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Warrior G4 vs GT2 Sr Chest Comparison

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This is a comparison between the Warrior Ritual G4 Sr (2018) and Ritual GT2 Sr (2019) chest protectors. 

These chesties are identical in design but the GT2 is clearly much beefier, specifically everywhere in the arms, the shoulder floaters, and the sternum pad. The G4 is $270 and the GT2 is $320. The G4 weighs 5.81 lbs and the GT2 6.64 lbs.

The shoulder floaters seem to be similar size and design but the GT2’s are thicker. The GT2 has more breaks, but the G4 is just as flexible due to the thinner material. 

Yes, that is an upside down “R/GT2” permanently sewn into the shoulder floaters and a manufacturing flaw.

The elbow floaters are identical but the GT2 has an additional flap pad on top making it much beefier. The added flap also adds a half inch in width for blocking surface.

The bicep area above the elbow floater and the wrist area below are significantly different. The G4 has a broader but rounder shape but it is very thin and flexible plastic. The GT2 is square and solidly thick plastic (I can’t pinch it). There’s reinforced fabric right at the wrist strap on the GT2. 

The sternum pad is thicker on the GT2 and thick consistency through.  The G4 is very thin and then thickens in the middle.

The entire backsides seem to be identical.

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The last pictures show the internal side flaps of the elbow floaters. Neither have an elastic strap like my 2012 Bauer Elite Sr, which prevents the flaps from possibly folding under themselves. Also, after bending both Warrior elbows, the floaters stay compressed and don’t easily return to their flat position.  This is probably due to the lack of that internal elastic strapping. 

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Honestly, the g4 senior chestie has really dissapointed me. anything i get hit with hurts and the arms inside piece rubs against me during play and its super uncomfortable

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@BonesDT  Thanks for this comparison of the senior models.  You don't often find info on units at this level so it's great to see this.

Have you had any issues with stingers in your G4 Senior unit? 

I haven't had any in my G4 Senior yet but going into my second season with it this fall and if I find the protection lacking (specifically in the arms is what I'm thinking), I'll be deciding between replacing it with the GT2 Senior or beefing the biceps/forearms with D30.

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On 6/22/2019 at 8:51 PM, Max27 said:

Honestly, the g4 senior chestie has really dissapointed me. anything i get hit with hurts and the arms inside piece rubs against me during play and its super uncomfortable

YES!  I get that inside piece thing too. The top edges of the bicep plastic can dig into your armpits, but I think I dialed in the adjustments to avoid it.  I think we can all agree the G4 bicep plastic is a horrendous design. Otherwise, no pain for me (it depends on the level of play of course) and I find the whole unit to be extremely comfortable. 

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On 8/15/2019 at 10:15 AM, Deltadre said:

@BonesDT  Thanks for this comparison of the senior models.  You don't often find info on units at this level so it's great to see this.

Have you had any issues with stingers in your G4 Senior unit? 

I haven't had any in my G4 Senior yet but going into my second season with it this fall and if I find the protection lacking (specifically in the arms is what I'm thinking), I'll be deciding between replacing it with the GT2 Senior or beefing the biceps/forearms with D30.

No problem. That’s exactly why I posted. No one talks about Senior gear. 

No stingers yet, but still too early to tell. I don’t mind stingers tho. Helps me feel where the puck is rebounding.

The very flexible bicep and wrists would be the biggest concern. The GT2 has a much better design. I wish I could transfer just the GT2’s bicep and wrists to the G4. 

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