Bauer’s 2016 Vapor protective line brings players their trademark tapered fit. This means that Vapor protective gear has a wider fit over the shoulders and a standard fit in the abdominal region. Vapor protective gear provides elite mobility without sacrificing protection or comfort. The X900 shoulder pads are Bauer’s second-tier model in the Vapor line and will provide players with a high level of protection at a fraction of the price of the top-of-the-line 1X model.
The most important new feature that was not found in last generation’s second-tier Vapor shoulder pads (X100 model) is the AEROLITE technology in the biceps and shoulder caps. AEROLITE is an ultra-lightweight foam that is placed in key impact zones – such as the shoulders, lower sternum, front and back side panels, and biceps – to increase protection.
Bauer Vapor X900 shoulder pads are just as comfortable and flexible as the 1X model because they also have the 4-way Free Flex chest, bicep guards, and arch supports. They have the least restriction and allow natural movement throughout.
Just like the top-of-the-line 1X shoulder pads, the X900s have the 37.5® Liner. This liner is made of a new, breathable fabric that accelerates the sweat evaporation process by maximizing air flow through the equipment in key heat zones. This causes the pads to stay dryer and lighter during play because they won’t be absorbing sweat.
Bauer Vapor X900 shoulder pads have the most comparable fit style to Easton’s second-tier Synergy 850 shoulder pads.