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Designed for the Power Player: The Stallion HPR2 Glove
Equipment design is an art, just like the game itself. A perfectly served pass. A straight shot to the goal. A graceful turn to follow your opponent back down the ice.
We pride ourselves here at STX on never settling for the status quo — we aim to break the mold. Artistry, innovation and customization drive our design process as we work to create top-of-the-line equipment for all our athletes.
Dave Kucharsky, a product development manager at STX and one of the engineers behind the Stallion HPR2 glove, sat down with us to answer some questions about the creation of the HPR2 glove and what makes it different from anything else on the ice right now.
What was your inspiration for the Stallion HPR2 glove?
If there was an inspiration, it was the modern player — always looking for better stick handling and quicker moves, regardless of playing style. So, whether you’re a power player or finesse player, the new glove should give you better stick and puck control than your opponent. That’s what we were chasing.
What was your goal with the design for this glove?
Our goal was to make a 4-roll hockey glove that’s built for today’s game. We knew early on in development that we needed to beat the competition in finger dexterity and comfort while keeping the look of a traditional (4-roll) glove.
Do you feel like you accomplished that goal?
Did we get there? Yes. We’ve made the most comfortable 4-roll glove in the game, hands down – pardon the pun.
What would you say sets the HPR2 apart from other gloves on the market?
The three-block finger construction and material choices combine to give a player the ultimate finger dexterity and comfort.
A spacer mesh gusset (the material connecting the padding blocks to the palm material) is super soft and breathable, and has just the right amount of stretch.
The back-of-hand construction is wider than its predecessor and more protective, but lighter and more streamlined than other models out there.
The cuff area has been opened up and the stretch-mesh connection increases wrist mobility.
A “Dry-Freeze” liner material is super soft to the touch without being sticky and hot like other gloves.
(There are other features, but I’ll leave it at that…)
Can you give us any behind-the-scenes tidbits on the design process? How much time goes into a project like this?
You’ve probably heard the Dyson story of 5,000 prototypes to get to a new vacuum cleaner...
Well, this wasn’t quite 5,000, but it was a lot. And with every prototype or glove variation, we were out on the ice with players testing them. Then, our designers would head back to the drawing board and pattern room, adjusting and fine-tuning.
19 months later, we’ve got a winner.
How much do you rely on input from athletes?
As I mentioned before, each variation and prototype of the glove was tested with players. Their feedback was essential. We had players of all levels — from youth to D1 college to the NHL — vet this glove.
What feedback have you received from players on the final product?
Despite being relatively new to the market, our research and development team has already had a lot of great feedback from the players using the HPR2 glove. Many have said it’s the most comfortable glove they’ve ever used, with little or no breaking in time.
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