This pad is the mid-level (semi-pro) version of the Brian’s Heritage series. With the Heritage and Alite series, Brian’s has brought back the traditional hybrid style leg pad with knee rolls and extra flexibility. In recent years, most manufactures including Brian’s have gotten away from pads with knee rolls on the face, leaving very few choices for the goalie that prefers this style pad. At Goalies Plus, it would be safe to say that 75% of customers that we come in contact with need the extra flexibility for one reason or another. There are some flat face pads that play like a hybrid style pad but you will not find a knee roll pad play like a butterfly style pad. With the Alite goalie pads, the amount of flexibility and particularly lateral flexibility (the amount of flex in the twisting of the pad) allows for a much greater amount of movement compared to a stiffer flat face pad. Another great feature of the Alite pad is the pre-molded s shape of the pad. The natural pre-bend that this product comes with virtually makes the butterfly five hole coverage completely dummy proof. From day one, when the goalie goes down in the butterfly technique, the pads will completely seal the five hole with no effort from the goalie (other then performing proper technique). The Alite uses the Brian’s smart strap system which uses a elastic/velcro strapping system rather then leather straps. This does two great things: One – you can get in and out of the pads in seconds, Two – it allows the pad to be worn tighter on the goalies leg and when going into the butterfly technique, the elastic naturally expands and allows the pad to rotate perfectly. If you were using traditional leather straps that are pulled tightly to the goalies leg, the pad cannot rotate properly and the butterfly technique is nearly impossible.