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Buying Shoulder Protection

This guide will help you to buy shoulder protection that fits you the best.

Hockey shoulder pads are not only protection for shoulders, but also the upper chest, upper arms, back, collarbone and spine. The shoulder pads protect you when tackling and against impact from the puck. For defense players a thick padding is recommended, while offense players are able to do with a lighter and smaller model allowing more mobility.

Sizing of hockey shoulder pads

It is the size of your body that determines what size you need. Measure the circumference of your chest just below the armpits.
The size vary from brand to brand. This table is a good indication of which size you need, based on your measurements and height:

Model Measurement Height (approx.)
Child 51 - 56 cm (20" - 22") < 120 cm (< 4')
Junior small 56 - 61 cm (22" - 24") 120 - 134 cm (4' - 4' 6")
Junior Medium 61 - 71 cm (24" - 28") 134 - 147 cm (4' 6" - 4' 11")
Junior Large 71 - 76 cm (28" - 30") 147 - 160 cm (4' 11" - 5' 4")
Senior Small 76 - 81 cm (30" - 32") 152 - 165 cm (5' 1" - 5' 6")
Senior Medium 81 - 86 cm (32" - 34") 165 - 178 cm (5' 6" - 5' 11")
Senior Large 91 - 96 cm (36" - 38") 178 - 183 cm (5' 11" - 6' 1")
Senior X-Large 101 -106 cm (40" - 42") > 183 cm (> 6' 1" )

Shoulder pad quality

Good shoulder pads gives you high mobility while they at the same protects you totally even when your arms are stretched forward or backward. The quality of the padding is also important in order to give you the best protection.


See our selection of
Ice Hockey Shoulder Pads and Roller Hockey Shoulder Pads.

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