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Skate tongue: under or over the shin pads?

View Poll Results: Laces under/over shin pad?
Tucked under the pad 70 59.32%
Outside the pads 48 40.68%
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02-10-2009, 10:54 PM
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Skate tongue: under or over the shin pads?

I tuck the tongue of my skates under my knee pads and lace the skates to the very top. What is the advantage of placing the tongue outside the shin pads? I have seen many players do this.

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02-11-2009, 12:02 AM
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Just preference.

Basically a fashion statement.

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02-11-2009, 12:35 AM
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I put my shin pads inside the tongue, but i pull my socks over the tongue and laces. Every other way looks stupid imo.


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02-11-2009, 03:39 AM
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tucked in

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Mine goes over the shin pad because I put the shin pad on first. Eventually I'll try it the other way.

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02-11-2009, 03:42 AM
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I used to put it under the shin pad but since having new skates i've found myself leaving the tongue out.
No reason. Just happens!

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Tongue under the shin-guard, with the front and back of the skate inside the sock.

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02-11-2009, 03:53 AM
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Tongues in, tendon guards out.

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02-11-2009, 05:30 AM
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I hate the feeling of loose shin pads. I tape my shin pads tight around my ankle area and let the tongue hang out. I agree it doesn't look as cool, but it's way more comfortable.

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It seems I'm in the minority here but I don't tuck them in.

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02-11-2009, 07:56 AM
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Tongues under the shinpads for me. I believe this way is slightly more protective, since the shinpad can be a bit longer than if you have the tongue out.

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Tongue under the shinpad as well. I just find it more comfortable that way.

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02-11-2009, 08:18 AM
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Tongues in, tendon guards out.

same here

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02-11-2009, 08:33 AM
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I've been doing tongue under the shinguard with socks over back and front since I was in middle school, before that it was always tongue out b/c that's all I knew. I first did the tongue in thing b/c it was the cool trendy thing to do at the time, I also found it was more comfortable for me and allowed me to wear a size bigger shinguard so have been doing it ever since.

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I put my shin pads inside the tongue, but i pull my socks over the tongue and laces. Every other way looks stupid imo.

That's definitely an interesting way, sort of a tongue out fake out. The pic of Forsberg looks like he has tingues under the shin guard and not the way you described; I'd imagine there would be a noticeable bump from the tongue under the sock but over the shinguard.

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Tongues in, tendon guards out.
I've been wanting to try this for a while, I gave it a shot a while back and it never felt or looked right to me with the thick knit hockey socks and the large tendon guard on my old Graf 705's. I just picked up a new pair of One75's w/ a smaller tendon guard and have been wearing pro stock edge socks which are pretty thin so I think I may give this method another shot.

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02-11-2009, 10:16 AM
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Tongues under the shinpads for me. I believe this way is slightly more protective, since the shinpad can be a bit longer than if you have the tongue out.
Exactly -- I block shots a bit and it's good to get the shin pads covering as much ankle as possible.

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02-11-2009, 10:23 AM
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I leave the tongues out over the shin guards, but I cover them up with my socks.

I don't know what the "advantage" to leaving the tongue out is, but I can tell you that it feels a little different. I learned to skate without hockey shin pads, so I'm just used to having the tongue that way. I don't think there's a real difference between the two.

My shin guards always slide down a little bit, so I like having the skate tongue serve as a stopper to keep them in place. I should probably just get new shin guards.

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02-11-2009, 10:50 AM
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i have the tongues out but my sock over over them and my laces because it fells more comfertable so my tongue dosent bulge out.....

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I do it like this:



it allows me to easily untie and tie my laces during the game (I'm a maniac when it comes to my skates/laces...).

anyway, my tongues put themselves like that automatically after a few strides.

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I do it like this:



it allows me to easily untie and tie my laces during the game (I'm a maniac when it comes to my skates/laces...).

anyway, my tongues put themselves like that automatically after a few strides.
Almost the exact same, but my tongues don't flop (they're shorter) and no tape around the ankle.

Gives you more flexibility that way. The original point of having longer guards that go over the front was for protection blocking shots. Now it's just the cool thing to do, and frankly IMO it looks stupid for a forward.

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My shinpads stop at the top of the tongue on my skates...

bet im in the minority in that category

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My shinpads stop at the top of the tongue on my skates...

bet im in the minority in that category
mine were like that till I bought the correct size shin pads

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Tongue outside the shinpad and socks.

I've done it that way since I was 4 or 5, whenever I started playing hockey. It's not a fashion statement or anything, just how I've always done it. I do tape around the ankles, so if I taped my tongue down too I can just imagine how restrictive it'd feel compared to tongue-out.

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I hate the feeling of loose shin pads. I tape my shin pads tight around my ankle area and let the tongue hang out. I agree it doesn't look as cool, but it's way more comfortable.
Same here.

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I have Vapor XXV skates with short stiff tongues, so I keep them under the shins, otherwise my shin guards get pushed up when I bend my knees.

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Like that.

Tongue under shin guard, socks under tendon guard.

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