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Gooseamania 05-13-2011 09:24 AM

Ice Hockey Equipment
I've got a couple questions regarding ice equipment. I wear reebok 8k elbow pads (2010 model), they have a bulky end which sticks out pretty good. i can't pinpoint the reason, you'd have to be wearing them, but i feel like they are effecting my stick handling. does anybody know which hockey company makes a smaller, flatter elbow pad that may help my mobility?

next, hockey pants. I also wear reebok hockey pants, 9k 2010 model (but are still available from most hockey retailers). I bought a sr. XL and have used them now for about 6-7 ice games. I could probably fit into a sr. large, but i like the way a bigger pants feel, it makes me feel more "free". anyway, wear should the pants come down too, to the knees? above the knees? is it just preference? are there any negative effects that having a longer/larger pant may have on my movement minus the weight of them?

Thank you in advance!

Gooseamania 05-13-2011 09:25 AM


AIREAYE 05-13-2011 10:15 AM

As for pants, it's mostly personal preference, but generally, they should slightly overlap the top of your shin pads. No huge harm in having them a BIT longer, but you run the risk of getting a puck in the thigh if they're any shorter.

Jarick 05-13-2011 10:46 AM

I liked the new Reebok line but didn't like those elbow pads for the reason you described; that "tab" that sticks out doesn't allow for free movement. It's supposed to prevent hyperextending the elbow, but I've never seen/heard of that happening anyway. I use a pair of old Reebok/JOFA elbow pads, but for newer ones I like the Easton series best.

For pants I like them to come down a little lower, covering my knee caps when I'm standing, so when I bend my knees they go up to the top of my shin pads and don't leave any gaps.

Gooseamania 05-13-2011 11:59 AM

are the easton series elbow pads bulky? i noticed some of the bauer elbow pads have the bulge like the reebok 8k's i have. some of my teammates even use recreational skating elbow pads, big enough to protect your elbows, but small enough to allow you to move well.

any suggestions on pant size? i'm like a 36-37 waist size. i can fit into large pants decent, but the xl's obviously allow much more movement. i'm assuming buying bigger gear to allow easier movement can be bad though....

ChiTownHawks 05-13-2011 12:56 PM

Warrior Elbow Pads are low profile, either the Hustler or Project are a great fit, but not as durable as some others.

Gooseamania 05-13-2011 01:37 PM

it's funny you say that because i was just looking at the warrior hustler elbow pads and they looked good. thanks for the tip!

ChiTownHawks 05-13-2011 04:36 PM

No problem. If you do get them the part that seems to wear out the fastest is the sling wrap portion, which is the middle strap of the three. Just make sure not to tighten that one too much and you should be ok.

Gooseamania 05-13-2011 04:42 PM

the same thing is sort of happening to my reebok elbow pads, the middle strap isnt holding as well, thanks again.

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