Buying Guides

 

Hockey kit can now be purchased locally through Gone Paddling on Petite Routes des Mielles, St Brelade.

Skates

With all skates, fitness or Hockey. Always start with your shoe size and go from there. When buying, check to see the terms and conditions of the online retailer’s return policy in case you do need to change them. Don’t be tempted to buy hockey skates for children that are 1+ sizes too big for them “to grow into”. They won’t be comfortable, will cause blisters and can damage the child’s ankles. If you’re on a tight budget go for adjustable inline skates instead that adjust as the child grows. Once they out grow them, then go for hockey skates. With Fitness Skates, the sizing can be a little more forgiving, but still, don’t go too large compared to your regular shoe size.

Knee / Shin Pads


Sitting down, with your skates on. Measure from the centre of your kneecap to the top of your skates. Use that measurement to choose your pads. So if you measure 14″, buy pads that are “Senior 14”. Pads can be worn over, or under the tongue of your skates, personal preference.

 

 

 

 

Shorts / Inline Girdle

For Players, just go for your regular waist size. Most shorts or girdles have a size range, so 30-32″, 32″-34′, etc. Girdles should fit closer and  feel snug, compared to ice hockey shorts that are a bit looser. If you go for a girdle, remember you’ll need a pair of Inline pants or covers to go over them. Again, just go for your waist size, they will be big enough to fit over the girdle. For Goalies, consider whether you want to wear your chest protection over, or tucked into your shorts. If you tuck in, allow for this, and go bigger. Also, don’t forget that not all girdles / shorts come with a Cup! So don’t forget to buy this vital piece of equipment as well!!

 

 

Elbow Pads

Hockey Elbow pads should bridge the gap between your shoulder protection and your gloves. So with your shoulder protection and your gloves on, straighten your arm, and ask a friend to measure the gap. As a rough guide, a 12″-13″ gap would be a Senior Small, 13′-14″ a medium, and a 14″-15″ gap a large. If you like small gloves, you’ll need longer elbow pads.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoulder Pads / Padded Shirts

For Inline hockey I wouldn’t recommend Shoulder Pads for Seniors. The game is moving away from Contact and Checking, so a Padded Shirt is more than adequate. These are simply sold by Senior – Small, Medium or Large, much like a normal T-Shirt.

For Juniors, Shoulder Protection is still advised, so measure the chest going under the arms. A 26″-30″ Chest would be a Small, 28″-32″ a Medium, 30″-34″ a Large. Any bigger and you start to go into Senior Sizing. As you can see there is some overlap in the sizing to accommodate growing bodies!

Gloves

When buying gloves, measure from your elbow to the start of your middle finger. Gloves should meet your elbow pads, and protect your forearm from slashes. If you want a tighter, more snug fit don’t be tempted to buy a smaller size as this will leave your arm exposed, instead buy a more tapered fit that hugs the fingers and hand more. The Bauer Vapor line of gloves are a good example of such a fit, while their Supreme and Nexus lines have a more generous fit (Nexus being the loosest).

 

 

Hockey Sticks

Stick buying is really all about personal preference and experimenting. All I can suggest is that you start off by standing up straight with your skates on. Hold the stick with the blade touching the floor in front of you, and the end of the stick should be level with your chin. That’s a good place to start. If the stick is longer and higher than your chin, saw small adjustments off at first and try out. ONCE YOU’VE CUT THE STICK YOU CAN’T PUT IT BACK!! So saw little bits off at a time. With the curve of the blade, try as many different types as you can. A curve is good for lifting the puck / ball, but a flatter blade might be better for a Junior starting out and learning stick handling. For all beginners I would recommend Wooden sticks because they are cheap, but once you get hooked try sticks costing more with different types of FLEX, and are lighter.

Helmets

A helmet is an important part of the kit. So the best thing I can suggest is to measure around your head with a tape, just above your ears, across the centre of your forehead and check out this chart from HockeyMonkey in the U.S. to get the sizing right. It is very detailed and has far more advice than I can ever give here.
http://www.hockeymonkey.com/helmetsizing.html

Face Protection

All Juniors should wear cages, all Seniors should wear at least a half Visor. Many organisations insist on this now. Go for a Cage or Visor that is the same Brand as your helmet to ensure compatibility.
Common mistakes I see with the Cages are shown below, a cage worn in this way can cause serious injury.

 

Hockey kit can now be purchased locally through Gone Paddling on Petite Routes des Mielles, St Brelade.

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