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Hockey Goalie Pants Buying Guide

While goalie pants may not be at the top of your priority list when it comes to the gear you want to buy, they’re a vital component to any aspiring tendy’s set up. Whether you’re in the market for a Pro Stock or Pee Wee pair, we’ve got you covered.

What we cover:

Types of Goalie Pants
Other Tips

Types of Goalie Pants

Every pair of goalie pants should include protective padding around the front and back of your thighs, hips, groin, spine and kidneys. The level of protection and quality of pants you’ll need, though, depends largely on your level of play. Here are some popular categories of pants to consider.

Elite Pants:

Higher end pants are best suited for elite hockey goalies. With a mixture of higher density foams on the inside, they provide goalies with sturdy, breathable padding that allows them to be more flexible in net.

Looking for high quality protection without slashing your savings? SidelineSwap’s got you covered.

Intermediate & Beginner Pants:

If you’re stuck somewhere between beginner or intermediate, it’s best to go with a simpler pair of pants in net. While lower-end pants are generally made up of lower-end foam combos, they’re perfectly fine for any tendy early on in his or her career.

A pair of Bauer’s, Vaughn’s, or CCM’s on SidelineSwap is a good place to start.


Whether you go with beginner or pro stock padding, it’s important to know how your pants should fit. Not sure what size you are? Our pros suggest adding 8-10 inches to your normal waist size to get a ballpark idea of where to start. Keep in mind that tendy pants are naturally thicker and feel slightly more restrictive than your average pair of hockey pants once you slide them on.

Make sure to try your new goalie pants on with the rest of your gear. If they’re too long, you’ll probably end up with some form of a wedgie from your leg pads pushing your pants up. If they’re too short, you’ll risk taking a puck off your thigh when dropping down to make a save.

Other Tips

  • If you’re looking for an excuse to rock suspenders, most goalie pants come with suspender buttons for extra support along the hip padding. Flashy style not your thing? Check to see if your pants come with waist adjusters. They’re more subtle.
  • Don’t forget your plastic inserts! Slip a pair into your pants, especially if you’re playing at a high level, for extra protection around the thighs, hips, spine and kidney areas.
  • Looking to make your pair last longer than one season? Drying out your pants after each time you use them is crucial.

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