely recommend it over here at GoalieCoaches.
Bauer Ultra Sonic
New for 2020, Bauer has released the Ultra Sonic lineup. The Ultra Sonic blocker is very lightweight and comfortable. One thing we noticed right away was it’s ability to push pucks in to the corner with a lot of speed. The Curv Composite board internally just sends the pucks flying. The only concern that Bauer has had with their gear in the past is durability. So, Bauer in turn made a more durable and longer lasting skin for their equipment. It’s still the CorTech Skin, but just improved. So custom graphics and lightweight equipment is still Bauer’s main attractions, but now they’re starting to cover the durability bases.
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Warrior G5 Pro
Warrior, one of my favorite goalie brands. The G5 Pro blocker is one of the best blockers that you can get. One of it’s biggest features is the ability to change the palm on it very quickly. It takes a matter of seconds before your palm can be dry and clean. Not only that, but this extends the life of your blocker significantly. Usually the first piece on the blocker to go, is the palm. Well now, you can get a new palm for peanuts compared to a whole new blocker.
Lefevre L 20.1
Lefevre has recently started to make gear without CCM on it and it gained traction instantly. Pros like Bernier and Crawford have already switched over to it. Many others are trying it out and wearing them in practice. This should be interesting to see who’s wearing them in playoffs. But, back to talking about this blocker, it’s one of the better fitting blockers that you can get. There aren’t a whole lot of crazy technological advancements here, but it’s a quality and durable build.
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CCM Axis Pro
The CCM Axis Pro blocker is CCM’s newest and most elite blocker they’ve created. It’s comfortable, durable and has a lot of pop to it. They’ve also implemented better protection in the fingers and the palm is centered on the blocker pad. But, the biggest feature of this blocker goes back to rebound control. The board is now stiffer and heat constructed to ensure rebounds are sent flying. Overall, this is a quality blocker.
Bauer Vapor 2X Pro
The Bauer Vapor 2X Pro is one of the lightest blockers on the market today. I used it this last season and I will say that I did like it, and the durability was there. The internal board on it has CurvComposite placed strategically to produce a lot of pop from rebounding pucks and to keep it very light. The outside is lined with C.O.R. ST technology skin, another reason why the pucks go flying off of it. At least that’s what they say, I think they use it so they can put literally any graphic they want easily on their gear, which is fine really, I’m a fan of it. I will say though pucks do fly off pretty quickly.
The palm of the blocker is a central design that keeps the stick in a solid position for easier blocker side and stick saves. Bauer also put in what they call the Quattro Ivory Pro palm on it and its similar to that of a player’s palm. Bauer used Aerolite technology on the cuff of the blocker with intentions of having higher protection and better range of motion, although I will say it was different getting used to at first.
Overall, this is a very nice goalie blocker. It isn’t the 2020 model, but it’s up there with the best.
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Warrior GT2 Pro
Warrior is one of my low key favorite brands a goalie can buy from. The GT2 Pro blocker is made with no bindings and a removable palm. I personally am a huge fan of the removable palm. For one, you could keep switching back and forth from a replacement palm to the original on a short term basis, to keep it fresh. Two, if you plan on using this blocker for several years, well you can just pop a new palm in place of the old one, and bump out a couple more on the same waffle board.
Not only that but the position of the palm can be moved around depending on the goalie’s preference. Warrior made the board with HyperComp material, which is designed to be lightweight but strong. It has a nice pop to it, sending rebounds well into the corner.
The biggest reason that this blocker is so high up on my list of “Top Blockers” is because of the removable hand. This ensures a very long lifetime in the blocker because usually the first area on the blocker to go is the palm.
Brian’s G-Netik IV
The Brian’s G-Netik IV blocker is a solid blocker that was released last year. Like literally every blocker on this list (almost), it uses HD foam as a board on the inside. It’s beveled in the front for a nice seal on the ice while in the RVH with the paddle down. The palm is made from Digitech and it’s placed in the center of the board. The palm also is designed so that when one starts to sweat, the blocker doesn’t start sliding around causing problems.
In the wrist area to adjust the strap, Brian’s has BOA technology so with a twist of a dial the wrist strap will change its tension. Overall Brian’s has always made quality, durable gear and they did it again with this one.
Extreme Flex 4 Pro
CCM is next up on this list and we’re talking about the Extreme Flex 4 Pro blocker. CCM created this blocker with a larger face for more area coverage. It’s a balanced fit in the hand so it feels natural to hold. The internal part on the inside is made of a thick HD board with the intention of pucks bouncing off further. I seriously think that if a company adds something additional to the foam it’s more appealing to me because most if not all blockers use HD foam.
CCM focused a lot on the finger protection of this blocker too. They put StraightFinger protection on the pointer finger to get maximum protection of the index by covering it with D30 technology. D30 is a material made of polyurethane material designed to absorb energy and pucks better. The palm of it is CCM’s Grey Nash palm, it’s a comfortable material and has grip in it as well so one’s stick doesn’t go flying away.
CCM is a super popular brand for goalies, and the Eflex 4 Pro blocker is very well made. You can’t go wrong with this one.
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Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon
The Vaughn Ventus SLR2 Pro Carbon blocker is one of the lightest on the market today. The design of the board is very flat until the top. There is a definite change of angle to it that helps with rebound control and getting pucks to the corner. The blocker has added protection on the bottom called Quickslide for situations when playing the paddle on the ice during the RVH.
The palm is placed slightly higher than center for a balanced feel and it’s made of what Vaughn is calling VX suede. It has multiple layers of suregrip for a better hold on the stick and a longer lasting palm. The fingers are protected by HD foam and carbon designed so pucks will not slide up the stick into the finger. The Ventus SLR2 Pro blocker deserves a spot with some of the best, even if it’s down on the bottom.
Best Budget Blockers
I realize that sometimes, spending $400 on a blocker can be a little expensive. This is a list of the best blockers that you can get, for budget prices. These are models that might not be the newest or greatest blockers that you can get, but they are still quality blockers.
Bauer 2S Pro
The Bauer 2S Pro blocker was released about two years ago. Although this isn’t the newest model on the market, it still is one of the best. The HD foam and CurvComposite on the inside of the blocker created what we like to call awesome rebound control.
I’ve used some high end blockers, and the 2S Pro blocker sent pucks flying the furthest with the least shock by quite a bit. Not only that but the Nash Pro palm on the blocker is very well made and comfortable. It also holds up very nicely. The wrist of this blocker has Bauer’s Free Flex design that allows for awesome mobility in the area. Overall I’m a fan of the Bauer 2S Pro blocker.
Conclusion: Best Goalie Blockers For 2020
At the end of the day, to some, a blocker will remain “just a blocker”. I do think that it is the most boring piece of gear a goalie can wear, but I personally think that not all blockers are created the same. Speaking from a distance however, I do think that all of the blockers on this list are premium quality and will get the job done, until next time and thank you for reading.