Warrior Ritual G4 Catch Glove Review

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Travis Ridgen, more recognizable known as "Trav4" is an ice hockey goaltender still playing competition Junior hockey in the KJHL for the Lundar Falcons. Most known for his dead honest and big personality, Trav is one of the most respected voices in the online goalie community which can be seen on his Youtube channel in his video reviews, features, commentaries and his infamous Junior Hockey Vlog series.

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Intro

I’m in Warrior Goalie. Still to this day its weird to say but its reality. If you asked me 2 years ago about what I thought of warrior goalie, I used to be just like every other goalie, “Warrior goalie gear? That’s a joke, I’d never wear that $h! *”.

Well times are changing, and Warrior has without a doubt the lightest wear on the market. I was always led to believe it was Bauer, but I was wrong. This is a pad that has really took me for a 180. This company that I wondered how they were still in business cause they made one of the worst products on the market, is quickly becoming my favourite gear I’ve ever used and here is why….

Performance

You’re going to be shocked by this glove. First glance It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles the other brands got. However, this glove is simplified, allow me to explain. Its hands down the lightest glove on the market. Closes like a dream out of the box. Lots of goalies get gloves that don’t open or close properly from the moment they buy it, this glove DOES NOT have that problem. Protection is top notch. Lots of wrist mobility and I don’t hate the 1-piece option as much as I thought. Especially being a religious 2-piece user since the beginning of my inception into the goalie realm in 2006. Every strap being so adjustable also is awesome for dialing everything in perfectly. I know that all gloves have that option but this G4 glove just seems to work.

Durability

Hard to comment on since I just got my custom set and I’ve been using this demo set for about 5 weeks give or take. So far, I haven’t had a single issue. The glove gets the job done, no finger curl or any rips.

Custom Options

Not a lot of custom options on the glove. You don’t have to buy a difference glove to try a 580, 590- or 600-degree break. You can just buy 45/75/90-degree palm liners. 50-dollar expense instead of 600. Palms are removable and washable. You can even add a practice palm. You can pick from a single or double tee. However, the single tee is narrower from years past. This adds more volume of lace in the pocket and makes the puck stick better (to put it in English). You can only get a 1-piece cuff, kind of a bummer since I love a 2 piece option however I actually don’t mind it here.

Customer Service

Top notch. If we are being honest the real reason I switched to Warrior was due to the customer service. Dealing with Kirk Allen personally and Warrior as a whole has been a blast, and pleasure. All I can say is that I wish I would have switched sooner. I like supporting a good product, backed by good people and genuinely cool dudes who care about customers. Not just pro athletes. Considering the current state of most business’ and especially the hockey industry, this is an EXTREMELY fresh breath of air.

Conclusion

I could not be happier about my G4 experience so far. Obviously, the gear is going to have to wear down at some point in the next year. I feel people seriously need to open their horizons and give Warrior a try. Without the recommendations of my goalie coach I would have kept the same mentality of never giving Warrior a fair shake. I’m glad I did because it’s the little things that add up to big differences in my game and my game is improved since switching.

 

 

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