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07-20-2010, 10:04 PM
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Pants or Girdle?

I currently have a Bauer Supreme Girdle (not sure of the year, but it's fairly old) and I'm looking to purchase new pants or a girdle. My question is, what do you guys recommend?

I'm looking at Bauer Supreme ONE95 Pants ($129.99), Bauer Vapor X:60 Girdle w/ Adaptable Core ($109.99), and Easton Stealth S17 Pants ($134.99)

What are the benefits of having a girdle vs. having pants? Do most players use one over the other?

A little bit about myself. I'm playing D2 Club at college and I've been playing for about 9 years. The most important thing to me is the weight. I like a comfortable, light fit because I play center and I don't want to hurt my speed which is probably my strength. Thanks guys for your input.

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It used to be that girdles were just for inline, but now there are some girdles you can get with more protection and the option to add a shell that can work for ice hockey too, and I think the girdle you're looking at is one of them. Girdles have a tighter fit, pants have a looser fit, you should really try both on in a store and see what feels better for you. Virtually all ice hockey players where pants, though.

For light, mobile pants lots of people seem to like Tacklas as well (haven't tried them myself, but have played with tonnes of guys who own and love them), might be worth trying on too.

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It's really a comfort issue. Some people don't like the tight fitting nature of a girdle, others do.

The only benefit of getting a girdle is that you can just buy different shells so you're not stuck with black pants. Those are the only two key differences.

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I've never worn a girdle but I know the One95 girdle is really light and mobile while the X:60 is a lot more protective. I also understand that girdles are generally less protective than pants as they have less padding.

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Are you talking about these when you say tacklas? http://www.hockeygear.com/ta24seicehop.html

And can't you put shells on top of pants as well?

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input

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It used to be that girdles were just for inline, but now there are some girdles you can get with more protection and the option to add a shell that can work for ice hockey too, and I think the girdle you're looking at is one of them. Girdles have a tighter fit, pants have a looser fit, you should really try both on in a store and see what feels better for you. Virtually all ice hockey players where pants, though.

For light, mobile pants lots of people seem to like Tacklas as well (haven't tried them myself, but have played with tonnes of guys who own and love them), might be worth trying on too.
Girdles have been for hockey for over 25 years, remember the Cooper-all. The good thing about girdles was the extra protection over pants and the choices for shell colors. The bad about the girdles, like you say, is the tightness and what I found with them is the sweating. I had girdles from bantam until about 10 years ago, they stank and I love the freedom of one piece pants. And the new pants provide way more protection than they used to.

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Girdles have been for hockey for over 25 years, remember the Cooper-all. The good thing about girdles was the extra protection over pants and the choices for shell colors. The bad about the girdles, like you say, is the tightness and what I found with them is the sweating. I had girdles from bantam until about 10 years ago, they stank and I love the freedom of one piece pants. And the new pants provide way more protection than they used to.
Never mind then. I definitely do remember cooperalls (how could you possibly forget such an ugly piece of equiptment?), but just never really thought of it as a girdle. When I played hockey growing up/through high school I don't remember anyone wearing girdles, but now in beer league I see the odd one here and there. Not sure if they're more popular in general now, or just more popular with old timers than they were with younger players.

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I think it boils down to preference...I like loose pants and actually put my suspenders over my shoulder pads. This help my shoulder pads from riding up and allows the pants to be loose and float. good luck

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Well, I personally like pants better because their protection is way better. The real advantage of a girdle is that it's more comfortable on hot days.

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Well, I personally like pants better because their protection is way better. The real advantage of a girdle is that it's more comfortable on hot days.
hot days? My main concern is the weight of the pants/girdle. I don't care as much about the protection

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One95 girdle might be the best for you then.

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It used to be that girdles were just for inline, but now there are some girdles you can get with more protection and the option to add a shell that can work for ice hockey too, and I think the girdle you're looking at is one of them. Girdles have a tighter fit, pants have a looser fit, you should really try both on in a store and see what feels better for you. Virtually all ice hockey players where pants, though.

For light, mobile pants lots of people seem to like Tacklas as well (haven't tried them myself, but have played with tonnes of guys who own and love them), might be worth trying on too.
As was mentioned Cooperalls and Tackla girdles have been around for a long time and specifically made for ice hockey, and a lot of guys wear them today. A lot more than the few left after "virtually all" the players wearing regular hockey pants.


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Are you talking about these when you say tacklas? http://www.hockeygear.com/ta24seicehop.html

And can't you put shells on top of pants as well?

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input
You can put a shell on regular pants too, but unless you're playing in a league with strict uniform regulations, you don't need to.

It really boils down to personal preference.

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hot days? My main concern is the weight of the pants/girdle. I don't care as much about the protection
As I said, I play inline (roller) hockey. During summer, it's very, very hot inside our sports hall. I really like to wear the girdle (+ long pants) on these days because it's more comfortable than hockey pants.

The girdle is a lot lighter than a hockey pant. If you wear the girdle, you have to wear a "roller hockey pant", too. But these pants are very thin (you can buy "better" quality though). If hockey pants are too heavy for you, a girdle is just fine.

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Just to clarify. ROLLER hockey girdles, and ICE hockey girdles are very very very different. Ice will have at least twice the protection of a roller girdle, and girdles (save the Vapor Core pads which are just pants without fabric over the pads) will have less protection but more mobility than regular breezers.

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I have a one90 girdle and it's pretty nice. It has enough protection for beer league.

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Just to clarify. ROLLER hockey girdles, and ICE hockey girdles are very very very different. Ice will have at least twice the protection of a roller girdle, and girdles (save the Vapor Core pads which are just pants without fabric over the pads) will have less protection but more mobility than regular breezers.
Oh, I got it wrong then. I was talking about roller hockey girdles. I have never heared anything about ice hockey girdles yet. My apologies.

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Thanks guys. I'll definitely check out the one95 girdle and pants as well as any other pants that the local pro shop carries.

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