Warrior Ritual G4 Goalie Gear Review
When it comes to goalie gear, Warrior has always done things in their own way. From forgoing NHL licensing fees to put that money into research and
Warrior Ritual G4 Pads
I noticed something about these pads before I even took them out of the box they were shipped in. When I first picked up the box I genuinely wondered if Warrior had forgotten to ship me both pads, but of course, they were both there, that’s just how light the G4 pads are. At 4 pounds for a 34+1.5” pad, the Warrior Ritual G4 pads are the lightest pads coming to market in 2018. Getting them out of the box, there are a lot of striking features about the new Warrior Ritual G4 pads. First this I noticed was the new Airslide feature on the pads. The inner gusset has ridges to limit how much of the pad touches the ice in your butterfly, reducing friction and helping you slide further and faster with less effort.
The next important feature on the pads is the strapping system and its simplicity. The Warrior Ritual G4 Pads have a total of three “straps” to secure it to your leg. At the boot, there is the Active Response Strap system that allows you to secure your pad to the toe of the skate, the heel of the skate, or both. Next, there is the Velcro calf wrap, and finally, the knee strap that can be fastened straight across the knee or further down the leg for great knee mobility. The other noticeable change in the G4 pads is in the leg channel. Warrior has developed their new 360 Active Drop leg channel that allows the pad to hang lower to the ice in your stance, reducing your five-hole while helping your pads drop to the ice quicker.
While I was already impressed with the new Warrior Ritual G4 pads taking them out of the box, I was blown away when I got them out onto the ice. Once again I was shocked by the weight of the pads, as it felt like I wasn’t wearing pads at all, which took a
Warrior Ritual G4 Glove
Like they did with the G4 pads, Warrior put a lot of effort into making the Ritual G4 glove the lightest glove available. Warrior used their Hypercomp material in the palm of the glove to add greater protection without adding weight, and their
The most impressive thing about the new Ritual G4 glove is how easily it closed right out of the box, as soon as I put my hand in it I felt like I had been wearing it for months as I could open it fully and then snap it closed with complete ease. Getting it out onto the ice, the first thing I noticed about the Warrior Ritual G4 glove was the wrist mobility it allowed. No matter how you want to hold your glove (I go with fingers out, pocket up if you were wondering) the G4 glove will comfortably let your hand squared up to the puck.
Another aspect of the Warrior Ritual G4 glove I really like was the pocket depth. The way the palm is constructed along with the sheer depth of the pocket itself makes pop-outs almost impossible, so when you make a big glove save you won’t have to worry about the puck popping out on you and then having to make a save on the rebound. The Warrior Ritual G4 glove is also completely customizable; by removing the palm liner inside the glove, you can customize the break angle to change it from the stock 75
Warrior Ritual G4 Blocker
The Warrior Ritual G4 blocker is also light as a feather with the same calibre of protection and performance as the glove and the pads. The
On the ice, the blocker delivers top quality performance and protection. The
Simply put, I fell in love with the new Warrior Ritual G4 gear. From it’s extremely lightweight to the Airslide ridges that got me across the crease with a slight push, everything about the performance of this pad is ideal. The
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