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Hockey Gloves Buying Guide

Whether you’re looking to show them off or drop em’, gloves are a key component of any hockey player’s gear set up. Gloves are essential for protecting your wrists, backhands, palms, thumb and fingers on the ice. Here are some helpful tips to consider when looking for your next perfect pair of hockey gloves.

Types of Gloves

Traditional Fit:

While the days of leather gloves are long gone, today’s glove market still offers players plenty of options for more traditional fits. Traditional, four-roll glove designs are the perfect choice for any player who prefers a more spacious inner-glove design. With that much increased space for your hands, you’ll have no excuses for bad hands on the ice.

Anatomical Fit:

Anatomical fits have grown in popularity in recent years among players who prefer a more snug feel within their gloves. With little extra space, anatomical fits give players the most authentic “feel” of the stick.

Still not sure about your fit? Take a look at Bauer’s three distinct protective lines with different fit types, available in the Supreme, Vapor, and Nexus lines of gloves on SidelineSwap to get a better idea.



Not ready to move onto modern day, robot-esq gloves quite yet? Synthetic gloves are your best bet. While you may leave the rink with gloves that smell worse in the long run, there’s no better way to pay homage to the days when hockey gloves looked like true hockey gloves.

Synthetic models offer players with a lighter, more durable alternative to leather that doesn’t hold water or harden in the way that old school models used to.


If you’re looking for the fit that most pros wear today, look no further than a pair of Nylons. Unlike synthetics, Nylon fits are lightweight, breathable, and generally require less of a break-in time. Ultimately, with nylon though, you’re paying for what you get. Search top-tier models on SidelineSwap for prices starting as low as $30.


Hockey glove sizes, measured in inches, run as follows:


Tip: Not sure where you fall in these groupings? Try measuring from the bend of your inner elbow to the base of your middle fingertip. While this may seem counterintuitive, it’s how gloves have been measured since the earliest days of the game.

A properly fitted glove will be comfortable, but not too tight. Keep in mind that your fingertips should lie between ¼” and ½” from the end of your gloves, and the glove form should line up fairly well over your knuckles, wrist, etc.

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