I wouldn't buy skates used, but apart from that and the obvious stuff (jock, mouthguard, etc...) everything else I have is used.
jock i forgot, i'll for sure need one.
Originally Posted by Dangler Status
of course skates is really dependent on the age of the player.
have those. can't wait to use them.
No way am I buying an 11 year old new skates because he or she will need new ones every 8 months for the next 6 years
i just got fitted for a pair. heat molded and all.
Originally Posted by trisgale
First and last time I got used stuff I got ringworm on my hands from used gloves.
though they smell awful from back in the day (5 years in a hockey bag with no movement), i have a very comfortable pair that shoudl do work.
Originally Posted by JustinW
Originally Posted by tehcheat
Very true. The first time I bought skates new was last year, when I was 17. I was just assuming this guy had stopped growing.
i have stopped growing. i bought bauer skates from early 2000's i believe. they were not used, sharpened, heat-molded for low 100's fit my feet like gloves for the most part (left foot could use a 1/4" shorter, but my never moved no matter how much i kicked around in the skate. right foot felt perfect.)
lol To be quite honest I wouldn't buy any gear used period. The only thing I'd consider used is if a friend bought a stick/shaft and didn't like it and I got a heavy d/c on it. Anyones sweat on anything is pretty disgusting especially if it isn't yours. I don't care if you can take certain parts off and wash it there is still gonna be sweat and germs on other parts of the gear.
LOL I dont think its even possible to use a 2nd hand mouth guard since it has been molded and each persons set of teeth are unique
Mouthguard and jock of course. I have bought gloves that were "used" but not really worn, and I'd do the same with a helmet, but wouldn't if they were actually used. Otherwise if it's very clean and in good condition, I'd buy used.
Agreed. Given the skin disorders out there, no thanks...and most protective equipment except for the helmet like shins, elbows and shoulder pads can be had for under $50 that is still sufficient for most non-checking beer leagues...
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The only things I buy used are pro stock gloves and sticks.
If you are worried about staph and stuff like that take your gear to you local store and get them to ozone it. Lots of stores now have the equipment and as well sterilizing everything it takes all the stink out.
If your local store doesn't have one you can also send your gear to someone like Peaches pro repair.
Most used sports stores in my area clean their gear with an Esporta machine. So there's no big worries about germs. I have plenty of used gear; as long as you get high-level gear, it's a great deal. Low level gear will fall apart when you buy it new... if you buy it used it's often on it's last legs and is a waste of money.
Helmets, facial protection (visor/cage), and jocks are the gear I won't buy used, simply because I don't know the history of the equipment. Does this cup have microfractures and is ready to break? Is the foam in this helmet 2 years or 10 years old; has it hardened to the point of offering no protection?
Never take risks with your head or your boys.
I have only bought used sticks once, because I knew the guy I was buying them from was trustworthy (and also, it was a good deal). I have also bought used skates; while I haven't had any major problems with them, I will probably buy my next set new just so I can have them customized and broken in to my foot shape/size.
There are enough discounts on the internet that you can get all the equipment for a decent price. Your not playing in the NHL, so who cares if it's last year's equipment? When I bought my goalie pads, i bought an 07 model in 09, and i got them NEW, and for fairly cheap compared to the 08 & 09 models.
The only equipment I have used is my sticks, but that's because I buy pro stock sticks, and do a very through and careful search on the stick to make sure it's in proper condition.
I ended up buying shoulder pads used on ebay. At first it was horrible, they smelled like some other dudes funk. It took about a month of playing in them to get rid of that smell. They're great shoulder pads, but I would have paid the extra money to not have to deal with the stink that first month.
I'm with you. If you're hurtin for cash but have the itch, no pun intended, I'd pass on buying any used equipment that touches the skin. If I was forced to buy something used and play with it I would thoroughly spray it down with anti-microbial Febreze and air dry it in a place with a lot of fresh air. Based on that I guess my list would be skates, sticks, visors, hockey pants and thats' it. I don't even like wearing my own old equipment sitting in my garage.
All the used gloves I've come across smelled absolutely rancid and you can just tell they're filthy. Personally, any sports equipment I'd even consider buying used would also be subjected to an extensive cleaning/disinfecting process (Lysol, Clorox & degenerate bath, rinse, and repeat). I've seen MRSA first hand and I'll pass thank you.