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As their name suggests, ice hockey shin guards are meant to guard a player's shins and lower leg from fast-flying pucks and sticks. In order to achieve the ultimate protection and comfort, it's important to know how to size shin guards properly.
Here, we'll give you everything you need to know about shin guards – sizes, comfort and finding the right fit. We'll take a look at:
Shin guards are a vital piece of equipment for any serious hockey player. With pucks flying up to 100 mph, there’s no arguing: ice hockey is a fast game. Pucks are shot hard, sticks are in constant motion and sometimes the only thing to save a player from serious injury is properly fitted gear…shin guards included. But with so many hockey shin guard sizes, it can be hard to know which one is best. Using this shin guard size chart, you can find proper sizing guidelines, from youth shin guard sizing all the way through adult hockey shin pad sizes, just by using height and leg measurements.
|Hockey Shin Guard Sizing Chart|
|Shin Guard Size||Knee Cap to Ankle (in.)||Height (ft.)|
|Youth||7"||6 - 7"||3'3" - 4'5"|
|8"||7 - 8"||3'9" - 4'7"|
|9"||8 - 9"||4'3" - 4'9"|
|Junior||10"||9 - 11"||4'5" - 4'11"|
|11"||10 - 11"||4'7" - 5'1"|
|12"||10 - 12"||4'9" - 5'4"|
|Senior||13"||12 - 13"||5'5" - 5'9"|
|14"||13 - 14"||5'7" - 5'11"|
|15"||14 - 15"||5'9" - 6'1"|
|16"||15 - 16"||5'11" - 6'3"|
|17"||16 - 17"||6'1" - 6'3"|
|18"||17 - 18"||6'3" +|
Follow these steps:
Keep in mind, not every hockey player of the same height has the same sized legs, so going strictly by our shin guard size chart may not give you the perfect fit, but it really is a great place to start if you’re not sure what size to go with.
There is room to go up or down a size based on personal preference. Some players prefer to wear the shin guard over the tongue of the skate, in which case they may go with a larger size. Other players might like them to fit under the tongue of the skate, and they can generally go with a smaller size.
The important thing to remember is to make sure that neither the knee cap, nor the ankle, is exposed. If your shin guards are too small, you may end up with parts of your leg exposed to slashing sticks and 100-mph pucks. And if your shin guards are too big, you risk restricting your movement and an uncomfortable fit.
Hockey shin guards can be broken down into six main parts.
As with all equipment, there are many brands of shin guards to choose from. Often, what it generally comes down to is personal preference based on comfort and brand loyalty. But, there are a few brands well-known in the world of hockey that players love and gravitate to most for a variety of reasons.
Hockey shin guards can be washed in your washing machine. Use a bleach-free detergent and wash on a gentle cycle. To help remove odors, you can add white vinegar at the same time as detergent. Make sure you air dry your shin guards, rather than using your clothes dryer.
In order to ensure a snug fit and prevent shin guards from moving during play, most players use sock tape to keep their shin guards in place. There are a few different ways to tape for a tight fit. Follow these steps:
Taping your shin guards is a personalized process, so it's ok to experiment to find what’s most comfortable for you.
Modern hockey shin guards are made from numerous types of materials. Some shin guards are constructed from composite plastics, fiberglass and polyurethane.
Looking for new shin guards? HockeyMonkey has all the gear you need, and with dozens of brands and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find the right pair of shin guards that are both comfortable and protective.
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