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01-28-2008, 04:51 PM
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Can I Wear Regular Hockey Pants as a Goalie?

I am starting in a roller hockey league one week from tonight as a goalie for one of the house teams. The goalie pants that they provide in the equipment room at the rink are a size Large. I want to get my own pair of pants, but being a goalie, am I going to HAVE TO get goalie hockey pants or can I get just regular pants like all the regular-positioned players wear? I would like to wear regular pants because I found some RBK ones at a local sporting goods store for $49.99, but will those be okay to wear or not?

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just make sure you don't take a shot to the inner thigh area....

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01-28-2008, 05:11 PM
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just make sure you don't take a shot to the inner thigh area....
So, then, I'm REALLY going to want to get actual goalie pants, huh?

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01-28-2008, 05:22 PM
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I've done it on occasion and it worked fine. Mind you, it literally was like one or two games.

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From my experience, it'd probably work fine depending on your technique. But it might be worth the extra money and stay on the safe side.

http://www.goaliemonkey.com/rbk-goalie-pants-5ksrd.html
http://www.goaliemonkey.com/rbk-gppremierepro.html

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its like asking if you should take a players jock, your taking risks, just go with the goalie ones

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It's probably okay, although I wouldn't do it for a long period of time.

For what it's worth, I usually take about half of the padding out of my goal pants.

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01-28-2008, 05:55 PM
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I played most of a season with regular pants, ice hockey. All season long I had bruises on my inner thighs from shots. I couldn't believe the difference a pair of goalie pants made. You can play without them, but if you have the choice, get the right pants.

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As has been said, your inner thighs will take a serious beating. It is extremely unpleasant. It may depend, however, on how hard the players in your roller hockey league shoot. If it's pretty competitive, with slap shots allowed, I'd personally be pretty antsy about wearing regular pants.

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It's probably okay, although I wouldn't do it for a long period of time.

For what it's worth, I usually take about half of the padding out of my goal pants.
Could go the opposite route and take some spare parts you got lying around and mod a pair of player's pants.

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I wore player pants for 6 straight years of ice hockey goaltending and let me just say, yes it works fine but as above posters have said, you're most likely gonna get a few black and blues. I'd assume that it's about the same for roller hockey.

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I played for 8 years with regular player pants...I never had an issue until I took a shot off the inner thigh. It wasn't the first time I got hit there, but that time the welt lasted for months.

I have goalie pants now.

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the pain to savings ratio isnt worth it IMO

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get goalie pants... its better to be safe then save like 60-70 dollars..

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The roller puck is much lighter than an ice puck so the impact isnt as great. Player pants wouldnt cause you much undo pain. You can substitute a street hockey glove and not be concerned much when catching a roller puck. What you will be lacking is a pant designed to work with the rest of your protective equipment.

You will likely have an open spot between the belly pad of your CA and the top of the pant. You will also have a narrower width because of the more streamline design and reduced protection of the player pant. If you plan on wearing your CA integrated (tucked) into the pant it will be difficult. I also believe that the length of the leg is shorter so you may open up the thigh above the pads. That would depend on hte size you select and your leg measures.

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the pain to savings ratio isnt worth it IMO
haha says it all right here.

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Goalie pants or regular pants

Well, it kind of depends what type of goalie you are. If you do a lot of butterfly saves go with the goalie pants. If you are more of a stand up goalie, then go with the regular pants.

The goalie pants have a strip of cushioning that runs down the inner thigh. It help puck the puck out, especially if you do a lot of butterflies.

Myself, I do a lot of skate saves. Always have and always will. For me, regular pants, IMO, gives me more freedom of movement. That's just me! I have been using regular pants now for...30 years.

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As has been said, your inner thighs will take a serious beating. It is extremely unpleasant. It may depend, however, on how hard the players in your roller hockey league shoot. If it's pretty competitive, with slap shots allowed, I'd personally be pretty antsy about wearing regular pants.
I agree, I know guys playing in a beginners ice hockey league playing goalie that had absolutely no trouble wearing skater pants. Really just depends on how hard the guys in the league shoot the puck.

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It's probably okay, although I wouldn't do it for a long period of time.

For what it's worth, I usually take about half of the padding out of my goal pants.
Nice avatar!

And i agree with this.

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