The Basics of Buying Hockey Goalie Equipment
This article will show you the basics of buy ice hockey goalie equipment.
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When you are buying hockey equipment you should be think about the three P’s.
Protection: Finding equipment that has the right protection is crucial for the goalie to be making saves with confidence. When trying on equipment, you should be looking for gaps where a puck could slip in. Also you should be mimicking saves to see how the equipment reacts.
- Performance: As a goalie you demand maximum performance for yourself, as well as your equipment. Your equipment has to perform at a high level for a long period of time. You should be actively checking what type of equipment best suites your type of play. Generally goalies that play a blocking style, like more rigid equipment then a goalie who like to use more of his/her reflexes. Equipment quality is usually reflected on the pricing. It is a pretty safe bet that the gear that cost more has better density foam, it will probably be lighter. You should be aware of the new size regulations, as there are goalie equipment rules in pro, college, and junior levels. And soon coming to youth levels. Remember the smaller the equipment the easier it is to move, but some blocking space is lost.
- Price: The last step in buying the equipment should be the price. Most parents will shy away from their kids from being a goalie because of the cost. It is true that you are not only paying for the most important position in hockey but you are also paying for the most expensive. It is important to maximize every dollar spent. This section will help you save big dollars. Remember, the most expensive equipment may not always be the best for you, depending on your age, level, and style of play.
- One expense that can add up throughout a season, is the cost of sticks. If you are a low level you should not be worried about this, but once you get older the cost will add up. If you like the old fashion wood stick over the newer composite sticks, that is one way to save. First you should try different type of sticks to see which best suits you. Once you have a stick that you really like, start buying in bulk, (3, 6 or 12) some dealers will give you a better price. Getting the same stick will help you throughout the season, by giving you the same feel.
- Try to develop a friendship with an older goalie. As your friend outgrows his equipment, you can buy them and save an incredible amount of money. And you can also talk with this goalie, and learn about the equipment, know what was good and what needs to be fixed or upgraded.
- Become a regular customer at a pro shop or dealer that specializes in goalie equipment. You’ll get great services and find out about the latest equipment. Some shops will be happy to give discounts when people are buy several pieces of equipment.
- If you know what you want, and you are comfortable buying through the internet, there are some great deals out there. If you know a lot about goalie equipment this is a great way to save money. The only problem is that you can’t try on the equipment before hand, but you can always try on equipment at a pro shop, or dealer. Then buy on the net. I know this place on the net that seems good. I have never tried it before, but I know some people who like it and save a lot of money. http://www.donsimmons.com/index.php
- Before you go out and buy new equipment, check to see if the equipment can be modified. Many arm and chest pads are tied up near the should, and loosening a couple string can make it and inch or two longer. The new pads these days have moveable knee cradles, and can be adjusted to last another season. Gloves have velcro straps around the wrists that can be loosen as needed.
Most of the information I got is from the book “Hockey Goaltending Proven techniques for dominating the net” it was written by Brain Daccord.