Hockey gloves are without a doubt one of the most important pieces of equipment for players. They protect your hands, keep them warm, and help with your grip on the stick. Of course, you need the right size. Thankfully, sizing your hockey gloves is as easy as measuring your palm.
Simply measure from the base of your palm to the tip of your middle finger, and then double whatever measurement you get. If the measurement is 5 inches, you will get and wear a 10-inch glove.
Having played with wrongly-sized gloves in the past, it can certainly be very uncomfortable and can certainly have an impact on performance. Getting the right-sized glove can ensure you play your best, and ensure your hands feel great all game long.
While hockey gloves and finding the right pair might seem overly simple, there is actually a lot to think about when finding your perfect pair. This guide is going to take a closer look at how to size hockey gloves and much more about one of the most important pieces of equipment.
Parts of a Hockey Glove
Before looking at the hockey glove as a whole, it is important to familiarize yourself with the various parts of a hockey glove. There are four main parts of the glove, which are the fingers, back rolls, cuff, and cuff roll.
The fingers are padded, and designed in a way to provide a comfortable and grippy way to hold the stick. Back rolls protect the back of your hands from sticks and the puck, and the cuff does the same for your wrists, and the cuff roll does it for a part of your forearm.
Each of these parts plays a very important role in ensuring the glove is comfortable, helpful on the ice, and protects your hands from potential damage.
How Should Hockey Gloves Fit
In general, hockey gloves should fit correctly in order to help you play your best. Wearing gloves that are too large or small can make a noticeable impact on your gameplay, generally for the worst.
A hockey glove that fits well will have a fully-covered wrist, and the glove’s cuff will meet the elbow pad, but without any overlap. The fingers should also fit comfortably without too much extra space, or having to be scrunched down.
If a glove is too large, it won’t provide you optimal grip on your stick and will hurt both your dexterity and mobility, too. If it is too small, however, it may not provide adequate protection and will generally be uncomfortable to wear after a very short period of time.
Hockey Glove Sizing Chart
While I hope this article has been able to help you learn how to measure your hands for hockey gloves, and learn the different fits, I decided to include a little sizing chart to make things a bit easier.
|8″||4-7||40 – 60 lbs.||3’3″ – 4’1″|
|9″||6-9||50 – 70 lbs.||3’9″ – 4’7″|
|10″||8-11||60 – 90 lbs.||4’3″ – 4’8″|
|11″||9-12||70 – 100 lbs.||4’5″ – 5′|
|12″||11-14||80 – 110 lbs.||4’11” – 5’4″|
|13″||14+||120 – 160 lbs.||5’5″ – 5’9″|
|14″||14+||140 – 180 lbs.||5’7″ – 5’11”|
|15″||15+||160 – 200 lbs.||5’9″ – 6’1″|
A quick referral to this chart will be able to help you easily find the right size of glove for your needs.
These are general guidelines when it comes to sizing, but it is important to know that each glove manufacturer may have their own sizing, so be sure to do some research on a company and their sizing before buying hockey gloves. Better yet, consider trying them on in-person.
Caring for Your Hockey Gloves
Once you have your hockey gloves, you need to do all you can to keep them in good shape. They aren’t the cheapest piece of equipment, so you want to ensure they can last you as long as possible.
When it comes to caring for your gloves, they can easily be cleaned by tossing them in the washing machine and washing them on a gentle and low-temperature cycle. If they really smell, consider adding vinegar.
If your gloves get damaged or torn, they can be repaired and patched quite easily, generally. Many hockey shops will be able to fix them up quickly. However, if some of the protective padding is damaged, it is a good idea to simply replace the gloves.
I hope that this guide has been able to help you learn how to find the right size for your hockey gloves to ensure you can play your best and remain as comfortable as possible.
Are there any pieces of information or tips that you feel I should have included in this guide? If so, let me know about them in a comment below.About Kale