How to Fit a Hockey Goalie Chest Protector

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If you’re thinking of stepping foot in net, you’d be crazy not to make sure your chest and arm pads fit correctly. Before ordering your new pair, there are some key measurements to consider.

Your height and arm span are the two most important metrics you need to know in order to find the right pair of chest and arm pads. First, stretch your arms out to the sides as far as you can. Next, try to find someone to measure the distance from your left middle finger to right. This will give you an approximate idea of how long your wingspan is.

Here’s a chart to consult:


Once your pads have arrived, it’s important to ensure that you have the right fit. Your arm protectors should cover your arms from shoulder to wrist, stopping right before the openings from your glove. Your chest should be fully covered, in addition to your shoulders, abdomen and kidneys.

Front and side protection is the name of the game. A proper set of pads will cover your shoulder blades and the middle of your back. Once those are covered, you’re good to go.

Other Tips

  • Every chest and arm protector will come with three essentials: elbow straps and back/chest plate straps. Use these to ensure your fit is tight, but not uncomfortable.
  • If you have questions about the sizing and fit of a pair you’ve been eyeing on SidelineSwap, feel free to reach out to the seller, or our team of experts, to get all the helpful info you might need.

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