Vaughn Velocity V4 7600 goalie chest protector review

December 25th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Now that I’ve had my Vaughn Velocity V4 7600 chest protector out on the ice for a few sessions, I thought I’d post a review of it.


I had been using a Vaughn Epic 8600 chest protector, similar to the current model Epic 8606 chest protector, for about two and a half years.  It worked reasonably well, and it was priced right.  Among other things, it offered excellent mobility.  The downside was that the mobility came at the expense of protection.  I was never seriously injured, but I felt shots in the chest more than I would have liked, and I got a few stingers on my upper arms and on my torso near my armpits.  After yet another such stinger, I decided it was time for an upgrade.

Front view of the Vaughn Velocity V4 7600 chest and arm protector along with my Velocity V4 goalie pants

Purchasing decision

When looking for a replacement, I knew I wanted more protection than I had on my old chesty.  I was willing to give up some mobility, too, so long as I could still do things like touch my nose and reach the back of my head. In addition to the eventual winner, the V4 7600, I had a few other C/As on my short list:

I really wanted to step up to a pro level of protection, so the inclusion of the Warrior Swagger might seem a bit odd.  The reason why it made the list is because Warrior has proven to be one of the more innovative hockey companies in recent years, and I was curious about what their first entry into the goalie chest/arm market would look like.

I went to a store that had all four chesties in stock and tried them all on.  Critically, I also put on a pair of goalie pants in the store to see how the various pads interacted.  Notice that I’m wearing my Vaughn Velocity V4 7600 goalie pants in the photos on this post, too.  I’m a “chest protector over the pants” goalie instead of a “tuck it in the pants” goalie, so I had to make sure that the belly pads wouldn’t hang up on or otherwise interfere with my goalie pants.

I’ll save you long reviews of the other chest protectors, but the long and short of it is that three of the four felt like they would have worked fine for me.  The Swagger is the odd one out; I think it would have been fine for the level of hockey I played, but the protection didn’t seem like much of a step up from what I already had.  In the end, I chose to go with the Velocity because it had the features I wanted, the protection I desired, and a fit that worked on my body.  It also helped that I’ve had good experiences with Vaughn’s Velocity line in the past — my pants, pads, and gloves are also Velocity.

Back view of the Vaughn Velocity V4 7600 chest and arm protector

The Good

I’ve had it on the ice for about six hours now, and that’s been enough to start to see some of this chest protector’s benefits.

  • Great protection in the chest. I’ve taken slappers in the chest that would have left me winded with my old Epic C/A, but with this one I simply feel them.
  • Great protection in the arms and armpits. Shots to the arms feel fine.  No stingers or bruises.  Also, the little orange flaps help to seal the hole under my arm by my armpit.
  • Smooth interaction with my pants.  This Velocity chest protector’s belly flap slides smoothly over the outside of my goalie pants.  I haven’t had any problems with the interface between the two.
  • Good interaction with my gloves.  No problems at the glove-C/A interface, either.  I have a full range of motion without sacrificing protection.
  • Decent feel of the puck.  Even though the padding is thick, I can still feel the puck, which helps with rebound control.
  • Highly adjustable. I like how everything can be adjusted and tweaked with Velcro and straps.  That said, I haven’t found a need to change much yet.
  • Looks cool! Yeah, yeah.  I’m vain like that.

Side view

The Bad

A few things have emerged as minor annoyances over the past few ice times:

  • It’s hot.  Seems to trap heat to a much greater extent than my old Epic chesty.
  • The Velcro everywhere can be noisy.  Especially noticeable when I’m packing it in my gear bag or putting on my sweater.
  • The straps that adjust the positions of the shoulder floaters can stick up. You can see this in some of the photos, where the outer strap on my left shoulder is standing up.  Seems to be purely cosmetic, as I haven’t had anything come loose.

Good coverage on the sides of the torso


The Vaughn Velocity V4 7600 C/A is a tank of a chest protector, but it still allows a full range of movement.  If you can handle the heat from the thickness of the padding and the impact on your wallet, it’s a great choice.

Showing the CA in conjunction with my Reebok neck guard

  1. Leo Micklem
    January 14th, 2012 at 07:55 | #1

    hi, i’m a field hockey goal keeper in ireland but the modern chest pads from the field hockey companies just aren’t good enough… so i was told to look at ice hockey chest pads and came across this one…. so i’m wondering will it work just the same with hockey balls? or is it a one trick pony in terms of it’ll only work on ice? thanks

  2. Jeff
    January 15th, 2012 at 10:27 | #2

    @Leo Micklem Although I haven’t every played field hockey, I have watched it a handful of times. I think that this chesty would provide sufficient protection, but I’d be concerned about heat management. The ice is much colder than a field, and I still occasionally have problems with overheating with this c/a.

  3. Goalie
    February 10th, 2013 at 23:57 | #3

    I have this chesty and I tuck it and wear suspenders. I have this problem where the back plate rides almost up to my mid neck when I’m in stance. I’ve adjusted it numerous times any ideas of what I can do to solve this problem?

    • Jeff
      February 11th, 2013 at 22:17 | #4

      Perhaps it isn’t the correct size? This is just speculation, but if your pants are pushing up on your chesty while you’re in your stance, thus causing the backplate to ride up almost to your neck, then perhaps the torso part of your chesty is too long. Unfortunately, I don’t have any better solutions to offer. Best of luck!

  4. Goalie
    February 12th, 2013 at 00:29 | #5

    Sounds like it could be the issue. Thanks you

  5. Brian
    April 7th, 2013 at 14:40 | #6

    Hey I’m looking into a new chest protector at the moment. Hoping u could clear something up for me. I was looking at a v4 7450 which the guy told me was pro level. I thought the 7600 was the pro model but was a little confused because the 7450 did seam to have much more protection than some of the other models I knew to be just senior. What do u think of that model?? Please reply to my email given. Thanks

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