|How to Buy Hockey Gloves|
Here is some advice from HockeyGiant.com on how to buy Hockey Gloves
Each piece of hockey equipment is important and should work together for the benefit of the player using them. Hockey gloves are made to protect your hands from sticks, pucks, skates and anything else that your hands might come into contact with on the ice. Obviously, protection should be your first priority, but nothing is more frustrating than a pair of cumbersome hockey gloves that are working against you as you try to perform the fundamentals of passing, shooting, and puck-handling. If your gloves are too big or too small they can keep you from having the necessary amount of mobility in the wrist and fingers, and sensitivity to the stick while you're trying to handle the puck.
Hockey Glove Features
Choosing the right hockey gloves will come down to a few specific things:
Hockey Glove Sizing
Hockey gloves are one of the toughest pieces of equipment to accurately size without actually trying them on. Gloves sizes are measured in inches, but here's where it gets a little bit confusing. When you see a pair of 13" gloves the gloves aren't actually 13" long from tip to tip. As you can see in the image below, we measured a pair of 13" Bauer Supreme One75 Hockey Gloves from the tip of the middle finger to the edge of the cuff and came up with about 11.5". So, how do the manufacturers arrive at 13"?
In order to find your glove size you need to measure from the base of your middle finger on the palm side of your hand up to the crease of your elbow. This is probably the best method available, apart from actually trying on the gloves. Take into account that if you have proportionally longer or shorter fingers than normal then you may need to go up or down 1" in order to get the best fit. Also, certain models run bigger/smaller than standard so you'll want to keep that in mind as well. In most cases, the method that we recommended is very accurate and ought to work well across the board. From one manufacturer to the next there's a fairly good degree of consistency.
Hockey Gloves that "Fit Like a Glove"
High quality hockey gloves should offer great overall protection and a comfortable fit, and you may not necessarily need to spend $180 to get a pair that will prove effective for you; although, it never hurts to go with that fancy pair sitting on the top shelf. A great pair of hockey gloves shouldn't really be noticeable to a player when they are in the middle of a game, much like a referee. If you find yourself constantly readjusting your hands inside your gloves throughout the game, or if it feels like your gloves are simply in the way while you're playing, then you really ought to consider looking for some new mitts.
Simply put, proper-fitting gloves should feel like they're part of your body. Find a pair that simply feels the most natural for you and understand that the cost of the gloves is a reflection of the quality of the materials being used, and the amount of technology that has been implemented into the construction of the gloves. More expensive pairs are likely to last longer and provide the best overall feel. And always consider the variables that have been discussed here when choosing the gloves that will be right for you.
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