Over the past year, Warrior Hockey has pushed the standards of goaltending equipment and redefine how gear performs on the ice. Their new Ritual GT line continues to elevate traditional elements of gear into a new direction. A lot of goalies believe the R/GT line is a replacement of the Ritual G3, but that is not the case at all. Warrior has built two different lines of equipment, both designed towards a different demographic and style of goaltender.
At first, you should notice three glaring differences between the G3 and GT. The GT will have flattened knee rolls on the face of the pad, a tapered boot and a reshaped outer calf wedge. The idea behind these changes was to take elements of a traditional goal pad and bring them to the next level.
Newly designed internal breaks add torsional flex to the leg pad and allow the entire pad to twist and move side to side with your movements, as where the flat face G3 leg pad is still flexible but not in a torsional type of way.
Adding to the torsional flex on the GT, the inside edge of the toe has a reshaped design which will allow for the boot to flex and move out of the way, allowing the pad to move a little more freely during all movements. The G3 has a square inside edge that provides a very solid seal along the ice. While both the GT and G3 have a bindingless design on the inside toe to reduce the amount of friction and wear, you will feel a difference in both pads in your initial stance.
The GT has a new outer post wedge design which, while still protecting the leg against the post, now moves more freely with the leg and does not feel as stiff on the outside of the calf.
On top of these major differences, there are a few other subtle changes that make each pad function differently for both a butterfly or hybrid style goalie. On the GT, these changes include a thinned out calf section in the outer gusset, a clean inside thigh rise without a profile lock, a different flex profile, 1” shorter knee block, and finally stock lace toe ties.
The outside gusset on the bottom half of the pad has a little more of a taper behind it, which in turn makes the calf wedge feel even more free on the outside of the leg. This also serves to reduce weight, countering the addition of knee rolls.
With the stiffer thigh rise on the GT, the pad sits a little bit taller on the body and has less interference at the top of the pad because of the way it sits away from the hips. Some goalies might find less interference when transitioning down into the butterfly, allowing for a smoother transitions getting down. The removal of the profile lock creates more of a Z shaped profile with the pad flexing primarily at the break below the knee and ankle when pressed from the top.
The knee block was shortened to reduce the amount of interference goalies faced when in transitional movements and recoveries, while still maintaining the proper balance and slide-ability that was present on the G3.
To finish off the traditional build style, Warrior has added standard, non-waxed, toe tie laces for those who wanted some more separation at the toe of the pad. The GT’s will still come with the elastic Active Response Toe straps in the box, giving the goaltender the ability to try both.
When using both of the sets on the ice, you will definitely feel a difference in the pads at the first time in your stance. The tapered toe on the GT allows for the goalie to get a wider stance and has less material on the inside edge. With all of the torsional flex in the pad, it feels like there is less pad pushing into the ice and it makes movements easier. The newly designed internal breaks of the GT is also noticeable while down in the butterfly and the pads feel a little bit softer on the seal along the ice when compared to the G3.
In regards to the rebounds, they are slightly softer on the GT model but still hit the 10-12 foot pattern so there is nothing dropping in front of the pad. Lastly, sliding and fit on both pads will be almost identical even though the GT has a slightly softer boot break and a stiffer thigh. Both pads still flex very well when compared to one another, but the GT flexes and twists more as where the G3 is a standard vertical flex.
Overall, both Warrior products are designed for goalies that will be playing in the butterfly style but the G3 set is designed more for those who are playing pure butterfly vs the hybrid style found in the GT’s. Both pads will feature key pieces of technology with the bindingless boot design and construction, sling wrap strapping system at the knee and calf, similar weight distribution and quality.
