The Profile Goalie Mask has one of the most distinguishable shapes in mask history and with almost 20 straight years of unedited designs, the 960XPM has new features.
Taking the already extremely protective Profile shape, Bauer has created the 960XPM. This mask features Bauer’s new proprietary designs and technology. The base of the shell continues with a traditional Fiberglass base combined with INNEGRA in the forehead and chin. On top of that, there are extra layers of Carbon to create extra stiffness and rigidity in the impact areas. Lastly, all of this protection is wrapped in their lightweight 12K Carbon Outer Layer.
The cage of the Profile is the same shape as its predecessors, but Bauer has gone to a more pro look with removing the oval red logo in the middle of the forehead. Also, it features a rubber dampening strip along the forehead to reduce the cage pressing up against the forehead to better protect the paint. On the outside Bauer has also removed the option for the chin strap and harness placement. Now, the backplate harness anchors down below the ear creating a more snug fit to the goalies head.
The inside of the mask is completely revamped to further protect the head. The old Rubatex foam has been switched out in favor of a mechanically attached liner which when the cage comes unscrewed, the liner can be taken out and cleaned. The layering of padding has XRD Foam in high impact zones through the forehead, crown, temples, ears, chin cup and the lower half of the backplate. Partnered through the rest of the gaps in padding is Bauer’s ventilated VN Foam which helps add comfort as well as breathability to reduce bacteria and sweat buildup inside of the hardware. Lastly, Bauer has encapsulated their flagship helmet with a new 37.5 Technology sweatband that helps keep the head cool, reduce sweat buildup and keep sweat out of the goalies eyes.
In years past, the 960 has been a “one size fits all” helmet, but new for 2016 the 960XPM comes in a Small/Medium and Medium/Large size. This sizing allows for goaltenders to find the top of line Bauer helmet in the size best suited for their preferences.
If you are a goalie who is looking for the most innovations within the technology of goaltending and wants Professional level gear and protection, the Bauer Profile 960XPM Sr. Goal Mask not disappoint you!