My son has been using the Maverik M3 goalie gloves, which he really liked. The two problems with the M3 goalie glove were: 1) after just a couple months, the stitching was coming undone in the area where the palm meets the foam padding at the area between the forefinger and thumb. 2) the thumb protection was great for protecting against thumb hyperextension, but did nothing to protect the tip of the thumb from impact from shots.Pros:
Maverik fixed both problems perfectlly with the RX3. There is a wear patch seen into the area where the stitching was coming undone on the M3, and the new TorqueLoc 2 thumb design is outstanding!! The TorqueLoc 2 has a hard plastic inner rib that protects the thumb from impact-- this doesn't exist in the TorqueLoc 1. The TorqueLoc2 also adds a second hinge point to the thumb, whereas the TorqueLoc1 has just one hinge point. (although this was never an issue for the TorqueLoc1-- I thought the one hinge worked just fine).
I purchased the Warrior Regulator 2 goalie glove and the Maverik RX3 from Sportsop in the same order, so that my son and I could do a direct comparison. The Regualtor 2 goalie glove is a really nice glove as well, with an outstanding palm and super protective thumb. We returned the Regualtor 2 because the thumb was just too bulky, and and the thumb protector didn't go all the way down to the cuff like the RX3. The design of the RX3 should protect better against thumb hyperextension-- a common injury for lacrosse goalies.
TorqueLoc2 is a MAJOR improvement over the original TorqueLoc. I cannot think of a way for Maverik to improve upon their thumb design.The wear patch between the thumb and forefinger eliminates the threading fray common in the M3.Cons:
My only nitpick-- the RX3 looks a little bulky-- puffy like a marshmallow, I prefer the M3 cuff design-- it is one layer plus the slash guard, whereas the RX3 has 2 layers plus a slash guard. Also, the M3 cuff flare can be adjusted, while the RX3 cuff flare cannot.