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Best Hockey Gloves

Glove selection is extremely important to a hockey player, as hockey gloves hold the stick. Poor glove choice can affect a player’s scoring ability and handling. Gloves need to move with the player, while maintaining the proper level of protection and not weighing the player down. The right glove choice can mean the difference between coming off a shift early and scoring the winning goal. The hockey gloves on this list are ranked by weight, comfort, flexibility, protection, and color/size options.

Bauer Vapor APX Pro Hockey Gloves

Bauer Vapor APX Pro Hockey Gloves

The first thought for most players buying gloves is “How long until these will need re-palmed?” And the answer is simple with these — not for a long time. These gloves stay in tremendous shape and even when they do start to wear down, it’s very gradual. There’s also a three piece lock thumb that allows a player to stay strong on the stick. The shell is strong which will protect wrists from slashes and the liner will keep your hands cool over the course of a game. All around perfect.

Reebok 11k Kinetic Fit Hockey Gloves

Reebok 11k Kinetic Fit Hockey Gloves

Reebok has done it again with their latest glove, the 11k. Like the rest of the equipment in the line, these gloves have been outfitted with new technology to allow a player to perform at the highest level. They’ve created a Kinetic Fit System with a terrific airflow system to cut down on moisture, which really makes a difference after an hour or so on the ice. The system also allows the air to flow in more from the bottom of the glove, without sacrificing padding. They’ve improved on the stitching problem of the 10k line, added a reinforced palm system for improved grip and durability, and brought back the lock thumb system for great mobility. These are some of the best gloves in the game.

CCM U+ Crazy Light Hockey Gloves

CCM U+ Crazy Light Hockey Gloves

CCM strikes again with the U+ Crazy Light gloves. Just like the title implies, they’re among the lightest gloves you will find, but are also extremely stable and offer maximum protection. Their patented FluidFit system allows for immediate comfort and stability throughout your hand, with very little areas of vulnerability. The light foam construction was designed for maximum flexibility for players that need that extra inch or second to stick handle around an opponent. Add the comfortable liner, new flex thumb, and the sleek red and black look, and you have a top of the line set of gloves that can really give you an edge.

Warrior Franchise Hockey Gloves

Let’s state the obvious here; the Warrior Franchise gloves just look awesome. But the eye-popping black, white, and grey padding isn’t the only reason these gloves deserve a try. They’re among the best gloves available, which a number of the NHL’s top players would attest to. The internal foam offers the maximum protection that players have come to expect from Warrior, and the PU covering adds a little extra weight to give players that extra feel of confidence against hard falls, blocked shots, and stick slashes. They’re also outfitted with interior wicks to cut down on odor, along with a drying system that will not harden after prolonged use. These are some of the toughest and most durable gloves you will find, and they’re worth the hefty price tag, as they tend to last for years.

Easton Mako Hockey Gloves

Easton Mako Hockey Gloves

A defenseman’s best friend, these new gloves from Easton are made for the gritty players that find themselves battling in front of the net. They’ve been outfitted with a new finger system that does what other gloves will not by protecting you between your fingers. The new suede palm is designed for more durability so you won’t find yourself needing to re-palm these as often as previous models. Overall, they may be a little bulkier than some other gloves, but they’re still very comfortable and the extra feeling of protection is something any player will love.

Alex Lewis
I'm a die hard hockey fan that also plays. I live in sunny Los Angeles, but I'm most comfortable on a hard sheet of ice with a puck in front of me.
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