We get excited about blockers, and so should you. True - they're not as flashy as gloves or pads are, and for the most part their design hasn't changed that much over the last decade or so. However, try playing with a blocker that doesn't fit your style and then tell us how well (poorly?) you passed, shot and handled the puck. Our guess is that you'll get excited about blockers really quickly, and the Brian's Gnetik Pro II blocker gives you a lot to be excited about.
The story on the Pro II, when compared to the original Gnetik blocker, is all about enhanced protection and better balance. The blocker board itself maintains its shape along with the bindingless construction that was on the original blocker, though the palm position underneath the board has been moved directly under center. This gives it much improved balance and makes it less front heavy than the original version. The front of the board is still bevelled to make playing in a paddle down position very easy.
The sidewall has been completely redesigned to be beefier and larger than it's predecessor. The thin, more narrow board on the original has been replaced with a 1/2" thick HD foam board backed by a removable pillow. The board is wrapped on the edges with Brian's "Primo" material for extra durability, and there's also a removable/adjustable index finger pad to protect against shots that ride up the paddle towards the goalie's hand. Goalies who take a lot of shots to the sidewall are going to love this blocker, as will goalies who just love a well-balanced, protective pad with a good amount of adjustability.
The accordion-like finger pad design has stayed the same - mostly because it was already one of the most protective, flexible designs on the market. The nash palm also keeps the SBA "No Slip Grip" palm from the original design. Goalies love this SBA material as it does a great job of protecting against wear, and it also gets tackier as it gets wet. No more losing control of your stick as you sweat during games or practices!
To make a great blocker even better, the finger stalls of the Gnetik Pro II are lined with X-Static material. This material is made using silver fibers woven throughout, and it has been shown to kill 99.9% of the bacteria that comes into contact with it. No bacteria = no staph, and no glove stink.
See - we knew you'd get excited about a blocker!