Moving onto the blocker:
Most goaltenders believe that “a blocker is just a blocker” but our blocker controls more of our game than we realize. The blocker helps control the goalie’s initial stance, hand placement, rebound control, ability to maximize space in a blocking butterfly, utilize the stick blade when making saves, make higher blocker saves, cover space when in the Reverse VH position, control all upper body movements in recoveries, and finally… steer pucks hard and high into the corners. The G3 and GT blockers allow you to move unhindered through different save selections, while remaining light and steering pucks hard to the corner. Warrior has included the ability to adjust the height of the hand positioning on the blocker, allowing you to perform at the top of your game without worrying about where your hand is located.
When first comparing the Ritual G3 and Ritual GT blockers, they look very similar on the face, until you spin them around and look at the sidewall and backhand. The main differences are within the index finger protection and the different cuff heights on the removable palm.
The Ritual GT blocker has slightly enlarged index finger protection on the sidewall of the blocker. This added piece will give more protection against shots riding up and jamming into the index finger while also allowing for more coverage when the index finger is resting on the stick itself.
Next, Warrior has changed the height of the removable palm liner, specifically towards top of the wrist. The palm has been shortened to open up the wrist area to give the goalie more room, and a better range of wrist motion when engaging in saves and movements.
When using both blockers on ice, they will feel and play very similar. The Ritual G3 blockers tends to feel a little more loose on the bottom of the fingers, while the GT feels tighter on the fingers due to the size of the hand protection. In regards to the wrist, the GT will feel more open and provide some more mobility, while the G3 will hug the top of the wrist more. Both blockers will feature Warrior’s removable palm technology allowing you to replace a worn palm or change the size.
Overall, both Warrior products are designed for goalies that will be playing the same style and want pucks to come off hard to the corners. Both blockers will feature key pieces of technology such as the bindingless blocking surface and sidewall, removable and adjustable palms and similar weight distribution and quality. If you are a goalie looking for some of the most technologically advanced gear on the market, look no further than Ritual G3 and Ritual GT blockers.
Lastly, comparing the glove:
At first, you should notice one large glaring difference between the G3 and GT catch gloves which alludes to a lot of smaller differences in feel and catch angle. The GT glove has lacing running through the main palm, permanently affixing the liner into the glove. Because of this palm lacing, you will notice feel/closure differences as well as some technology differences.
With the palm lacing on the GT, the break angle changes slightly from the stock 75 degree angle on the G3. The GT features a 70 degree break angle which is a slightly more horizontal and traditional closing style. This break angle will activate the closure more with the fingers as compared to the G3 which closes with the full hand.
The G3 glove will have a fully removable liner which allows for the goalie to change the catch angle of the glove, while the GT has a traditional finger stall setup so the break will always stay the same.
Moving to the backhand of the gloves, you will notice the GT has a slightly enlarged cuff which provides a little more coverage on the wrist and some adjustments points are on the outside of the backhand as where the G3 has all of the adjustments hidden.
The last difference on the GT and G3 gloves comes within the construction on the T. The G3 has the AxyFlex tent system which features stiff tee components that insert into rigid tent structures where the tee connects to the fingertips and thumb for a snappy open and closure yet still strong and sturdy that doesn’t break down. The GT has stiff tee components as well but has a new break near the fingertip connection point to optimize catching surface when the glove is opened.
When using the glove on the ice, the GT closes more with the tips of the fingers and has a slightly more horizontal angle and a little bit of an easier grip on the stick when shooting and passing, due to the more traditional T. Overall, both Warrior products are designed for goalies that play in the butterfly style, but provide different catching angles and technology for different styles of goalies. Both pads feature key pieces of technology with the bindingless perimeter, similar internal strapping and feel on the back of the hand and have similar weight distribution and quality.
If you are a goalie looking for some of the most technologically advanced gear on the market, look no further than Ritual G3 and Ritual GT models. Both lines will be able to not only meet the goalies’ gear needs, but exceed their expectations in terms of feel, durability and performance on the ice. As always, the Ritual models are available in Custom, Limited Edition stock colors, and all sizes for all levels of goaltenders. Check it all out now on GoalieMonkey.com.