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9 Best Hockey Goalie Blockers & Catchers

9 Best Hockey Goalie Blockers & Catchers

In hockey, the goalie can be the most important player. They are the last line of defense to stop their opponent from scoring. Sometimes the goalies game decides who takes home the cup and who will be a sore loser! That’s why it is important to have the best hockey gear possible.

All parts of you hockey gear are equally important, but here we have put a spotlight on the goalies blocker. It is designed to help the deflection of the puck or ball. Designs have changed over the years, in the beginning, they were made out of leather which is where the colloquial name “waffle“ came from.

We have built a short list which might come useful if you can’t decide which blocker is for you. Enjoy!

1) Bauer RX6 RE-FLEX Senior Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Ultra-lightweight construction
  • Unique contour-flex split finger protectors
  • Maximum protection and coverage on side hand
  • Durable, reinforced nash and nylon palm

Pros:

The curved profile of the blocker helps control the rebounds. The side panel is large which gives more protection to the hand, while new contour-flex split finger protectors, including thumb protector, ensures safety while not compromising control and grip.

Possible drawbacks:

It might take some time to get used to finger protectors but it is worth it!

Player feedback:

Players have a great experience with Bauer RX6 RE-FLEX blocker. They are durable, flexible and comfortable.

 

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2) Bauer Pro Series Street Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Lightweight construction
  • Curved side-guard
  • Nylon and synthetic leather

Pros:

Its lightweight construction and combination of materials make them really good ally when playing with your friends. Velcro strap around the waist ensures quick adjustment during the game for the best results.

Possible drawbacks:

It has no thumb padding which can be a bit uncomfortable.

Player feedback:

Players have confirmed that lack of padding in the thumb area is an issue and that it hasn’t got enough room between the index and middle finger.

 

3) Franklin Sports NHL GB 140 Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Lightweight high-density foam blocking pad
  • Soft leather glove
  • Padded thumb with knuckle pads

Pros:

Cheap piece of equipment, good for playing on the street.

Possible drawbacks:

The quality of Franklin Sports NHL GB 140 Goalie Blocker is not on the pro level so it can break down easily if pushed too hard.

Player feedback:

Players are not satisfied with this product, mostly because it sometimes breaks after a few games.

 

4) Franklin Sports NHL Senior SX Pro GB 1400 Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Synthetic leather block face
  • Lightweight high-density Shock-Sorb foam block pad
  • Padded thumb and easy-flex reinforced knuckle guard

Pros:

This goalie blocker features the AEGIS Microbe Shield antimicrobial technology. It will keep your hands vented and comfortable at the same time.

Possible drawbacks:

There don’t seem to be many drawbacks with this product – it seems to be exactly what you pay for. This blocker isn’t suitable for more pro-like games.

 

5) Mylec Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Extra soft ventilated blocker with reinforced palm
  • Exaggerated bend for superior rebound control

Pros:

Excellent piece of gear for newbies and children. Extra soft padding ensures comfort even when wearing for a long duration.

Possible drawbacks:

Might take some breaking in.

Player feedback:

Players have given this product 5 stars! It has great durability and is perfect for street hockey.

 

6) Tour Hockey Adult Evo 6000 Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Lightweight EVA foam
  • Elite Fit-System-Adjustable Fit

Pros:

Great blocker for young goalies at any level which provides adequate protection for even beginner adult to use. The wrist strap has Velcro on it so it is easy adjustable even during the game.

Possible drawbacks:

It comes in only one size so this might come as a problem.

It also needs some breaking in, but after a few games, it becomes really comfy.

Player feedback:

Players have somewhat mixed feelings about Tour Hockey Evo 6000 blocker. Aside from the size issue, some have complained about padding rocking back and forth.

On the other hand, there are players who are extremely satisfied with the purchase and claim to have gotten a really good product for the price.

 

7) Warrior Junior Ritual Hockey Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Control grip palm for extra control over the hockey stick
  • Lightweight junior specific construction and sizing

Pros:

Soft palm and construction are just right for the beginners and junior players.

Possible drawbacks:

It takes some adjustment but generally gets quite comfortable in no time.

Player feedback:

Most players agree that this is quite a good blocker. It is durable and can possibly last for a few seasons.

 

8) Bauer Prodigy Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • Light weight construction
  • Adjustable wrist wrap

Pros:

Gives a good range of motion, and being easily adjustable makes it really great choice for young players.

Possible drawbacks:

Size might come as a problem since this blocker is advertised as “youth size” but it seems to be too big for very young players (approx 6-year-olds).

Player feedback:

Except for the size issue, the players seem to be quite satisfied with Bauer Prodigy Goalie blocker. It provides good grip on the goalie stick and is much lighter than some more expensive blockers in same quality range.

 

9) Bauer Reactor 7000 Goalie Blocker

Manufacturer specs:

  • High-quality synthetic leather
  • Dual density split finger protective guards
  • Velcro wrist strap

Pros:

Lightweight, responsive blocker which allows maximum movement while protecting the hand. The true centered hand positioning provides incredible balance.

Possible drawbacks:

It is a bit expensive so if you are not a pro player maybe Bauer Reactor 7000 blocker is not the right choice for you.

Player feedback:

Excellent maneuverability, thumb, and wrist protection, as well as the lining inside the glove which allows skin to breathe, are qualities any player can ask for!

 

Conclusion

Protection should be among your top priorities in a hockey game. With such variety of blockers it can get a bit overwhelming, especially if you are new and not sure whether to go for quality or price. Hopefully, we have helped clear your mind and choose the product that will provide you with comfort and protection while not going over your price range.

Have fun playing and feel free to leave a comment below if you found this list useful or you have a question. We love hearing from you and we always try to get a response to you as quickly as possible.