EQUIPMENT/BEGINNERS - Buyer's Guide and Advice
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12-09-2011, 01:47 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SR Hadden's plane
A few items I might mention that have worked well for me:
1-instead of the heavier acrylic/wool hockey socks, I use the lighter weight Reebok thin mesh sock, these are cooler and much more comfortable
2-instead of tape, get nylon bands to wrap around your shin pads as they hold the pads in place better and don't need to be purchased over and over - also more environmentally friendly.
3-for open hockey, get a Kamazu jersey, they are much better quality IMO than the other brands, and do not get caught as much on your elbow pad velcro.
4-also, for pants take a look at Tackla, I felt their slimmer profile and lighter weight made them more comfortable than some other brands
5-for the bag, get one that has side pockets covered with big-holed mesh for your skates - this way your skates can still dry out even if you are not able to empty your bag quickly after playing
6-the skate socks I use are bit cheaper; the Wigwam thermal liners are great and only about $5
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