Pure Hockey Says: The Bauer 961 is Bauers Pro Goalie mask, and the best helmet on the market, short of an expensive custom made mask. It is the same mask you will see on many of the goalies in the NHL. It is hand-laid and constructed of a fiberglass shell with Aramid reinforcement throughout the entire shell, making the helmet very strong and rigid. The inside is made of pro level foam and is very comfortable. If you are playing at a high level you wont be disappointed in the Bauer 961. Note: The only difference between this and the 960 is the cage. The 960 comes with a fully certified, straight bar cage. This mask comes with a non-certified pro Cat-eye cage.