Hey guys, I just wanted to solicit opinions on how low I can go for a pair of hockey pants.
I'm basically wrestling with the following:
1) Obviously, I want to buy from the cheapest supplier available. However, it seems like everyone adds ~$10 shipping which negates the cost of buying online. Is there any way around this, or is it really going to cost me the same to buy online as retail?
2) How much protection do I need? I want to keep the cost low, but I don't want to end up in the hospital either.
3) Ideally I'd like to keep the cost under $50. Is that realistic? I can't seem to find a good option at that range.
50 is more than realistic, if you spend $100 total, icewarehouse ships for free. as for protection, entry level is good enough, the highend ones might offer a bit more padding, but it's more about comfort than anything else.
can sometimes find sales on unusual coloured pants - many, many, years ago back when my local play-it-again took non-blue/non-black pants, i got a great deal on a pair of green ccm supra pants. got a good pair of purple tacklas off hockey dawgz years ago (don't think they have anything like that at that price right now). i also got a pair of ccm green goalie pants for a pretty good price a couple years ago on ebay.
you could try your local kijiji/craigslist, and ads at your hockey arenas. used sporting goods stores, and maybe thrift store and even yard sales.
depending on your waist size i could trade you for a used pair of pants i have - they are easton and the tag on them says 34"-35" (unfortunately for me, my waist size is 38"). if this is your size, do you have any jerseys or equipment you may want to trade? i can send pics and any other info. i can find on them if you want. can message or email me: my email is email@example.com
i live in canada, but i work at a large courier and get a discount on shipping.
I think peranis (hockeyworld?) still has some protex pants beating around on their site. They're basically off brand tacklas, with protex being the company that owned the tackla name and made them for a while. Great pants, and the closeout prices you see them out are simply impossible to top for that quality pant.
BTW, I do recommend getting fairly nice pants if you're in a beginner league, as that tends to mean that you'll be falling on your ass a lot. The tailbone padding is one of the first places manufacturers cheap out on, it seems.