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How to Choose the Right Hockey Gloves
Hockey is all about footwork and dexterity in moving the puck. And since the intensity of the game requires pounds (literally pounds) of protective gear, one of the greatest challenges is choosing the right equipment to allow you to react and maneuver with speed and precision.
This is especially true when it comes to your gloves. So, how do you find the right gloves to complement your hand movements while providing protection?
Here are five questions to ask yourself:
1. Fit – precision vs. power?
Precision fit: Precision fit gloves are designed to sit close to the hand for a snug feel. For example, the Surgeon RX3 glove — a precision fit model — features a low-profile construction cuff design for easy wrist movement and 3-piece finger breaks for additional dexterity. With the precision fit, the glove feels less like an accessory and more like an extension of your hand.
Power fit: This is your traditional-style glove with additional protection. This fit features a 4-roll design and an expanded cuff bloom for maximum volume.
2. Sizing – how many inches from your inner elbow to the base of your fingers?
Hockey gloves are measured in inches. Typically, 13”, 14” and 15” are considered adult sizes, while anything smaller is junior or youth. The length represents the distance from the bend in your inner elbow to the base of your fingers. Keep in mind you want to have about ¼“ of extra space in the fingertips.
3. Protection – playmaker vs. power player?
The level of protection you need depends on the position you play. For the playmaker, bulky protection is replaced with a more lightweight, flexible option, like we find with the Surgeon RX3 glove — Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck’s pick. For the power player — the guy taking (and serving) heavy slap shots and getting pushed around in the corners — additional protection is added, like with our Stallion HPR2 glove.
4. Mobility – does the glove hinder or enhance your movements?
If you can’t make your move, what’s the point? Mobility should be a huge factor in your decision. The breaks in the fingers should be comfortable and line up with your knuckles. And since most stick movements start with your thumb, it's important that you have extra flexibility in the thumb area.
5. Quality – pick-up at the pond or competitive in the arena?
The quality of your glove depends on the level of hockey you play. If you’re playing shinny at the frozen pond with your friends, you might want to consider a variation on an elite-level glove like the HPR2.2.
If you play in a more competitive league, you’ll want to invest a little more in your gloves. Quality equals longevity, plus better performance, feel and fit. The RX3, HPR2 and HPR2.1 lines are designed for elite-level play.
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