|How to Buy Hockey Elbow Pads|
Here is some advice from HockeyGiant.com on how to buy Hockey Elbow Pads
Hockey elbow pads are an essential piece of equipment. Elbow pads are obviously worn to protect your elbows, but they also provide protection for your upper forearms and lower biceps/triceps. Whether you've been playing hockey for 30 years or you're just getting started, you will fall on the ice from time to time. When you fall (this is said with absolute certainty), your reflexes will tell you to brace for impact with your hands and elbows. When this happens, if you don't have proper protection on, you're asking for a shattered elbow. Therefore, it is crucial to wear secure, proper-fitting elbow pads so as to avoid any pad slippage which could leave the elbow exposed and cause serious injury. In addition to protecting yourself from falls, as a hockey player you need to protect yourself from the other players whose job is to check, hook, slash and trip you.
Hockey Elbow Pad Construction
Elbow pads are generally constructed with 3 main parts: the elbow cap, forearm protector and bicep protector. Each piece provides necessary protection, but the most important component is the elbow cap because your elbow is one of the most likely of your body parts to come into contact with another player, the boards or the ice. Most elbow pads have good quality elbow caps but everyone's arms are differently shaped so what works well for you may not necessarily be a good fit for someone else.
Hockey Elbow Pad Features
There are some key differences in the way that elbow pads are constructed which you may want to consider before choosing the pair that will work best for you.
Proper Fitting Elbow Pads
Hockey elbow pads should cover the area from the middle of your biceps (meeting the shoulder pad bicep protector) to the middle of your forearms (meeting the cuff of the gloves). The joint of your elbow should rest squarely in the cup of the elbow pads. In order to secure the elbow pads in place there are usually two or three adjustable straps that can be tightened around the forearms and biceps. Physical, aggressive players tend to use larger, bulkier pads like the CCM Vector V10 Elbow Pads, whereas finesse players will choose elbow pads that are more slim-fitting for increased mobility, such as the Bauer Vapor X:60 Elbow Pads. The key is to find elbow pads that feel comfortable and secure and offer greatest amount of coverage. Please refer to the sizing guides to ensure a proper fit.
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