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Hockey

  • With head injuries sidelining so many of the game’s top players, it’s no secret that the proper head gear is absolutely essential for any player. The wrong helmet or mask will not only fall apart after extreme exposure to moisture, but will also not disperse impacts or offer as much protection after a few hits. And with shots getting faster, players hitting harder, and concussions running rampantly throughout the sport there is no reason why players shouldn’t be protecting their noggins with the best helmets and masks available
    February 03, 2016
  • A hockey player needs the perfect stick so they can be the best player they can be. Plain and simple. The right kind of stick can unlock a player’s true potential, and the wrong kind can limit and hurt it. There’s nothing worse than having a stick break or having a stick that can’t cater to your unique shot. So with hundreds available that all claim to be the best, how can a player really know which one is the best for them? Well look no further, because we’ve found the best sticks on the market, and they’ll truly elevate your game.
    February 03, 2016
  • Obviously, skating is the most essential part of any player’s game. So it’s surprising how many people believe that just any old skates will do the job. In fact, the best skates will do more than just last long, they’ll protect your feet from hard shots and board impacts, allow you to move better than other players, and support your ankle (which cheap skates absolutely will not do). The right skates will allow anyone to reach their full potential on the ice, the wrong ones will leave a player blistered, distracted, and off balanced. So do yourself a favor and give yourself the tools you’ll need to concentrate on the game, and not your feet.
    November 23, 2015
  • Clearly, the first thing that went into consideration with selecting the pads on this list was safety. The pads on this list are the best on the market and will last for a long time at any level of the game. After safety, things like balance, customization, flexibility, and the ability to mesh with any goaltending style were the important factors that went into the selection of the best Chest and Arm Protectors on the market.
    May 13, 2015
  • Clearly safety comes first with selecting the best goalie catchers. After safety, these gloves were selected based on durability, deflection control, the ability to be adjusted on-the-fly, and a T-Web performance to create a perfect seal to the ice. These are the catchers that they use in the pros, and they'll outlast and out perform any others. They can be used at any level of the game, and will help to elevate your play.
    October 07, 2013
  • What makes the blockers on this list the best? Durability, feel, and control. These blockers are made to satisfy any style of play and give you the best deflection control available. They also have the best hand and finger protection, and will continue to last while other blockers simply fall apart over the course of a long season. These are the best on the market, and they won't let you down.
    September 30, 2013
  • The first thing that I look for in top goalie pants is their ability to cover any vulnerable body parts, while working comfortably to mesh with leg and chest pads. Additionally, these pants were selected for their ability to take many high impacts without suffering major damage, and for their ability to bend with the increasingly flexible goaltenders of today.
    September 17, 2013
  • The leg pads on this list were chosen based on a number of different factors. The first being safety, and the second being durability. Because if you're paying top dollar you want to know you're protected and that your pads will really last. These pads also go above and beyond in customization, comfortability, and the ability to take your game to a new level in both rebound control and five-hole protection.
    September 16, 2013
  • There are so many hockey pants to choose from these days. So how do you find the best one for you? Look no further than the pants listed here. These were selected based first and foremost on protection, but also on durability, flexibility, and the ability to work for different kinds of players at different levels of the game.
    September 09, 2013
  • Elbow pads are in integral piece of a hockey player’s uniform. They are designed to protect the elbow from painful injuries that may occur from a fall to the ice or a crash to the boards. Elbow pads should be able to handle all types of impacts, but they should not be inhibitive to a player’s motion. They must be sturdy and agile at the same time. The elbow pads on the list are ranked based on each pad’s weight, level of protection, freedom of movement for the player, comfort, and sizing options.
    September 03, 2013
  • To a hockey player, the legs are used as a machine to drive the player forward, acting as a transmission in an automobile. The shin and knee areas are exposed to painful falls on the ice, hits from opposing player’s sticks, and pucks flying through the air. Shin guards are used to protect these vital areas, and, if worn properly, they can adequately decrease the likelihood of injury. The shin guards on this list have been chosen based on their protective ability, weight, and how well they fit and contour the leg.
    June 19, 2013
  • To be the best field hockey player you can be, it is important to choose the correct field hockey stick. There are several factors that should be considered when selecting a field hockey stick. It is essential that you get the right size stick based on your height, size, strength, and ability. Some players prefer longer sticks while others feel that they have more maneuverability with a shorter one. You can determine the proper stick length by placing your right hand index finger on your right hip bone. Then place your middle and ringer fingers next to your index finger; the top of the stick should reach the side of your ring finger. This is merely a guide to selecting the right length stick; make sure you get the stick that you feel most comfortable using. Stick weight is another important factor when purchasing a field hockey stick. The weight of the stick is often determined by the position you play. Backs usually use a heavier stick so they can hit with distance. Midfielders use an average weight stick that works for both defense and offense. Forwards tend to prefer a lightweight stick that works best for faster movement and quick shots. There are also different toe designs: shorti, midi, maxi, and hook. Toe designs differ depending on the way a player needs to strike the ball. Now, it’s time to get out on the field and play some field hockey! Here are the five best selections for field hockey sticks.
    May 13, 2013
  • 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.
    April 29, 2013
  • Call me crazy, but I’m not a fan of having broken ribs or collar bones. And in a game as physical as hockey, injury is always a possibility. But thankfully there have been some amazing breakthroughs in player safety equipment, and shoulder pads are more advanced than ever. And when you’re taking hits or blocking shots, having pads that disperse impact, protect more of your midsection, and last longer aren’t just a nice luxury. They’re a necessity. So if you’re interested in avoiding injury (and why wouldn’t you be), check out these pads. You won’t be disappointed.
    April 29, 2013